@ The Sugar Shack

Summer’s quickly approaching in Quebec… with temperatures now regularly over zero 😉

In order to get into that spring spirit, I went with my lab to celebrate an important element of Quebec culture, the “Cabane à Sucre” (Sugar Shack) on Orleans Island (http://www.cabaneasucre.org/). I’d heard about this place several times; it becomes a very popular tourist attraction during summer. Basically a bunch of people go to this isolated cabin in the wilderness (pas de souci, it’s nothing scary)… and consume their body weight in maple syrup and beer. The staff show you how they make maple syrup, and if you’re feeling it, you can even go for a ride on a horse-driven cart.


Cabane à sucre – Ile d’ Orléans

That’s pretty much it. But there’s also an old guy working there who plays several different instruments and sings French songs about food and Quebec (quite beautifully). I remember thinking that this guy must have sang these songs literally a million times before. Our Japanese friend Keita became famous by doing a dance with a toy doll during one song. Afterwards, we headed back to Quebec City for drinks at Sacrilege, the regular haunt for Laval students and staff.

Until you come to QC, it’s hard to appreciate the climate gradient between winter and summer.  It’s literally a temp difference of 30 degreesC! I love it here in the summer, and I’m seriously needing a tan (although I know I’m much more likely to get burnt, which is what happened last year). Other summer highlights I’m looking forward to are the Festival d’été: the Quebec music festival (http://www.infofestival.com/Home/), which is bringing Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding to town this year! So awesome!!

Enjoy your spring,

Jordan x


Comments (3)
  • Kai

    April 2, 2013

    Awesome!!! I didn’t go to the sugar shack, too bad cause I love maple syrup. The festival d’été seems like it’s going to be pretty cool too. Summer is coming…

  • h

    April 12, 2013


  • Odo

    April 19, 2013

    Hi, don’t forget that you can make make your own syrup as well, or even better : drink the fresh sap that drips out of a Maple or birchtree in your neighbouhood park, (after you make a little hole in the tree you insert a tight fitting straw or plastictube, like I did on the double birch and quadruple maple in front of my house. You can see them here : http://tinyurl.com/ccyteoj , During March+April they give me daily some 3 liters of sap, more than I can drink so the rest goes into the freezer and when I got enough of it I pour it into a flat pot and it gets boiled down to a thin sap.(birchsyrup is very costly http://tinyurl.com/bwkfyq6) I drink the fresh sap as a detox cure every spring as its fresh of potent flavonoids and polyphenols which keep you young and fit. I can see a drop of about 20 points in my average bloodpressure after the cure. You can use any kind of Birchtree, even yellow birch, but with maple the “sugermaple” is best. http://tinyurl.com/cx6ulnj

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