Here in Quebec, we are fortunate to enjoy the ‘real’ maple syrup experience- seeing how the trees are tapped and enjoying “la tire” – sweet, delicious, maple syrup ‘taffy’ cooled on a bed of snow.
Well, sugar shack season is well underway and this is a great weekend to go!
Visiting the sugar shack is a fun experience for families living in Montreal as well as for tourists. There are many options to choose from. Most sugar shacks offer the whole “sugaring off” experience complete with meal & entertainment. Many families with small children are just seeking the “maple taffy on snow” experience. It is best to call ahead for the following reasons:
- To verify if the sugar shack offers the experience you are seeking,
- For various people who have dietary restrictions, many sugar shacks have pork drippings in the maple syrup. If this is of concern to you, you will want to verify ahead of time,
- Many sugar shacks require reservations, you don’t want to drive out to be turned away.
We visited La Famille Constantin a few years ago and enjoyed our experience. Here’s a list of a few different sugar shacks around the Montreal area:
Cabane à sucre Bouvrette
(The “Steam Train” sugar shack)
1000 Nobel St.
St Jerome, QC
Cabane à Sucre Handfield
(They also have a spa on site!)
555 Richelieu Boul.
St Jean sur Richelieu, QC
Cabane à sucre Lalande
862, Montée Laurin
La Cabane à Sucre Millette
1357 rue St-Faustin,
Cabane à Sucre Paquette
(Animals, sleigh & pony rides)
419 5th Avenue
Ste Anne des Plaines, QC
Cabane à Sucre des Sportifs
(fun activities: indoor hockey, baseball batting machine, slides & dairy farm tour)
203 rang Montcalm
Saint Esprit, QC
La Famille Constantin
1054 boul Arthur Sauvé
Gallant Sugar Shack
1160 St Henri Road
Ste Marthe, Qc
L’Hermine Maitre Sucrier
212 rang St Charles
Sucrerie de la Montagne
300 Rang St Georges
Do you know of any other sugar shack(s) I should add to the list? Please share!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
I remember as a child enjoying taffy on the snow. It was something to look forward to after a fresh covering of snow had fallen!