Every month, we present you our favorites among the most beautiful pictures published in public mode with hashtag #Laurentides on Instagram. Feel free to tag your pictures when taken in our magnificent region! Here are our findings from the Laurentians on Instagram for November 2017 :
Come enjoy a vacation or getaway in a fabulous setting, surrounded by nature! The Laurentian region is renowned for its gorgeous Nordic spas, expansive parks, and top-quality establishments, not to mention its residents’ zest for life. The spectacular fall colours cover the region as far as the eye can see, and the distinct character of the landscape will take your breath away! When winter comes to the mountains, snow-covered forests, hiking trails, and ski slopes, it’s time for some snow sports! Here’s what’s new in the Laurentians for the 2017-2018 fall/winter season:
They say children have a huge influence on their parents when it comes to choosing a holiday destination. That was certainly the case in our family, when our two teens practically begged us to book a family suite at the Super 8 hotel in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts! Why were they so insistent that we choose that 74-room hotel midway between Saint-Sauveur and Mont-Tremblant?
Was it the indoor pool with its 24-metre water slide and water jets? The suite featuring a themed room for kids with bunk beds, TV and Xbox game console? Or the crispy waffles served with the free continental breakfast? I suspect it was also because we were able to bring our dog along on the trip, because the Super 8 hotel accepts pets. And probably because, like us, our children have great memories of our stay at the Super 8 in Saint-Jérôme. In the 81-room complex there, we had enjoyed the same amenities and services and discovered a host of attractions and a wide range of restaurants in that city, which is just teeming with activities.
This time, we took advantage of the proximity of downtown Saint-Agathe-des-Monts with its shops and the beach on Lac des Sables, which make the Super 8 an ideal location. Not to mention the other activities we did as a family, from hiking to cycling through the Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, and the comedy show at the famous Le Patriote theatre.
Our kids were absolutely right to choose this resort: both the one in Saint-Jérôme and the one in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts provided perfect places for family getaways that were memorable, and also incredibly affordable, thanks to their great rates and the fact that children aged 17 and under stay for free!
It was at a large family gathering that we discovered Blueberry Lake, a resort 25 minutes north of Mont Tremblant. This treasure spread over 300 acres of forest with 60 chalets close to the lake strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and amenities, tranquility and activities.
Next to a peaceful natural lake surrounded by a wild landscape, we could not have wished for a better place to gather, celebrate together, and spend quality time with family. The calm, quiet setting is perfect for relaxation and friendly conversation, and everyone enjoyed the wide variety of activities. We had a ball competing in friendly tennis and beach volleyball tournaments, with the young ones taking on the adults! After all that exercise, it was wonderful to go for a swim, either in the outdoor pool or in the lake. Some of us also ventured out onto the lake in canoes, kayaks or pedal boats. And I couldn’t resist the temptation to enjoy the ultimate relaxation with a massage and spa treatment at the superb facilities next to the lake.
What better way to top off our days than by sharing a delicious meal around one big table? To make sure everyone got the most of their first evening, we hired a “chalet chef,” who happily cooked up a storm for us in the comfort of our luxurious log chalet. With its spacious interior, panoramic windows, large stone fireplace, modern facilities, billiard table and outdoor Jacuzzi, we spent a memorable evening, pampered with totally customized service.
Many other family members have gone back to Blueberry Lake as I have, for a romantic getaway or family vacation. The next time we go, we will take full advantage of this dream location to discover more of the countless activities available in the vicinity, including golf, cycling, events organized at the Tremblant Resort, the Casino, and more…
We knew Mont-Tremblant was a dream location for enjoying the outdoors, attending cultural and sporting events and spending quality time with your partner, family or friends, but we have now discovered that it is also the ultimate cycling destination. Whether you’re a road bike or a mountain bike enthusiast, you’ll love the circuits and trails for all skill levels, offering truly breathtaking views!
Twenty road bike circuits give you wonderful opportunities to enjoy the region’s natural and historic attractions, taking you along the Rivière du Diable and through pleasant villages. Some 380 km just waiting to be explored, including two bike trails, one of which is in the famous Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park with its many picturesque stops and old railway stations converted into cafés or exhibition centres. It was so much fun for the family to ride part of the long trail running next to the old railroad and have a picnic on the water! We also took the paved La-Villageoise-de-Mont-Tremblant route, which connects the village area to the Tremblant Resort, passing experienced inline skaters along the way.
The kids also enjoyed the three new pumptracks that run right through the wilderness near the Mont-Tremblant Aquatic Complex. With their bumps and banked corners that allow you to build up speed, these closed circuit courses are a delight for cyclists of all ages and levels.
