Published March 2018
During maple season, a trip to Paquetville in the Acadian Peninsula is a must to experience all things sap and syrup. Sugar bush activities, maple products, and even a maple cream ale brewed with local syrup will have you on a serious sugar high. Put on your boots, your best plaid shirt and come on an empty stomach to make the most of it!
The perfect day starts with a breakfast in one of the two sugar shacks at Sucrerie Chiasson. Nothing beats beans, scrambled eggs, biscuits, and pancakes drenched in the syrup of this 4,500-maple tree sugar bush.
Don’t forget to leave some room for the plat de résistance: maple-taffy-on-the-snow. Now we’re talking! Cones, lollipops, taffy-on-the-snow, and the grandaddy of all things sticky: the sugar party. Imagine a foot of solid wood, melting maple syrup in a steaming pot... dip, scrape with a handy wooden spoon, and do it all again (and again…)!
To up the wow factor for your taste buds, alternate between the warm maple syrup and the cold taffy-on-the-snow.
Five minutes down the road in Petit-Paquetville you’ll find Distillerie Fils du Roy, an award-winning micro-brewery. Here you’ll be able to buy spirits and chilled beer, as well as tour the brewery under the delightful guidance of Sébastien Roy, owner and brewer extraordinaire. You’ll learn all there is to know about the stills, tanks and the distillation process during this enlightening visit.
You could even have a taste of Sébastien’s one-of-a-kind craft beer: the Grand Vicaire Paquet, a maple cream ale brewed with syrup from Sucrerie Chiasson. Named after Joseph-Marie Paquet, a local figure of Paquetville, it offers a rich and creamy taste with a delightfully pale color.
There’s only one way to end the day, and that’s with a maple-infused supper. Head to Le Nouvo Caveau and order a pint of the Grand Vicaire Paquet beer. Don’t wait! This limited edition will be served only during the sticky season.
This gorgeous restaurant offers dishes made with local products which perfectly complement the maple beer. Try the beet salad tossed with maple caramel nuts, or the famous maple crème brûlée, star of the menu and the perfect way to wrap up this maple-themed day.
Want even MORE maple deliciousness? Head to the Paquetville Maple Carnival, April 5-8, to really get your fix.
Whether you’re a sweet tooth, a craft beer enthusiast or simply a lover of all things yummy, Paquetville is a great destination during maple season. Don’t forget to grab a bottle to go!
Audrey Favre is a blogger from France who has been living in Moncton, New Brunswick since 2014. Travel is her passion, and the outdoors her natural habitat. She shares her journeys and adventures, big and small, on her blog Arpenter le chemin (in French).
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