Mont-Tremblant 2014
Day 1. To Parc national du Mont-Tremblant in Québec   (3 July 2014 Thursday)
  • drive to Lac-Supérieur, Québec - 440 miles 8 hours 10 minutes driving
  • so many "Mont-Tremblant"s: mountain, resort, village, national park
  • check-in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant Albert-Courtemanche cabin
  • about Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
  • Day 2. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant   (4 July 2014 Friday)
  • Via Ferrata du Diable
  • kayak and swim on Lac Monroe
  • hike Le Lac-aux-Atocas
  • Day 3. Mont-Tremblant Resort and Mountain   (5 July 2014 Saturday)
  • bike the Chutes Croches Loop
  • kayak on Lac Escalier
  • Mont-Tremblant Resort and Pedestrian Village
  • Panoramic Gondola, Skyline Luge
  • Day 4. Tremblant International Blues Festival   (6 July 2014 Sunday)
  • kayak on Lac Rossi
  • bike the La Renardière Loop
  • Tremblant International Blues Festival - Day 1
  • Day 5. In and Around Montréal   (7 July 2014 Monday)
  • drive to Montréal 84 miles 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Biodôme de Montréal, Mont-Royal Park
  • Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium
  • stroll at St Denis and Sainte-Catherine Streets
  • Day 6. Les Méandres du Diable   (8 July 2014 Tuesday)
  • kayak the Les Méandres du Diable
  • hike the La Roche Trail
  • Mont-Tremblant Resort Shops, Restaurants, bars and cafés
  • Tremblant International Blues Festival - Day 3
  • Day 7. Le P'tit Train du Nord   (9 July 2014 Wednesday)
  • bike the le P'tit Train du Nord from Labelle to La Conception QC
  • kayak on Riviere Rogue from Labelle to La Conception QC
  • Casino du Mont-Tremblant
  • Day 8. Drive Back Home   (10 July 2014 Thursday)
  • drive back home to Norfolk MA - 440 miles 8 hours 10 minutes driving
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Day 1. To Parc national du Mont-Tremblant in Québec   (3 July 2014 Thursday)
    So many “Mont-Tremblant”s!!?
  • Mont-Tremblant the mountain; highest peak in the Laurentians
  • Mont-Tremblant the resort; hotels, shops at the base of the mountain
  • Mont-Tremblant pedestrian village; same as the resort
  • Mont-Tremblant Station; same as the resort
  • Mont-Tremblant the old village; the town 3 miles away the Mont-Tremblant resort
  • Centre-Ville (Downtown) Mont-Tremblant; a commercial district 7 miles south of the mountain
  • Mont-Tremblant the national park; Parc National du Mont-Tremblant
  • Ville de Mont-Tremblant the city comprising of the old St-Jovite, downtown Mont-Tremblant, and the pedestrian village
    The Mont-Tremblant area is a kind of Aspen-meets-Disneyland. It's beautiful country, with great skiing and an ever-expanding resort village on the slope -- a prime destination in the province in all four seasons.
    Name That Tremblant! -- The abundant use of the name "Tremblant" makes things difficult to keep straight, so here's a primer.
    There is Mont-Tremblant, the mountain. At the base of its slope is a growing resort village of hotels, restaurants, and shops that is sometimes called Tremblant, sometimes called Mont-Tremblant Station, and sometimes called the pedestrian village. About 5km (3 miles) northwest of the resort is an area which long ago was the region's center and which is now known as the old village of Mont-Tremblant. A cute commercial district about 12km (7 1/2 miles) south of the mountain used to be known as St-Jovite but is now called Centre-Ville (Downtown) Mont-Tremblant.
    Feeding the confusion is the fact that, in 2005, the villages of St-Jovite and Mont-Tremblant and the pedestrian village combined to become a single entity named Ville de Mont-Tremblant. Many maps, hotels, and residents, however, still refer to the areas as distinct "sectors." Also, just adjacent to the pedestrian village is Lac (Lake) Tremblant. And don't forget the large national park: Parc National du Mont-Tremblant. Source:
  • About Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
    Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is the oldest of Quebec’s national parks, and it covers 1,510 km2, making it the largest park south of the 49th parallel. Discover the park’s three sectors that stretch out over five municipalities, from east to west. It’s a vast territory dotted with some 400 lakes, 6 rivers and forested hills. Created in 1895, it was originally called Parc de la Montagne-Tremblante (trembling or shaking mountain). It is home to 45 mammal species, including the park’s animal emblem, the wolf, and other notables such as moose, white-tailed deer, black bears and beavers. There are also 206 species of birds, 36 fish species, 20 types of amphibians and reptiles, and its flora is no less abundant. This immense and wild sample of the Southern Laurentian region is a treat for all outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone can enjoy an experience tailor-made for them. With its six great rivers (Diable, Boulée, Cachée, Petite Cachée, L'Assomption and Lavigne), two adjoining rivers (Jamet and Matawin), and 400 lakes and streams, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is a canoer's paradise. It's a rich amalgam of Québec's natural and historic heritages, being the largest and oldest park in the network.
