In summer, it’s time to play! In the Laurentians region, you’ll find numerous businesses where you can have fun as a family. A trip to a petting farm, a theme park or a day on the water slides will delight both young and old. While on your getaway, take the opportunity to stay in the region’s inns, hotels and resorts. Here are some family activities for spring and summer 2018:
We invite you to explore a region with exceptional landscapes. From vast spaces to lively villages and a rich, diverse four-season cultural heritage, the Laurentian region invites you to discover its new activities and attractions for the summer of 2018. A wide array of unique and amazing activities awaits you. One day won’t be enough to do everything. Give them a try!
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:
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!
The sun is just rising over the Laurentians and already it’s a fine warm day. In fact, it’s going to be another magnificent day. The only thing left to do is see which activity gets the short straw! That’s summer in the Laurentians: an unrivalled variety of activities to dream about. For relaxation, sport, culture and nature itself, or any other way you might like to enjoy summer at its best, it’s the destination par excellence.
What’s up this summer Spring/Summer 2016
Route des Belles-Histoires
The “Route des Belles-Histoires” allows visitors to discover the Laurentian region from another aspect. Its historic thematic perspective highlights the development of its various forestry, agricultural and touristic sectors. Running over 284 km from Saint-Jérôme to Mont-Laurier, following Route 117 and the “P’tit Train du Nord” linear park, you’ll track along one of the routes used by the early settlers. Several side-trips will take you to sites of particular heritage interest. In addition, you can visit old railway stations and museums, or use interactive terminals and view short video presentations, all providing glimpses of local and regional history. From the story of log jamming days to the Huberdeau Calvary with stopovers at Chute aux Iroquois, Espace Claude-Henri-Grignon, the Laurentian Ski Museum and the various heritage and historical circuits… more than 60 locations of interest to be discovered. Everything is in place for some fun and adventure along the Route des Belles-Histoires, a rendezvous with yesteryear, today in the Laurentians.
Espaces boutiques Métiers d’art Laurentides
The Conseil de la Culture des Laurentides (CCL) and its partners are proud to be providing four boutique spaces for the Métiers d’Art Laurentides. All year round, this public display presents the best of the creations being produced by the most talented professional craftspeople in the region. During your visit to the Laurentians, take time to enjoy the sheer beauty of the surrounding countryside, and prolong your enjoyment by surrounding yourself with the works of our local creators. Buy a local handicraft at one of the four outlets located at: Maison de la Culture et du Patrimoine (Manoir Globensky) in Saint-Eustache, the Laurentian Tourist Information Bureau at the Porte-du-Nord (exit 51 on Highway 15), at the Laurentian Ski Museum in Saint-Sauveur or at the Tourist Welcome Bureau located on Montée Ryan in Mont-Tremblant.
In company with a guide/interpreter, visitors can discover the history of the village site, founded at the end of the 18th century, which was the scene of one of the major episodes of the 1837 rebellion. In summer, there are a number of pedestrian tours to do, or you can be taken around the back streets with an audioguide, available year-round. A theatrical tour leads visitors on a tour of six historic frescoes painted on different buildings along the rue Saint-Eustache. Presented in collaboration with the Théâtre de la Petite Comédie, this tour provides an opportunity to enjoy a series of short theatrical pieces with an historical yet amusing background, inspired by the frescoes of Old-Saint-Eustache that you will see along the way. Guided tours and heritage attractions start on June 20, 2016 and there will be five representations on the theatrical circuit offered from July to September.
Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
New in 2016: the Odyssée Map of the Rivière des Mille Îles: a new self-guided tour has been developed with some 29 points of interest for stops along the way. Four tours of various lengths are proposed allowing visitors to discover some of the lesser known sections of the Rivière des Mille Îles. Part of our fleet of watercraft has been renewed (rabaskas, canoes, rowboats, single and double kayaks). Like to amble along in a rabaska with no paddling to do? Yes, this is now possible. An animated tour lasting one and a half hours on board a motorized rabaska is just the ticket for those not wanting to paddle. The guide will share stories and facts concerning the history, flora and fauna of the Rivière des Mille Îles. Day Camp: 100% outdoors. Activities include fishing, bike rides and lots of discoveries for youthful explorers.
Les Vergers Lafrance
As of this spring, the Cabane à Sucre Lafrance will be boiling its own sap. With 1,500 trees tapped, the maple grove will allow them to produce maple syrup and other derivative products that you can obtain at the brand new boutique, which will open its doors in fall 2016. The maple grove is located up on the mountain and has walking trails and picnic areas. Something new this year to take your breath away!
