To Each Sugar Shack, their Outing!

Updated on Mar 6, 2024

To savour a delicious sugar shack meal and then to complete your day with a nice walk in the woods, sounds like a good plan? Here are a few sugar shacks and sugar bush outings to combine where you’ll enjoy the perfect family outing in the Townships.

Le Chalet des Érables and le Parc des Deux Rivières

In addition to welcoming you in their dining room, the sugar shack Chalet des Érables in Cookshire-Eaton also offers you meals and maple products to take away. One thing is sure, whether you wish to eat on site or enjoy your box lunch in picnic mode, you will be assured of delicious traditional meals prepared with love!

If you want to continue your day in the great outdoors, we suggest the Parc des Deux Rivières in East Angus, located less than 20 minutes from the sugar shack. At the confluence of the Saint-François and Eaton rivers, this park offers more than 5 km of hiking trails where even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing adepts can take advantage, in addition to a hebertism trail and panoramic sheds. There is plenty to do for all ages!

The Vignoble du Ruisseau and Sutton’s Village-to-Mountain Trail

With its chic ambiance and its many gastronomical offers, the Vignoble du Ruisseau vineyard invites you to discover a reinvented sugar shack experience. With so many options on their signature menu, chances are you'll have a full belly and the urge to get a little exercise after your meal.. If this is the case, head out to Parc Godue in Sutton, where you can begin your hike on the Village-to-Mountain trail which covers more than six kilometres and is accessible for everyone.

The Cabane du Pic Bois and the Parc des Sommets de Bromont

A small shack with a rustic decor, surrounded by three-hundred-year-old trees, maple syrup produced using traditional methods, these are some of the qualities that make the Cabane à sucre du Pic Bois so unique and authentic. This year, you’ll be able to savour maple syrup pancakes and taffy on snow (offered outside during weekends between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.). And then, you might enjoy a stroll on the trails of the Parc des Sommets de Bromont. A suggestion? Park your car in Bromont’s P7 parking area and hike to the top of Mont-Bernard; it’s only two kilometres from the trailhead to the summit’s views!

Érablière Bernard and the Sentier du Trotteux

When you visit the Érablière Bernard, you’ll enjoy taking their Sentier du Trotteux trail, a maple interpretation route covering 1.5 km, and tasting their all-you-can-eat Funky maple taffy in the heart of the woods. If you wish to eat a traditional sugar shack meal, you can do so on site in a brand new decor with the ambiance of a real period sugar shack (their heated and closed terrace) or pick up your boxed lunch D'la Cabane à votre table that you can warm up in the comfort of your home.

For those of you who don't feel like a full meal, we suggest the Bucket du Collationneux. Doughnuts, maple popcorn, crispy pork rinds, sparkling maple water... in a classic maple water bucket! You can then stroll along the trail while taking multiple snack breaks. The whole package!

La Martine Sugar Shack and Products Along With the Sentiers du Morne

A small room holding a maximum of 28 people is where Martine, the owner, will welcome you for a gourmet meal during the sugaring season. After your feast, stop by her boutique to fill your baskets with vinaigrettes, ketchups, syrups and many more products, all made with maple flavours. Then, head out on the trails of the Sentiers du Morne in Saint-Sébastien and enjoy taking in some fresh air. You can choose any one of the three short trails that will take you to the top (between 1.2 km and 1.8 km), where a magnificent panoramic view awaits.

The Cabane Au Bec Sucré and the Sentiers de l’Estrie

For 25 years now, the Desautels family has been inviting you to discover their sugar shack in Valcourt. As soon as you enter, the aromas of pea soup and smoked ham welcome you in! Although they offer many activities here (gathering maple sap, a rally through the sugar bush, a visit to their petting farm…) you might want to exercise your legs a bit more. If this is the case, head out to the Brompton zone of the Sentiers de l’Estrie. The Mont des Trois-Lacs loop, the Ruisseau Ely, Mont Cathédrale … you’ll find plenty of options depending on your mood!

Ferme Des Petits Torrieux and the Parc National du Mont-Mégantic

From the farm to your plate, come and enjoy the friendly family ambiance of the Ferme des Petits Torrieux’s sugar shack. Featuring a line-up of home-cooked dishes, you’ll be able to sample the different meats and flavours from the farm. From their traditional pea soup, to their tender roast pork, and their generous portions of bacon... it’s all here! Before you leave, stop by the boutique to fill your bags with all your favourite products, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the farm animals.

A suggestion before sitting down to such a generous meal? Head out to the Parc National du Mont-Mégantic, just 40 minutes away to work up an appetite. This natural gem of the Eastern Townships offers some of the best winter hiking trails in the country.

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