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Where to Go for a Sweet Sugar Shack Experience Near Montreal

15 outstanding options for tourtière, oreilles de crisse, and litre after litre of maple syrup

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When winter begins to subside, the taps on maple trees begin to flow and the short but sweet sugaring season begins, leaving a small window from late February to the end of April to visit and feast at a sugar shack (or cabane à sucre) near Montreal. Nothing is more fitting for this time of year, when diners gather to eat syrup off snow (tire d’érable or tire sur la neige) and copious amounts of traditional Québécois breakfast and brunch dishes.

With its short season, the centuries-old traditions of the sugar shack industry have historically struggled even before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the closure of dining rooms in 2020 and 2021 and pivots to takeout haven’t made anything easier. This year’s season remains a hopeful one though, with dining rooms operating at half capacity since January 31, and reaching full capacity by March 12.

Sugar shack meal boxes via Ma Cabane à la Maison, a program that delivers to pick-up points across the province, are available again this year, while other popular sugar shacks, like Cabane à Sucre Au Pied De Cochon, are selling maple feats for takeout and delivery on their own websites. But the focus of this map is on the full range of the dine-in sugar shack experience, so throw on your best flannel, get ready for an up to two-hour drive, and respect your reservations.

For updated information about the coronavirus situation and related regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

La Tablée des Pionniers

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When it comes to the “gourmet” sugar shack experience, it’s often thought of as the kind of thing reserved for Montreal chefs pulling seasonal stunts. But La Tablée des Pionniers, near the Mont Blanc ski hill in the Laurentides, also delivers on that front, with a split pea soup made with kale and bacon; a pulled pork and mushroom puff pastry; and platters of foie gras, smoked duck, and fig croutons. It’s all-you-can-eat, and bookings go for $59 per person.

Cabane à Sucre Constantin Grégoire

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What started as a sugar shack serving 20 people at a time in 1941 has grown to include a candy factory and microbrewery, too. Situated in a gorgeous cabin northeast of the city, Constantin is one of the more popular sugar shack destinations surrounding Montreal. This season, it’s operating until April 24, serving up an all-you-can-eat menu of smoked pork jowls, pouding chômeur, sausages, and eggs cooked in maple syrup. They also offer vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and egg-free options. Prices range from $26 to $33.

Sucrerie Bonaventure

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The Ladouceur family had been making syrup for five generations before it opened this Mirabel sugar shack in 2014. This season, they’re primed to return to their normal activities like dancing and karaoke, as well as sizeable all-you-can-eat menus that come in traditional, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, and kosher options. Prices are $27.83 per adult and $9.14 to $14.79 per child depending on age. With its massive facilities, it’s one of the more family-friendly options around Montreal, with carriage rides and petting zoos with llamas and sheep at the ready.

Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien

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Tube sliding and sugar shacking at one of Outaouais’s best spots: What’s not to like? Some Montrealers might balk at the distance, but it’s worth the day trip when considering both the entertainment and the eats. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and a full bar service are paired with family-style menus of classics going from pea soup and oreilles de crises to slices of sugar pie. Many swear by the hot chocolate as well.

Lalande

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It may be over a hundred years old, but Lalande doesn’t look it. One of the more manicured experiences when it comes to sugar shacks around Montreal, their massive facilities are open year-round as an event venue. But from March 16 to April 24, their sugar shack offering is available, with prices ranging from $23.48 to $31.31 per adult, depending on the time and day of the week. They excel at hosting large groups, so don’t shy away from bringing the whole (extended) family along with you. Prices per child range from $10.44 to $20.78 depending on age.

Labonté de la Pomme Verger & Miellerie

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This 135-acre U-pick orchard in Oka run by the Labonté and Dufresne families is regularly and rightfully looked to for apple-picking seasons, but their sugar shack experience shouldn’t be neglected either: Their cabane à pommes proffers menus that come in either traditional ($42.50 per person) or gourmet ($55 per person) options, with the former serving all the usual suspects while the latter features dishes like the “étagé campagnard,” where applewood smoked ham, bacon, cheddar and Oka cheeses are all sandwiched between two waffles with applesauce, before the whole thing is covered in syrup. Reservations can be made online, and it’s BYOB.

