The annual Sugaring Off Festival is back on in St. Pierre this weekend.  

Rolly Gagne is the President of the St. Pierre Museum. In part, he says the Sugaring Off Festival is a celebration of the Maple Harvest which is short and sweet this year. He notes it officially began in mid-March, but didn’t last. 

“Here we are, we figured that we'd have a huge, huge harvest because it had started so early. And then after that, the harvest was for maybe one or two days and then it froze and froze and froze. We did have a little bit of maple water flowing last week just for one day, but not enough because it takes three days to get going.” 

Gagne notes they didn't get much this week, but they should have enough to demonstrate maple syrup making at the Sugaring Off Festival over the weekend.  

In addition, he says there are plenty of other highlights to look forward to. 

“We're going to have the traditional fiddlers, you know how everybody loves those. We've got the big names that are coming out again, Nic Messner, Alexander Tétrault and we have a couple of newcomers too that are coming in. So, it'll be interesting. We have our historical Metis house that will be open and then of course our traditional foods.” 

The Sugaring Off Festival runs Saturday and Sunday at the St. Pierre Museum from 10 AM to 5 PM both days. 

a room with a maple syrup boilerPhotos posted to the Musée St-Pierre- Jolys Facebook page