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Earl, Sierra and Kendra Stanley
Earl, Sierra and Kendra Stanley

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane FarmTM is a treasured family-owned working farm.

Since we opened the doors in 1993, an abundance of love, devotion and hard work from three generations of Stanley’s have gone into the farm.

Earl Stanley, his daughters & nieces, his siblings Ron, Kathy and Karen & Erik, and parents all help out to make sure your visit to our farm is one to remember!

Over the years a great number of extended family, friends and neighbours have also helped from gathering sap to baking cookies.

Stanley’s wouldn’t be Stanley’s without the love, dedication, hard work (and the occasional hug), and inspiration of the late Joy Stanley.
We miss you so much.

Located just minutes from downtown Ottawa, Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm™ has quickly become the National Capital Region’s premier reception destination for your Wedding, Company Retreat, or other group function.

Earl and Ron Stanley
Earl & Ron Stanley

Our History

 

 

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm has been in business since 1993 however the farm’s history goes back over 200 years! The land that the farm is on was granted to the Loney family in 1786. Over the next 200 years each generation of Loney’s worked hard to build up and farm the land, and every spring they would tap the hundreds of maple trees on the property in order to enjoy the delicious maple syrup that the sap produced!

 

In 1850, after the originl homestead was destroyed in a fire the Loney family commissioned the building of the Stonehouse that exists on the farm today. Then in 1867 the family built a brand new barn, this is the same barn that now houses all of our animals. John Loney was born in 1916 and lived his whole life on the farm until his passing in 1992. The Stanley family were relatives and  longtime friends of the Loney’s and Earl and his siblings grew up helping collect and produce maple syrup every spring.

 

It was through these experiences that they grew to love the property and eventually on July 1st, 1993 Earl and his brother Ron Stanley took possession of the farm. With help from family and friends over the next year Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm opened for its first Maple Syrup Season in 1994. Since then the Pancake House has grown from seating 20 to over 300 at once and we still show the original way maple syrup was produced on the farm over 100 years ago.

 

 

Over time the business has evolved to become a beautiful wedding and conference centre, Earl and his late wife Joy were married right here on the farm in 1997. With water features, beautiful gardens, towering maples and 2 venues each with their own appeal, Stanley’s has become one of the premier wedding and events destinations in the city of Ottawa but still opens its gates to the public each spring when the sap flows!

Earl, his daughters and family continue to come up with ideas to improve and expand the business in these changing times!

Our Team

Earl Stanley

Earl Stanley

Owner/Visionary

Earl and his brother Ron have been running the farm since 1993, when they purchased the land from the Loney Family. Having helped the previous owner, Earl was eager to maintain farm operations while also pushing the land to reach its full potential. Because of his deep love for the farm, Earl and his late wife Joy decided it was the perfect place to host their wedding. Thrilled with the results, they decided to continue to create a beautiful location and reception spaces for other couples to enjoy, just as they did. With the help of their daughters, Lyndsay, Sierra and Kendra, family, and many friends, Earl continues to run Stanley’s as a 250-acre working farm and thriving event space. Despite Joy’s passing in 2014, Earl continues to carry on their mission: educating visitors, entertaining guests and clients, and serving fresh and quality product at the farm. His imagination, spirit, and dedicated work ethic keep the dream that he and Joy shared at the forefront of all daily operations.

Kathy Gutscher driving away in 4-wheeler

Kathy Gutscher

Bar & Office Manager

Kathy joined the family business on a temporary basis in 2005 to lend her brother Earl a hand. Many years later, Kathy is still an essential member of the team as she continues to manage the office and help around the farm. Throughout the year, Kathy works with couples to help arrange transportation and bar services for events, while also devoting time to the gift shop, garden, and farm animals. When Kathy has spare time, she can be found bottling the maple syrup made from our sugar bush or taking photos around the farm.

Scott Hurrell

Executive Chef

Graduating with Distinction from the Culinary Management program at St. Lawrence College, Scott has been cooking and creating new meals since 2011. Before joining the Stanley`s team in 2018, Scott had the opportunity to work at Walt Disney World, which instilled a passion for providing the ultimate guest experience. While effectively executing events for 250 guests and sugar bush buffets for 1500 guests, Scott enjoys creating new menu items for events and our weekly take home meals. Scott also creates the delicious dressings, sauces and mouth-watering baked goods found in the Stanley’s gift shop.

Jenna Stokes

Jenna Stokes WPICC

Wedding & Events Manager

Jenna joined the Stanley’s team in 2013, bringing with her a passion for helping clients create memories that last forever. A Certified Wedding Planner and graduate of Algonquin College’s Event Management program, Jenna’s professional experience and warm and friendly disposition make the event planning process simple and comfortable. Jenna takes our couples through the wedding planning process, from the initial consultation to the day of the event.  Her commitment to meeting our couples’ needs makes sitting down for a meeting and coordinating all aspects of your event truly relaxing and enjoyable. Jenna is currently away on maternity leave.

Katie Frigon

Katie Frigon

Wedding & Events Manager

Katie began her career at Stanley’s in 2016 as a member of our serving staff. She has learned every aspect of what goes into creating the perfect event, and has worked in many areas around the farm including as a supervisor, sugar bush season hostess, set up crew and more. Katie makes sure that every single detail of your event is exactly how you envision it and her keen eye for design allows her to offer you professional guidance for all of your decor needs. Having graduated from Algonquin College’s Hospitality Management program Katie brings her wealth of knowledge and love of events to make each and every client's big day a success!

Colin Gallagher

Operations Manager

Having grown up in the area Colin has been coming to Stanley’s for as long as he can remember. Having joined the Stanley’s team in 2016 Colin has worked in almost every position including server, supervisor, bartender, set-up crew and more. On any given day you may find him in the office answering emails and phone calls or in the field helping herd the cattle. Colin uses his vast knowledge of the farm operations to help plan and execute all of the weddings and events at Stanley’s.

Claude Pepin & Glen Argue

Glen and Claude are the do-it-all handymen around the farm! Whether it be putting up fences, feeding the animals, cutting the lawn or building one of Earl’s new ideas, these two will be on the job. Glen has been with the farm for over 15 years and his hard work can be seen in almost every corner of the farm. Come maple syrup season you can find Claude, who joined us in 2018, in the sugar shack carefully preparing our delicious maple syrup!

Courtney Heeney

Social Media Director

Courtney began working at Stanley’s in 2013 as a server, but her versatility led her to take on greater levels of responsibility. She has kept up the farm’s grounds, cared for the barn, managed animal care, supervised events, and even driven sleighs and wagons. Courtney now runs all of our Social Media platforms, where her love for the farm, the animals, and our events shines through as she tells our stories. She keeps the public updated on the daily events and activities at the farm and directs any questions our guests and future clients may have.

Kendra Stanley

Kendra has been a part of the farm for her whole life. Since graduating from St.Lawrence College Hospitality and Tourism Management program in 2020 she has taken on a more full time position at the farm. Her years of knowledge and experience in the family business make her a valuable asset to our team. Kendra’s ability to help in all facets of the business including cooking, bartending, and administrative work help us to make every event a success.

Earl and Ron Stanley

Ron Stanley

Farm Operations Manager

Ron worked with Earl to purchase the farm in 1993, where he eventually came on to help manage agricultural operations. Ron’s knowledge of agriculture has helped us expand our herd size, produce high quality beef for sale, and maintain successful farm operations. You can often find Ron feeding the farm animals, stealing sugar bush taffy, serving as a coachman for weddings, sleigh rides and wagon rides or with his 3 daughters, Shelby, Georgia and May working with their 4-H calves.