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What is the history behind the Sucrerie de la Montagne?

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The Sucrerie de la Montagne, a Québec-style sugar shack, was founded in 1982 on Mont Rigaud by Pierre Faucher and his son Stefan to show visitors how the Québec and Canadian pioneers collected and produced maple syrup. Originally a single clapper-board building, it has developed into a small village-like settlement.

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What is the history behind the Sucrerie de la Montagne?
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The Sucrerie de la Montagne is open year-round and recognized as a Québec heritage site. It is set in the middle of a 120-acre forest of ancient maple trees. From February to April each year, visitors can observe the traditional "sugaring off" process, whereby the producers tap the maple trees, collect the sap in a bucket and transform it into maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Visitors also have the opportunity to sample the freshly made sugar candy called "maple taffy on snow."

As part of the sugaring-off experience, visitors can enjoy the range of cultural activities that are also available, on request, throughout the rest of the year. These activities include horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, all-you-can-eat feasts, and traditional music, singing and dancing. Outside of sugaring-off time, visitors can also request guided tours of the syrup-making facilities and bakery.

The Sucrerie de la Montagne also contains a general store in which visitors can buy maple products and handicrafts, three banqueting halls that are available for weddings and other large celebrations, and three log cabins for weekend getaways.

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