In the spring of 1986, Armand Desharnais ventured out to tap a few Manitoba Maple trees on the museum grounds. Much to his delight, clear maple water dripped out, producing fine syrup. With the help of volunteers, this slowly expanded into an annual Sugaring-Off Festival in April.
As this community festival grew, so was the need for a larger sugar-shack. In 1998, a local artist, Réal Bérard, designed this « Cabane à Sucre » and it was erected on the museum grounds. This unique building makes for an excellent gathering place for all occasions. In June 2000, the smaller, original sugar-shack, located adjacent to the newer building, was named « Cabane d’mon oncle Armand » to recognize the founder’s enthusiasm and perseverance.
Thanks to the dedication of many volunteers, the « Cabane » has become a very important part of the tourism development of our community.
The « Cabane à Sucre » hall is available year-round for private or corporate functions.
For more information regarding renting the Cabane à Sucre or other space call: 204.433.7002 or 204.792.6149.