The best sugar shacks in and around Montréal – 2022 edition

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on March 25, 2022.

When it’s sugar shack time, Montrealers know spring is around the corner. Maple lovers don’t have to go far as the city has some great urban sugar shacks where Québec tradition and modern influences are combined. Below is a list of some of our favorite ways of getting your sugar shack fix in and around Montréal.

Restaurant meals

Once again, Caribou Gourmand is bringing its highly anticipated weekend maple brunch. The menu consists of cabane à sucre classics as well as more creative dishes laden with maple syrup, of course. Pick and choose among all the dishes available and create your perfect sugar shack brunch. (weekends from March 15th)

Le Richmond is bringing this year again its highly anticipated weekend maple brunch for one weekend only, April 2nd and 3rd. Their 4-course menu features cabane à sucre classics mixed with more creative dishes and includes hot wine, hot chocolate, and ice shooters. Reservations are suggested.

The Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth restaurant is serving a sumptuous sugar shack brunch every Sunday from March 13 to April 10. Rosélys’ menu includes “gourmet twists” on the traditional meal with dishes such as baked beans in birch syrup and pork shoulder cromesquis braised in stout beer.

The ultimate brunch destination in town, Régine Café is offering a lavish sugar shack menu until April 18th. The copious meal includes maple glazed ham, soufflé omelette, baked beans, pancakes, potatoes, creton and more.

Griffintown’s Instagram-ready Perles et Paddock sugar shack brunch is making a comeback this year. The elevated 3-course maple menu includes dishes such as pea soup with smoked veal tongue, baked beans with smoke lion’s mane mushroom, and house made maple smoked ham. They also offer a vegetarian 3-course menu.

 

Festivals and celebrations

Promenade Wellington’s Cabane Panache, the trendiest sugar shack in town, is transforming into a “p’tit shack” for its 10th anniversary this spring. Local restaurants will be cooking up a storm inspired by the traditional Québec feast. A “special and spontaneous programme” is still in the works so check their website for more details. (March 19 and 20, 2022)

Fleury ouest in Ahuntsic is putting together their yearly La Cabane à Flo celebration of maple season at Parc Tolhurst on April 2nd from 1pm to 5pm. You can expect a “real” sugar shack with all the maple taffy and some other surprises. Free admission.

 

Sugar shacks

If a real sugar shack experience is what you’re after, be sure to check out Sucrerie de la Montagne from mid-February until the end of April. Named a Québec heritage site and situated amid a 120-acre forest of century-old maple trees atop Mont Rigaud (an hour away from downtown Montréal), this place will make you feel like you’re experiencing the authentic Québécois tradition of “sugaring off.”  

For another authentic experience of Québec sugar shacks, visit the Apple Sugar Shack of Labonté de la Pomme. Known as the first apple shack in Québec, this family-run establishment located 45 minutes outside the city offers menus influenced by its specialt: apples. From March to April, choose among three formulas: a traditional dining room meal, a take-out or delivery option or a faster and less elaborate on-the-go one. Vegetarian menus are available.

 

The maple experience at home

Chef Martin Picard runs what is perhaps the most famous sugar shack in Québec. This season, his Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack remains closed for in person dining, as does their partner and neighbour chef Vincent Dion Lavallée’s La Cabane d’à Côté. They are, however, offering a gargantuan feast to celebrate the season at home. The generous box for 2 contains such delicious items as maple brioche bread, foie gras stuffed meatloaf and pineapple and maple upside down cake.

Restaurant H3 is teaming up with La Cabane du coureur to bring you their outstanding sugar shack meal in take-away format to assemble at home. Choose between the Classic (7 dishes for 2 people), the Total (12 dishes for 2 people) or the 100% vegan (9 dishes for 1 person) (February 22 to April 22, 2022).

L’aKabane’s online boutique delivers sugar shack meals all over the province. Place your order on their website and choose between a traditional box or more deluxe box for 2 or 4 people, as well as individual items.  The boxes are delivered to your doorstep with reheating instructions.

Markets

Montréal’s public markets have a slew of maple-related activities and treats available this season, from maple taffy to a seasonal maple water sorbet. Maple stands abound at all market locations starting in early March and until late April. While you’re there, stock up on your yearly supply of maple syrup, which you can purchase directly from the producers.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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