Sugar shack season is almost upon so it’s time to get planning!
Although the bustling urban city of Montreal is not home to any sugar shacks, you won’t have to travel far to get an authentic Quebec experience.
Whether you love the horse-drawn carriage rides or the plethora of maple treats, there are plenty of reasons to visit a sugar shack this winter.
Typically open from late February to April, check out 6 sugar shacks to visit near Montreal.
This historic estate in Rigaud, Quebec, gives you the ultimate cabane a sucre experience. In addition to the horse-drawn sleigh and tasty maple treats, Sucrerie de la Montagne has a general store (where a multitude of maple products are sold), as well as free tours of the sugar shack and nearby bakery. Snack on a sugar tart while you listen to live music and browse in the general store – you won’t regret this maple-filled weekend getaway!
Where: 300 Chemin Saint-Georges, Rigaud, QC
This rustic, barn-style sugar shack in Mont-Saint-Gregoire boasts dance nights, live music, a petting zoo, children’s playgrounds, hiking trails, maple syrup demonstrations, and much more. It is a wonderful spot to spend a weekend with your family, especially when you have so many delicious food options in front of you, such as classic smoked ham and sausages. In addition Érablière au Sous-Bois has one of the largest selections of maple products of any cabane a sucre on this list. There you can pick up maple syrup, maple dressing, maple caramel, maple candy, maple chocolate, maple tea, and maple jelly, to name a few.
Where: 150 Chemin du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire, QC
Situated in St Benoit de Mirabel, Quebec, Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon is a popular spot amongst loyal fans of Au Pied de Cochon, one of the most famous restaurants in all of Montreal. For this unique sugar shack experience, Chef Martin Picard is once again at the helm creating fun twists on traditional sugar shack recipes. Though the specialty dishes haven’t been announced for this year, you can surely bet they are going to be delicious. Don’t forget to leave without picking up a cute souvenir from their on-site boutique (maple syrup soap, anyone?).
Where: 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, St Benoit de Mirabel, QC
Head to Mont-Saint-Gregoire for one of the best sugar shack experiences near Montreal. In addition to the estate’s old maple grove, there are also tractor rides, a petting zoo, and an interactive game for children. What’s more, the menu includes a variety of hearty dishes perfect for winter, such as roasted potatoes, baked beans, bacon, and homemade rolls. And of course, to satisfy your sugar craving you have to try the grand-pere in maple syrup, sugar pie, or pancakes.
Where: 864 Rang Chartier, Mont-Saint-Grégoire, QC
Located in St-Isidore-de-Laprairie, Domaine Labranche operates their their very own sugar shack during the colder months. A true experience for people of all ages, visitors are invited to take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, visit an animal farm, or go an enchanting walk through the forest. Once you’re tuckered out from all the fun activities, there is a warm cabin-like oasis filled with maple goodies including pancakes and sugar pie. Alternatively, if it’s something savoury you’re after, Cabane a sucre Labranche has a multitude of delicious options such as pea soup, maple smoked ham, beet salad, and grilled salt pork.
Where: 565 Rang Saint-Simon, Saint-Isidore-de-Laprairie, QC
A seasonal sugar shack boasting French Canadian fare, homemade maple syrup, and a plethora of exciting children’s activities including a petting zoo and train ride, Cabane a sucre Bouvrette is the place to be this winter. Opening February 23rd for the 2017 season, visitors can indulge in everything from crepes and sugar pie to maple taffy and sausages with maple syrup. Plan your getaway today!
Where: 1000 Rue Nobel, Saint-Jérôme, QC