Did you miss singing, dancing, and eating traditional maple syrup meals as much as we did?
This year, many sugar shacks are offering a hybrid formula: eating in their dining rooms and/or take-out.
As of March 14th, it will be possible to visit in larger groups but remember to reserve early to ensure a spot!
We wish you a wonderful Sugar Shack Season!
Let's start this article with this excellent initiative that launched last year and includes more than 50 sugar shacks in Quebec. You can go to their website and enter your postal code to see all the options available to you. Each sugar shack offers its own gourmet box that you can pick up at the Métro grocery store nearest to you. This year, there are more than 196 different pick-up locations in Quebec. They're also offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or pork-free menus. When you order with them, you will receive the link to the show "Ma cabane à la maison", which helps recreate the atmosphere of a sugar shack at home!
Part of the Cogir group, La Cabane du Coureur is located in St-Marc-sur-Richelieu. This year, the dining room will not be open, but it will be possible to choose your "ready to assemble" menu from February 18th to April 23rd 2022. 3 menus are available for 2 people: classic, total and vegan. Instructions from Chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère are included in each box. You will be able to pick it up at Coureur des Bois in Beloeil or at H3 restaurant in Montreal. Please call them if you want more than 15 boxes.
In St-Lin-des-Laurentides is the Cabane aux Délices des Sucres of the Chez Rosa Group. The dining room has 70 seats, giving it an intimate feel and a family atmosphere. Dine-in, tour the facility and take some of the sugar shack experience home with products available in their store. Don't forget to bring your own wine or beer to go with your meal. Contact them for any group reservation requests. They also have an online platform where you can reserve your sugar box to go for 2 or 4 people. They are in collaboration with Ma Cabane à la Maison, so you will be able to pick up your box in a Metro grocery store.
Chalet du Ruisseau is located in Mirabel and promises an all-you-can-eat meal in a warm and family atmosphere. Lunch service is offered 7 days a week, while dinners are available from Monday to Saturday. After eating, enjoy activities such as a mini-farm, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting for children, free hot chocolate for kids and musical entertainment. If you feel like taking the experience home, you can pick up boxed meals for 2 or 4 people on site. Special rates are available for senior age groups.
Head to Mont-St-Grégoire to savor the delights of the Sugar Shack at Palais Sucré. In addition to being able to eat a traditional sugar meal in a completely renovated room, it is a friendly and family atmosphere that you will find there. On-site, enjoy taffy on snow, tractor rides, children's module and farm animals. The regular and vegetarian menu has delicious items that include a salty and a sweet combination. Open 7 days a week with the option to visit for lunch or dinner, it's perfect for families, couples, colleagues or friends. They can accommodate up to 200 people at a time, so contact them directly to book your next special event. Every Saturday night, a DJ is on site to make you dance. In addition, it will be possible to take the formula to go in individual format or for 2 people. You have until May 1st, 2022 to go visit them, make your reservations online quickly, there is not much room left.
The opening for the 2022 season will take place on March 5th. Head to Rougemont at Les Quatres Feuilles to enjoy a wonderful sugar shack meal. They can accommodate 200 people for both private events and individual reservations. The room contains arcades, a disco miniature golf course and a small stage to host songwriters. The extensive buffet allows you to eat whatever you like best on an all-you-can-eat basis with a 100% gluten-free menu and vegetarian options. The platform on their website allows you to form a group and pay for your share individually online.
Sucrerie Bonaventure is known as one of the most welcoming sugar shacks in the Province of Quebec. The new dining room and the rustic decor of the Sucrerie Bonaventure will charm you. The traditional menu is served at will with animation, DJ and karaoke. They now have a liquor license, so it is no longer possible to bring your own alcohol. After your meal, relax outside with the outdoor fireplace, take a carriage ride, visit the mini farm or bring back souvenirs with the boutique. Have lunch or dinner 7 days a week during the Sugar Shack Season. Reserve online to ensure a seat!
At the Cabane à Sucre Constantin in Saint-Eustache, it is already possible to celebrate their traditional meal with the all-you-can-eat formula. Available until April 24th, you can enjoy a wide range of activities during your visits such as taffy on snow, dance hall, horse sleigh ride, mini-farm, doll museum, puppet theater and more! Menus accommodate any dietary preference and/or restriction by offering full vegetarian (no pork), vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, egg-free, soy-free or the traditional options. Continue the fun at home by choosing from one of the multiple boxes of take-out sugars.
Domaine Labranche is a unique concept in Montérégie combining a Sugar Shack, an orchard and a vineyard. In operation for more than 102 years, it is years of experience that you will be able to savor from March 3rd to April 18th 2022. Choose the menu that appeals to you the most between traditional, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free or vegan. The experience includes a visit to the mini-farm, traditional house and taffy on snow. You will also have the opportunity to walk on the walking trail around the sugar bush, shop at the gourmet boutique, let your children have fun on the playground, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or visit the evaporator. If that wasn't enough to convince you, know that they offer more than a hundred meals to Moisson Québec in order to give back to the next.
Within the beautiful country setting of the Handfield Inn is the Cabane à sucre du domaine. You will be able to taste delicious maple products and enjoy a traditional sugar shack meal offered at the rustic and charming Handfield sugar house, located in the heart of the Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu countryside. The four rooms built of barn wood and heated with wood can accommodate groups of up to 350 people. At the same time, why not book a stay at the Inn?
From February 19th to May 1st 2022, the Érablière Charbonneau will be able to welcome you on site or prepare your boxes to be warmed up at home. The meal with the flavours of the past will allow you to rediscover the pleasure of tradition with its dishes served at the tables at will. Many activities are offered on site such as taffy on snow, visit of the evaporator, play modules for children as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. During the sugar shack season, you can contact them directly if you wish to make a reservation of 50 people or more.
Open year-round, the Sucrerie de la Montagne is a must in Rigaud. Recognized as a "Quebec Heritage Site" and a "signature product", this sugar shack is located in the heart of a forest of century-old maple trees and offers its clientele a true incursion into the past of Canadian and Quebec ancestors. The sugar shack menu will be offered in February, March and April 2022 on weekdays and weekends. Musical entertainment, shuttle by sleigh or cart and taffy on snow tasting are activities on site. Reserve your spot by phone! If you feel like taking the experience a step further, you can rent one of the old-fashioned cabins to sleep in this magical place. They participate in Ma Cabane à la Maison, so it will be possible for you to pick up your sugar meal at the nearest pick-up point.
The Cabane à sucre des Sportifs is located in Saint-Esprit in Lanaudière and has an enchanting place to welcome you, and this, for 7 generations already. Lunches are offered every day, while dinners are offered from Friday to Sunday. It is possible to go there during the week for dinner, by reservation only. The dishes are served at the table at will, all you have to do is select the alcohol you wish to bring with you to enjoy this feast. On weekends, ask for their maple syrup-covered bacon as an extra: a pure delight! They are participating in Ma Cabane à la Maison, so you can pick up your sugar meal at the pick-up location nearest you. During your visit, don't forget your snowshoes to enjoy the beautiful trails around the sugar shack!
After 2 years of absence, it is with great pleasure that the producers welcome you back to their sugar shacks. Cheer them on vigorously and don't forget to reserve your place quickly!