Cabanes à Sucre: Our top picks in the Montreal area

In Quebec, as soon as the snow starts melting and the sap starts flowing, maple syrup producers across the Canadian province get to work in order to bring you the best of this internationally recognised treat.

The Sugar Shack, better known locally as the “Cabane à Sucre” is a tradition that has been around since the 17th century. Every spring, like clockwork, establishments around the province open their doors to guests eager to devour plates specially selected as they are perfectly complemented by maple syrup.

The menu typically includes dishes like pea soup, sausage, honey ham, pickled root vegetables, beans, potatoes, bacon, meatballs, meat pie, omelet and pork rinds (better known as “oreilles de crisse”). To wash it all down, you’ll have water, milk and in some venues, it’s BYOB aka: bring your own booze! 

And it’s not over quite yet- there’s still dessert! This usually consists of pancakes, pies and tarts, all covered with more maple goodness, of course. To top off the experience, head outside to enjoy maple taffy, made by freezing hot maple syrup in snow. It’s the ultimate maple indulgence!

If you are visiting Montreal around this time, this is truly an experience not to be missed. Read on for the list of our top 6 favourite Sugar Shacks!

1. Érablière Charbonneau

Open from the 25th of February to the 30th of April.

Prices: $28.95 + taxes per adult on the weekend, and $22.75 from Monday to Friday.

Reserving a table is recommended.

The restaurant provides alcohol.

2. Cabane à Sucre Constantin

Open from the 14th of February to the 30th of April.

Prices: Open from 11am to 8pm. Prices are at $17.75 per person.

Avoid the weekends if possible. Wait times can be over 90 minutes.

The restaurant provides alcohol.

3. Au Palais Sucré

Prices: $18.50 + tax per person from Sunday at 4pm through to Friday.

$23 + tax per person from Saturday until Sunday at noon.

Reservations are highly recommended.

You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to enjoy!

    Photo by @christophe.nguyen

4. Sucrerie de la Montagne

Open from the 13th of February to the 8th of May.

Prices: Considered a higher end cabane, the prices match.

From the 13th of March to the 16th of April, from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm adults pay $34 + tax. Add another $4 if you decide to go after 4pm. On Sundays you pay $38 + tax from 10am to 3pm. From 4pm until 7:30pm it becomes $34 + tax.

From the 17th of April to the 8th of May, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm adults pay $29+ tax. Add another $4 if you decide to go after 4pm. On Sundays you pay $33 + tax from 10am to 3pm. From 4pm until 7:30pm it becomes $29 + tax.

Reservations are mandatory.

The restaurant provides alcohol.

5. Sucrerie Bonaventure

Prices: From Monday to Thursday adults pay $17.39 + tax for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is $24.35 + tax.

On Saturdays breakfast is $20.88 + tax, lunch is $24.35 + tax and dinner is $26.10 + tax. 

On Sunday breakfast is $20.88 + tax, lunch is $24.35 + tax and dinner is $20.88 + tax.

Call or reserve your table beforehand.

You are welcome to bring your own wine to enjoy!

Photo by @arianetonka

6. Érablière à la Feuille D’Érable

Open for the 2017 season starting the 25th of February.

Prices: Monday to Friday: $17.40 + tax. Cash only.

Saturday lunch and dinner: $20.44 + tax.

Sunday lunch, $20.44, and $17.33 per night.

Reservations are recommended.

You are welcome to bring your own wine to enjoy!

Photo by @arianetonka

2 Comments
  1. Very interesting read and thank you for making me learn about this tradition I had never heard about. Seems quite a meal to experience. If I ever come to Quebec I’ll take some Belgian beers with me ! Would that be a good combination?

    1. We’re glad you learned something new! Each place has a different story and it’s part of traveling, experiencing new things! Honestly, I am a little bit biased, I would say bring a case of 24 Belgium beers but that’s because i love them! Any abbaye should do the trick to wash off the heavy but delicious sugar Shack meal!!

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