It's sugaring off time here in Quebec! COVID-19 has hit some industries harder than others. The maple industry is going into their second year now of devastating blows from the pandemic with many beloved sugar shacks having to shutter their doors after passing down generations of tradition.
"If everybody just thinks about their favorite sugar shacks. We really do depend on the season. We didn't have a season last year because it ended on March 13th when we had to close down. This is our second year and the sugar shacks can't afford to do this three years in a row. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Buy a meal, order some maple syrup online and have it delivered at the same time. You can still come out for a drive and go for a walk in the woods. We're still continuing. We're still here. Just come and say hello." Auberge des Gallant owner, Linda Gallant suggests ways to support the struggling sugar shacks.
With this in mind, West Island News has compiled a list of some of the surviving sugar shacks to help you support them as much as possible this season.
Sucrerie des Gallant at Auberge des Gallant
Hours of operation:
Monday & Tuesday : Pick-up at Auberge des Gallant from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Wednesday to Sunday : Pick-up at Sucrerie des Gallant from 4 P.M. to 6 P.M.
When picking up your meal-box, make sure to spare some time to have a stroll in Elves Rallye or check out the snowshoeing trails. The ice rink is open so bring your skates!
Address: 1160 Chemin Saint-Henri, Très-Saint-Rédempteur, QC J0P 1P1
Book by phone: (450) 459-4241
+1 (800) 641-4241
Address: 300, Chemin St-Georges,
Rigaud, Qc, J0P 1P0
Phone: (450) 451-0831
Open 7 days a week for take-out.
Address: 405 rang de l'Annonciation
Oka, Qc, J0N 1E0
Phone: (450) 479-1111
Open from Feb 20th to end of June 2021
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays to Sundays
U-Pick maple water available according to Nature Mother as well as maple taffy and take-out.
Address: 102 Chemin du Ruisseau N, Coteau-du-Lac, QC J0P 1B0
Phone: (450) 456-3753
Address: 1054 Boulevard Arthur-Sauvé, Saint-Eustache, QC J7R 0H9
Phone: (450) 473-2374
Chef Martin Picard's unique, seasonal sugar shack offers indulgent twists on traditional recipes.
Address: 11382 Rang de la Fresnière, St Benoit de Mirabel, QC J7N 2R9
The distribution of orders will begin on March 15th.
The Au Pied de Cochon Boutique will open its doors on March 17th.
Home delivery for Zone 5 Montreal West costs $ 10 and occurs on March 21 and 24, April 4, 10, 15 and 25, 2021.
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