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...
The 8 Best Sugar Shacks in and Around Montreal
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.
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!
The fine folks of Le Chalet des Érables have gone and sweetened up their sugar shack experience with a special deal that’ll score you a free beer with every appetizer you order after 7:30pm, incl. pork rinds, ham in syrup, sausage omelets, etc.
Most Montrealers don’t associate the name “Charbonneau” with anything remarkable, let alone delicious -- but that will all change after a trip to Érablière Charbonneau’s all-you-can-eat sugar shanty buffet. Their famous omelet tournée will make the 40min drive worth it and then some.
Sure, topping off your maple feast with one of Sous-Bois’ homegrown apple wine or cider may lead to sickening next day hangover regrets, but when it comes to sugar shacks, it's worth it.
St-Benoît de Mirabel
Visiting Martin Picard’s rustic sugar cabin should be on everybody’s “Things to do before you die list”, but maybe towards the end of it, ‘cause their menu, which includes a meat mountain (er, "platter"), will definitely bring you closer to to it.
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.
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. Érablière Charbonneau45 ch du Sous Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
2. Sucrerie de la Montagne300 St. Georges, Rigaud
3. L'Hermine Cabane à Sucre212 Rang Saint Charles, Havelock
4. Le Chalet des Érables384 mtée Gagnon, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines
5. Érablière au Sous-Bois164 ch du Sous Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
6. Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon11382 Rang de la Fresnière, Montreal
7. Érablière Au Palais Sucré864 Rang Chartier, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
8. La Cabane400 Rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal
Hold onto to your hat when you visit this all-you-can-eat sugar shack extravaganza, which famously features a tasty omelet tournée.
This authentic sugar shack is a bit remote, but it's totally worth the trek for their tantalizing pancake dinner buffet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.