    To contribute to improving the quality of the park experience, an entry fee was established by the government. You must always carry your receipt or your annual card during your visit. Annual Park Card $32.50. Official park website
    6am-5pm depart Norfolk MA for Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, Lac-Supérieur QC
          - 440 miles and 8 hours 10 minutes of driving time
    5pm check-in at La Diable Visitors Centre - Albert-Courtemanche cabin
    Inside Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, on Route 1, Lac-Supérieur, QC J0T. Albert-Courtemanche cabin. With a lake view. Linen is not supplied. You must bring your pillow case, bedding or sleeping bag as well as your bath towels and dish towels.
  • Name of adjacent body of water: Lac Monroe
  • capacity: 6 persons, bedrooms: 3, Single bed(s): 6
  • bathrooms: 1, combined kitchen and dining room
  • electric range with oven, microwave, 1 refrigerator
  • electric coffeemaker, toaster
  • Visitors Centers in La Diable Sector
  • La Diable Visitors Centre - is at 3824 Chemin du Lac Supérieur, Lac Supérieur, Québec J0T 1P0 Reception and information, registration for activities. Access for La Diable Sector: Take Highw ay 15 at Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, then take Route 117 tow ards Saint-Faustin-Lac Carré. From there, continue in the direction of Lac Superieur. Follow directions to La Diable Information Kiosk. Please note that the last gas station before the park is located at Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré.
  • Discovery Centre - Located 10,5 km from the La Diable sector, at Lac-Supérieur. Now there’s a new starting point for your discovery of this vast and splendid protected territory. Located on the edge of Lac Monroe, in the La Diable Sector, the new Discovery Centre is a simple, original, modern and low-environmental-impact building. Come check out this lively, animated and fun spot! At the Discovery Centre, you can plan your stay, learn about some of the area’s finer points or just browse the pleasant site that showcases the park you are visiting. Reception and information, Boutique Nature, mini-snack bar with ready-to-eat meals, first-aid services, registration for activities, outdoor equipment rental and ski waxing service, showers.
  • Lac-Monroe Visitors Centre - Located 10 km from the La Diable sector, at Lac-Supérieur Convenience store and sale of firewood, ice and worms for fishing, watercraft and bike rental, Boutique Nature, first-aid services, showers and coin laundry
  • Day 2. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant   (5 July 2014 Saturday)
    Kayak Lac Monroe
    Lac Monroe, the park's most popular lake, gets busy on summer weekends with people coming to swim, hike, bike, paddle, and picnic. Lifeguards keep watch from the shores of Cremaillere Beach. Rental bicycles, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available from the Lac Monroe Visitor Centre, and numerous trails branch out from points nearby. The setting is stunning, with densely forested mountains sloping to the water all around. Autumn brings dramatic foliage.
    Don't miss out on this journey on the park's most well-known lake. This approximately 3.5 km–long stretch where Rivière du Diable widens was one of the first lakes used by log drivers, fishers, scientists and outdoor enthusiasts. Today, canoeists and kayakers still enjoy the distinctive landscapes of Mont Tremblant and the surrounding hills with their characteristic rock faces, as well as the sandy shores, L'Étroit marsh and the small grassy bays where they can come upon ducks, herons, deer or beavers. Nature around the lake changes throughout the year. Come discover its many faces between May to October.
  • Time: 4 hours, Distance: 8 km, Level of difficulty: Easy (can be difficult in high winds)
  • The Park's Water System's Seasonal Aspects
    The face of the water system in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant undergoes seasonal variations that are characteristic of the Southern Laurentians. These climate-related variations in the flow and level of the water are also linked to the area’s topography and to the soils’ drainage quality. In winter, lakes and streams are covered in a thick layer of ice and snow. During the spring thaw, the flow of streams and rivers becomes torrential, flooding their banks and those of the lakes. During times of summer drought, the flow of streams and rivers can sometimes be so poor as to cause them to dry out. With strong summer or autumnal rains, the waterways may resume their torrential output.
    Picture on right shows River Diable in April. Picture on left shows same spot in June.
