Press release


Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

VIVE LA TIRE SUR LA NEIGEIn March 1966, after being transformed into a heritage museum, Maison Saint-Gabriel opened its doors to the public. Since that time, Maison Saint-Gabriel has undergone many transformations. It equipped its barn, which was restored in 1992 with an exhibit room and, over the past 10 years, it has highlighted its agricultural past by creating a vegetable garden in the style of the 17th century, arranging zones of flowers as well as scented, aromatic and medicinal plants, and by identifying the trees on the site. In 2010, Maison Saint-Gabriel was enriched with many new features and it now offers its visitors an enchanting spring. The experience of the site has been transformed as a result of the acquisition of the Catherine-Crolo pavilion and the addition of the Sharecroppers’ garden. These changes also include a restaurant, a terrace, and a large gift shop.

To celebrate the beautiful days of spring and highlight its mission to educate about history, Maison Saint-Gabriel recalls the time when maple trees were tapped on its site (until the 1960s) and sap was transformed into syrup, when it was still a farmhouse. It invites Montrealers to experience a few sweet hours recreating a sugar shack on Sunday, March 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Is there any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring? It was in the sugaring off season that farm work started up in days gone by. The staff of Les Productions Érable sur neige will set up a real sugar shack on the site and all of the visitors will be able to taste taffy on snow. Hosts and story-tellers Télesphore and Ubert Sanspré du Beloeil will relate wonderful tales to you, each in his own way. They will be accompanied by other story-tellers: le Père Tom and la Mère Bisson. Violinist Élisabeth Moquin will add a festive note. This spring afternoon will have its share of sweet surprises. Sunday, March 5 inaugurates a series of cultural events and innovative activities to mark the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal.

Adults: $15.00
Seniors: $10.00
Students: $5.00
Families (2 adults – 3 children): $25.00

(taxes included)

Taffy sample: $5.00/unit

Maison Saint-Gabriel is located at 2146 Place Dublin, in Pointe-Saint-Charles, a few steps from Marguerite-Bourgeoys park and close to the Charlevoix metro station (Bus 57 East).

Information: 514 935-8136