10 Free Things to Do At Montreal's Downtown "Sugar Shack Festival"
The biggest maple festival in Quebec!
For the 8th year, Cabane Panache et Bois Rond will be hosting a "Cabane à Sucre" right here in downtown Montreal! Best part? It's free!
Instead of taking a two-hour drive to the middle of nowhere, you can have all the sugar and fun you need with a metro ride. Save time and money! What more could you want?
From March 22nd to 25th, you'll be able to see over 80,000 hungry lumberjacks and take part in tons of free, sugar-shack themed events.
Thursday, March 22, 2018: 5 pm to 9 pm
Friday, March 23, 2018: 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, March 24, 2018: 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018: 11 am to 5 pm
For a limited time only, check out these super-fun and super-free activities:
1. Board games by the fire
The Rond de Bois located at the Presbytery Park at the corner of rue Galt and rue Wellington will be open every day. It's a great spot to relax next to some wood stoves and warm up. Decorate with rustic furniture, it's perfectly set-up for you and your friends to play some games.
2. Check out the new Champlain Bridge exposition
Pretty soon, Montreal is going to be looking very different. We're lucky enough to see it unfinished and witness the process. Want to see it first hand? Behind the main stage, at the corner of De L'Église and Wellington, there is an exhibition showing off the workers and the work they are doing.
3. Axe throwing
At the Presbytery park, corner of rue Galt and rue Wellington, you can let out some of your anger and throw some axes! Available for children years 10 and up, ax throwing is a great activity. The key is the balance, not power, so try your hand. This activity asks a $2 fee, but the proceeds are going towards Verdun's hospital foundation, so it's for a good cause.
4. Gif booth
Check out this booth located at the corner of rue Galt and rue Wellington. Designed specifically for you to get the best quality gifs. Take some pictures for Instagram! Make a couple Boomerangs! Thanks to this booth, you can keep a copy of your experience forever.
5. Free concerts
Every day for the duration of the festival, you'll have access to tons of free shows! Come see artists sing and musicians play free of charge. All shows are family-friendly, so bring everyone! They're outside so don't forget to dress warm!
During the weekend (Friday to Sunday), at the corner of rue Galt and rue Wellington, you can get your beards trimmed free of charge! Funky Toque will be there Friday, Beardlington on Saturday and Xotik on Sunday. As a reminder of the old nomadic hairdressers, these pop-up shops are a lot of fun.
7. Check out the cookeries and drink stations
Lumberjacks were in need of a lot of sustenance in their hard work, so local restauranteurs have prepared themed menus. Crown Royal drinkerie will also be offering flights of Canadian whiskeys at four drinks stations throughout the festival.
8. Miniature farm
Of course, there is going to be a petting zoo! On Saturday and Sunday at the Presbytery Park at the corner of rue Galt and rue Wellington, come visit some miniature donkeys, alpacas, sheep, rabbits, geese, and ducks. And guess what? You can even feed them.
9. Check out some art workshops
At the corner of rue Gordon and rue Wellington, you can check out some wood sculpting, pitsawing, and artisanal papermaking. These ancestral techniques are worth checking out if you've never seen them in person. From the inside of a furnished teepee, you can see how things were done way back when.
10. General store
On the weekend, between Gordon and Rielle street, the general store will host 18 Quebecois artisans who will showcase their local skills and heritage products. Come check out the beautiful array of artwork and learn a little about Quebec's artistic past.
Check out all the events right here!