    Hike Le Lac-aux-Atocas
    A lake, a small meadow, a river, a bog, a long walkway by the lake and an interesting wildlife viewing site. Water is everywhere in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. And Lac-aux-Atocas Trail invites you to come discover its aquatic environments. An experience the whole family will enjoy. Keep your eyes open for deer! Does and fawns also use this trail. Improve your chances of seeing some of the 100 bird species that have been observed here, by coming early in the morning or at the end of the day.
    Time: 1 hrs. Distance: 1,5 km Level of difficulty: Easy
    Via Ferrata du Diable
    A Mountain Experience that Promises to be Feast for the Eyes! Located at Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, the Via Ferrata du Diable is a trail on the cliffs of the Vache Noire at the entrance to La Diable. You will slowly make your way to a footpath that will give you a bird's-eye view of the Rivière du Diable. At the peak, after climbing to 200 m in altitude, you will literally be amazed by the spectacular view of the mountains, which surround the trail. You'll never look at this majestic park in quite the same way again!
    Why Did the Park Create a Via Ferrata? Rock faces and cliffs are fascinating natural environments, but are inaccessible to the vast majority of national park visitors. In fact, only advanced climbers have access to them in areas where the park management permits rock climbing. In order to allow more visitors to discover these areas, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant created a via ferrata on the rock face of Vache Noire. This trail is equipped with installations to facilitate climbing and enhance security. Hikers will take in spectacular views of the sloping mountains and the winding Rivière du Diable and get a chance to experience the park's nature from a totally different angle.
    One of the major advantages of this type of installation is the fact that only one path is used for climbing the rock face, which minimizes damage to the area.
    Premiering in Quebec’s national parks and wildlife reserves, an exciting route built on the Vache Noire rock wall. You will bring back wonderful memories of your adventure during which you will safely cross a challenging cliff face with beams and various types of bridges, overlooking the meandering Rivière du Diable. After making a 200-metre ascent, you will be struck by the spectacular view of the mountains and horizon. No rockclimbing experience is necessary to experience the via ferrata. A brief course will help you learn the basics of via ferrata before tackling the trail. All required safety equipment is provided. The Via Ferrata is available non-guided or guided by a professional guide. Non-guided participants are greeted by a patroler who will distribute the equipment and explain the procedure. The group will be lead to a pratice wall where the technique will be shown. Patrollers will be present here and there along the course for safety. Source
    Parc du Mont-Tremblant Vegetation
    Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is located in the Sugar maple and yellow birch realm , which is Quebec’s northernmost maple forest. It is an area of deciduous trees filled with boreal species like the balsam fir. The largest portion of the territory is characterised by the more typical sugar maple and yellow birch stands. A more boreal grouping, namely, balsam fir and white birch stands, characterise the park’s highest summits. At the foot of Mont Tremblant there are stands that are unique to the territory, where sugar maple and yellow birch mix with American linden trees, American ash trees, ironwood and red oak. Several species that accentuate the southern character of this portion of territory can also be found here, such as maidenhair ferns.
    Day 3. Mont-Tremblant Resort and Mountain   (5 July 2014 Saturday)
    Bike the Chutes Croches Loop
    A few stops along this long loop will be enjoyed by the whole family, whether you are cycling or on foot. All around Lac Monroe, you'll find discovery points that highlight features of Rivière du Diable and Chutes Croches, Lac Lauzon, vistas over Mont Tremblant and Lac Monroe, and accounts of the park's history.
    The Boucle des Chutes-Croches trail in the La Diable Sector is a 13,4-km trail that goes around Lac Monroe and ends at the Chutes Croches waterfall. This trail is the easiest way to get around, so you can give your car a holiday too!
  • Start at Discovery Center, Time: Bike 1 hr. - Hiking 4 hrs.
  • Distance: 13,4 km, Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Kayak on Lac Escalier in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
    Lac Escaler. A great lake to explore, either in part or as a whole! The highlights of this enormous lake include its wild bays, sandy banks, landscape of softly rounded hills, and some wetland areas where you can find mergansers, herons and other water birds weaving through aquatic plants and shrubs. You may be surprised to hear the sudden, plaintive call of a common loon very close by. There is also an island that is a nesting ground for great blue herons, while loons nest discretely along the shore. Caution: nesting birds are very fragile!
  • put in at Route 2 in Lac-Supérieur QC, estimated round trip distance = 4 mile
  • drive to Mont-Tremblant Resort - estimated distance 18 miles and 35 minutes
    Mont-Tremblant Resort
    At the base of Mont-Tremblant, the resort transports you to a world that combines European ambiance with Québécois hospitality. Experience the magic of winter in a quaint mountain village, known for its legendary joie de vivre, countless activities, world-class sporting and cultural events, fine dining and incomparable nightlife.
