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:
Interviews and article by Lyne Branchaud
What are the latest meeting and conference trends in the Laurentians? To find out, we talked to three representatives who work in the area: Marie-Chantal Thibault, Sales Manager, Groups & Conferences for the Tremblant Resort Association; François Desrochers, Convention and Services Manager at Le Grand Lodge Mont-Tremblant; and Line Latour, Sales Manager at the Estérel Resort.
The second article in this three-part series on trends looks at communications, length of stay, and client base.
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!
The large natural territory of our beautiful region offers outdoor enthusiasts an unparalleled selection of adventure activities in a multitude of parks, perfect to enjoy the most exceptional landscapes.
This season, put on your snowshoes, hiking boots or cross-country skis and discover this magical winter wonderland. Take a pause during your hike and appreciate the beauty of nature along the interpretation trails. Why not make the most of it and stay overnight in a refuge or a tent?
You can truly experience the region’s immensity and magnificence at the Montagne du Diable Regional Park, with its majestic mountain, the second highest peak in the Laurentians, overlooking the Baskatong Reservoir. At the Mont-Tremblant National Park, the largest protected area in the province, try a variety of activities including the famous Via Ferrata! Don’t miss the opportunity to stay a night in a ready-to-camp or Huttopia tent. Want to try the experience of staying a night in an igloo? Head north to the Kiamika Regional Park!
Along more than 10 kilometers of marked forest trails, discover the Doncaster River in the regional park that bears its name; it’s the perfect place for flora and fauna observation. Want to go on an expedition with the whole family? We recommend the Rivière-du-Nord Regional Park, where countless activities await. The Val-David – Val-Morin Regional Park, with its two sectors (Far Hills and Dufresne), offers a large protected territory criss-crossed by more than a hundred kilometers of paths for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
In the Lower-Laurentians, the Bois de Belle-Rivière Regional Park has a gorgeous ice path for skating in the forest and the Oka National Park is ideal for winter lovers with its wide range of activities: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and sliding. Many wintertime activities are also offered at the Rivière-des-Mille-Îles Park, including 13 kilometers of hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails that border the Mille-Îles River. Enjoy many family activities in an intermunicipal forested park catering for outdoor activities but located in an urban environment: the Domaine Vert Park!
Last but not least, « Le P’tit Train du Nord » linear park offers snowmobilers and cross-country skiers a unique way to discover the region. In fact, a visit to the Laurentians would not be complete without an expedition on this 232-km path built over an old railway line from Bois-des-Filion to Mont-Laurier: it’s Canada’s longest linear park, with activities season after season.
It’s fair to say that the most diverse activities abound in the Laurentians’ parks! See you this winter 🙂
The Saint-Sauveur Valley is the ultimate destination for a winter vacation, and Manoir Saint-Sauveur is the ideal spot to enjoy it all. Located in the heart of one of the most charming villages of the Laurentians, the 4-star hotel benefits from its proximity to everything and offers many activities and services right under its roof. The perfect combination for a family escape filled with outdoor fun, a romantic getaway, a gourmet jaunt with friends or a business function.
With 250 rooms, suites and condos in 5 pavilions, Manoir Saint-Sauveur is the largest hotel of the Laurentians offering such luxury and refined elegance. We were totally charmed by the warm atmosphere, the gourmet cuisine, the recreational facilities and the personalized service. The professional and knowledgeable staff, the valuable help of the concierge and the attentive service of the “Club des Petits” entertainment team made us feel at home.
Whether for the relaxed ambiance of the Boudoir Lounge and its European bistro menu, the Ambiance restaurant offering dishes made with local products or the gourmet brunch served at La Tablée, everyone agrees that Manoir Saint-Sauveur is passionate about great food. Mind and body are also very important: try a unique comforting and rejuvenating sensory experience at the spa and take advantage of the salt-water pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.
We really appreciated staying so close to the ski hills, tube sliding, skating and snowshoeing trails…all the while being at walking distance from the village! Day and night, we enjoyed skiing at a few of the nearby mountains and skating on a superb iced trail in the middle of the forest…right in the village! Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and many other activities are also offered nearby, as well as numerous restaurants, art galleries, ski museum and outlet stores, located only a few steps from the hotel. Unforgettable moments of pure pleasure for the whole family!
