Spring is a favorite season for many. The dreary winter begins to melt away and makes room for the summer fun. But for maple syrup enthusiasts, spring holds a completely different and exciting meaning! 

 

When

The maple sugar season is short but sweet, lasting for only a couple of weeks. The early stages of spring are the ideal time to start tapping trees. From mid-February to March, temperatures drop slightly to the 20°F – 40°F (-6°C – 4°C) range. While this is still quite cold, it’s just enough for the trees to warm up and produce sap, which only flows when it’s 32°F (0°C) and warmer. The process of tapping typically happens for 4-6 weeks.

 

Where

Sugar shacks are houses/cabins where sap is collected and turned into maple syrup. You can find these in the Eastern cities throughout Canada and the U.S. However, because they need easy access to maple trees, they are located outside of the major cities you know and love. With Canada being the greatest contributor to the industry, there are many sugar shacks you can visit near Canadian cities. Most establishments do not offer tree-tapping experiences, but have other fun and sweet activities!

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Montreal

There are many sugar shacks just outside of Montreal, for example, La Sucrerie Bonaventure. They are a quality maple syrup producer. They have a restaurant, serving quality, traditional Quebec meals that will leave you feeling homey and satisfied. On top of that, they offer a number of activities like maple water processing demonstrations, hiking trails, and candy shops.

Toronto

Breedon’s Maple Syrup is a family-owned and operated maple syrup producer. They are open all year round, meaning you can visit at any time and not be limited to the maple sugar season. They offer tours of the farm and demonstrations, and even have a shop full of maple products!

Quebec City

Outside of Quebec City, you’ll find Érablière le Chemin du Roy, another beloved sugar shack. They have a variety of packages that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here, you can have an all-you-can-eat meal, traditional folk music shows, and even try your hand at making maple taffy.

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