    The international reputation of Mont Tremblant was never doubted since its grand opening in 1939, mainly because of its natural snow and exceptional trail quality. Today, Tremblant and its surroundings (golfs, spa, etc.) has become one of the most frequented four seasons resort in North America for the quality of its infrastructures, the diversity of tourism welcome and the international prestige of sporting and cultural events happening here. The main attraction, which charms inevitably every visitor, is the pedestrian village where boutiques, restaurants and bistros,art galleries and night life ends when the sun rises! Today, Mont-Tremblant is a first-class international vacation destination year-round!
    Mont-Tremblant Resort's Pedestrian Village
    The pedestrian-only resort village on Mont-Tremblant's slope ( is the social hub of winter (and, increasingly, summer) tourism in the Laurentians. From the bottom of the village, near the parking lots and bus shuttle, small lanes lead up past clothing shops and more than three dozen restaurants and bars. Along the paths and spread off in all directions are hotels.
    The village has the prefabricated look of a theme park, but at least planners used the Québécois architectural style of pitched or mansard roofs in bright colors, not ersatz Tyrolean or Bavarian Alpine flourishes. For a sweeping view, take the free gondola from the bottom of the village to the top; it zips over the walkways, candy-colored hotels, and outdoor swimming pools. From there, another free gondola will take you across the side of the mountain, to the casino.
    Year-round, the village hosts outdoor concerts, barbecues, and events such as the goofy spring Caribou "Splash" Cup, where skiers dress in Halloween costumes, ski down an alpine trail into a pool of cold water, and then run through the village, stopping for shooters and a full glass of beer. Dude!
    Panoramic Gondola
    Ride our panoramic gondola to the top of the highest peak in the Laurentians and discover spectacular views and a wide range of activities. Travel the many hiking trails and discover the awesome displays of nature at Tremblant.
    Top things to do at the Summit
  • Hiking and interpretative nature trails, 360° observation tower
  • Cafeteria at Le Grand Manitou - Quick service counter situated on top of Mont Tremblant, offering a wide variety of choices. The best view in the Laurentians!
  • Skyline Luge
    Once is never enough! Skyline Luge is a gravity luge ride straight from New Zealand, that will take you to the edge of your seat, regardless of age, experience or thrill boundaries. A fun-filled ride on a 3-wheel-cart using a unique braking and steering system that gives the rider full control. Summer fun starts here with the ride everyone's talking about. 1.4 km long track. 24 corners to navigate. Average First Time Ride: 3 minutes.
    Le P'tit Caribou Nightclub
    The most famous ski bar east of the Mississippi, likes to call itself the bar "where the legends party." Le P'tit Caribou sports a style that falls somewhere between seedy and antique. But the Caribou is hardly going for a high-brow feel, which is just what people want when they get serious about drinking. Open daily 8:30pm to 3am. Located in the heart of Mont-Tremblant's bustling historic quarter. No cover. At 3035, chemin Principal, Vieux Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC J0T 1Z0
    Day 4. Tremblant International Blues Festival   (6 July 2014 Sunday)
    Kayak on Lac Rossi
    A favourite of canoe-camping enthusiasts, Lac Rossi is a 2 km2 lake that offers a captivating canoe trip. After launching and a brief paddle through a narrow bay, you'll discover the lake’s small rocky islands, forested landscape and small sandy beaches. You are sure to see some of the many families of common loon, but will you be lucky enough to spot a moose grazing peacefully at the back of a bay?
  • Time: 5 hrs, Distance: 10 km
  • Level of difficulty: Easy (can be difficult in high winds)
  • The Common Loon
    The common loon is a piscivorous aquatic bird that nests on the islands, or sometimes the banks of several of the park’s larger lakes. Its nest can consist of a slight depression without any nest materials or a platform made of mud or aquatic plants. A couple will often use the same nesting site year after year. The loon moves with difficulty on land and therefore, building its nest near the water allows it to dive into the water quickly to escape from danger. In Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, the nesting period ranges from mid-May to mid-July. Most of the chicks are born between the third week of June and the beginning of July. Couples will have one or two chicks. Many of the young die in the period between hatching and the age of first flight in the fall. The main causes of death are illness, undernourishment, and predation.