At the 2016 Québec Cider Competition, the ice cider Cuvée Spé- ciale 2011 won the Grand Or Medal, having been awarded the highest note in the competition. A silver medal was also awarded to the Domaine Lafrance ice cider. Both these ice ciders are available at the Boutique des Vergers as well as in branches of the SAQ. The first organic cider will be available in the spring of 2016 in the 204 Métro grocery stores around Québec. The Cuvée 525 BIO, a pleasant cider produced from organically grown fruit at the orchards and by means of a manufacturing process approved by Écocert Canada, is sure to please everyone.
Auberge de l’Abbaye d’Oka
Auberge de l’Abbaye d’Oka welcomes you in a former abbey of the Cistercian monks. A one-of-a-kind lodging experience in a great setting with a unique architectural style. Escape the daily routine and enjoy the great outdoors, tourism, art and culture. Rooms starting from $85 per night (double occupancy). The Inn also offers: Catering services, weddings (church on site), sports equipment rental and 35 kilometers of mountain biking or hiking trails.
Super Aqua Club
This specialist in aquatic fun only 30 minutes from Montréal offers visitors an exclusive new ride for summer 2016, the TSUNAMI. Winner of the best innovation at the 2015 IAAPA Convention, it combines the perfection of the shapely hills and valleys with maximum corners and curves accentuated by centrifugal force. Comfortably seated in your boat, this new water-jet propelled technology guarantees you some moments of Formula 1-like thrills on the water! Come and enjoy a unique experience and high adrenaline! A drop and dive sensation that will take your breath away! There’s not a shadow of a doubt, the whole family is going to love getting into the Tsunami. In addition, numerous improvements have been made over the course of the winter. The main entrance has been totally reworked to provide quicker access and a more efficient bag search, with distinct turnstiles reserved for season pass holders and online ticket purchases. A new season high in color is on the cards at Super Aqua Club!
Boutique métiers d’art nous•vous•ils
In Rosemère, come and discover the talent of more than 50 Québec artisans: decorative objects, crockery, jewelry, fashion accessories; all types of arts and crafts work are featured. Thanks to the boutique nous•vous•ils, you can pick up this year’s latest creations. Under the same roof, you will find the atelier-boutique of jeweler Dominic Dufour who, in addition to his own creative work, features the work of another 20 Québec jewelers.
Hélibellule is fuelling up on maple syrup! Take off for a tour of the skies over the Chemin du Terroir and discover the sugar shacks of Mirabel from up above or better still, heliport yourself off for a maple syrup-flavored meal from the base at Mirabel International Airport to a sugar shack in the Mirabel area. This package includes a personalized reception with a special maple cocktail and a thematic gift to take home of a special sweatshirt. Tariffs will reflect your own expectations.
Located in Blainville, Défis-Défis is an indoor amusement center unique in Québec! Come and experience a very different way of having fun with the family, friends or by forming teams in this large building with 4,000 square feet under cover. Before the sand in the hourglass runs out, you must complete the 12 challenges: the labyrinth, the snake, the table that tilts, the word bath, the golf-billiards test, the bugs, the bungee, the Swiss cheese, the fishing test, the barrels, the colors and the piping. All games are accessible to the 5 to 75 age group! Grandparents are welcome to come and try the challenges in company with their grandchildren!
Agritouristic and breeding farm for miniature horses. Educational visits and equestrian activities for families. A herd of more than 100 miniature horses, with dozens of births each year. Come and enjoy a unique experience: cuddle a mini! Depending on the time of year, you might even be able to hold a newborn foal in your arms! Indoor riding arena open year-round, ideal for workshops, visits, children’s birthday parties and day camps.
Parc du Domaine Vert
Come and discover the new aerial exercise course for the whole family at Parc du Domaine Vert: the Écureuils course, adapted for children aged 3 to 6; the Petits Aventuriers course is for 7 to 10-year-olds, the Grands Aventuriers course, a new course to discover with a height of 20 feet above ground level, for those aged 10 or over accompanied by an adult. The Adults course is reserved for those 12 and older who can meet the height requirement. A series of four different courses high in color and emotion, each more daring and vertiginous than the next.
Golf et FootGolf Sélect
Footgolf is practiced on a specially-adapted regular golf course with cups 53cm wide. It takes about two hours to complete all 18 holes. All you need are some runners and a soccer ball. Footgolf is an individual sport that can be practiced alone or in groups of 2 to 8 persons. With no experience or training needed to play, your group will have tons of fun whether the players are 4 years old or 75!
Located in the Lower Laurentians, a few kilometers north of Montréal, our countryside is unique, rich and diverse. As you travel along the Chemin du Terroir, you will discover all the best kept secrets of the region.
