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.
La Cuisine d'Helene
Your kids are so cute. We will go to Tremblant in the Fall. Can’t wait!
This place reminds me SO much of Whistler! Very similar look. Hoping to check it out next fall, so I may come to you for advice ;)
Wow, this place looks like SO much fun! Great pictures!! :)
Lena, I remember your trip now!! I love the colours and the beauty of Mont Tremblant! Since it is not easy for hubby to get away, 48 hours would suffice and forget the kiddos!! :)
I went my first time in 2013 for the blues festival with my kids and my husband. We had a wonderful time. This summer we are going back. I can`t wait.
Never really thought of going to Mont Tremblant for a weekend but it really isn’t that far away. An hour flight makes it quick. Will have to remember this!
added bonus: you can use the underground pedestrian tunnel to get to the airport
Lena, it looks like awesome place. You have good camera …pictures look amazing ! Cute kids
This looks like so much fun for 48 hours! You don’t realize that theres so much to do at Mt Tremblant during the summer.
Amazing time! Would love to go back in the winter
I keep forgetting about this destination for summer fun because I equate Tremblant with ski season. Thanks for the wonderful review!
The village looks like it would be a great visit – especially the chocolate facory
I have been to Montreal and Quebec city. I will have to put Mont Tremblant on my bucket list. Beautiful pictures. That poutine looks awesome.
these are amazing photo’s and looks like you had a blast!
Looks charming. Poutine has me packing!
I remember following your trip on Twitter and being blown away by the beauty of Mont Tremblant! I’ve sent the website link to my husband and I hope he takes the hint, we need to visit this year!
Looks fantastic, but more info for the less-than-discerning travellers would be nice.
I have been here but not in more than 20 years.
the town itself looks so amazing! with the bright colours and wonderful food. someplace i would love to actually check out
The village looks awesome and that poutine! Omg
Fairmont Tremblant with the scenic village and the mountain is a very nice looking view
The village is very quaint and I’d love to check it out!
Super! with a french accent! Looks like a wonderful getaway destination.
Did you even sleep, with so much to do and enjoy, you sure did enough in 48 hours, looks like a great place, I now have a craving for some poutine!!
A great European feel! The food looks so good!
love to visit
We have so many travels gems right here in Canada…I think we forget that sometimes!
Wow! This looks like a lovely place to visit!
I have definitely added Mont Tremblant to my list of places to go.
Looks like fun, although it would be a bit longer of a trip for our family! Your boys are so sweet :)
wow looks like lots of fun, kids enjoyed it seams like our family will as well
sounds like you guys had fun!
I am drooling over that Poutine!! they have the BEST. looks like a great time for a family getaway
Who knew there was so much to enjoy in the summer. I always thought of it as a ski town. It is beautiful, maybe add that to my bucket list
Brings back some memories – been over 20 years since we last visited. Time to make another trip.
I really want to try the poutine at La Forge Bistro-Bar & Grill, looks DELICIOUS!
What a gorgeous area – must add it to my bucket list!
Jared S Denison
Sounds like a fun place to visit; even in the summertime.
look at those colourful houses
Wow it looks gorgeous!! What a beautiful place
Wow , I can’t believe that is 1 hour from Toronto ! How awesome , Im going to look in to this for sure ! :D
I haven’t been to MT in years and it looks like a lot has changed! Wow it’s so beautiful!
The buildings are so colourful. I’ve never been there, but maybe some day.
Mont-Tremblant is such a beautiful place to visit. I would love to go back there again with my hubby!
donna snugglebuns dufresne
i love the photos of the kids doing arts and crafts and the photos of the different houses
My daughter visited there a couple of years ago with some friends in the winter and said it was absolutely gorgeous. It looks beautiful without the snow, definitely beautiful to visit any time of the year and it looks like you had fun!
A great place to visit. Its been a cpouple of years.
Lots to do!
I went to Mont Tremblant last year and loved it! Hiking was great.
I so want to go there someday! We drove by it when we were leaving montreal and going to a family members cabin. I wish we would have had time to stop there for a night or two.
i’ve done winter, would love to do summer
You know they have tons and tons of blueberries growing wild all over the place. so beautiful in August.
Oh my goodness that looks like a gorgeous resort. I would love to spend some time there.
I’ve always thought of Tremblant as a winter place – I had no idea there were so many summer activities!
Have never been there, but always wanted to go.
I love the European influence of the buildings in Fairmont Tremblant!
Looks so beautiful and fun! Your family is so full of smiles and can tell it was a great time for all! Thanks for the review! would love to go one day!
I’m so glad to read about your fun family trip to Mont Tremblant! I only read about it as a winter destination so, I had no idea it was full of life in the summer, too. Coming from the Philippines, I’m used to seeing mountains and historical cities which is not in Toronto. It’s refreshing to know that you can enjoy this view at the Fairmont. Nature sceneries have been proven to destress us. It’s also a wonderful way to enjoy a trip that doesn’t need to cross continents as it is accessible via Porter Airlines. A smaller airport can be more personal than being herded in Pearson. You are already in the city proper versus having to drive to get there as most major airports are outside the city. Thank you so much for sharing your trip. I haven’t visited many cities outside of Ontario, so I’m clueless about the other provinces’ beyond. It would be fantastic to visit Mont Tremblant to enjoy the chilli poutine, pedestrian walk and Skyline Luge and post about my travel experience.
