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A “cabane à sucre” (sugar shack) experience in and around Montréal

Once again we find ourselves at the tail end of a long and arduous winter that is still not ready to take its leave. The only light at the end of this icy tunnel comes in the shape – and taste! – of sticky sweet maple treats that we are ready to welcome with open arms. Traditional cabanes à sucre (sugar shacks) are found in the country, amidst the forests of maple trees, although pop-up urban cabanes have been providing maple-laden meals to city dwellers. Come spring, syrup seekers congregate in country cabins, sit at long communal tables and eat simple sugar shack food that help whisk the winter blues away and welcome spring. If you are looking for such a spot in and around Montréal, below are a few of our favourite sugar shacks. La Cabane chez Jean New to the cabane à sucre scene this year, La Cabane chez Jean is a stone-throw away from downtown Montréal at the Beach Chalet of Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame. In a “cozy cabin décor,” a menu of traditional dishes such as baked beans, omelette and maple sugar pie will be served to everyone’s delight. Dates: Friday to Sunday, March 20 to… / Read More →

SUGAR SHACKS IN AND AROUND MONTREAL

At the end of winter, the maple syrup begins to flow, and, according to Quebec wisdom, one of the best ways to greet the oncoming spring is with a huge meal covered in said maple syrup. This is traditionally done in large groups in rustic places called sugar shacks but thankfully Montreal knows how to add that rustic flavour to its urban ways…