The "cabane à sucre" is a Quebec classic. Now that the weather is warming up and that sweet, sweet sap is flowing, it's time to pack into a car and get yourself to the closest sugar shack.
Sugar shacks are not only great for enjoying tire sur la neige. They also have a ton of great food (some of it is vegan now!) like split pea soup and baked beans, as well as other delicious treats like those little maple cones.
Below you can find a list of some great sugar shacks located close to Montreal. It's time to get some friends together and start planning a little roadtrip!
READ ALSO: McDonald's Canada Now Has Nutella Bagels
TL;DR Read on for a list of some of the best cabanes à sucre close to Montreal.
Sucrerie du Domaine
Where: 280 Chemin du Domaine des Chutes, Chertsey.
What: Located in the Laurentians, this sugar shack is known for its high-quality meals. Starting this year, they have a vegan menu, so this is a great place to bring friends with dietary restrictions. Their super rustic decor is warm and welcoming, and they take reservations for large groups.
Where: 15 400, rue Charles, Mirabel.
What: This rustic shack serves us the sweetest treats. Their menu, which is modifiable based on whether you are vegetarian, lactose intolerant, or gluten-free, serves up traditional Quebec comfort food. Located on a farm, this place is about a lot more than just food: enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or stroll through their farm.
Cabane À Sucre Handfield
Where: 190 Rang des Soixante, Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu.
What: This sugar shack in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu has an extensive, modifiable menu and a great selection of sweets. It's an "all you can eat" menu. If you're not in a food coma after lunch, head to the auberge's spa and enjoy a relaxing afternoon.
Cabane À Sucre Au Pied de Cochon
Where: 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Mirabel.
When: This place, run by the same owners as the Au Pied de Cochon restaurant, is well-known for its appearance on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown." The Mirabel shack offers up a divine selection of creative fares, described by the website as " real live laboratory [that] reclaims the traditional sugar shack."
Un Chef à L'Érable
Where: Pavillon Jacques-Cartier, Montreal Old Port
What: For the fifth year, Un Chef à L'érable is proposing a sugar shack experience in the heart of downtown. Guests can enjoy a refined menu alongside traditional tire sur la neige. The sugar shack opens this Friday, March 15.
Where: 45 Chemin du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire.
What: This sugar shack offers a truly authentic experience while still being close to Montreal. Once you've eaten a traditional meal (or, more wisely, before your meal) take a stroll through their nature paths and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Cabane À Sucre Constantin
Where: 1054, boul. Arthur-Sauvé, Saint-Eustache
When: Here, you can enjoy a meal and a ton of activities, from horse-drawn carriage rides to ATV rides, and everything in between. This cozy sugar shack serves up a fantastic experience and an even more fanstastic meal.
Happy eating, Montreal!