    Bike the La Renardière Loop
    This loop goes around a small hill via the bottom of a valley and by way of forest trails and roads. You'll sense the closeness of Petit Lac Monroe and the river at Barrage-du-Lac-Monroe. Enjoy the forest's changing moods as it goes from sugar maple to a mix of maple, birch, fir and spruce. Take a break at the La Renardière hut, and maybe you'll be lucky enough to spot a red fox lurking around.
  • 6.2 km loop, easy, start and end at Discovery Center
  • Village of Mont-Tremblant at Lake Mercier
    Located at the border of Lake Mercier, this picturesque village lives at the time of the bed & Breakfasts, cozy inn, exclusive boutiques and great restaurants. Its proximity to the resort and its sporting facilities made the Village a unique spot for visiting and relaxing. In addition, the beach on the lake, its art gallery, its theatre, its summer market and many cultural activities make living in the village so much pleasant.
    Downtown Mont-Tremblant formerly known as "St-Jovite"
    The Downtown is the pole of the Mont-Tremblant region, a role that the local population hold with pride since more than a hundred years. Discover! The ancestral church, the old buildings, the shady terraces, the antique dealers and small boutiques! The proximity of many stores, not to forget cultural and artistic events, is making Downtown Mont-Tremblant a place where life is good, all year long!
    Tremblant International Blues Festival Day 1 at Mont-Tremblant Resort
    The Tremblant International Blues Festival is a little unique in that the fest is spread over the entire village area. This concept works well here allowing people to enjoy the music without having to deal with the extra large crowds that are common at so many other venues.
    At the larger Volkswagen stage area people stand to watch and listen to the entertainment. No sit down chairs are allowed in the main concert areas. You may use them at the outside perimeter though. Throughout the 10 days of festivities, guests staying at some of the resorts receive VIP tickets for stand seats at the two main stages, making sure they get the best view of the concerts. These VIP tickets for the evenings show are given out at 10:00 am. Tickets do run out and seating in the evening is on a first come basis. Beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages can be found throughout the Mont Tremblant village area and can be consumed as you walk around the village. Almost no one brings coolers. You may have been to events that serve alcohol and observed some people at times getting loud, obnoxious and maybe little bit rowdy. It's just not happening here. The North American Blues team has been to this fest several times and we have seen none of it. We have been out to the wee hours of the morning listening to music and have never had a problem of any kind. The stage at the top of the hill has public seating for a few hundred with a large area behind the seats for standing. The lighting and sound system are first class and you should have no problem hearing or seeing any of the acts.
    The 2013 Tremblant International Blues Festival, fronted by Normand Brathwaite, promises to be the blues event of the year in North America. From July 5 to 14, the Festival celebrates its 20th year with a line-up worthy of the premier international blues fests. For 10 days, the unique event will bring together – sometimes on the same stage – blues legends, up-and-comers from Canada and abroad, 20 audience faves from years past and surprise guests, all in the magical and inviting setting of Mont-Tremblant. Headliners will include, in an exclusive appearance, guitar virtuoso and founding member of Roomful of Blues Ronnie Earl, who has rarely performed on stage in recent years. Festival-goers will also be treated to the sounds of legendary blues harmonica player and vocalist James Cotton, who has performed with the likes of Muddy Waters, BB King, Big Mama Thornton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Santana and Steve Miller.
  • Angel Forrest (Québec / Quebec) - Angel Forrest’s career has spanned 25 years and she shows no signs of flagging. She has just released a new album, “Mother Tongue Blues,” and has a new repertory of her own songs. The singer with the throaty voice first came to the fore with her Janis Joplin tribute concert; then she sang vocals with Martin Deschamps and with some of the great ladies of blues, opened for renowned artists, released records (both French and English), and played countless concerts all over the globe.
    Official event website
  • Day 5. In and Around Montréal   (7 July 2014 Monday)
    10am drive to Montréal - 84 miles 1 hour 40 minutes
    About Montreal
    Montreal (French: Montréal) is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec. Originally called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", the city takes its present name from Mont-Royal, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, whose name was also initially given to the island on which the city is located, or Mont Réal as it was spelled in Middle French, (Mont Royal in present French).
