Press release


Sunday March 11, 2018 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 and, over the past 10 years, it has highlighted its agricultural past by creating a vegetable garden in the style of the 17th century, creating 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 11, 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 olden days. 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 toffee on snow. Hosts and story-tellers Francis Désilets and Éric Michaud will relate wonderful tales to you, each in his own way. They will be accompanied by story-tellers Alexis Roy, Marc-André Fortin and Lucie Bisson. Fiddlers Marjorie Deschamps and Pierre-Olivier Dufresne will add a festive note. This spring afternoon will have its share of sweet surprises.

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