best sugar shack in ottawa/gatineau area?
Looking for a sugar shack within a 1/2 hour's drive from ottawa, that has GOOD all-you-can-eat pancakes, and, of course, awesome maple syrup (and candy, and fudge, etc....)
Please make the distinction between anglo- and franco-canadian maple sugar meals.
The anglo version tends to be just pancakes and sausage and/or bacon with maple syrup.
The franco has, as the base pea soup, bread (often baked on the premises), various pickles (usually bread and butter pickled cucumbers and pickled beets), scrambled eggs or omelet (a little different in that it can be a fluffy, baked product), sausage, ham, oreilles de chrisse (pork rind/very thick bacon fried until crunchy), baked beans (again, usually made on the premises), pancakes, maple syrup, tarte au sucre (maple sugar pie). It can also include eggs in syrup, tourtiere (french-canadian meat pie), potato, ragout de boulettes (meatball stew), pouding chomeur (a kind of bread pudding), grand pere (dumplings cooked in maple syrup) amongst other tidbits.
On the Quebec side of the river:
Domaine de L'Ange-Gardien
Cabane a sucre Brazeau
and a few others are fairly close to Ottawa, franco style, all-you-can-eat at around $15.00 per person.
On the Ontario side:
Proulx Sugar Bush
Fulton's Pancake house
As far as I know, all of these are open only during the maple sap season (approximately mid-late February to late April). I know of one that is open year-round. It is Sucrerie de la Montagne, a franco cabane in Rigaud, Quebec, a bit over an hour from Ottawa, on the way to Montreal. In season, their meal is a bit more expnsive ($23.00 per person). Outside the season, their lunch is $30.00 per person and supper is $40.00 per person.