Relax and adventure in picturesque Mont Tremblant while being surrounded by nature.
When planning this long weekend getaway to Mont Tremblant, I was blown away by the amount of activities on offer all within walking distance of the resort’s pedestrian village. Even as one of the top winter ski destinations in Canada, visiting during one of the last weekends of the summer was just as busy and popular.
After spending most of my summer traveling throughout Tanzania and Zanzibar, I needed an easy and comfortable girls weekend away with one of my oldest friends Natasha (we’ve known each other for close to 2 decades!) to relax and recharge but also have some mini adventures.
We planned it so everything was conveniently located in the village or a quick ride away, from our centrally-located hotel the Fairmont Tremblant to our meals and activities, which included a mix of relaxing (spa, hiking), nature (falconry, sunset helicopter ride) and adventure (ziplining, wake surfing) with many tasty meals and some window shopping in between.
What to Do
There are endless activities to do in Mont Tremblant during the summer. The resort website offers a convenient Activity Card that allows you to see and save a custom itinerary with activities, restaurants, events and even book your hotel. It’s one of the best trip planning sites I’ve used for a single destination. Below is what we picked for a four day getaway that still gave us time to relax by the pool and have long breakfasts at the Fairmont’s new Le Comptoir restaurant.
Panoramic Gondola: The scenic ride up the gondola to the highest summit of the Laurentians and views of the surrounding area once you arrive at the top are beautiful. There are chairs overlooking the landscape, a 360° Observation Tower for more views, a Birds of Prey show and tons of hiking trails.
Falconry Lesson: A one hour lesson with a professional falconer and bird of prey. We went with Sarah, a guide and a falconer with the Tremblant Activity Center. She gave us an introduction to falconry, or using birds of prey to hunt as we walked through a nearby forest. The best part was seeing her hawk Phoenix up close as she called him to my gloved hand.
Tonga Lumina: This was the most unique activity on our itinerary and one where I had no idea what to expect. Even after experiencing it, I’m still not sure how to describe it, but one of the coolest and most unique light shows I’ve ever experienced. It involves walking through a 1.5-km forest path filled with delightful surprises to awaken your imagination through light and sound.
Helicopter Ride: It’s always eye-opening to see a place from above. Taking a helicopter ride over the area with Heli Tremblant, we were able to see the village, mountains and lakes just as the sun was setting. It was a beautiful way to start our weekend.
Stand-up Paddleboarding, Canoeing and Kayaking: Located on Lake Tremblant is the Centre Nautique Pierre Plouffe and Beach and Tennis Club where you can rent all types of water-related boats like kayaks, pedal boats and SUP. Activity Cards make it easy to try a few with each one including a 30-minute access to each boat.
Ziptrek Ecotours: I love the feeling of flying and ziplining may be the best way to enjoy it, while enjoying incredible views of Mont Tremblant. This 5-line zipline tour starts with a ride up to the top of the mountain via gondola, then goes through 4 km of ziplines, one being the longest in Quebec. Natasha and I were able to zipline side-by-side with two parallel ziplines and scream at each other as we flew through the air.
Wakesurfing: This is my new favorite sport. As someone who’s surfed in the ocean before, as a beginner the hardest part is getting the timing down and catching the right wave. With wakesurfing, all you need to do is get up and stay balanced while riding the boat’s continuous wave. Both Natasha and I got up without needing the rope on our second try! I’d like to think we’re naturals but it was probably our amazing instructor who did the real magic.
Scandinave Spa: This was my first time trying hydrotherapy, which is an ancient practice that involves going through a hot-cold-relax cycle that is good for detoxification and relaxation. With an array of options including a Finnish dry sauna, Norwegian steam bath, outdoor hot baths, thermal and Nordic waterfalls, swimming in the river, solariums, relaxation areas and massage, there’s plenty of ways to relax while being surrounded by nature.
Hiking: There are 11 trails on Mont Tremblant ranging from 1 km to 11 km with pretty views around every corner. We did a hike that passed through wildflower fields and mini streams, but there are others that meander through waterfalls and lakes as well.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the Fairmont Tremblant which overlooks the village from the northern end. It’s centrally located from all the activities and restaurants, the rooms offer either pretty mountain or village views and outdoor and indoor pools are great for relaxing after a day of adventuring.
Other options include mountainside or golf resorts and private condos. For a full list, visit the Mont-Tremblant Lodging site.
Where to Eat
To be completely honest, I didn’t think food would be a big part of this trip. As a certified foodie from NYC who’s also munched her way around the world, my palette is pretty picky. That being said, Mont Tremblant blew me away with all of our meals. Even with my gluten and dairy allergies, the selection and flavors were very impressive.
Le Q.G. Resto pub serving local produce, meats and seafood in a cozy atmosphere.
Our favorites: Home made trout gravlax, Elk Carpaccio, Deer Burger, Lake trout Filet, Ginger Beer, Chocolate Mousse
Fluide Juice Bar Freshly-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and the most amazing selection of gluten-free snacks! I was in GF heaven and tried almost everything. They also have fresh salads and wraps, tonics and boosters with stools overlooking the main walkway which is perfect for people watching.
Our favorites: Dragon Salad, Mekong Wrap, chocolate covered pretzels, any smoothie, chia pudding
Pizzateria Pizzas, calzones and salads with outdoor seating. Gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Our favorites: Vegetarian Pizza, Italian Sausage with additional artichokes on gluten free crust
Fairmont Choux Gras Located inside the Fairmont, this was one of my favorite meals from our trip. They’re a contemporary culinary brasserie overlooking the pedestrian village and the menu features fresh, local and seasonal products in a chic and inviting atmosphere that include the coziest elegant blue velvet round booths.
Our favorites: French Onion Soup, Fresh Oysters, Foie Gras, Duck Magret, Rack of Lamb, Fried Cauliflower, Wild Mushroom, Homemade Butter, Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate Cake
Coco Pazzo Original Italian cuisine using organic and naturally raised farm products from Quebec and Italy. All their olive oil, vinegar and preserves are from a farm in Italy. Tons of gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Our favorites: Cavatelli Coco (this cauliflower cream sauce was life changing!), Vitello Saltimbocca (Quebec veal), Olive Mixte
Altitude This seafood resto-bar and grill is located in the Casino Mont-Tremblant and has mountain views along with a five-course tasting menu.
Our favorites: Catch of the day, Pumpkin soup, dessert bar
How to Get There
Mont Tremblant is located in the Canadian province of Québec, northwest of Montréal. There are direct flights from Toronto to Mont-Tremblant Airport and then a 40 minute drive to the resort or NYC airports to Montreal Airport then a 1.5 hour drive.
When landing in Mont-Tremblant, there is an express shuttle service to the resort that includes luggage valet service delivery to/from your hotel and express check in at the airport. For more information visit the Mont-Tremblant Transport page.
Mont Tremblant Resort
1000 Chemin des Voyageurs
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Thank you to Mont Tremblant for hosting me during this long weekend getaway. See all the activities and plan your own adventure with the Mont Tremblant Activity Card. All opinions and photos are my own.