I have been very lucky to visit Mont Tremblant on 3 different occasions, once during the summer season and twice during the winter seasons. Whether it’s during the cold or warm seasons that you visit this place, know that there is a lot you can do if you enjoy nature travels and I’d like to share some of those experiences I’ve had.
Where is Mont Tremblant located?
This place is about 2 hours north of Montreal, and in Canada (obviously). In general, this is known more to be a “ski resort” than anything else, but make no mistake in thinking that it’s just a place worth visiting for just that activity. There are plenty of surrounding areas which are worth exploring on “off seasons”.
1) Visit the town of Mont Tremblant itself.
No matter what the season, the town of Mont Tremblant is absolutely stunning to check out in ANY season.
There are hotels you can stay at (my first visit had me staying at the Country Inn there), plenty of stores to visit if you’re looking for mountain/ski gear, awesome food spots, bars, stores which offer hot chocolate and hot wine drinks of all sorts (I had the cinnamon flavored one).
Update: Country Inn in Mont Tremblant is closed.
Outside the town (or right next to it really) is the actual ski mountain. There are waterfalls and streams you can check out while hiking it during warm seasons, the gondola you can take to the top if you wish with beautiful views, plenty of nature trails for biking, skiing, snowmobiling and other things.
Also they tend to often have concerts in the town itself if you enjoy that type of entertainment. Mountain bike rentals, as well as skis are available to rent if you need it.
And do this if you have the chance:
There is an “obstacle course” located on the ski mountain where you can do zip line across many different areas. They strap you up with the proper safety gear, teach you how to use it and then you go across the entire obstacle course which takes you up hill, but while elevated a top trees. The uphill obstacles are about half a mile long and if you’re afraid of heights, you may find this difficult, but as someone who also isn’t very fond of them, I enjoyed myself very much.
When you reach the top, you can then go down the obstacle course by zip lining down. As you zip line from one tree to another, the height becomes higher and higher. I would say at the highest level, it is about 100 feet (20-30 meters). But overall, the experience was amazing and I highly recommend it for adventure junkies.
During the summer season, there is a lake area nearby the town where you can obviously swim, but also take out boats. I don’t know if they do this anymore, but when I visited, they had a huge inflatable prop they put up in the middle of the lake and you could buy tickets to be taken there by boat, after which you jumped into the water, swam up to the large prop, climbed it, and jumped off it. At it’s tallest area, the height was about 30-40 feet (close to 10 meters).
And finally, another recommendation:
Find bicycle trails to check out. I went with my uncle, his wife and another woman in our group. We ended up going 10-20 kilometers into other towns, crossed bridges and other beautiful towns.
2) Visit the Scandinavian spa if you can.
There is one located about 20 minutes from the town which is very popular. I actually visited it on January 1st, right on New Years day. While the wait to enter was long (over an hour), the spa is mainly outside and in the Forrest. You can go into the Jacuzzi’s right in the open!
The thing I loved the most is that this spa is located right next to a river and during the winter, when most of it freezes up, they have a stairway that leads down to it, where there is a hole cut out that you can dive into. While many people may not enjoy the sensation of diving into ice cold water, I did. And I did it 8 times, jumping in, coming out and jumping into a hot Jacuzzi right after.
3) You can check out the casino nearby.
There is an official casino about 10-15 minutes outside of town. While it is small, it has enough entertainment to keep gamblers busy, there is also a nice restaurant and lounge available. I personally enjoyed visiting it.
4) A national park where you can do “Cross country”.
Until I visited Mont Tremblant, I never knew that there was actually a hobby/sport known as cross country, an activity in which you can travel on skis through mountain trails and during the warm seasons with a bicycle.
In any case, I have to find the name of the gigantic park (I believe it is the ONLY national park nearby the town) that’s just 30 minutes out of town that has this. If you love animals, particularly birds, there are specific scenic areas in this park where you can put seeds in your hands and the nearby birds will literally land on your hand and eat from it.
5) Other nearby parks, scenic trails and hikes.
Mont Tremblant is almost like an epicenter of hikes and trails you can check out. I cannot imagine how much time you would need to visit them all, but just know there are more than enough to satisfy even the most extreme nature enthusiast and this coming from one.
The group I was with in the summer went to visit one of these parks (I wish I remembered the name, but this was so long ago, I never bothered to find out), and we settled to have a picnic and barbecue near a lake that was surrounded by many mountains (this whole area is just one giant mountain range).
I would be careful if you go into these lakes as some of them MAY have leeches, which we did find in the particular one we were at. This completely turned me off to the idea of swimming there, so if you enter a lake in this region, look for these things just in case.
I apologize for not providing pictures of Mont Tremblant.
The 3 times I went there, I focused more on the activities I mentioned rather than documenting them like I would start doing later on my other adventures, but if you’re in Canada and looking for other places (All across the country that is), then I have a few recommendations:
On the eastern side are a number of places that are great:
Also there is areas in New Foundland worth checking out like Gros Morne National Park.
And if you’re on the western side, for now, I can only recommend Vancouver and Whytcliff Park (Victoria and other areas like Jasper and Banff will be added once I explore them!).
Update: Jasper and Banff have been explored! Here is a post where I visited them on my western Canada trip and yes, I do actually provide pictures for this visit!