Erablière Au Bec Sucré

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Located in the Eastern Townships, near the town of Valcourt, this no-fuss sugar shack is exactly what those looking for as few frills as possible will appreciate — plastic tablecloths and all. With its worn wood walls and corrugated tin roof, and features like traditional boilers and old-fashioned sap buckets, it’s a place often looked to for its preservation of tradition. Food here is served buffet-style, with a BYOB option, and includes all the usual suspects along with a few homey touches like toast grilled on a wood oven. It’s $30 per adult and $10 to $15 per child depending on age.

Sucrerie de la Montagne

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This antique cabane run by the Faucher family is among the most lauded sugar shacks in the area surrounding Montreal. Located near the town of Rigaud and operating since 1978, founder Pierre Faucher and his son Stefan stand out for how they keep the rustic charm of their spot intact, right down to the sleigh rides and folk music. This season, they’re offering both indoor all-you-can-eat menus with all the trappings ($34 to $43 per person) as well as takeout boxes with Ma Cabane à la Maison; boxes are $145 for four and $290 for eight.

Érablière Raymond Meunier & Fils

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This Eastern Townships sugar shack’s centennial was disrupted by the pandemic in 2020, so hungry visitors can expect owners will want to catch up on lost time. Every day of the week features a discount or special that ranges from 50 percent off kids’ meals on Mondays to $1 off admission for wearing a plaid shirt on Wednesday evenings. Kids will love the all-you-can-eat maple taffy, while adults can tuck into all-you-can-eat menus of pickles and cretons (pork spread) before diving into sausages and eggs, plus waffles and homemade donuts for dessert. Prices go from $38 per adult to $14 to $25 per child depending on age; a nursery is also available on-site for toddlers.

Érablière le Chalet des Érables

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Far from some stoic expression of rusticity, this sugar “shack” in the Laurentides embraces the festivities of the season whole-heartedly with a full-on fairground of activities that range from mechanical bulls and train rides to merry-go-rounds. First opened in 1948, before transferring to its current stewards of the Lampron family, they’re now going on six generations of boiling down sap and serving up feasts. Running from March 4 to May 1 and priced at $33 per adult and $10.44 to $13.91 per child depending on age, reservations get diners a meal as well as access to activities. Perfect for those looking for a sugar shack that the whole family can enjoy.

Erablière Charbonneau

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Operating this sugar shack since 2004, Mélanie Charbonneau has longstanding family ties to the maple syrup industry, and it shows. At this sizeable Mont St-Grégoire location, plates are loaded up with as many baked omeletes and slices of tourtière as there are traditional desserts like pets de soeur (literally “nun farts,” similar to a cinnamon roll) and buckwheat pancakes. Open until May 1, diners 16 and over can grab a seat for $38.95 — no reservations required. Drinks cost extra, but they’re worth it, especially when they’re poured from bottles from the neighbouring cider house run by Mélanie’s father Denis.

Érablière Au Palais Sucré

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This sugar shack in the Montérégie region has been operating under the guidance of the same family for three generations now, and prides itself on its maple menu. There are all-you-can-eat menus of sweet and savoury dishes made up of classic options like pea soup and baked beans, as well as add-ons like a baked maple brie, to enjoy after working up an appetite with a walk through its sizeable maple groves. Prices are $38 per adult, and range from $13.50 to $26 per child, depending on age.

Domaine Labranche

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An orchard and winery in the warmer months, Domaine Labranche first found its footing as a sugar shack in the 1920s selling bottles to Montreal grocery stores. Operating until April 18, the sugar shack experience here takes place in a comparably smaller dining room, but sitting elbow-to-elbow is part of the fun. Hearty meals of crêpes, baked beans, pea soup, omelettes, ham, bacon, and pork rinds get served with maple desserts galore, and diners can expect to be handed a full wine list coming from the shack’s own cellar. Prices are $42 per adult and anywhere from $11.50 to $30 per child depending on age.

Érablière Hilltop

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A charming location in the Eastern Townships operating from March 5 to May 1, folks flock in for the meals as much as they do for the view (hence the name). All told, over 15 different dishes make up the all-you-can-eat formula here, which comes with a BYOB option. The cabane’s own boutique makes all manner of taffy, candy, infused sugars, and pie from maple syrup. Prices are $35.66 for adults ($30.44 on Friday nights), and go from $11.31 to $21.74 for children.

Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

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Offering one of the most soigné sugar shack experiences near Montreal, this Brome-Missisquoi vineyard and distillery producing award-winning wines, gins, and eau de vies is serving its sugar shack menu until May 1. Dishes are far from typical here, going from a “maple nugget waffle” with whipped cream, smoked beet, and sea buckthorn, to an île flottante dessert paired with an eau de vie-infused English cream. Prices range from $35 to $56 per adult depending on time and day of the week, while kids are $22 or $30.

La Tablée des Pionniers

When it comes to the “gourmet” sugar shack experience, it’s often thought of as the kind of thing reserved for Montreal chefs pulling seasonal stunts. But La Tablée des Pionniers, near the Mont Blanc ski hill in the Laurentides, also delivers on that front, with a split pea soup made with kale and bacon; a pulled pork and mushroom puff pastry; and platters of foie gras, smoked duck, and fig croutons. It’s all-you-can-eat, and bookings go for $59 per person.

Cabane à Sucre Constantin Grégoire

What started as a sugar shack serving 20 people at a time in 1941 has grown to include a candy factory and microbrewery, too. Situated in a gorgeous cabin northeast of the city, Constantin is one of the more popular sugar shack destinations surrounding Montreal. This season, it’s operating until April 24, serving up an all-you-can-eat menu of smoked pork jowls, pouding chômeur, sausages, and eggs cooked in maple syrup. They also offer vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and egg-free options. Prices range from $26 to $33.

Sucrerie Bonaventure

The Ladouceur family had been making syrup for five generations before it opened this Mirabel sugar shack in 2014. This season, they’re primed to return to their normal activities like dancing and karaoke, as well as sizeable all-you-can-eat menus that come in traditional, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-free, and kosher options. Prices are $27.83 per adult and $9.14 to $14.79 per child depending on age. With its massive facilities, it’s one of the more family-friendly options around Montreal, with carriage rides and petting zoos with llamas and sheep at the ready.

Domaine de l’Ange-Gardien

Tube sliding and sugar shacking at one of Outaouais’s best spots: What’s not to like? Some Montrealers might balk at the distance, but it’s worth the day trip when considering both the entertainment and the eats. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and a full bar service are paired with family-style menus of classics going from pea soup and oreilles de crises to slices of sugar pie. Many swear by the hot chocolate as well.

Lalande

It may be over a hundred years old, but Lalande doesn’t look it. One of the more manicured experiences when it comes to sugar shacks around Montreal, their massive facilities are open year-round as an event venue. But from March 16 to April 24, their sugar shack offering is available, with prices ranging from $23.48 to $31.31 per adult, depending on the time and day of the week. They excel at hosting large groups, so don’t shy away from bringing the whole (extended) family along with you. Prices per child range from $10.44 to $20.78 depending on age.

Labonté de la Pomme Verger & Miellerie

This 135-acre U-pick orchard in Oka run by the Labonté and Dufresne families is regularly and rightfully looked to for apple-picking seasons, but their sugar shack experience shouldn’t be neglected either: Their cabane à pommes proffers menus that come in either traditional ($42.50 per person) or gourmet ($55 per person) options, with the former serving all the usual suspects while the latter features dishes like the “étagé campagnard,” where applewood smoked ham, bacon, cheddar and Oka cheeses are all sandwiched between two waffles with applesauce, before the whole thing is covered in syrup. Reservations can be made online, and it’s BYOB.

Erablière Au Bec Sucré

Located in the Eastern Townships, near the town of Valcourt, this no-fuss sugar shack is exactly what those looking for as few frills as possible will appreciate — plastic tablecloths and all. With its worn wood walls and corrugated tin roof, and features like traditional boilers and old-fashioned sap buckets, it’s a place often looked to for its preservation of tradition. Food here is served buffet-style, with a BYOB option, and includes all the usual suspects along with a few homey touches like toast grilled on a wood oven. It’s $30 per adult and $10 to $15 per child depending on age.

