Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, René Turmel, alias the Maple Man, discovered the West just as his predecessors did. A third-generation maple producer from the Turmel family, René returned to work in British Columbia every year. Once he understood the temperature, mountains, lakes, fruits, as well as the ambience in summer, René chose the Okanagan Valley as home. For the past 20 years, he has criss-crossed the Canadian West, sometimes planting trees, sometimes picking fruit. Today, he continues his Western journey by sharing his passion for the maple tree, still considered a mystery by many British Columbians.