Just 45 minutes from Montreal, the Laurentians offer visitors an array of magnificent landscapes to discover. The region’s inspiring surroundings and bustling villages make it the perfect destination for a successful business trip. And here’s the proof.
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!
In its new complex in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard for the last year, and including an accommodation wing, Attitude Montagne is proud to be innovating once again by presenting you the latest member of its family, La Chèvre! With the help of connoisseurs who ensure that we find new and different products, the establishment offers a range of beers from micro-breweries around Québec, a wine list of quality private imports served by the glass and an assortment of exclusive scotch whiskeys, all with the aim of allowing you to discover and experience this refined universe.
Espresso, latte, cappuccino as well as a wide variety of teas also available. The bar has an authentic, welcoming and convivial environment, creating a fun atmosphere. Guests are always surprised and impressed to see the immense fireplace and chimney that adds greatly to the atmosphere, and the outdoor campfire on the terrace is always appreciated by visitors, who can enjoy a seat in our Adirondack deck chairs made from recycled wood by a local craftsman.
Experience the early settler lifestyle…
The Auberge du Lac Morency in Saint-Hippolyte is now offering comfortable, well-equipped prospector tents. Set up in the forest, the tents cater for four people and have everything needed on hand. Double-size, double-deck beds, dining nook, wood stove, BBQ and all cooking utensils provided. You can bring your own supplies or ask our chef to prepare gourmet meals that you can reheat in your tent. And in both summer and winter, you can access the facilities at the inn. Several packages available : lacmorency.com/en.
Aventure Plein Air Saint-Hippolyte
The snowmobile fleet has been doubled in size and now numbers 50 machines, all ecological 4-stroke models. A new welcome chalet will be open for the start of the winter season. This new building will be four times larger than the current one and includes a garage, a reception and waiting area, offices as well as a large cloakroom filled with winter clothing suitable for severe weather conditions. A number of new dogsledding trails have also been opened up. The Husky-Siberian dog pack now has over 90 members who love to pull sleds. Aventure Plein Air St-Hippolyte.
With enchanting landscapes and numerous activities for all tastes, winter in the Laurentians is magical. And to truly appreciate the season, nothing compares to “Le P’tit Train du Nord” linear park, a 232-km path built over an old railway line from Bois-des-Filion to Mont-Laurier. It is the longest park of its kind in Canada, with activities season after season.
When the distinctive colors of autumn have given way to the pure beauty of winter, cyclists are replaced by skiers and snowmobilers. Enjoy a great outing on your cross-country skis from Saint-Jérôme to Val-David or in the Mont-Tremblant area. The trail is groomed for snowmobiling between Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré, then from Labelle to Mont-Laurier.
While roaming about, you will have an opportunity to discover a great variety of local delicacies, many activities, wide-open spaces, endless forestscapes, gorgeous snowy mountains and breathtaking sceneries. You will also find an abundance of restaurants, art galleries and charming boutiques in the nearby villages.
Visit the linear park’s Website to find out about a vast selection of lodging facilities and activities adjacent to the cycle path, and make your stay even more enjoyable. With the help of the interactive map, you’ll find everything you need in each sector of the park.
Put on a pair of cross-country skis or get your snowmobile ready and explore the region and its enchanting bucolic scenery this winter!
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!