Resort to diversion!
Winter and summer alike, this justly famous region of mountains, lakes and resorts draws vacationers from all over in search of clean air and elbowroom. Located north of Montréal, the Laurentides region is renowned for its ski hills, vast network of cross-country ski trails and top-notch golf facilities. Whether you fancy plunging into a river or a Nordic bath, enjoying a meal at a sugar shack or picking apples off the tree, sleeping in a luxurious inn or lodging with an outfitter, there's something for everyone! And speaking of tastes, the region has a well-deserved reputation for fine dining and regional specialties.
The trembling mountain
The Laurentides region is home to Québec's largest protected area. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant has a wide array of outdoor sports to choose from, ranging from hiking to canoeing, camping, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Nestled at the base of the 968-m (3,176-ft.) mountain of the same name, the village of Tremblant repeatedly tops the list of eastern North America's best resorts. The liveliness of its pedestrian village combined with a great range of activities–downhill and cross-country skiing, swimming, cycling, golf and luge are but a few–have earned Tremblant its enviable popularity. Nearby Saint-Sauveur is another landmark destination, its picturesque villages bustling with bistros, bars and boutiques. Unparalleled when it comes to skiing and sliding, Saint-Sauveur is the place for night skiing. In the fall, the forests of the Laurentides take on their characteristic flamboyant hues, reviving the festive spirit of the entire region!
An easy destination
The Laurentides region is perfect for family vacations. Head off on the bike trail known as the P'tit Train du Nord (little train of the north) that winds its way through hills and villages for 200 km (125 mi.). In the winter, this former railway line welcomes snowmobilers on one part of its route, and cross-country skiers on the other. Parc national d'Oka draws campers and swimmers to its long beaches on Lac des Deux Montagnes in the summer, and cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts in the winter. Water parks provide a refreshing respite from the summer's heat for young and old alike; while two regional theme parks are sure to delight the youngsters: Village du Père Noël (Santa's village) in Val-David, reviving the magic of Christmas, and Au Pays des merveilles (“wonderland”) in Sainte-Adèle, home to Alice and many storybook characters.
The Laurentides: peaks of pleasure!