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(Re)discover Québec Traditions at Saint-Laurent's Urban Sugar Shack

17 mars 2016

On Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., children and grown-ups are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring by taking part in the 12th Urban Sugar Shack (Érablière urbaine) at Parc Beaudet, in Saint-Laurent (metro station DuCollège). Organized by VertCité, these lively, fun-filled festivities will combine Québec folklore with sampling traditional foods. 

Lots of activities in store, including a music show, square dancing, a sugar shack meal ($5), maple cotton candy ($1) and a demonstration of native Indians' maple sap evaporation process, to name just a few. 

“Saint-Laurent is very proud to be one of the Urban Sugar Shack's partners once again this year. We are pleased to have hosted these wonderful festivities for many years now—giving our residents from many different cultural backgrounds a chance to experience a centuries-old Quebec tradition,” stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. According to Guy Déziel, director of VertCité, “the Urban Sugar Shack provides a unique opportunity for all Saint-Laurent residents to indulge in Québec traditions right near home!”  

Sweet surrender for one and all

Until March 24, as part of the educational component of the event, more than 1,000 students from Saint-Laurent schools and francization classes will be invited to come enjoy folk dancing, taffy on snow, a demonstration of the maple sap evaporation process and an environmental activity on the return of spring.  


About the Urban Sugar Shack 

Launched in 2004 by Capitaine sirop—Saint-Laurent resident Mario Bonenfant—the Urban Sugar Shack revives the centuries-old practice of producing maple syrup, right within urban, multicultural Saint-Laurent. In this way, residents of all origins can take part in what has become a spring-welcoming, Saint-Laurent tradition.

The main partners of the event are Fonds de bienfaisance de Bombardier Aéronautique, Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-Laurent and the Borough of Saint-Laurent.