Staying in the Laurentians is a treat that you can enjoy in various ways. This winter, book unique accommodations for the school holidays for an out-of-the-ordinary experience of the region. A broad selection of eclectic accommodations is available in the region: mountain huts, treehouses, tipis, lumber camps, Hobbit houses, igloos, cabanas and shepherd’s huts, just to name a few!
That’s right! It’s already time to turn the page on 2017 and get started on 2018. During the holiday season, there are plenty of events in the Laurentians. Music and dance lovers will groove to the beat at the many festivities and experience the creativity of local and visiting artists. Foodies will also be thrilled with the many opportunities to enjoy the pleasures of the table. No matter what you do here, you’ll find joy everywhere! We offer a variety of places to celebrate New Year’s in the Laurentians:
The parks of the Laurentians are renowned as wonderful wild places to have fun and enjoy the fresh air. Laurentian parks have so much to offer: visitors can choose from a wide array of unique activities. With so many options, you may just have to toss a coin to decide what to do first!
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!