It’s maple syrup time in the Outaouais!

Published on March 12 2021

The days are getting longer, the sun is getting stronger and the temperature is inching up a few degrees every day. We remain cautious, but it seems that spring is on its way. And it wont show up empty-handed: it comes with its faithful sidekick, maple syrup! We invite you to discover how to enjoy maple in all its forms in the Outaouais. 

Maple in liquid form


Maple syrup is produced from maple water, i.e., maple sap, which is collected from the maple trees. Delicately scented and slightly sweet, it’s a pure delight in its natural state. It has many health benefits and is increasingly used by chefs. 

Once its been boiled down in the sugar shacks of the Outaouais, maple water is transformed into syrup. Theres a good reason its popularly known in Quebec as blond gold: it takes an average of 40litres of maple water to produce 1litre of syrup! As the sugaring season progresses, the sap/syrup develops a stronger taste and a darker colour. There are four grades of maple syrup: golden, amber, dark and very dark. As with wine, everyone has their personal preference. 

Maple syrup can also be festive! The Érablière Bo-Sirop produces LeGrand-Remous, a maple mistelle with 18% alcohol content; Lentaille, a maple wine (12% alcohol); and LAgrérable, a maple and haskap rosé. 

Maple in solid form


You can create many delicacies using maple syrup! The great classics are maple butter, maple sugar, and of course, the ever-popular maple taffy. Many sugar shacks and maple groves in the region, such as the Cabane à sucre Chez Ti-Mousse and Domaine de lAnge-Gardien, sell these products online and in stores, so you can extend your enjoyment for a few weeks (or days—were not judging). 

And thats not allmaple is found in practically every dish traditionally served at the sugar shack. The Ma cabane à la maison (My Sugar Shack at Home) project allows you to order a complete sugar shack meal from one of the three sugar shacks in the Outaouais regionnamely, Érablière St-Germain, Érablière J.B.Caron, and Domaine de lAnge-Gardienand enjoy it in the comfort of your home! If you crave the complete experience, the Érablière Domaine du Cerf welcomes guests while following all health and safety protocols. 

Maple in a box


Croquez lOutaouais is at it again with a 100% local discovery boxEverything Maple, featuring nine maple products! It includes delicious locally produced maple syrup, as well as original maple-based delicacies such as an Asian-style maple marinade and an old-fashioned maple-mustard vinaigrette. Aromatherapy lovers will appreciate the handmade vanilla maple soap. Order your box soon, as quantities are limited. MariePapilles even offers a delicious recipe for savoury squash cake that pairs very well with maple-based wine! 

Where

Several pickup points throughout the region.

When

Available until March 31.

Cost

$59.00 + tax.

Learn more

The excitement of the sugaring-off season wouldnt be complete without adding an outdoor experience to your day! How about a snowy adventure at Arbraska Laflèche or a dogsled ride? 

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