Mont Tremblant looks so quaint! I love the different colored roofs and had no idea they had so much to do for families. Thanks!
This is my hometown! Merci for the beautiful review and show others how special Tremblant is. Your family is beautiful and I am so fortunate you had a good time.
Looks beautiful ! Were going here next summer !
I remember when my husband and I visited and stayed at chalet in Tremblant before we were even married. we had a great time then and this is years ago. I’m sure they have much more now and I’ve often thought it would be a good place to take kids soon.
Looks like such a beautiful place!! I never realized it was so close to Toronto.
I’ve never been but I think I would enjoy it more in the summer than the winner..only because I’m not a fan of winter especially winter in Quebec..by the way your boys are so adorable!
I had no idea there was so much to do in the summer. Definitely going on the bucket list!
I have heard great things about Tremblant. I am not a skier but I have had a summer holiday in Whistler and I can say that there is tons to do in ski locations in the summer. The Fairmont chain of hotels is one of the best I have ever stayed in -incredible service, great food and fabulous facilities.
Absolutely beautiful! It looks like an absolutely amazing place to travel to in the summer and I can imagine wonderful to snowboard/ski at in the winter months!
That place looks amazing!!
Your photos are always so great, but you are killing me with the pic of the poutine.
This is an amazing family spot :) i had no ideA
That pool looks so relaxing
Oh wow beautiful buildings and that poutine looks amazing :)
Ohhhh what memories this brings back! Hubby and I went here in 2006, pre-kiddies days LOL….we had a small travel camper and had the time of our life! With a campsite directly on the river!
Wow! I didn’t know any of that stuff about Tremblant – I always think of it as a winter destination. Thanx for the great review!
Your 48 hours sounded like they were really busy, no chance of getting bored at all.
I have always wanted to visit Quebec and have actually thought about Mont Tremblant. I have the DK eyewitness travel guide for Montreal and Quebec City…prepared for when I do get to go.
Looks like an amazing place , love the pics , the buildings are so colorful , what a beautiful place to travel to :)
We haven’t been here in years! Really need to plan a trip soon. Fantastic photos!
Your kids are so lucky! They’ll see the world before they are adults! so lucky!
looks like a fabulous place for couples and families! i’d love to try the trapoline and the poutine! ;-)
Beautiful area! I’d love to visit. Oh…and that poutine! YUM!
I didn’t know about Tremblant in the summer. Will have to give it a try. Not a far drive from Ottawa where our daughter lives. Thank you for sharing.
So many fun activities. My girls tried the Eurobungy and loved it.. I was tempted to try it myself
Sweet photos! I’ve heard great things about Mont Tremblant. This looks like a fun place to take kids.
Looks like a beautiful place to vacation. & that poutine looks delicious.
wow! looks like so much fun! i knew it was a winter destination, but didn’t know it was awesome for summer also.
I really need to get out there. It’s not far from here. Never realized there was so much to do!
Very picturesque! Our family would love the zip-line! And we have the SkyLine Luge here in our city, but somehow it looks more inviting at Mont Tremblant!
I don’t think I have never been to Mont Tremblant, I was born in Montreal. I do have a brother in law that live very close to Mont Tremblant
One word: Poutine.
I love the scenery,sure looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit.Awe you captured some beautiful family shots
Looks like you guys had a blast. Especially the boys!
Mont Tremblant looks fantastic! I’ll have to put that on my places to visit wish list
Wow I did not know Mont Tremblant is only an hour away from Toronto! If I lived in Toronto I think I’d always be tempted to use sneak away there for the weekend! It looks so nice and homey! I am sure it is lovely there in the fall and winter too!
That looks like a fabulous vacation break for the entire family!
This looks like so much fun!! I’ve never been to Quebec, but I’ve been hearing more and more about it being a must visit travel destination. My sister loves heading up there and we have friends who go too. It’s deffinitely on my to do list!
Haven’t been there in years! Time to rediscover
It looks very pretty! I love the brightly painted buildings!
I really had no idea that Mont Tremblant was an amazing summer family retreat! Looks like SO much fun
I’d like to take my daughter there to snowboard in the winter. Looks great in the summer too
Absolutely stunning! We have to go!
Wow the Skyline Luge looks like a lot of fun!
Wow, amazing trip! The luge definitely looks a must do activity and who could resist that tempting poutine…not me!
That looks like a fun place to spend a weekend. I live in the west but if I’m ever in Toronto…
i love this country of ours.
Amazing pictures! Mont Tremblant looks like so much fun, definitely is on my list of places to visit!
PS – that poutine looks so good!! :)
Love your family photos and to hear about your trip.
mmm… poutine! my mouth waters!
I drove through this area, but never had the chance to stop. The architecture is amazing.
I’ve never been here but it looks like a great place to visit!
Wow! What beautiful buildings and looks like you guys had an amazing time!
Beautiful place. I wouldn’t mind vacationing here if I have the chance.
Wow, what a great mini-getaway!
Wow,you really brought this place to life with this post
I really hope to visit this place sometime actually everything looks so inviting with the bright colours and wow all that wonderful food.thanks for sharing your photos they look so lovely and your boys well how could they not be handsome young lads
I think it’s a great idea to go there in the summer. I can’t believe how many things there are to do in the summer. What a great place !