On our next trip there with friends, we will explore some of the 50 km of mountain bike trails on Mont Tremblant, along the Rivière du Diable or at the Domaine Saint-Bernard ecotourism centre. A new section more than 2 km long has also been added to one of the trails. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just a beginner looking for the perfect getaway, you’ll find something for you.
We still have plenty of bike trails left to explore and so many other outdoor activities to discover in Mont-Tremblant, and we’re so glad to have the Ondago app. Using our smartphones and tablets, we can view interactive maps for mountain biking, road biking, hiking and even canoeing!
Who would have believed that work and pleasure could be combined in an environment as stimulating as Fiddler Lake Resort? The idea of holding our corporate retreat by renting spacious and luxurious log cabins only 45 minutes from Montreal was simply delightful! How could we not have pleasant and productive meetings in such an environment? The tranquility of this exclusive 250-acre domain was perfect, just as the facilities were ideal for hosting our group: from the size of the cabins, with three to six bedrooms in each one, and the verandas where our happy hour took place, and where we shared good meals prepared on the barbecue.
What’s more, the many sports activities available on site were perfect for our team-building exercises and leisure time! The athletes among us also took advantage of this dream location to do their morning workouts before our meetings, jogging on the hiking trails, riding their bikes, or swimming a few laps in Fiddler Lake, which prohibits motorized boats. To further mix business with pleasure, some took advantage of a day of golf on one of the region’s superb golf courses. Others preferred to go biking, try the ziplines, or relax in the spa or barrel sauna at their cabin.
This much is certain: many of us are pleased that we invited our families to join us for the weekend and enjoy all that the site and region have to offer. Even more so since the 5th night was free! The children loved swimming in the lake, and also in one of the recreation centre pools as well as in our cabin’s private pool. Four out of the 50 chic rustic cabins available now have an in-ground swimming pool or a large cedar above-ground pool.
What fun we had playing tennis and basketball as a family, and also playing checkers on the giant outdoor checkerboard as well as pool in the comfort of our cabin! The young ones loved the new playground installed on the premises and the Acro-Nature aerial hebertism course and the waterslides just 15 minutes away by car; two activities that are offered at a discounted price for Fiddler Lake Resort guests. For my part, I took the time to browse in the warehouse stores of Saint-Sauveur Village before suggesting to the kids that we should grab a bite to eat on the terrace at the end of the day!
It’s decided: this summer, we’ll spend our family vacation at Mont-Tremblant! This time, we’ll rent a chalet in the mountains at Tremblant Resort. It’s a great way to be in the heart of events, close to sports activities and walking distance from 75 restaurants and shops in the pedestrian village.
While the children are already celebrating the return of the Bestibuzz, an entertaining troop of creatures brimming with good cheer and talent, they are really excited about taking part in the new Mission Liberté adventure games. Our daughter is also looking forward to coming home with a personalized shirt that she’s planning to create in a do-it-yourself boutique. As for our son, he’s yearning for an adrenaline-packed adventure trying out the ziplines at Ziptrek Ecotours. He’s been talking about it for ages!
We already knew that Tremblant is a choice summer destination for the entire family. From the Aquaclub to the Golf Academy; from the theme parks’ and Casino’s play areas; from intimate afternoon blues performances to electrifying evening shows in the bars—there is something for everyone.
Even so, we are delighted to note that there are continually new offerings to enhance our experience, including activities, events, boutiques, and restaurants. I’m thinking about the Grill & Country gourmet and music event; shows by The Franklin Electric group and Ariane Moffat; and the interactive component for children incorporated into Les Rythmes Tremblant. Not to mention new boutiques such as Atelier Mont-T’s, La Raffinerie, Parfum d’Argent, and MaïO, as well as the Laurent Louis and St-Hubert Express restaurants, as well as a Starbucks coffee shop.
The only thing left for us to decide is when we’ll be taking our dream family vacation. Maybe we’ll go at the same time as our friends from Toronto, who’ll be taking advantage of the direct flights offered by Porter. But whichever dates we choose, it always feels like the right place and time to go to Tremblant!
Overlooking a lake, at the foot of the Laurentians’ second highest mountain, and a few minutes from Mont-Tremblant, Mont Blanc had everything to please us. With its fun activities for children and condos for all tastes and budgets, we could not have found a better place to spend our family vacation.
Three types of accommodations were offered. After considering a Regular condo at the foot of the mountain for its great value, or the more luxurious Prestige model with an open space concept, we finally opted for a Deluxe unit. Nestled between two slopes of the mountain, it provided us with the comfort, conveniences, and intimacy we were looking for, in a personalized decor.
