When you visit Mont-Tremblant, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a utopia where the air is crisp and pure, the people are friendly, and the scenery around you is like that of a postcard.
Thousands of people each year come to the beautiful Laurentian Mountains of Quebec to for superb skiing conditions, and for other recreational pursuits such as golfing and hiking. There is no shortage of interesting activities for tourists in this region.
History buffs can tour the region's heritage buildings and churches, while those with an appreciation for fine food can take advantage of the province's gourmet cuisine. And of course, the great outdoors await with plenty of activities to take part in.
Drive for a short two hours (80 miles/130 km north) from Montreal to get to the small village of Mont-Tremblant, a four season resort destination set at more than 3000 feet. Highway 15, otherwise known as Autoroute Laurentienne, is the main thoroughfare from Montreal to Mont-Tremblant.
This is a unique destination, created by merging the historic villages of St. Jovite and Mont-Tremblant with the top ski resort Tremblant. Together, these sectors offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy year-round tours and activities including skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, fishing and countless others.
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec is most famous for the Ski Resort of the same name, which is 8 miles/13 kilometers from the village proper, and right at the foot of a mountain called Mont Tremblant, which means "trembling mountain" in French. The resort is spread around the 9-mile-long Lac Tremblant which has sparkling clear water.
The Laurentian Mountains are a rugged, forested region extending from southern Quebec to the shores of the St. Lawrence River. They are a majestic presence on the Quebec landscape. With a vertical drop of 650 m (2132 ft), Mont Tremblant is the highest peak in the Laurentian Mountains, attracting tourists from around the globe.
In addition to this mighty mountain range and its highest peak, Mont Tremblant, the region is also home to an abundance of large lakes, rivers, dense forests, rich agricultural plains, and foothills dotted with picturesque villages.
To determine when you should visit Mont-Tremblant, consider what activities you most enjoy doing while on vacation. If you like to ski, come during the winter months, as the region is best know for its ski resorts.
There are 600 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain to challenge even the most advanced skier. Mont-Tremblant is considered one of the best resort areas in eastern North America, as SKI magazines’ readers have nominated this region as the #1 ski resort in Eastern North America for 8 consecutive years!
It’s no secret that Mont-Tremblant offers superb alpine and cross-country skiing for the entire family. Quebec winters generally have an abundance of snow, but Avalanche, a powerful snowmaking system, picks up where nature leaves off.
Mont-Tremblant has 94 downhill trails, 13 lifts and 68 miles of cross-country trails. There is a heated, high-speed gondola; there’s also the speedy Duncan Express, a quadruple chairlift.
The other side of the mountain is known as “sunny slope” or Versant Soleil. The area has the same vertical drop of 2,132 feet and 15 run served by a high-speed quad chair that’s capable of moving over 2000 people to the summit every hour!
Sixty percent of the trails at Mont-Tremblant are for advanced or expert skiers only. The remaining are for the intermediate level.
The surrounding hills and valleys are filled with trails for cross-country skiing. The ski trails connect with other ski trails in neighboring towns, making it possible for nature lovers to undertake ski excursions lasting several days going (or coming from) as far south as Blainville, Quebec on the outskirts of Montreal.
Popular sports such as snowboarding, dog-sledding and skating are also favorites.
Or if you don’t want to travel in the winter, plan to come another time of year when there’s just as much happening in a beautiful natural environment.
During summer, Mont-Tremblant’s busiest season, you’ll find people outdoors doing a myriad of things, including:
- Water skiing
- Inline skating
- And boating on Lac Tremblant
The spring and autumn weather also allows for many outdoor activities. And you can only imagine the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows of the autumn tree leaves; many professional photographers come here each year to capture their beauty photograph their colors.
Even if you’re not an avid outdoors-type, why not consider a relaxing vacation, where you spend your days shopping, reading a good book, or laying on a sandy beach, or taking leisurely strolls.
Take in the sites located in the former St. Jovite (now Centre-Ville or Downtown) and Mont-Tremblant (now Secteur Le Village or Village Sector). The hub of the resort area is a pedestrian-only village that looks a bit like a displaced Quebec City.
The builders are constructed in the style of New France, with dormer windows and steep roofs. With all the charm of a European Ski resort town, Tremblant pedestrian village has exclusive boutiques and upscale restaurants tucked away in our quant villages. There are a host of activities and events going on.
While walking along, you’ll be sure to find world-class facilities and accommodations. Choose from many amenities including:
- Art galleries
- And more
A day of shopping will be filled with the discovery of unique collectibles, antiques and charming eateries.
While here, take time to enjoy the energy of the village: its people. You will discover that the warm Quebec hospitality – the welcoming ‘ joie de vivre' of the Mont Tremblant and St. Jovite people - comes from the heart.
You’ll hear laughter coming from the restaurants; you’ll see people helping out others; and the service industry here sets out to make sure their visitors’ stays are top-notch.
Wherever you are at Tremblant - Vieux Tremblant, Place St-Bernard or Le Manitou- you’ll have an enjoyable time sampling the variety of cuisines available in more than 30 restaurant establishments.
Enjoy a fine French entree one day, a grilled steak the next, and a spicy fajita the next. Or have an afternoon snack of a delicious caramel apple!
Race fans as well, speed to the region, as Mont-Tremblant has a race track called Circuit Mont-Tremblant. It once hosted Indy Car, Formula One, Can-Am, Trans-Am competitions and currently hosts the Grand-Am Cup.
To satisfy the locals’ desire for a competitive ‘home’ athletic team, a brand new senior amateur football team, the Mystral was created in the summer of 2006 in Mont-Tremblant. It also has a Midget hockey team, Les Diables (Devils).
The city has five elementary schools on its territory, one high school, and one professional training school.