Written by Dan Rubinstein.
Just two hours from Ottawa and a short flight from Toronto, Mont-Tremblant is one of the top ski resorts in eastern North America. The 875-metre peak in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains has big vertical, and an even bigger range of amenities and activities to keep you happy when you’re not on the slopes.
In the spring, when the snow melts, all that water trickles down through the rocky south face of the main massif, creating the feeling that the whole place is trembling, which gave the mountain its name — and fuels the lakes and rivers that make the region a dream destination in summer as well.
Start your warm weather visit with a gondola trip (or a brisk steep hike) to the summit, gape at the green hills and blue lakes, then fly down on Ziptrek Ecotours’ five-line ride, with some stages stretching more than a kilometre, and speeds approaching 100 km/h. You can also take advantage of gravity on the go kart-like luge track, or beat gravity on a trampoline and harness contraption called Eurobungy.
Cool down with a swim at the Beach and Tennis Club on Lac Tremblant, grab a gourmet pizza on the patio at Pizzateria in the resort’s pedestrian village, and watch the sun set from the balcony of your suite at the Marriott.
For a change of scenery, and a different type of adventure, drive half an hour northeast into Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, the largest and oldest provincial park in Quebec.
Canoe down the rivière du Diable, whose meanders brush up against towering cliffs, and take the shuttle back to the Lac Monroe visitors’ centre, where the rental shop is crammed with stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and bikes.
Even if it’s raining, you’ll want to hit the water or the trails, especially if you’re bunking in a Huttopia tent, where an electric heater takes the bite off the damp, and a fridge keeps the beer cold.