While my wife and I enjoyed our cozy cocoon and relaxing sports activities, all only a few steps away, the children literally took over the onsite aquatic facilities! After spending a few days swimming in the pool and lake, kayaking, and playing on the private beach and outdoor park, they were almost wishing it would rain as an excuse to go to Jungle Magique! With its 5,000-sq. ft. play area over four storeys, the Laurentians’ largest indoor park for children made quite an impression! During this time, we took advantage of the indoor pool, sauna, and steam bath before being treated to a well-earned massage. The following day, the whole family climbed the mountain together to have a picnic and enjoy the panoramic views of the region. Next time, we must try La Belle or La Bête, two of Mont-Tremblant’s most famous golf courses and the pride of Mont Blanc!
Fortunately, we still had a few days to discover many other family activities offered a few minutes from our condo: cycling, inline skating, bowling, go-karts, mini-golf, luge, ziplines, etc. And let’s not forget the boutiques, restaurants and cafés, and music events for all tastes presented in the downtown area and at Mont-Tremblant Holiday Resort.
With its affordable lodgings, warm welcome, and strategic location close to all the activities, Mont Blanc is much more than a ski resort. We learned firsthand that it is a real treasure to be discovered in the summer too!
For many of us, the month of March is sugaring off time! With its sugary sap, the maple creates its own springtime festival, bringing families and friends together for a day out at the sugar shack. The Laurentian region has any number of sugar shacks where fun and games are always on hand in the pure tradition of yesteryear. We invite you to come and sample maple time in the Laurentians:
This gastronomic sugar shack located in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré is named in homage to the first local pioneers and to celebrate a family-based gourmet experience, presented in the friendly atmosphere of a rustic decor. You must absolutely taste our famous maple-glazed donut with bacon! Hot, runny glazing over crusty pastry with crunchy bacon.
From February 26 to May 1, 2016: with reservations only, open from Thursday to Sunday.
We go to enjoy:
- The excellent fresh regional produce
- The originality of the menu
- The famous maple-glazed donut with bacon – yummy!
Founded in 1941, Cabane à sucre Constantin located in Saint-Eustache has always stood out thanks to the quality and diversity of its products. Quality, good service and a warm atmosphere are the hallmarks of the Constantin family. Several activities available: taffy on snow, dance floor, horse-drawn sleigh rides, mini-farm with exotic animals, inflatable games, doll museum, marionette theater, mini 4×4 circuit, walking trails, boutique-souvenirs and visit to the evaporators.
In addition, it is possible to obtain “Produits d’Antan” items at the boutique. You’ll find a selection of jams and marinades of all kinds: maple products, maple syrup, frozen meals and homemade meals ready to eat.
From mid-February to end of April 2016. Reservations required.
We go to enjoy:
- The excellent “poor man’s pudding”
- The numerous activities for children
- Items in the “Produits d’Antan” range to take home
Come and indulge your sweet tooth at Cabane à sucre d’Amours, located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Experience old-time sugaring-off fun in an atmosphere of Québec folklore in a sugar shack full of history and tradition. You’ll be delighted by our grandmothers’ maple recipes, prepared today by our chefs. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the maple grove drawn by two magnificent horses. Activities for children: a visit to the mini-farm, pony rides, haunted maple labyrinth, horseback rides and much more.
From February 27 to April 29, 2016. Reservations recommended.
We go to enjoy:
- Grandma’s crepes – yummy!
- The family atmosphere
- The maple kiosk inside the sugar shack
High up on the mountainside but very easy to get to, Cabane à sucre Arthur Raymond located in Piedmont is proud of its long tradition and the service it has been providing to its clientele for the past 61 years. Monsieur and Madame Raymond have handed the business over to several of their children, but still keep an eye on things and make sure the recipes retain their marvelous original taste. Just like the meals, the sugar shack built of old barn planks has kept its old-time structure and the folkloric music will help to keep you in a family atmosphere.
From February 27 to April 24, 2016. For groups of 15 or more persons, it is preferable to reserve…online, why not!
We go to enjoy:
- The traditional old-time meals
- The online reservations, it’s magical!
- The taffy on snow – yummy!
Plunge back into the atmosphere of the good old days! This old and rustic sugar shack with its antique tools displayed around the walls or on the grounds outside give the site the look of a small museum. The sleigh ride in the woods only adds to the feeling of going back to a more charmed time, when the natural world rhymed with simple living.