    The language most spoken at home in the city is French by 52.4% of the population, followed by English at 12.5% (as of 2006 census). The official language of Montreal is French as defined by the city's charter. Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Though historically the commercial capital of Canada, it was surpassed in population, as well as economic strength, by Toronto in 1976. Today it continues as an important centre of commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, culture, tourism, film and world affairs. Source
    Biodôme de Montréal
    The word Biodôme comes from the Greek words bios, or life, and domos, house. An oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Biodôme recreates some of the most beautiful ecosystems of the Americas: (1) the lush and humid Tropical Forest, warm even in the depths of a Montréal winter (2) the Laurentian Forest, changing with the seasons (3) the St. Lawrence Marine ecosystem, replicating the Estuary and the Gulf (4) the Polar Worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic. The Biodôme's ecosystems are designed for self-guided tours. Interpretation panels are posted all along the pathway. At 4777 avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, Québec H1V 1B3 Nature Package Biodôme + Insectarium & Botanical Garden $28. Open 9am to 6pm. Website
    Montreal Botanical Garden
    The Montréal Botanical Garden is the place to visit in any season. Located just minutes from downtown Montréal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park, offers a world of colors and fragrances for visitors to enjoy. Ranked as one of the largest of its kind in the world, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the Earth. With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, some thirty thematic gardens, and teams of researchers and activities staff, the Montréal Botanical Garden ranks as one of the world's largest and most spectacular botanical gardens. No matter what the season, visitors to the Montréal Botanical Garden are sure to be captivated by the colors and fragrances from around the world as they wander from the delightful Chinese Garden to the heart of the Sonoran desert, from the peaceful oasis of the Japanese Garden to the classically designed French garden or the woodlands of the Laurentians. Website
    Mount Royal
    The city’s most enduring symbol and the jewel of Montreal’s city parks is Mount Royal. This large greenspace occupies part of the mountain that lies in the midst of Montreal island immediately north of downtown, and includes the highest spot in the city. In fact, city ordinances don’t allow any building to be higher than Mount Royal. The park, most of which is wooded, contains:
  • 2 belvederes, the more prominent of which is the Kondiaronk Belvedere, a semicircular plaza with a chalet, overlooking downtown Montreal
  • Beaver Lake, a small man-made lake, Sculpture garden
  • The Smith House interpretive centre
    The park hosts athletic, tourist, and cultural activities. Mount Royal is where Montrealers go to get a breath of air on a hot day, to cross-country ski without leaving the city, to walk off a a bad mood, to picnic, to jog, to ice skate, or just to rest. To get to Mount Royal park you only need to start up any hill from downtown and you’ll eventually find yourself there. Or go to Mont-Royal metro station and take the 11 bus.
  • Saint-Denis and Sainte-Catherine Streets
    For a glimpse of the high life of Montreal, take a stroll down from Saint-Denis Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard. This classy belt is ornamented with the most exclusive high-fashion boutiques and accessories stores along with innumerable fine dining restaurants and cafes. The street is predictably frequented by the crème-de-la-crème of Montreal’s fashion and social circles.
    St-Denis Street is situated in the heart of the popular Plateau Mont-Royal district in Montreal, the street is known for it's abundance of cafés-terrasses, restaurants and stylish boutiques. Saint-Denis Street, the Quartier latin's major thoroughfare, provides a unique example of mid-19th-century Victorian-style urban architecture.
    If you just love to shop and you're planning to visit Montreal, shore up that line of credit and pay down all those credit cards, because this is a serious shoppers' city. Those "must haves", those "totally unique, one of a kinds" and needless to say those "completely irresistible bargains", lurk in every shop in this metropolis. Consider yourself warned. First stop, where else, Ste-Catherine Street, the main drag for the fashion conscience and the serious trendies. Want edgy, take in "the Main", Saint-Laurent Street, which has a wild mix of the stylish, the freakish, the fetishist - you get the picture Source
    St Denis Street is a more upscale shopping and dining street. From Sherbrooke Street to Mount Royal Avenue boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants are packed together; and pedestrians clutter the sidewalks. The keyword here is location. People walk along St Denis Street to see and be seen. There is something for everyone along this street. The overall ambience is of affluent consumerism during the day; however, this merges seamlessly into the traditionally more grungy scene of the Montreal nightlife as the sun sets. Starting around Rue Ste-Catherine and moving northwards, the St-Denis Street pedestrian will pass through the perennially popular bars and restaurants of the Latin Quarter, and up a sizeable hill into the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal. Bars and restaurants abound here as well, and many feature outdoor areas for eating, drinking and wasting time. Generally speaking, nightlife get louder and larger as one moves north. All manner of shops and services are found between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue, mostly catering to a mid or upscale French clientele. Source
    Day 6. Les Méandres du Diable ("Devil's Meanders")   (8 July 2014 Tuesday)
    Kayak Les Méandres du Diable from Lac Chat to Mont de la Vanche Noire
    At Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, one of the favourite activities is unquestionably the descent of the Diable River, from Lac Chat to Mont de la Vache Noire. During this descent in a canoe, a solo kayak or a tandem kayak you will encounter the twists and turns of the river, the spectacular rock face of Vache Noire, a silver maple forest, and of course the sandy shores, where you can bask in the sun as you enjoy a well-deserved break. Enjoy the vast stretches of water and discover the park's diverse landscapes by canoe, pedal boat, kayak, or rabaska canoe. The Méandres de la Diable is one of the park's most popular boating routes.
