A sugar house (also known as a sap house, sugar shack, sugar shanty, or "cabane à sucre") is a small cabin or shack where sap collected from sugar maple trees is boiled into maple syrup.
In Quebec, most sugar houses are family-owned. During many holidays, the most popular being Easter, the families gather in these sugar houses to celebrate with one another, often delighting in foods cooked with maple syrup, some of the rarer ones being sausages cooked in maple syrup, or eggs poached in maple syrup. Most sugar houses located near urban centers also offer reception halls and outdoor activities open to the general public during certain months. Many of these activities include sleigh-riding, tours of the grounds and eating maple taffee made in house and often in front of the clientele.
The reception halls cater to large groups offering many varied dishes complimented by maple syrup. These dishes range from ham, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, pork rinds, pancakes and many other breakfast type dishes.
sugarhouse in French: Cabane à sucre