Take in all the splendour along the country back roads of Mirabel, where the architectural beauty of old heritage villages will charm you. In the Deux-Montagnes sector, enjoy the breathtaking views offered by the hills above Oka and Saint-Joseph-du-Lac. Lapped by the waters of the Deux Montagnes Lake, Mille Îles River and Ottawa River, these fortunate lands are surrounded by scenery of extraordinary beauty.
You like to wander off the beaten path? Discover real gems on the Chemin du Terroir as you explore the Oka National Park and enjoy the spectacular views offered by the Ottawa River from one of the many scenic roads of Argenteuil. You will be pleasantly surprised by the landscape, rich in contrasts and offering enormous opportunities for activities of all kinds, the variety of products and the region’s cultural diversity.
Chemin du Terroir, 226 kilometers of 4-season discoveries, bucolic countryside and gourmet getaways!
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!
Grab your cowboy boots and hat! The Week-end Country aux couleurs de la Vallée will take place from October 11 to 13. During three days, the Saint-Sauveur Valley will hum to the beat of the free concerts and country music lovers will liven up the dance floor! A true celebration of country music; big names in Québec country music will be present at parc Georges-Filion in Saint-Sauveur!
On Saturday October 11, you can see Régis Gagné, Karo Laurendo, Jean & Christiane, Richard Gauthier and Michèle Richard in concert. On Sunday, October 12, attend the country Mass with Diane Gauthier, Steeve Arsenault, Patricia Caron, Brigitte Leblanc, Alex & Caro and Rhéal Leblan. Finally, on Monday October 13, the whole Daraîche family, along with many special guests, will entertain the public.
With its vast forests dotted with lakes and trails, golf courses, bike routes, multitude of sporting and cultural activities, renowned festivals, good food and warm hospitality, Mont-Tremblant certainly ranks among the best tourist destinations in the world. And it is only 35 kilometers away from the Mont Tremblant International Airport. Our friends visiting from Toronto were thrilled to arrive after a 65-minute flight!
True to its origins, as the location of the largest ski center of the east coast since 1939, the municipality of Mont-Tremblant has long been recognized for its winter facilities. But several years ago, it became a summer destination par excellence that attracts nature lovers, athletes, music aficionados, epicureans as well as soft adventure and thrill seekers. Those in search of stunning views and an adrenaline rush will definitely enjoy the new zipline course from Ziptrek that crosses the mountain from top to bottom.
Due to the infrastructures that were developed for IRONMAN events and its natural attractions, Mont-Tremblant is also appreciated today by cyclists of any caliber. With its lively downtown with heritage architecture, picturesque village where many artistic activities take place and a world-class resort, it is also the ideal destination for a family vacation or a romantic getaway.
If you love the outdoors as much as we do, you must absolutely visit the Mont-Tremblant National Park. Or the Domaine Saint-Bernard ecotourism park, the best kept secret of the region.
Stay in this little corner of paradise of the Laurentians, and enjoy live performances, exhibitions, shops and art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, luxury hotels or cozy B&Bs, not to forget an incomparable nightlife!
It’s already started: from July 4th to the 13th, Tremblant will swing to the rhythm of the Tremblant International Blues Festival! Over 10 days, more than 130 high-caliber shows will be presented on many indoor and outdoor stages – the whole Tremblant Resort will be abuzz with the sounds of blues music.
Shows are set on outdoor stages at the heart of a village where everything can be reached on foot, from artist-attended workshops to memorable late-night improv jams with that intimate, small-stage feel. This is the perfect time to discover Tremblant. Beyond an impressive musical programme, you will have the pleasure to enjoy a host of outdoor activities, whether at the mountain, the beach, golf course and in the heart of the village. It’s summertime, and it’s party time!
It all begins on July 4, with the concert of Erja Lyytinen, from Finland. On Saturday July 5th July, the fun goes on with one of the best Canadian Blues bands: Downchild. Then, on Sunday, JJ Grey & Mofro is back again this year.
A gem of a show early in the week, Tuesday July 8 the California quartet Vintage Trouble presents numbers from its Bomb Shelter Sessions album showcasing the irresistible voice of lead singer Ty Taylor. The next day, the evening will begin with the Paul Deslauriers Band, followed by Tommy Castro, who dazzled the audience in Tremblant two years ago.
The last weekend starts on Thursday, July 10, with Jordan Officer, who won a Félix Award in 2010. On the same day, you must discover THE new face of blues according to those in the know: Jarekus Singleton. The evening will end with the Bad Boyz Boogie and Friends, with guests Breen Leboeuf and Lulu Hughes!
On Friday July 11, the stage will be taken over by Doyle Bramhall II, and the following day, make way for duo Frank Bey & Anthony Paule.
And I didn’t even mention the dozens other outdoor shows presented on the seven stages and in participating bars, starting at noon daily! For complete programming, visit the official Website.
(blogger for Tourism Laurentians)