Have Yourself A Sweet Time At The Sugar Shacks In Montreal
If you’re visiting Montreal, you’ve got to try the delicious maple syrup found at our sugar shacks. Quebec is one of the world’s leading producers of maple syrup. Naturally, Montrealers will agree it is far better than the syrup produced over the border in places like Vermont. The arrival of spring, when the sap of the syrup trees starts rising, is a time for celebration and feasting. Many Montrealers head out to visit the “cabanes à sucre”. These sugar shacks are found near farms and provide many delicious treats and activities.
LET’S TALK BASICS
Maple taffy is a traditional irresistible staple. Hot maple syrup pours over fresh, pristine snow and as it starts to solidify, rolled onto sticks. Many sugar shacks offer hearty meals to help you avoid too much of a taffy binge. You can fill up on hearty traditional French-Canadian pioneer dishes, such as pancakes, sausages, pea soup, ham, stew, beans, and potatoes.
Although there are a few sugar shacks in the Laurentian mountains, most are in and around the picturesque Eastern Townships – only about an hour or so out of the city by car, amidst some of Quebec’s most productive farmland. The most popular sugar shacks are often fully booked months in advance. So it is well worth making early reservations. But many are in fact open all year round and can be booked for private events, like parties or weddings.
WHERE TO GET IN ON THE GOODNESS
There are lots of different sugar shacks close to Montreal, all offering different experiences. Some are very family friendly, with petting zoos for children to get close to the animals, little trains, and other events. Cabane à Sucre Constantin has sleigh rides, a mini-farm with exotic pets, a Doll Museum, mini-theatre, games and puzzles, and go-karts, as well as hiking trails. Cabane à Sucre D’Amours, offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, a mini-farm, and a labyrinth.
Others, like the 5-star rated L’Hermine Cabane à Sucre and Au Pied de Cochon provide gourmet delights and appeal to foodies wanting to sample the latest maple-inspired culinary creations. L’Hermine also has live music and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the forest. The Cabane à Sucre Handfield offers all the traditions but also caters for vegans, vegetarians, and gluten free diets.
MORE THAN JUST A SWEET TIME
Some focus on historical authenticity. The Sucrerie de la Montagne, designated an official Quebec Heritage site, preserves and celebrates Quebecois traditions, transporting you back in time, with plenty of “sugaring off” activities and events, including log cabins where you can stay overnight, folk music with everyone encouraged to join in, and staff in traditional dress.
Cabane à Sucre Labranche is a good choice for wine connoisseurs. Set in beautiful scenery, it is not just a sugar shack. It is also an apple shack and a party shack. There is an apple orchard and winery as well. Here you’ll find award-winning sparkling maple wine, sparkling cider, and even a fortified maple wine.
These are just a few of the wonderful sugar shacks close to Montreal, but if you don’t want to get out of the city, you don’t have to miss out completely. Maple Delights (Délices érable et Cie) is a bistro-boutique and “maple museum” offering a whole range of tasty maple treats, right in the heart of the Old Port.
Enjoy the sweet times during your Short-Term Rentals in Montreal!