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Side Trips from Québec City Travel Guide


Sprawling open fields separate 17th-century farmhouses in St-François, the island's least-toured and most rustic village. This community at the eastern tip of the island was settled mainly by farmers. St-François is the perfect place to visit one of the island's cabanes à sucre (maple-sugaring shacks), found along chemin Royal. Stop at a hut for a tasting tour; sap is gathered

from the maple groves and boiled until it turns to syrup. Boiled a little more and poured over snow, it becomes a delicious toffee. Maple-syrup season is from mid-March through April.

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