    Parc national du Mont-Tremblant invites you to the canoeist’s paradise. Come with family or friends to paddle along the curves of Rivière du Diable. Rock gently to the rhythm of nature and admire the almost magical setting. Take advantage of a half-day to go down the Diable River, between the Chat Lake and Mont de la Vache Noire. It is a peaceful ride that will allow you to discover some unique scenery. You will see the meanders of the river, the spectacular rock wall of the Vache Noire that is lightly touched by the river, a silver maple forest, and sandy shores where you will be able to bask under the sun during a break! Bring your bathing suit and bug spray. You need comfortable clothing (according to the weather), appropriate footwear and bring your camera! Source
    Hike the La Roche Trail
    This trail is a park favourite because of its over 180° vista of Lac Monroe, Mont Tremblant and the surrounding hills. Throughout this maple and yellow birch stand, there are discovery points presenting the distinguishing features of the forest wildlife and habitats of the Southern Laurentian region. From the hillside lookout at the top of the trail, enjoy the view while imagining the lives of the wildlife in these forested hills. This trail is flowery in the spring, cool in summer and aflame with colour in the fall.
  • Time: 2 hour, Distance: 5,4 km round trip
  • Level of difficulty: Intermediate
  • The Park's Wildlife: distinguishing features
    The diversity of the park’s wildlife is representative of the diversity found throughout the Southern Laurentians natural region: 45 mammal species, 203 bird species reported over the years, 34 fish species, 14 amphibian species and 6 reptile species. Because Parc national du Mont-Tremblant is located in Quebec’s northernmost deciduous forest region, which includes mixed deciduous forests and conifer stands, it is home to mammal and bird species that are typical of these two large habitat types.
    Mont-Tremblant Resort Shops, Restaurants, bars and cafés
    Make way for entertainment and delicacies. Vieux Tremblant, Place St-Bernard, Le Manitou, wherever you are at Tremblant, you'll have as much fun sampling Italian specialties as you will carving up perfectly groomed runs. After dinner, enjoy Quebec joie de vivre! At Tremblant, there's more life in the night, more spin in the music, more of the pure laugh-out-loud pleasure that weaves the kinds of memories you'll keep forever. Experience the charming resort village at the base of the mountain. Saunter through European-style streets and discover a multitude of exclusive boutiques.
  • Chocolate Factory - Chocolate, fudge, ice cream and crunchy toffee.
  • Au Grain de Sel - Lots of cool and unusual toys and gifts.
  • Columbia@Tremblant - Enter the world of Columbia, a collection of casual wear, skiwear and footwear.
  • Galerie Soutana - Exclusive collection of native North and South American arts and crafts.
  • Le Passant - a selection of Tremblant signature products
  • Helly Hansen - High-quality, protective technical gear for outdoor activities. Also, a polyvalent collection of clothing, shoes and accessories designed with clean and progressive Scandinavian influences.
  • Coco Pazzo Take-out - Take-out counter with superb Italian and vegetarian cuisine.
  • Ô Wok - Thai- and Chinese-inspired Asian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Tremblant International Blues Festival Day 3 at Mont-Tremblant Resort
    The Tremblant International Blues Fest brings in name headliners as well as up and coming musicians. Ten days of premier blues, in an absolutely astonishing place starting the second week in July in the mountain resort area of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Several stages are spread throughout the village where you’ll be able to hear music all day and into the evening. After the blues stages shut down the local establishments take over with live music playing into the wee hours of the morning. All of this activity is within walking distance from each other and the hotels. Source:
    The Festival showcases the new generation of blues artists, bringing in new names and established artists such as King King, winners of Best Band and Best Album in the 2012 British Blues Awards; “Big Bill” Morganfield, son of the legendary Muddy Waters; The Slide Brothers, a Robert Randolph project that brings together three giants of the pedal steel guitar; Jonathon “Boogie” Long, virtuoso guitarist and winner of the Memphis Guitar Center’s “King of Blues” competition; Quinn Sullivan, a 14-year-old guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy protégé who has opened for B.B. King; Joe Robinson, another master guitarist and 2008 winner of Australia’s Got Talent; the immensely gifted Steve Hill, this year’s winner for Best Self-Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge.
