Friends, welcome to the middle of summer.
The point where you’re either congratulating yourself for enjoying a month of heated freedom… or, feverishly trying to save the remainder of a not-so-memorable half season. If you’re in the latter camp, I’ve got the solution for you.
What if I told you that you could experience an unforgettable mountain getaway and enjoy a multitude of summer activities? And, that this getaway was easily accessible to Ontarians – in fact, only 1-hr away from downtown Toronto?
From outdoor sports to live entertainment, spa to beach, Mont Tremblant has it all.
We all recognize Tremblant as a world-class winter destination. However, it’s also the perfect summer spot for families of all sizes, offering endless outdoor activities, sublime dining experiences, thrilling adventures and a unique opportunity to connect with nature.
Here’s how to spend 48 hours with your family in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Take a Porter Airlines flight from the heart of downtown Toronto. You’ll arrive at Tremblant’s iconic log cabin airport in just over an hour, where transportation options to the village are available (and best if scheduled ahead of time). Your excursion to the village will take about 45 minutes, so sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the quaint, northern Quebec town.
Accommodations are available to suit every family and budget. For the discerning traveller, stay at the Fairmont Tremblant. Nestled in the heart of a scenic village at the foot of the mountain, revel in the stunning indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi and Amerispa Spa. Dine at their celebrated restaurants, or snack poolside at a charming terrace open during the summer season. All of the 314 spacious guest rooms come appointed with high-end amenities, many of them offer stunning views over the majestic Mont-Tremblant or Tremblant Lake.
After you’ve checked in, take a leisurely stroll around the village to discover the history and explore the cultural nuances. Prepare to be swept away by the undeniable charm of the picturesque pedestrian village: here the mood is always festive. Live outdoor bands will provide the musical backdrop as you catch a few of the sun’s last rays on an outdoor terrace. Or, stroll along the brightly lit streets and pop in and out of retail boutiques, offering everything from clothing to home decor. With a distinctly European feel, you’ll believe you’re miles away from the every day.
Dining options at Tremblant are limitless. Delight in Spanish-inspired Mediterranean cuisine served in a chic and urban atmosphere at Gypsy. For a fresh and succulent summer lunch outdoors, discover Fairmont Tremblant’s newest Kiona Terrace and enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads and grilled specialties. Dine on traditional Thai and Chinese-inspired Asian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere at Ô Wok. And of course, when in Quebec… and Mont Tremblant… don’t leave without sampling the classic, smoked beef brisket or chili poutine at La Forge Bistro-Bar & Grill.
(After going through all my food photos, I’ve decided that I absolutely need to write a separate post dedicated to the restaurants, bars and cafés at Mont Tremblant. Stay tuned!)
After dinner, take in the stunning panoramic views of the village by hopping on the complimentary Le Cabriolet. This open, gondola-style lift connects the upper and lower parts of the village. Children will delight as the gondola soars high into the air – have your camera ready!
Get a good night’s sleep… there’s much to do in the morning!
The next day, enjoy breakfast at your leisure, or stop by Fluide Juice Bar in the village for freshly-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, tonics and boosters, homemade vegetarian delights and a variety of gluten free products. Today is all about the kids!
First, a must do at Tremblant – Skyline Luge! Believe me when I say that once is never enough. Skyline Luge is a gravity adventure ride (straight from New Zealand!) that will take you to the edge of your seat, regardless of age, experience or thrill boundaries! Enjoy a fun-filled ride on a 3-wheel-cart using a unique braking and steering system that gives the rider full control down a 1.4 km long track.
With 24 corners to navigate and an average ride time of 5-7 minutes, you’ll want to take full advantage of the 5-ride discounted rate of $27.02 per person.
Next, discover the many activities on the mountain, in the pedestrian village and on the shores of Lac Tremblant. To maximize your stay, grab an Activity Card:
– Receive 3, 5, 7 or 10 admissions, used at your leisure, starting at just $23.39
– Valid 7 days per week, from May 16 to October 18, 2015
– Choice of 14 activities, for all ages
– 10% off when booked in advance
Examples of activities include Eurobungy, Climbing Tower, Le Petit Géant Mini-golf, Aquaclub La Source, and more!
After a quick lunch (we opted for Mexican cuisine at Puesta Del Sol – yum!) it’s time to go shopping. Saunter through European-style streets and discover a multitude of exclusive boutiques. Pop into Betty Barclay, an exclusive high-end ready-to-wear women’s clothing imported from Germany. Browse the selection at Joaillerie St-Onge, where you’ll find a collection of exclusive jewellery, designed and fabricated by this internationally renowned Montreal gemologist.
And of course you’ll need to pop into Oakley Tremblant for some new sunnies, which is exactly what my husband did! What do you think of his new shades?
If you’re staying at the Fairmont Tremblant (and I recommend that you do), finish the day with a swim at the Fairmont’s heated outdoor pool. Open year round, it offers stunning views of the surrounding village and mountain. Upon returning from our weekend, I searched my phone for pictures of the pool. Then I realized that instead of taking photos, I was lounging on a chair, basking in the sunshine and reading a book. Which is exactly what I should have done :)
Now, if you’re wondering what to do with the kiddos when the weather is inclement – as we experienced on our third and last day in Tremblant – I can assure you that you’ll have an amazing day, simply by seeking out activities in the village.
First, no visit to Tremblant is complete without a stop at the iconic Candy Shop. Pick-and-mix your favourite gummies, liquorice, sour or chocolate-coated candies, or enjoy divine chocolates, fudge, caramel, fresh cotton candy and homemade macarons.
Next, let your creative side and the artist within come to life! Paint your own pottery and create a unique souvenir at Le Studio Créatif. Although reservations are recommended, walk-ins are also accepted. For a small fee, you can select and customize your very own pottery. Not only does it keep little hands busy, but it’s a great place for mom and dad to relax and enjoy a cappuccino from Café Johannsen. Just remember that the paint needs to be cured for 24 hours before the item is ready, hence, know that if you’re visiting on the last day, you’ll need to complete your masterpiece at home.
Have a sweet tooth? Be sure to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, where kids can have fun making chocolate treats with the help of the shop’s official chocolate maker. Or, head down to the Sugar Shack, where maple taffy on snow is available all year round.
Of course, if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir for children, you simply must head to Univers Toutou, where you can create an adorable plush companion! There are more than forty furry friends to choose from, and hundreds of costumes and accessories to dress them up. A passport and suitcase complement the experience. Reid created a dragon he named “Frostfire”!
For adults looking for a souvenir to bring home, be sure to pop into Tremblant & CO. You’ll find a multitude of T-shirts, sweaters and fleeces for men, women and children, plus many more Tremblant items to fall in love with!
And that, friends, is how to spend 48 hours in Mont Tremblant. How have you spent your summer vacay? Perhaps a weekend in Tremblant is exactly what you need! And with several weeks left in the season, now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Check out Tremblant vacation packages for summer savings!
Special thanks to Tremblant for hosting my family as part of the #TremblantInstameet.