What our customers had to say!
Ma famille et moi avons passés une journée à la Goudrelle, nous avons été agréablement surpris du service et de la courtoisie des gens la bas Bravo à l’année prochaine.
My family and I spent a day at La Goudrelle, we were pleasantly surprised by the service and courtesy of the people. Congratulations to next year.
Wow, nous y sommes allés avec un groupe d’élèves. Ils ont bien aimé leur journée d’activité, surtout la tire sur le neige et les activités extérieur.
Wow, we went with a group of students. They enjoyed their day of activity, especially the snow and outdoor activities.
HISTORY OF THE GOUDRELLE ESCAPE
The Goudrelle In 1948, Lionel and Marie-Ella Gingras, a native of Saint-Angèle-de-Monnoir, acquired a land and a small building on Mont-Saint-Grégoire on the South Shore of Montreal.
Mr. and Mrs. Gingras restored the building to receive friends and serve some meals. The Gingras Maple Tree being more and more popular had to undergo some transformations to be able to accommodate more people. In order to make more commercial, Mr. and Mrs. Gingras changed the name for that of the Maple Le Beau-Site Érablière.
The years and the seasons passed, the parents Gingras wanted to pass the torch to the youngest. It was then that they asked their seven children, if among them, there were interested. The youngest of the boys, Laurent-Georges asked his brother Lucien to acquire L'Érablière with him. In 1961, the two brothers united and went into business. The small 75-seater sugar bush grew rapidly and became a larger maple grove for 108 people.
It was towards the end of the sixties that the two men had in mind a new project, that of building a mega-sugar bush. Their project took 3 years to come to fruition. After the acquisition of several lots, the project was delayed due to a lack of financing. After presenting their project to different financial institutions, they eventually found a private investor. They made to draw the initial plans for their sugar bush which constitutes the current La Goudrelle. The economic situation of the period required a phased approach. In the spring of 1970, La Goudrelle was inaugurated with the capacity to welcome up to 300 people. The initial plan required 6 years.
It was in 1976 that the dance hall for 800 people and the kettle were built. Following the success of La Goudrelle, our two gentlemen Gingras again had plans: to demolish the sugar-maple Beau-Site and to rebuild nine. The last stage of the Beau-Site was realized in 1980 to accommodate a total of 400 people. Growing demand led our two entrepreneurs to add three more dining rooms in 1978 and 1980. These were annexed to the main building to accommodate 1000 people at La Goudrelle.
The Gingras family made known Mont-Saint-Gregoire and following the repeated successes of the family, other sugar bushes were established. In the 1980s, in 1980, an investor approached Mr. Gingras to obtain his expertise, because he wanted to build a replica of the Goudrelle in more modern. The project was realized in Granby. But with the economic conditions of that era and high interest rates, the credit union had to resume settlement. In 1984, Mr. Gingras contacted again, and this time he bought La Grillade.
In 1985, Mr. Lucien Gingras decided to withdraw from the company. Laurent-Georges Gingras asked his three boys to get involved with him and his wife. From this day until today, the Gingras family has been able to innovate and respect the traditions. The popularity of traditional sugars meals always moved people from all over to Mont St-Grégoire. Young and old, know the name "LA GOUDRELLE".
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