An impromptu weekend visit to scenic Mont Tremblant was just the perfect quick getaway. Close enough to the city to drive after work, but far enough for a complete change of scenery.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec is the province’s version of British Columbia’s Whistler. During the winter, the ski hill is packed seven days a week with skiers and snowboarders. Condominiums, hotels and chalets surround the foot of the mountain to make for a simplified vacation. Besides the obvious attraction (the hill), Mont Tremblant is also renowned for The Village at the foot of the hill. Colourful rooftops, cobblestone pedestrian street market, and lots of delicious food.
Mont Tremblant remains opens all year ’round. If you’re prepared, you can take a series of hiking trails up the mountain. But, if you only packed flip flops, there is an option to take the enclosed gondola up the mountain. Once at the top, be sure to head left towards the watchtower for the best view of the Laurentides.
(Please excuse the dark clouds and background – a nasty storm was rolling in.)
The gondola ride down also has excellent views of the Laurentides. Unfortunately, the glass windows of some gondolas are dented which result in not-so-great photos.
Eat and Drink
Back in the Village, it’s time for to check out the market. The first stop was Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: a boutique chocolate store with fresh-made truffles, chocolate covered creams, and, my personal favourite, moguls (their version of Turtles, but fresher, larger and chocolatier).
The Village provides a home to many sporting goods and clothing stores: Helly Hanson, Burton, and Oakley. If you’re looking for something truly Canadian check out Roots for cozy sweaters and stylish accessories.
The beer connoisseur will appreciate La Diable. A microbrewery with a selection that will not disappoint any beer drinker. They offer smaller, 10oz size glasses for those looking to taste a few different beers or you can upgrade to the full pint.
There are so many restaurants to choose from in the Village. La Savoie is recommended if you’re in a large group. They are famous for their raclettes and fondues; great options for catching up with friends over a slow meal. Next best option if your alone: Pizzateria. Over a dozen pizza and salad options made from fresh ingredients. I also have a hunch the cheese is local but none of the staff were able to confirm this.
Mont Tremblant offers so much more than I covered here, but was unable to experience. Families will not be let down by the amount of kids activities offered, spa-lovers will relish the choice of 3 spas from which to choose, and the thrill seekers will totally jump on the zip-lining. I haven’t even covered the swimming, golfing, cycling, kayaking, falconry, and the casino. That’s not even mentioning the winter activities.
I think an other trip is required, non?