Load Up on Sugar and All-Things Maple
While the tradition of going to sugar shacks is normally more of a spring thing, the “maple season” varies greatly from one year to another. And with Quebec producing 80% of the world’s supply in maple syrup —you’re welcome— there is a rather large amount of sugar shacks spread from one end to the other of the province, many of which are within an hour’s drive from Montreal
. With pop-up restaurants like La cabane (from early March to late April) in the Old-Port to the gluttonesque experience of Pied de cochon’s infamous sugar shack in Rigaud, no sugar-shack aficionado will leave Montreal hungry. Staples are heavy and hearty, and include sugar pies, maple-syrup drenched scrambled eggs, pea soup, sausages, bacon and maple candy.