Towards the end of March, the annual tradition begins at sugar shacks all over Canada. Many sugar shacks offer maple-soaked feasts in celebration of the maple harvest to welcome the spring season.
When the heat of the sun starts to be felt after the spring equinox, flowers begin to blossom, and a lot of wildlife comes out of hibernation. Terraces take over the sidewalks of Montreal and are quickly filled with sun-seeking lovers. Festivals, outdoor activities and sports events spring up across the city. But the most traditional way to celebrate that spring feeling in the air is with the taste of maple syrup!
Towards the end of March, the annual tradition begins at sugar shacks all over Canada. Many sugar shacks offer maple-soaked feasts in celebration of the maple harvest to welcome the spring season. It was no accident that Canada chose the maple leaf as its federal symbol. Maple trees can be found in every province from coast to coast. The province of Quebec is known, not only to be the largest producer worldwide but also to produce the best maple syrup.
Layman Transport has made a list of the best places around Montreal to experience an authentic sugar shack meal! Whether you're a Montrealer yourself or you’re just doing a quick trip here, don't miss your chance to have a taste of the sublime golden nectar and charter a bus now on your way to one of the top 10 of best sugar shack around the Montreal City!
1. Cabane A Sucre Constantin
Sugar shacking is one tradition to do with the family every year. From February to April, enjoy a familial brunch with your little ones at Cabane A Sucre Constantin! Let the kids have fun visiting their mini-farm, riding on the 4x4 track for children and jumping on their inflatable play. They can also play in the outdoor park to burn off all their energy from the sugar rush!
Location: 1054 Boulevard Arthur-Sauvé, Saint-Eustache, QC J7R 4K3
2. Le Chalet des Érables
Only 30 minutes away from Laval is located a paradise for children called Le Chalet des Érables. This sugar shack offers hearty meals and children's activities. Horse riding, train rides, mini farm, mechanical bull and a haunted house. From February to April, hop on our yellow school bus that can accommodate up to 72 children, perfect for daycare and school outings to this amazing sugar shack.
Location: 384 Montée Gagnon, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC J0N 1H0
3. Cabane à Sucre D'Amours
Who knew that celebrating a wedding at the sugar shack is more common than we thought? Cabane à Sucre D'Amours is apparently very nice place to celebrate a wedding, a corporate event or a Christmas office party with their enchanting decor and magnificent reception hall. Your big celebration probably has a need for a bigger vehicle. Hire a luxurious ride on your way to your special event and choose our Fully-loaded Motor Coach. It can accommodate up to 56 people and is the most comfortable vehicle in our fleet.
Location: 427 5e Ave, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC J0N 1H0
4. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied De Cochon
If you are seeking for something different from traditional sugar shacks, you will have an outstanding dining experience by tasting the traditional reinvented and delicious recipes from Chef Martin Picard at Cabane à Sucre Au Pied De Cochon. Sugaring-off time at the Au Pied de Cochon cabin ranges from mid-February to early May. Charter our spacious 24 seats Minibus and add to your itinerary Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon or their restaurant Au Pied de Cochon located in Montreal.
Location (Sugar shack): 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Mirabel, QC J7N 2R9
Location (Restaurant): 536 Duluth Est Montréal, QC, H2L 1A9
5. La Cabane d'à Côté
La Cabane d'à Côté is located on the land next to the Au Pied de Cochon sugar bus and is open year-round. The concept behind this 38-person cabin translates into a desire to prepare dishes in front of customers, with the centerpiece of the hut as its stove: the wood-fired evaporator.
They also offer a service of accommodation: La Maison d’à côté.
It is a rustic house located next to the sugar shack. Spending the night there with a visit to the cabin during the sugar and the harvest seasons. La Maison d’à côté has 6 closed rooms with complete bedding, 2 complete bathrooms, complete kitchen, fire place, cable T.V. & Wi-Fi, swimming-pool & can accommodate 14 people just like our Van with luggage compartment. Pack your bags, bring the family and make short trip out of the city.
Location (La Cabane d'à Côté): 3595 Montée Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC, J7N 2S3
Location (La Maison d’à côté): 3915 Monté Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC, J7N 2S3
6. Sucrerie de la Montagne
Also opened all year, Sucrerie de la Montagne is a typical sugar shack with traditional Canadian specialities located one hour away from Montreal. Live that simple experience of that traditional gathering around a good meal with your loved ones.
Location: 300 Chemin Saint-Georges, Rigaud, QC J0P 1P0
7. ValDes Rosacees
ValDes Rosacees is a traditional sugar shack located less than an hour away from Montreal in the heart of a maple grove for sugar shacking and an orchard for apple-picking open seasonally for brunch.
Location: 3300 Montée Robillard, Mirabel, QC J7N 2S4
8. La Cabane à Tuque
If you are a vegetarian/vegan but still want to take part in the sugar shack tradition, La Cabane à Tuque is the place to go! Plan your trip to Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort with your friends during the spring break and rent our 36 passengers Mid-sized coach for your group activity.
Location: 370 Montée Fortier, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 2EA
As spring arrives, schools, employers and families will plan their outing for the maple season and finding transportation for a large amount of people might be easier said than done.
Make sure to check out our last article on 7 Things You Should Consider Before Chartering a Bus to get you started on the right foot. When you are looking for a reliable bus rental company to bring you from point A to point B, trust the Leading Charter Bus Company! Layman Transport is specialized in transportation involving large groups and offers charter rental services that can suit any group size using Coaches, school buses, minibuses and vans. All members of our team are strictly selected and trained to provide a five-star service.
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