October 23, 2014 — Come February, Quebeckers head to the nearest sugar shack for good eats and a rollicking good time! A much-loved spring activity, “sugaring off” entails hearty, all-you-can-eat fare the likes of sausages, omelettes, pancakes, baked beans and more, all liberally doused with maple syrup.
For an authentic experience
In March, the Maison Saint-Gabriel sets up an authentic on-site sugar shack, complete with maple taffy tasting, storytelling and traditional music.
Just west of Montréal is the Sucrerie de la Montagne, open year-round with delicious maple products, horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, tours of the sugar shack and fieldstone bakery and live music.
Canadian Maple Delights is a warm and inviting bistro-boutique in Old Montréal that excels in all things maple. What’s more, a free onsite museum details every aspect of this sugary elixir.
Or for a modern twist
The Hôtel Nelligan rooftop transforms into the Terrasse à Sucre from March to April to offer a traditional sugar shack menu. Covered and heated, this urban sugar shack provides one sweet vantage point of the Old Port.
La Cabane, located inside the Scena in the Quays of the Old Port, offers its own “reinvented” version of a sugar shack from March to April, with a different guest chef every year. Hip and happening, La Cabane serves up traditional maple fare with a modern, sophisticated twist in the authentic sugar shack communal dining style.