Come and relive the sugar shack tradition of yesteryear at La P’tite cabane d’la côte in Mirabel by savoring a copious meal centered on the sugar bush. A Québec folkloric show on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Don’t forget to bring your own wine or beer.
From February 27 to May 1, 2016, with reservations only.
We go to enjoy:
- Grands-pères (dumplings) in syrup – yummy!
- Folk music and dancing
- Seeing the maple sap collected
Since 1974, Cabane à sucre Nantel located in Saint-Hippolyte has been recognized for its warm atmosphere, rustic decor and especially, the exceptional quality of its meals. All meals are homemade. On the menu, old-style omelets, the famous oreilles de crisse (crispy bacon rind), the maple syrup upside-down cake and we mustn’t forget our genuine sugar pie that everyone so loves.
After that, to aid digestion, you have a choice of a nice walk in our woods, a visit to the mini-farm or, for those wanting to remain inside in the warmth, our dance floor with music and animation is yours to enjoy.
From February 27 to April 17, 2016. Reservations required on weekdays and for groups of 50 persons or more.
We go to enjoy:
- Grand-maman’s famous sugar pie – yummy!
- The delicious homemade pork cretons
- The evaporator room with explanations about the maple syrup process
Sucrerie la Marinière at Oka invites you to take some time out and enjoy a precious moment surrounded by those you love. From the appetizer to the dessert, you’ll be surprised by this traditional gourmet menu, all prepared with passion right here in the sugar shack. Vegetarian menu, without pork or without gluten available upon reservation.
Add to your visit by stopping off at the Boutique Gourmande, filled to the brim with pure maple syrup, other maple products and local sweets. Try our succulent nuts crystalized in maple syrup, they are simply delicious!
From February 27 to April 24, 2016, with reservations only.
We go to enjoy:
- The smoked ham from the Boucannerie Belle-Rivière – yummy!
- The French-Canadian pea soup – double yummy!
- La Boutique Gourmande
In the sugaring-off season, come and enjoy an excellent and traditional meal and delicious maple taffy at Sucrerie du Mont Bleu in Mirabel. Several activities offered on site: walking trails on the mountain, cart rides, educational games and visits to the facilities. You can bring your own wine and also the music of your choice. Four different rooms have been set up to welcome you. Meals with country fare for 30 persons and more.
From February 27 to May 1, 2016, it is preferable to reserve.
We go to enjoy:
- The maple gâteau mousse
- The personalized service
- Promenades in the forest on this enchanting site
Located only 3 km from exit 31 of Highway 15 in Mirabel, Sucrerie Bonaventure offers its traditional menu, which is sure to please the sweetest tooth! You can also obtain some of the various maple products all prepared on site. With the mini-farm, hockey nights, karaoke, folksinger and DJ, the outdoor fireplace and horseback rides, pleasure is guaranteed for young and old. And don’t forget to bring your own wine or beer.
From mid-February until the last weekend in April 2016, it is preferable to reserve.
We go to enjoy:
- The traditional sugar shack meal
- The atmosphere outdoors around our magnificent fireplace!
- The animation and karaoke
Cabane à sucre Bouvrette located in Saint-Jérôme celebrates the springtime by inviting you to enjoy a succulent repast at our traditional sugar shack. Thanks to its 1,400 tapped maples and the maple-processing facilities, the family Bouvrette produces a delicious maple syrup on site that you will take pleasure in sampling for the first or tenth time! You can also extend your enjoyment to your table at home by taking some of our maple products or hot takeaway dishes back with you.
From March 6 to April 24, 2016, it is preferable to reserve. Closed Mondays except on March 28, 2016 (Easter Monday).
We go to enjoy:
- Maple cornets – yummy!
- The train ride – too much fun with the kids!
- The festive atmosphere
Located at Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines in the Lower Laurentians, Cabane à sucre Gagnon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This traditional family sugar shack bears its name in homage to the founder who was ever ready to transmit his passion for the maple grove and its many products, in a convivial setting. Our energetic team will welcome you with warm smiles into an authentic decor with rustic touches. Come and see us and enjoy some homemade cuisine in a family atmosphere.
From March 5 to May 1, 2016, with reservations only.
We go to enjoy:
- The old-time traditional meal
- The family atmosphere
- Sausages in syrup – yummy!
By Mélanie Poirier
What is there to do during March break? Whether you want to do some downhill, sliding, touring or cross-country skiing, the Laurentian region is the ideal destination for March break.
