A great tradition in Quebec is to celebrate the arrival of spring by indulging your sweet tooth: as the sun gains strength, people emerge from their winter lethargy and head to the cabane à sucre (sugar shack) with family and friends. The Outaouais region is no exception. The region's érablières (maple stands) and sugar shacks offer a typically French Canadian experience: horse-drawn sleigh rides, hiking trails, maple-themed guided tours, and of course, taffy on snow. Tuck into a hearty traditional meal in a warm setting that evokes a not-so-distant past. You can purchase maple products on site, and some places even offer cottage rental with picturesque views. If you get the urge to dance a jig after the meal, don't hold back: youll have more room for taffy on snow!
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In Québec, sugar shacks are a must in the spring. The Outaouais is no exception. Pancakes, baked beans, potatoes, eggs, sausages... All that drenched in maple syrup before going outside to enjoy taffy poured on snow and rolled on a stick, while telling yourself you probably ate too much. Everybody loves it! How about taking the family to a nice snowshoe run to burn the extra calories, afterwards? The Outaouais has beautiful trails and the two activities will go together like pancakes and maple syrup!
Head to Domaine de l'Ange-Gardien for this annual maple products celebration that is an outing at the sugar shack. Apart from the traditional meal, you can enjoy a sleigh ride, tubing and many more familiy activities. After that, Domaine des 3 Roses promises a beautiful trek in nature that will reconcile you with your stomach. After your trek, head to Centre sportif de Gatineau for a refreshing swim that is sure to put you back on track!