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Sugaring off at Sucrerie de la montagne

Pierre Faucher at Sucrerie de la Montagne.jpgThe maple syrup season is officially underway. So we thought we'd check in with one of Quebec's many sugar shacks.

The Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud is one of our best known cabanes à sucre.

It's a designated Quebec Heritage site because it offers the full, traditional sugaring-off experience.

You get the horse-drawn sleighs, maple taffy on snow, and the full traditional meal from pea soup to tourtieres, and crispy fried pork rings - and lots of maple syrup.  It's also located in the middle of 120-acre forest of century-old maples atop Mont Rigaud.

Pierre Faucher has owned and operated the place for more than 35 years. Sonali Karnick calls him up to talk about the maple season so far (and to find out how who's buying his maple perfume!).

(Photo of Pierre Faucher at work in the sugar shack; submitted by Sucrerie de la montagne)

 

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