“Sugar Shacks first started popping up in Quebec around 1850, and eighteen years later, maple sugar parties started and a Québécois tradition was born. A way to gather and celebrate the sugaring off season each spring.
The First Nations peoples harvested maple sap and bark long before they introduced maple sap to Jacques Cartier in the 16th-century. French colonizers used the skills they learned from Indigenous peoples to tap and make maple sugar. Over time, they figured out how to turn the sap into syrup, and today, Quebec produces around 70% of the world’s maple syrup.”