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

12 mars 2018

Saint-Laurent, March 12, 2018 - On Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., children and grown-ups are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring by taking part in the 14th 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 ($6), maple cotton candy ($2), taffy on snow ($2) and a demonstration of native Indians' maple sap evaporation process, to name just a few.

"It is with great pride that Saint-Laurent is once again partnering with the Urban Sugar Shack. This is a wonderful family event that we are pleased to welcome back, as it gives our residents from various cultures the chance to experience, first-hand, a Québec tradition that is some one hundred years old," stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. According to VertCité Manager Guy Déziel, "the Urban Sugar Shack is an event that celebrates sugaring-off time. Saint-Laurent residents are given a unique opportunity—to enjoy Québécois traditions very close to home!"

Sweet surrender for one and all
Until March 22, 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.