Cruise ports of call: The North Atlantic coast for foodies
Quebec City maple pilgrimage
Like Montreal, restaurants in Quebec City lean heavily on French traditions. But the Quebecois have also forged their own, unique culinary journey that goes beyond poutine. Your foodie mission is to reach a cabane à sucre, or sugar shack, where sap is tapped from maple trees to make syrup. Locals love these countryside cabins where meals are served on communal tables and plates of hearty local favourites like hams, eggs and potatoes are topped with fresh maple syrup. Sugar shack meals are often accompanied by musicians and folk dancers.
The optimal time to visit a sugar shack is in late winter when the syrup is being boiled, but many shacks offer meals year round. Several sugar shacks are within a half-hour of Quebec City, and most charge less than $30 Canadian per person for an all-you-can eat meal. A taxi from the port should cost about $40 to $50 Canadian each way. Many cruise lines also offers excursion to a sugar shack that include transportation, but charge as much as $100 Canadian per person.