What do you know about Québec? If you are clued up on Canadian provinces, then you might know that it is the only Canadian province that has a predominantly French speaking population. If you like to travel, then you might know that Québec City, the capital of the province, is a UNESCO designated world heritage treasure; that it is home to Château Frontenac – what is considered the world’s most photographed hotel; and that it is the only fortified city in North America, north of Mexico with 4.6 kilometers of walls to explore.

Maple Syrup Production
The province of Québec produces around 80% of the world’s maple syrup each year. (Photo Credit: M. Rehemtulla)

But unless you are a huge maple syrup fan, you might not be aware that the province of Québec produces around 80% of the world’s maple syrup each year. That’s a pretty lucrative business. So lucrative that between August 2011 and July 2012, eight people allegedly stole 10,000 barrels worth, at a value of 20 million Canadian Dollars (CAD), from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

Maple syrup is syrup that is made typically from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple or black maple trees. In cold climates these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before the winter. In the spring, the starch is converted to sugar that rises in the sap. Once heated, the water evaporates leaving behind concentrated syrup.

The story of the maple syrup theft has since proven interesting enough to turn into a film. Sony Pictures has acquired what is being described as a Canadian maple syrup heist comedy. Jason Segal is tipped to star in the film that will see Seth Gordon directing and Chris Sheridan writing the script.

And when it eventually hits the cinemas you can look proudly on with the knowledge that you know all about Québec and its maple syrup.

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About Heather Tucker

Heather is a writer, photographer and explorer of the world with bylines in Archaeology Magazine, Porthole Cruise Magazine, Taste & Travel, amongst others. She is addicted to pen, paper, hotels, organisation and hippos. In addition to Travel Gluttons, you can find her over at Cloggie Central.


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