Here are some events you won’t want to miss in the Laurentians:
Take part in the great family snowshoeing excursion up to the Oka Calvary on March 4, 2016 in the evening, accompanied by a park guardian-naturalist. At the summit, there’ll be a tasting of local products offered. Snowshoes can be rented on site. Adult tickets cost $9.74 and children aged 0 to 17 go free!
Until March 6, 2016, Festi-Neige awaits you in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. On the program: slides, obstacle course for children, a 1-km skating ring on the lake, a hockey rink, a 4-km walking trail on Lac des Sables and much more. All provided in a magnificent decor and environment, ideal for lovers of the great outdoors. And it’s all free!
From February 27 to March 6, 2016, everything is happening at Tremblant during March break: animation and specially organized activities for the school holidays. A wide range of programs on offer from the Tremblant Ski School, and other varied activities.
An outing on horseback is a way of getting out into the heart of nature up in the Laurentian mountains. It’s a unique equestrian experience! Amble along on our magnificent trails, choosing from a wide range of excursions and expeditions. Here are our suggestions:
Les Écuries du Chantecler
1815, rue du Mont-Blanc, Sainte-Adèle
Family outings on horseback.
340, chemin de Chertsey, Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson
Theme park dedicated to a better understanding of our horsey friends. Outings, sleigh rides, small museum.
Photographs taken with show horses.
Ranch La Douceur
6250, chemin du 10e Rang, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Horseback ridng, pony rides, guided tour of the mini-farm with more than 100 animals: goats, sheeo, lamas, alpacas, donkeys, calves, pigs, horses, rabbits, ducks, fallow deer.
DOGSLEDDING, ICE-FISHING AND SNOWMOBILING
Our centers invite you to enjoy these activities, to get away and discover nature in some of its finest and wildest moments. The Laurentian region is one gigantic territory just waiting to be discovered!
Centre d’Activités Nature Kanatha-Aki
Kanatha-Aki invites you to enjoy some winter activities in company with an experienced and passionate team. Forest walks, hikes, excursions and expeditions; dogsleds, horses, forest survival techniques; fishing adventures (fly, line, hand and ice-fishing); an authentic day out with our trapper/backwoodsman (snowshoeing-trapping); meet our wood bison (Athabascae); traditional Amerindian site. stay in a teepee, hut, trapper’s cabin or do some rustic camping.
Take the challenge of this unforgettable experience and try out an hour’s run down the trails with a dogsled and team! You may choose to run your own team or go in company with a guide. Ranch Mont-Tremblant: an adventure for the whole family! What’s more, transportation is provided from the Mont Tremblant Activity Centre!
Aventures Évasion Blanche
Évasion Blanche offers a choice of eight unique and diverse excursions and guarantees a convivial approach and atmosphere during the whole of your stay. Experienced guides have had safety training and know how to take groups out into remote areas. They will have all the equipment required on hand to ensure that you experience a trouble-free snowmobiling outing!
In addition, for those who wish to discover the joys of snowmobiling combined with a dogsledding and snowshoeing package in the forest with a visit to a sugar shack, Aventures Évasion Blanche has set up a 2-day and a 3-day package for you just one hour out of Montréal!
SKIING, SLIDING AND ZIPLINING
The Laurentian region is renowned for its vast forests, mountain landscape and lively villages. It has one of the greatest concentrations of ski centers as well, with 12 stations. Come and take advantage of a multitude of affordable all-inclusive packages covering meals, lessons, and unlimited skiing and sliding. Here are some ideas:
Downhill skiing and tubing.
Glissades des Pays d’en Haut
Tubing or rafting, Tornado and Bobsleigh des neiges.
1 800 668-7951
Parc F. U. N. (Mont-Saint-Sauveur)
Montagne Alpine – Double zipline.
Le Viking – Alpine coaster
Le Dragon – Double zipline
Aerial course. Ziplines, suspended bridges and Tarzan cords. 5 courses + more than 60 games.
12 ski centers in the Laurentians: www.laurentides.com/fr/ski
SKATING, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
If you are looking for a region in which to pratcise cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, look no further than the Laurentian mountains! Pretty much guaranteed snow in abundance!
- Skating – Ice trails
- Parc régional bois de Belle-Rivière 1.9-km trail in the forest (illuminated & non-heated shelter)
- Pavillon Violette-Gauthier 8.1-km trail on Lac Masson (illuminated & heated shelter)
- Chalet Pauline Vanier 4-km trail in the forest (illuminated & heated shelter)
- Parc des Laurentides – Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Explore this amazing natural landscape, enjoy your favorite snow sports, relax more than you thought possible, that’s what a winter experience is all about when in the heart of the unrivalled Laurentian landscape. We’re waiting just for you!