    Day 7. Le P'tit Train du Nord   (9 July 2014 Wednesday)
    About Le P’tit Train du Nord: from a railway to a Linear Park"
    The railway line known as “ Le P’tit Train du Nord ” was the dream of legendary Saint-Jérôme priest, Curé Antoine Labelle. Built between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier during 1891 and 1909, it would turn out to be the key to regional development. Le P’tit Train du Nord fostered the growth of the Laurentian tourist industry. As soon as the first trains reached the stations each season, the mountain villages became alive. The unprecedented success of “Le P’tit Train du Nord” reached a peak between 1920 and 1940 when its owners, Canadian Pacific, innovated with snow trains. Jolly passengers, boarding at Montreal, left every weekend and headed to the Laurentians to have fun and enjoy nature and skiing, the new “in” sport. Le P’tit Train du Nord made its last passenger journey on November 15, 1981 and the last freight train ran in 1989. Then, as early as 1987, the whole region mobilized and nine years later, in 1996, the Le P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park was inaugurated. Train stations along the Park have since been renovated and converted into service entres. These days, the Linear Park operates a fully-fledged tourist industry of its own, catering to cyclists, skaters, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers.
    Bike on Le P'tit Train du Nord from Labelle, Quebéc
    Experience biking along Canada’s longest linear park; following the 230 kilometers along the old railway built in the early 20th century. En route, you will discover an outstanding environment as well as lively towns alongside rivers and lakes. The trail has been attracting visitors from all over the world and remains accessible to everyone thanks to its relatively easy gradients and multiple services. The stations, with their old-fashioned architecture, house services varying from cafés and bistros to heated refuges or boutiques. The trail is also dotted here and there with picnic tables, particularly in the more picturesque spots, so you can experience this natural adventure at your own pace.
    About Labelle, Quebéc
    This picturesque town is a famous name live passengers a homecoming guaranteed. Vast territory that awakens the desire for exploration, Labelle will surprise you by its sublime beauty and revive in you the force that binds man to the great outdoors! Visitors will find a taste of the world of lakes and mountains. Labelle and a multitude of leisure activities and entertainment, is a place where it feels good to be back! Town website
    About La Conception, Quebéc
    Discover the gardens, lodging and nautical activities surrounding the little village of La Conception located on the Rouge River as you meander along the Chemin des Tulipes towards Labelle where you will find an artisanal soap factory, La Savonnerie Sensoriel ( Town website
    Kayak on Rivière Rogue from Labelle to La Conception, Quebéc
    From This is a great expedition on calm waters. The Rouge at this point (just after Iroqois Falls) is flat water for 27 kilometres. The river is great, especially when the water is high...early summer. Sandy bottom makes it great for beach picnic stops, but also wath for sandbars.
  • put in below Iroqois Falls at Rue Du Moulin in Labelle QC
  • take out at Rue Bourgeois in La Conception QC
  • estimated distance = 10.5 miles
  • The Beaver
    By cutting down trees, building dams on streams and flooding portions of the forest, beavers rejuvenate the forest and create new habitats. In this way, they help maintain the population of many species: the pond provides shelter or food for insects, frogs, fish, ducks and insectivorous birds; the dead trees in the middle of the pond serve as nest-building sites for woodpeckers and arboreal ducks; white-tailed deer and moose feed off the aquatic plants and the regrowth of shrubs around the pond. What a hunting ground for the wolf!
    Casino de Mont-Tremblant
    The casino opened its doors in summer 2009. Table games include poker, baccarat, blackjack, craps, and roulette, not to be outdone by 500 slot machines. Admittance is free but restricted to persons over 18. It's open Sunday to Wednesday 11am to 1am and Thursday to Saturday 11am to 3am. Located on the newly developing side of the mountain called Versant Soleil at 300 chemin des Pléiades and connected to the pedestrian village by a gondola, getting there may be half the fun -- unless, of course, you win big.
    Casino de Mont-Tremblant. We're all play! A gleaming jewel set in the very heart of Versant Soleil, the new Casino de Mont-Tremblant is rising to offer its clientele an exclusive entertainment experience in a refined and friendly setting. The incomparable architecture and décor inspired by the natural elements of its surroundings will delight the eye. Come experience the excitement of Casino de Mont-Tremblant! Source
    Day 8. Home Sweet Home   (10 July 2014 Thursday)
    6am-4pm depart Mont-Tremblant QC to Norfolk, MA
          - 440 miles and 8 hours 10 minutes of driving time
    4pm Home Sweep Home

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