Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones for the Holidays? This year, give the gift of skiing! The Laurentians’ ski resorts have something for everyone on your list. Take the opportunity to create unforgettable moments with family and friends and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s what the Laurentians’ ski resorts have to offer:
To the delight of many, the Christmas market tradition is back with increasing popularity in Quebec! This tradition is an integral part of the Holiday season in many countries, such as Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and several other European countries. In Quebec, these festive markets have become a celebration, featuring local artisans and food producers.
The Laurentians are clearly no exception to the rule, with the region boasting over thirty markets, shows, fairs, and exhibitions throughout the region. Without further ado, head out to discover unique gems by passionate creators. Here are the best Christmas markets and craft fairs to look out for:
In the Laurentians, Halloween is no small party! Dive into the world of trick-or-treaters and enjoy the activities and events organized for the occasion. On the program: haunted houses, animated characters, parades, pumpkin contests, costume contests, and so much more! Here’s how you can celebrate Halloween in the Laurentian region:
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:
Are you looking for something to do with your family or friends during spring break? The Laurentians region, located only 30 minutes from Montreal, abounds in activities and fun events: sledding, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, indoor games, downhill skiing, sleigh rides and much more! There is something for everyone.
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:
To mark my birthday during a getaway together, my friends had the brilliant idea to book the “girls’ day out” package at the Hôtel Spa Watel in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. While it’s true that the wide range of body care treatments offered there – including massage therapy, heated pools, dry and steam saunas and hot tubs – were definitely a factor the next time I was deciding where to stay in the Laurentians, that was not the only one.
As lovers of great food, the outdoors and cultural activities, we were thrilled with this four-star hotel on the mountainside and its breathtaking panoramic view. With its 31 beautifully decorated rooms and suites offering spectacular views of the lake, friendly service, quality facilities and dream location, what more could we ask for!
Between the Swedish massage, the facial and relaxation time lounging on one of the seven patios with spas and fireplaces, we took advantage of the nearby cycling trail. After our ride, we settled down on the beach right in front of our hotel. Besides swimming, I tried out sailing on the majestic Lac des Sables, while some of us chose other, non-motorized water activities.
After a very full day, we went back to the comfort of our rooms to enjoy the bottles of champagne included in our packages, while preparing for the evening. Relaxed and refreshed, we couldn’t resist the call of the fondue – a classic on the menu at Uno restaurant – which helped us hold onto that feeling of relaxation we’d enjoyed since our arrival. After that, we headed over to the Le Patriote theatre, within walking distance of the hotel, where a highly entertaining comedy show awaited us.
I will never forget this special time celebrating my birthday with my friends in this charming hotel, which has won several awards, for the quality of service and facilities, and for its environmental responsibility. A real gem that you will enjoy discovering any time of the year, for any occasion!
With its Roman looks, its idyllic location and highly competitive prices, the Auberge de La Tour du Lac was the perfect place for the two of us to escape to celebrate our anniversary. But little did we know what the owners, Mario and Nathalie, had in store for us. We could see how delighted they were to welcome us into their inn with its old-fashioned charm. Aficionados of small tourist establishments and good food themselves, they bought this old bed and breakfast in 2003 and turned it into a real success!
Everything about the place encourages relaxation and romance, from the magnificent, restful site to the comfortable, country-style rooms with hot tubs, fireplaces and every amenity one could wish for, including the continental breakfast delivered in a basket to our room. Not to mention the spas, the sauna, the outdoor fireplace, and the excellent six-course set menu dinner we enjoyed at the Auberge. Possibly the best flank steak I’ve ever tasted! Refined dishes prepared from local ingredients, served by smiling, attentive staff, in an absolutely charming vintage interior. The countless treasures from the past preserved in this old-time beauty were a true feast for the eyes, from the dining room to our room overlooking the majestic Lac des Sables.
It’s hard to know where to begin when describing the warm, attentive service we received from Mario, who seems to take care of everything down to the last detail! It may have been the famous 50% discount offered year-round from Sunday to Thursday that first caught our attention, but we will be coming back for everything else. Because nothing can match the excellent value offered by the Auberge La Tour du Lac – except the warm antique decor, the restful ambiance, the amazing food, and the warm welcome given to us by our hosts, who treated us like family members!
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!