An ambitious agritourism project in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc

An ambitious agritourism project in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc

UPGRADE DAY

After four years of inactivity, the Cabane chez Hill, popular in the 1960s, will come back to life as “Beyond the Maple” in Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, in Mauricie. Of course, the maple sap will flow freely, but the business will become more than a sugar shack. 

Cynthia Rivard and Luc Malette, a young couple from entrepreneurs, have dropped everything to live their new adventure. They will sell their house, quit their jobs and focus all their energy on their new business. Since last February, they have owned the place, which they will reopen from October.

After their purchase, they invested a lot of time and money in order to carry out the project of their dream.

The service offer will be very different from previous years. The couple intends to base themselves on the cycle of the seasons and nature. In summer, they will rely on their trails, their animals and the maintenance of their orchard. In the fall, families and citizens will be invited to pick apples and pumpkins. During the winter, the place becomes a snowmobile relay and offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. Finally, in the spring, it will be possible to indulge your sweet tooth at the sugar shack.

The orchard and the fir plantation require several years of work before being opened to the public.

After the Cabane chez Nathalie, they have big shoes to put on. La Cabane chez Hill was a must in the 1960s. “We really want to be able, at least, to offer what people were looking for at Hill. A place where people can be well and enjoy, have a warm service in a family atmosphere. It's quite a challenge, we knew what we were getting into,” explained co-owner Cynthia Rivard.

Citizens are excited at the idea of ​​reconnecting with this emblem, which facilitates recruitment labor. The mayor of Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc, Claude Mayrand, stressed that the project is economically positive, but also that the place would remind him of “his crazy youth”. He will not be the only one eager to start frequenting this establishment again.

Beyond Maple will welcome its first customers on October 1 and 2 as part of a lunch.