Cabane à sucre party a sure sign of spring in Quebec

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Photo: Bill Cox

Guests wait in line for tire (maple taffy), hot maple syrup poured on snow and gathered with a wooden spatula. I could take only a small taste of the delicious treat after the hearty meal we had just had.

Spring can be appreciated in many ways but for me the best is at a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) “boiling off” party in a maple grove with warm sunshine, and a gentle breeze swaying the top branches of the trees.