As you think about your next winter vacation, consider Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Mont Tremblant is located one and a half hour northwest of Montreal. By car, Mont Tremblant is about 7.5 hours from Toronto, Ontario, 7 hours from Boston, MA, and about 8.5 from New York City. Mont Tremblant has an airport, which offers direct seasonal flights from US cities such as Newark, NJ and offers flights via connection from Toronto.
Mont Tremblant is a winter ski and snowboard resort that is built into the Laurentian mountain in the town of the same name. There are numerous hotels and condos located in the village - some with ski in/ski out options. The village has many restaurants and shops and makes needing to get into your car to buy something once you arrive virtually non-existent. There is so much to do in Tremblant that if skiing is not your thing, you can definitely find something else to occupy your time.
As for skiing and snowboarding, there are 95 trails (17 % beginner, 33% intermediate, 50% expert) and 14 lifts. First tracks start at 7:45am and are included with your lodging (normally $21 per day). If you are not participating in the first tracks, then the trails open at 8:30am and close at 3:30pm weather permitting. The mountain has an elevation of 2,871 feet and a vertical drop on the south side of the mountain of 2,116 feet. With 49 miles of trails, you will be able to explore and take in lots of scenery. If you are interested in snowboarding, Mont Tremblant’s top rated park offers 30 acres to explore.
Skiing and snowboarding all day will have you work up quite the appetite so it's a good thing there are so many delicious restaurants in the village. The village offers a variety of cuisine at various pricing. All of the restaurants are good, and you should definitely consider trying French cuisine or the creperie in the village if you have not had it before.
When visiting Mont Tremblant, you must try some local delicacies. Some examples of Quebecoise cuisine include Beaver Tails, which are whole wheat pastries shaped like a beaver’s tail and topped with a variety of options such as cinnamon and sugar, maple butter, and chocolate hazelnut. If you never tried poutine, then you most stop into Smoke’s Poutinerie to try an order of poutine, which are French fries, topped with gravy and cheese curds. Smoke’s offers a variety of poutine with meat and veggie toppings. Another snack you must try is maple syrup on a stick from the Sugar Shack. Essentially, this sweet snack is warm maple syrup that is poured onto an ice block and then rolled around a popsicle stick. The maple syrup hardens and forms a chewy lollipop.
Brewery on the Mountain
If you are interested in craft beer then you are in luck because the mountain has it’s own microbrewery! La Diable has been open since 1995 and is serving their craft beers on tap. They have 6 main beers, and 1 beer of the month that rotates. If you are not into beer they still have wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks along with food to eat.
The Casino de Mont Tremblant is available via shuttle and gondola from the pedestrian village. If you decide to go to the casino, the gondola should be your first method to use because while you take the gondola you can see the stunning views of the area while traversing the mountain. Unlike many casinos in the United States, Casino de Mont Tremblant is not open every day and it’s also not open 24 hours a day on the days it is open. The casino is only open Thursdays through Sundays, and typically opens from noon to midnight. Before trying to go to the casino, definitely check to make sure it’s open.
Other winter activities
If you are not interested in skiing or snowboarding then maybe some of the following winter activities would interest you. Snowmobiling, sleigh riding snowshoeing, snow tubing, zip lining, dog sledding, cross county skiing, ice skating, ice climbing, and paint ball are all available. If you want to relax, a movie theatre and spa are available within the village.
There are a variety of summer activities available at Mont Tremblant as well. These include a variety of water activities on Lake Tremblant, as well as, outdoor sports such as tennis, fishing, hiking, golf, and horseback riding. Given the picturesque scenery and time of year, Mont Tremblant makes for an excellent summer vacation destination as well.
Mont Tremblant is truly a one of a kind destination. From its well-known winter activities to its variety of summer options, it makes for a memorable place to vacation, in any season, and will leave you with great memories of one of the most beautiful places in North America. For your next vacation, consider Mont Tremblant!
***For another great vacation destination in the northeast check out Niagara Falls.