Quebec has always been one of the popular tourist destinations of Canada, but in spring, it truly feels the best. If you plan to visit Quebec in springtime, visiting a sugar shack should be on your list. Not many know that around 80% of pure maple syrup in the world comes from Canada, of which a huge part comes from Quebec and surrounding areas. A sugar shack or cabane à sucre, for the uninitiated, is a traditional place, where sap from maple tree is boiled, to get the ultimate goodness called maple syrup. Every year in spring, sugar shacks open their gates for guests, who can come over and be a part of the seasonal work, which is all about celebrating life with great desserts.
The experience at a sugar shack
Most sugar shacks are typically open during spring, and for rest of the year, you need to make a reservation in advance. The convivial atmosphere of the sugar shacks makes these an ideal place for celebration, and many local families spend the Easter together at these shacks, enjoying the food that Quebec is known for. Many shacks have their own personalized menu, which changes every single day, so if you plan to stay back for a day or two, that would be better. Also, sugar shacks can be booked for special occasions, such as weddings and family events, but we recommend that you book in advance, because spring is when these shacks have business. Many are often booked months before spring.
Menu worth drooling
It’s not surprising that maple-based menus rule these shacks. Note that this is more of a homely diner and a place to mingle with other people, and the food kind of reminds of country life in many ways. The food is usually homemade, consisting of things like fried pork, baked beans, peas soup, fresh buns and breads, and meat pie. If you are a sugar shack, you cannot miss the experience called ‘maple taffy on snow’. This is basically a ritual after every meal, where warm maple syrup is poured on snow, and as the syrup cools down, you can use a stick to make your own popsicle. That’s exactly what locals and guests from other countries want to enjoy, and some shacks offer that service even for special events organized at your home.
Book your tickets and get to Quebec – the spring doesn’t feel better than this!