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If you haven’t experienced it, the sugar shacks Montreal offers are an absolutely essential experience. While there are more urban venues offering it, the best way to do it is to explore off-island and bask in the rurality that supports this great city. Nothing beats slipping into the countryside and tasting the local bounty available at the very end of February into late April when spring brings the seasonal opening of the sugar shacks. It’s hands-down one of the best things to do in Montreal in winter, one of the best things to do with kids in Montreal and among the top options for day trips from Montreal. Producers throw their doors wide open, offering sleigh-rides, hiking, games, tastings, demonstrations and most importantly, truly decadent maple-based meals that can rival even the best brunch and dinner services found in the city.
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