With a group of avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, I was headed to Mont-Tremblant. Our destination, the highest summit of the Laurentians, is also renowned as the “#1 Ski Resort in the North American East “. We were looking forward to enjoy all the sports and cultural activities offered right at the mountain and in the other sectors of Tremblant.
Everyone, young and old, from thrill seekers to those looking for a relaxing experience, found just the right activity to suit their tastes: ice climbing, visit to the spa, festive nightlife at one of the bars or casino, and evenings by the fireplace in the comfort of our condos and chalets. The kids particularly enjoyed the new Tam-Tam Zone, the mountainside tubing evenings and skating next to the chapel.
With their many cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, the Mont-Tremblant National Park and Centre de ski de fond Mont-Tremblant allowed us to discover a true outdoor paradise. The latter, located on the site of the Domaine Saint-Bernard ecotourism park, offers fatbike rentals. You must absolutely try this brilliant winter cycling activity!
With its charming inns, small boutiques and a church converted into a concert hall, Mont-Tremblant is a picturesque village. Its downtown area has a charming heritage atmosphere. Find unique souvenirs and gifts in the Petit Hameau shops and take advantage of exclusive savings on brand names in the outlet stores. Mont-Tremblant is also renowned for its gastronomy, with a variety of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars serving local and international flavors.
In other words, Mont-Tremblant is the ultimate destination, with activities and adventures for all tastes!
Heading north to the Upper Laurentians was an excellent decision, and staying at the Rabaska Lodge was definitely a judicious choice! This resort, located in the heart of nature, is renowned for its cozy and intimate accommodation, fine dining and welcoming hosts. We felt like we were visiting friends! When we discovered this vast natural territory only a few kilometers away from Ferme-Neuve and Mont-Laurier, we understood why Dominique and Martin decided to transform this former outfitter into a resort.
Nature lovers and outdoor aficionados will fall in love with this true paradise, located on the banks of the Baskatong Reservoir and near the Montagne du Diable (Devil’s Mountain), where a multitude of activities are offered, with or without a guide. We all enjoyed our favorite winter sports; some chose to explore the mountain on their cross-country skis or snowshoes, while others rode a snowmobile or ATV. Everyone in the group, including the thrill seekers, outdoor sports enthusiasts as well as those looking for a refuge away from the hustle and bustle, had the chance to see the magnificent Windigo Falls at the foot of the mountain and the breathtaking views that awaited us at the top.
After fulfilling days spent in the great outdoors, we met at the chalet and spent the evening by the fireplace. We also went to the main lodge to take advantage of the Wi-Fi access, play billiards, have a drink at the bar and savor an excellent meal at the restaurant. Fun and relaxation were on the menu during this unforgettable stay. This is a way of life I could get used to!
The Rabaska Lodge can welcome up to 120 guests year-round and offers many services, including catering services; it’s the perfect place for groups and special events. With that in mind…this is where we should hold our next corporate retreat. I’m sure my colleagues will love the idea!
What a unique sensory experience our little getaway at the Esterel Resort allowed us to enjoy! As soon as we arrived, we immediately realized that, following a major makeover of nearly 60 million dollars, the exceptional resort is a real gem. Its prime location in the heart of nature, its high quality facilities and its proximity to countless activities contributed to moments of relaxation and pleasure that will be long remembered by our friends and us.
Barely an hour after leaving Montréal, we discovered the two superb high-end boutique hotels, with a total of 200 suites designed with a contemporary touch and distinctive ambiance, each one equipped with a kitchenette and fireplace. We opted for a suite at the Émotion hotel, Gold award winner at the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in 2014. A trendy ambiance, a private outdoor Jacuzzi and large windows overlooking the Nordic spa are just a few examples of our roomy suites’ features.
We also took advantage of all the attractions offered by the Laurentian complex. And there are many, as the Esterel Resort is a destination in itself: two heated pools, four hot tubs, saunas, an outdoor fireplace, a health and beauty center, three restaurants with very different culinary experiences and much more. Our brief jaunt gave us the opportunity to appreciate the variety of flavors and atmospheres proposed: from the bistro menu in a relaxed ambiance to fine dining in the chic dining room.
Thanks to the activity center with rental services on site, we enjoyed several activities offered nearby: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skating on an 8-km skating rink on Lake Masson. Next time, maybe we’ll discover one of the nearby ski resorts, or stroll through the charming village of Saint-Sauveur, only 20 minutes away. Well…here’s a great excuse to go back for a romantic getaway…and this time stay at Évolution hotel!
