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9. Discover the sweet tradition of Québec’s sugar shacks

Québec is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, and early spring is ‘sugaring-off season’: a time to celebrate the deliciousness and versatility of the legendary syrup itself and visit as many sugar shacks as possible.

These traditional restaurants now number in hundreds across the province and range from family-style to haute-cuisine, but all with one common thread; everything cooked, baked or brewed has maple syrup in it somewhere.

Seek out heritage shacks to hear live folk music and learn about ancient Amerindian customs; urban shacks with an eco-slant; forest shacks where sleigh rides are part of the fun, or good old-fashioned traditional shacks in the heart of historic maple groves.

Where

Over 200 sugar shacks throughout Québec

When and prices

Open during sugaring-off season in March and April.

Where to stay

Sucrerie de la Montagne. A traditional log cabin and sugar shack located in the woods atop Mont Rigaud in south-western Québec.

Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel. A Luxury hotel in downtown Montréal, close to The Maple Delights museum & bistro

Deluxe Family Room from £183 per night (based on a family of four)

Find out more about sugaring-off season and sugar shacks in Québec

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