Sweet Rewards — Québec Sugar Shack
The cabane au sucre; a tradition born of sugar maple trees and ingenuity, is a “sugar shack” experience deeply rooted in Québec culture. More than a centuries-old French-Canadian method of making maple syrup, it’s an opportunity for groups to become immersed in local culture, create community over a shared meal and celebrate their successes in traditional French Canadian style.
Every sugar shack offers their own unique experience highlighting specific local traditions. Groups can arrive by horse-drawn sleigh winding through a hushed winter forest where pails festoon each tree – the age-old method of collecting sugar maple sap. A warm glass of cariboo (mulled wine) and a toast to your guests kicks off an afternoon or evening celebration. Traditional French Canadian fare: hearty bowls of split pea soup, carved ham, molasses baked beans, oven-warm bread can’t help but fuel you up for lumberjack Olympics, dancing to traditional Québecois music, or learning how to play the spoons. In early spring, guests may slip through a cloud of maple vapor to witness the traditional “sugaring off” process of turning sap into sweet maple syrup as has been done for centuries. Afterward, retire around the blazing bonfire – storytelling, singing or sampling maple sugar pie, frozen taffy confections and more.
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