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The 8 Best Sugar Shacks in and Around Montreal

Published On 03/19/2014 Published On 03/19/2014

Call it what you will: sugar shack, sap house, sugar shanty, diabetes development center, these cabins are just one of the reasons why Montreal is so great. They're where the delicious maple syrup is tapped, and where you can get an entire five-course meal drenched in the stuff -- and these are the best ones...

Sucrerie de la Montagne

Sucrerie de la Montagne

Rigaud
Wouldn’t blame you for getting a little sappy (!) over the pancake dinner buffet at Sucrerie de la Montagne -- and as if drowning everything in syrup wasn’t enough, you can even order your pancakes to be sprinkled with granulated maple sugar, too.

L'Hermine Cabane à Sucre

L'Hermine Cabane à Sucre

Havelock
This shack extraordinaire has actually been deemed a Quebec historical site, and unlike other cabanes, it’s open year round. So if you can’t get enough of those maple-baked beans, crispy fried pork rinds, and old-style mashed potatoes, you can just come back!

Cabane √† Sucre Le Chalet des √Črables

Le Chalet des √Črables

Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
The fine folks of Le Chalet des √Črables have gone and sweetened up their sugar shack experience with a special deal that‚Äôll score you a free beer with every appetizer you order after 7:30pm, incl. pork rinds, ham in syrup, sausage omelets, etc.

√Črabli√®re Charbonneau

√Črabli√®re Charbonneau

Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Most Montrealers don‚Äôt associate the name ‚ÄúCharbonneau‚ÄĚ with anything remarkable, let alone delicious -- but that will all change after a trip to √Črabli√®re Charbonneau‚Äôs all-you-can-eat sugar shanty buffet. Their famous omelet tourn√©e will make the 40min drive worth it and then some.

√Črabli√®re au Sous-Bois

√Črabli√®re au Sous-Bois

Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Sure, topping off your maple feast with one of Sous-Bois‚Äô homegrown apple wine or cider may lead to sickening next day hangover regrets, but when it comes to sugar shacks, it's worth it. 

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Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

St-Beno√ģt de Mirabel
Visiting Martin Picard‚Äôs rustic sugar cabin should be on everybody‚Äôs ‚ÄúThings to do before you die list‚ÄĚ, but maybe towards the end of it, ‚Äėcause their menu, which includes a meat mountain (er, "platter"), will definitely bring you closer to to it.

√Črabli√®re Au Palais Sucr√©

√Črabli√®re Au Palais Sucr√©

Mont-St-Grégoire
Remember the revelation you had when the bacon beside your pancakes brushed up against the maple syrup? There’s nothing coy about the meat-syrup action you’ll get here, where the menu includes sausages served in maple syrup. And oh yeah, the maple syrup comes in pitchers.

La Cabane

La Cabane

Old Montreal
If you don’t have wheels or you’re just a lazy sod, roll your fatty arse down the road to Montreal’s urban answer to a sugar shack. Five of Montreal’s most acclaimed chefs dreamed up equally delicious maple-infused dishes for their special menu, but we’re having trouble moving past Demer’s maple ice cream sandwich that’s served with a healthy side of maple cake.

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1. √Črabli√®re Charbonneau 45 ch du Sous Bois, Mont-Saint-Gr√©goire, J0J

Hold onto to your hat when you visit this all-you-can-eat sugar shack extravaganza, which famously features a tasty omelet tournée.

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2. Sucrerie de la Montagne 300 St. Georges, Rigaud, J0P1P0

This authentic sugar shack is a bit remote, but it's totally worth the trek for their tantalizing pancake dinner buffet.

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3. L'Hermine Cabane à Sucre 212 Rang Saint Charles, Havelock, J0S 1R0

Deemed as a Quebec historical site, this sugar shack is open year-round and that's good news if you enjoy maple-baked beans, crispy fried pork rinds, and old-style mashed potatoes.

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4. Le Chalet des √Črables 384 mt√©e Gagnon, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, J0N 1H0

Scores of dishes await you at this classic sugar shack, and now that you'll score a free brew with every app you order after 7:30pm, you pretty much have to go.

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5. √Črabli√®re au Sous-Bois 164 ch du Sous Bois, Mont-Saint-Gr√©goire, J0J1K0

When you're craving a filling maple feast, then head to this sugar shack where they do it right, and finish your meal with some of their homegrown apple wine or cider.

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6. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Montreal, J7N 2R9

You know it's gonna be good when you find out it's run by Au Pied de Cochon's Martin Picard, and it doesn't disappoint with a massive menu composed of meaty goodness.

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7. √Črabli√®re Au Palais Sucr√© 864 Rang Chartier, Mont-Saint-Gr√©goire, QC J0J 1K0

This sugar shack is as tasty as they come, offering a menu loaded with tasty vittles like sausages served IN maple syrup. And when your maple syrup comes in PITCHERS, you know they mean some sticky business.

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8. La Cabane 400 Rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E2 (Old Montreal)

La Cabane, or "The Hut," is Montreal's urban answer to the sugar shack. It's menu was dreamt up by five of Montreal's most acclaimed chefs, and if you wanna finish your meal right, get the maple ice cream sandwich served with a side of maple cake.

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