The Laurentians offer winter sports enthusiasts 12 ski resorts with a total of 342 trails for all levels. Family centers, world-class resorts, one of the largest evening ski areas and snow in abundance await skiers and snowboarders of all levels. The Laurentian region is renowned for its top-level lodging services, unparalleled après-ski activities and fabulous gastronomy. It’s a true winter wonderland with festivals, cultural activities, Nordic spas, nightlife and a multitude of outdoor activities.
New this winter: direct flights from Toronto to the Mont-Tremblant International Airport, right in the heart of the Laurentians!
In the Saint-Sauveur Valley, several ski centers are opened for day and evening skiing. Mont Olympia is the best place for beginners, so is Mont Avila, with its tubing park. Also, Mont Saint-Sauveur is constantly innovating to provide spectacular snow conditions. With its ultramodern facilities, including the GoPasse automated gates and radio-identification card system, its snowpark and its new T-BAR 70 restaurant and bar, the resort guarantees skiers and snowboarders a great performance in high-class comfort! Ski Mont Habitant is a great mountain for families and Ski Morin Heights is located in the middle of nature and offers beautiful landscapes. Ski Chantecler, for its part, welcomes beginners and experts alike, with 17 runs for all levels. As for Ski Mont-Gabriel, it offers one of the most economical skiing experiences in the Laurentians and, to boot, the slopes face south, so you get plenty of sun!
Station de sports du Mont Avalanche offers something new and unique this year: exclusive mountain access on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Imagine having the mountain just for you and your group…perfect for special events! Belle Neige offers exceptional snow conditions. Take advantage of the special rates on Mondays and Wednesdays. Vallée Bleue welcomes you in a family atmosphere and magical ambiance.
We promise you a memorable stay in our mountains! Clearly, skiing wouldn’t be the same without après-ski! Lively villages, gourmet meals, festive restaurants and bars, plus a wide range of Nordic spas and health centers, what better way to end this unparalleled experience?
From January 17 to February 15, 2015, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts celebrates winter, with five consecutive weekends of awesome festivities for the young and young at heart! Slides for everyone, 1-km ice ring on the lake, skating rink for hockey fans, 4-km hiking trail on Lac des Sables, an adventure course for kids and many more free activities are scheduled during the course of the Festi-Neige!
Access to Festi-Neige is free; a pass is required for certain activities.
This year, a new activity for adrenalin enthusiasts: a 300-meter zipline, provided by Tyroparc! Only $6 per run, in addition to the Festi-Neige pass, an unforgettable experience!
Each weekend promises to be filled with surprises and activities:
January 17 and 18 – St-Hubert Derby
Participants must run a team of horses on an obstacle course as fast as possible. There are at least two qualification rounds. Horse lovers will be delighted to visit the stables on Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m. Everyone can take a sleigh ride and there will be pony rides in the carousel for the little ones, between noon and 3 p.m.
January 24 and 25 – Jean-Coutu Family Weekend
For the second weekend, there will be kites, magnificent snow sculptures, a fishing tournament and fishing initiation for kids 12 and under. At your fishing poles, outdoor enthusiasts! Who will catch the biggest fish?
January 31 and February 1st – Barbegazi Contant Weekend
All sorts of competitions take center stage during the third weekend! You can attend a professional lumberjack competition, freestyle snowmobile competition and a snowskate and Fat Bike competition, plus demonstrations by professionals! The whole family will be amazed!
February 7 and 8 – Camping Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts Weekend
Saturday, February 7th is the perfect time to explore wintertime outdoor fun: a national snowshoe race will be held, as well as an introduction to winter camping. Free access to snowshoeing trails for Festi-Neige pass holders.
February 14 and 15 – S.Bourassa Extreme Weekend
What better way to end to this winter festival than an extreme obstacle course in teams of four? For the most daring, there will even be a dip in the lake!
The Festi-Burger event will also be taking place throughout the whole festival! Chefs from restaurants all around town will create a burger representing their restaurant. Each Festi-Burger purchase will give you the chance to win a thousand Festi-Neige dollars! Will you be the lucky winner?
This beautiful winter magic will take place at Place Lagny, in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. See you there! Lots of smiles and lasting memories await!