March 9–15: Scrumptious sugar shacks in Outaouais!
Hooray! At last, it’s the season to gather around the table and stuff yourself with oreilles de crisse (crispy pork rinds) as traditional music plays in the background, ride a horse-drawn sleigh to a sugar shack, and gum up your scarf and mitts with delicious maple taffy! That’s right: it’s maple syrup time. Don’t wait until mid-April to get out into the sugar bush: these #outaouaisfun sugar shacks are already open for business!
Cabane à sucre Chez Ti-Mousse
A visit to Chez Ti-Mousse is like a trip back in time! Not only the traditional sugar shack meals are delicious, you can tour the sugar bush and the museum, which is set up as an old-time country kitchen. In this old fashioned setting, you can learn all about how maple sap is transformed into sweet syrup. “A lot of people come just for that part of the tour,” reports the owner proudly.
And if you’re concerned about double-dipping, you’ll be happy to know that the maple taffy is served in single-portion containers ;).
Domaine de L’Ange-Gardien
Bring the whole family and make a day of it at the Domaine de L’Ange-Gardien sugar shack. After a hearty meal, hop aboard a sleigh pulled by magnificent Canadian horses (a recognized breed) for a ride to the sugar shack and a taste of maple taffy on snow. If the kids are buzzed on sugar, they can blow off steam in the nearby playground or on one of the eight tube slides!
And how about a few jigs and reels? On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live performances by the Domaine’s bilingual singer-musician.
Reservations: on line or by phone, 819-281-0299
Cabane à sucre Brazeau
An Outaouais tradition for 55 years, the Brazeau family’s sugar shack in the Petite-Nation La Lièvre will take you back to the good old days. Dig into a hearty all-you-can-eat meal, then visit the sugar shack for some maple taffy for dessert. The owners use traditional methods to tap the maple trees, collect the sap in buckets, and boil it down to make a variety of delicious maple products. Sample warm maple syrup straight from the pail, before it even hits the snow. Mmmm … sweet tradition on a stick!
Érablière Domaine du Cerf
A warm welcome awaits you at the Domaine du Cerf sugar shack, with its 100-seat dining hall, table service and a host of family activities—everything you need for a memorable and tasty experience! When their bellies are full, kids are invited to enjoy the slides on snow carpet (also known as “crazy carpets”). If you’d like to extend your stay in the area, the Domaine also offers cottages for rent. Stunning views included at no extra charge!
Reservations: 819 463-3896
Sucrerie le Palais Gommé
Strike up the music: women on one side, men on the other, allemande left and away we go! The festive atmosphere at Sucrerie le Palais Gommé (the name means “sticky palate”) will have you smiling from ear to ear. Enjoy a traditional sugar shack meal to the sound of live fiddle music and singing, and show off your square-dancing skills on the dance floor! The Sucrerie’s reception room, ideal for celebrations and weddings, can accommodate up to 250 guests. Let the good times roll!
Le Vignoble de Chelsea – Vineyard and Sugar Shack
A new arrival in Outaouais!
After producing small-run maple syrup for three years, Chelsea’s newest sugar shack is ready to welcome visitors to its “rustic chic” reception hall, complete with wood stove and a bubbling pot of home-made baked beans. There’s something for everyone: goats and a pony for the kids, woodland hiking trails for nature lovers, and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night for the party animals in the crowd!
Reservations: on line or 819-665-4370
So many places to enjoy the sweet delights of maple syrup season … only in Outaouais!
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