Sucrerie de la Montagne

This antique cabane run by the Faucher family is among the most lauded sugar shacks in the area surrounding Montreal. Located near the town of Rigaud and operating since 1978, founder Pierre Faucher and his son Stefan stand out for how they keep the rustic charm of their spot intact, right down to the sleigh rides and folk music. This season, they’re offering both indoor all-you-can-eat menus with all the trappings ($34 to $43 per person) as well as takeout boxes with Ma Cabane à la Maison; boxes are $145 for four and $290 for eight.

Érablière Raymond Meunier & Fils

This Eastern Townships sugar shack’s centennial was disrupted by the pandemic in 2020, so hungry visitors can expect owners will want to catch up on lost time. Every day of the week features a discount or special that ranges from 50 percent off kids’ meals on Mondays to $1 off admission for wearing a plaid shirt on Wednesday evenings. Kids will love the all-you-can-eat maple taffy, while adults can tuck into all-you-can-eat menus of pickles and cretons (pork spread) before diving into sausages and eggs, plus waffles and homemade donuts for dessert. Prices go from $38 per adult to $14 to $25 per child depending on age; a nursery is also available on-site for toddlers.

Érablière le Chalet des Érables

Far from some stoic expression of rusticity, this sugar “shack” in the Laurentides embraces the festivities of the season whole-heartedly with a full-on fairground of activities that range from mechanical bulls and train rides to merry-go-rounds. First opened in 1948, before transferring to its current stewards of the Lampron family, they’re now going on six generations of boiling down sap and serving up feasts. Running from March 4 to May 1 and priced at $33 per adult and $10.44 to $13.91 per child depending on age, reservations get diners a meal as well as access to activities. Perfect for those looking for a sugar shack that the whole family can enjoy.

Erablière Charbonneau

Operating this sugar shack since 2004, Mélanie Charbonneau has longstanding family ties to the maple syrup industry, and it shows. At this sizeable Mont St-Grégoire location, plates are loaded up with as many baked omeletes and slices of tourtière as there are traditional desserts like pets de soeur (literally “nun farts,” similar to a cinnamon roll) and buckwheat pancakes. Open until May 1, diners 16 and over can grab a seat for $38.95 — no reservations required. Drinks cost extra, but they’re worth it, especially when they’re poured from bottles from the neighbouring cider house run by Mélanie’s father Denis.

Érablière Au Palais Sucré

This sugar shack in the Montérégie region has been operating under the guidance of the same family for three generations now, and prides itself on its maple menu. There are all-you-can-eat menus of sweet and savoury dishes made up of classic options like pea soup and baked beans, as well as add-ons like a baked maple brie, to enjoy after working up an appetite with a walk through its sizeable maple groves. Prices are $38 per adult, and range from $13.50 to $26 per child, depending on age.

Domaine Labranche

An orchard and winery in the warmer months, Domaine Labranche first found its footing as a sugar shack in the 1920s selling bottles to Montreal grocery stores. Operating until April 18, the sugar shack experience here takes place in a comparably smaller dining room, but sitting elbow-to-elbow is part of the fun. Hearty meals of crêpes, baked beans, pea soup, omelettes, ham, bacon, and pork rinds get served with maple desserts galore, and diners can expect to be handed a full wine list coming from the shack’s own cellar. Prices are $42 per adult and anywhere from $11.50 to $30 per child depending on age.

Érablière Hilltop

A charming location in the Eastern Townships operating from March 5 to May 1, folks flock in for the meals as much as they do for the view (hence the name). All told, over 15 different dishes make up the all-you-can-eat formula here, which comes with a BYOB option. The cabane’s own boutique makes all manner of taffy, candy, infused sugars, and pie from maple syrup. Prices are $35.66 for adults ($30.44 on Friday nights), and go from $11.31 to $21.74 for children.

Le Vignoble du Ruisseau

Offering one of the most soigné sugar shack experiences near Montreal, this Brome-Missisquoi vineyard and distillery producing award-winning wines, gins, and eau de vies is serving its sugar shack menu until May 1. Dishes are far from typical here, going from a “maple nugget waffle” with whipped cream, smoked beet, and sea buckthorn, to an île flottante dessert paired with an eau de vie-infused English cream. Prices range from $35 to $56 per adult depending on time and day of the week, while kids are $22 or $30.

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