Day 1. To Parc national du Mont-Tremblant in Québec (3 July 2014 Thursday)
Day 2. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant (4 July 2014 Friday)
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 3. Mont-Tremblant Resort and Mountain (5 July 2014 Saturday)
Via Ferrata du Diable
kayak and swim on Lac Monroe
hike Le Lac-aux-Atocas
Day 4. Tremblant International Blues Festival (6 July 2014 Sunday)
bike the Chutes Croches Loop
kayak on Lac Escalier
Mont-Tremblant Resort and Pedestrian Village
Panoramic Gondola, Skyline Luge
Day 5. In and Around Montréal (7 July 2014 Monday)
kayak on Lac Rossi
bike the La Renardière Loop
Tremblant International Blues Festival - Day 1
Day 6. Les Méandres du Diable (8 July 2014 Tuesday)
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 7. Le P'tit Train du Nord (9 July 2014 Wednesday)
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 8. Drive Back Home (10 July 2014 Thursday)
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 1. To Parc national du Mont-Tremblant in Québec
(3 July 2014 Thursday)
So many “Mont-Tremblant”s!!?
drive back home to Norfolk MA - 440 miles 8 hours 10 minutes driving
Home Sweet Home
About Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
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.
6am-5pm depart Norfolk MA for Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, Lac-Supérieur QC
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
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 http://www.sepaq.com/pq/mot/
- 440 miles and 8 hours 10 minutes of driving time
5pm check-in at La Diable Visitors Centre - Albert-Courtemanche cabin
Visitors Centers in La Diable Sector
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
Day 2. Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
(5 July 2014 Saturday)
Kayak Lac Monroe
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
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
The Park's Water System's Seasonal Aspects
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)
Hike Le Lac-aux-Atocas
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.
Via Ferrata du Diable
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
Parc du Mont-Tremblant Vegetation
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 http://www.tremblantactivities.com/
Day 3. Mont-Tremblant Resort and Mountain
(5 July 2014 Saturday)
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.
Bike the Chutes Croches Loop
Kayak on Lac Escalier in Parc national du Mont-Tremblant
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
drive to Mont-Tremblant Resort - estimated distance 18 miles and 35 minutes
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
Mont-Tremblant Resort's Pedestrian Village
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!
The pedestrian-only resort village on Mont-Tremblant's slope (www.tremblant.ca/village) 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!
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!
Le P'tit Caribou Nightclub
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.
Day 4. Tremblant International Blues Festival
(6 July 2014 Sunday)
Kayak on Lac Rossi
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
The Common Loon
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)
Bike the La Renardière Loop
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.
Village of Mont-Tremblant at Lake Mercier
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
Downtown Mont-Tremblant formerly known as "St-Jovite"
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.
Tremblant International Blues Festival Day 1 at Mont-Tremblant Resort
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!
Day 5. In and Around Montréal
(7 July 2014 Monday)
10am drive to Montréal - 84 miles 1 hour 40 minutes
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
Official event website http://www.tremblantblues.com/home/
Biodôme de Montréal
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.
Montreal Botanical Garden
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 www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca
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.
Saint-Denis and Sainte-Catherine Streets
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.
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
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
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 http://www.nileguide.com/
Hike the La Roche Trail
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!
The Park's Wildlife: distinguishing features
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
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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.
Tremblant International Blues Festival Day 3 at Mont-Tremblant Resort
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
Galerie Soutana - Exclusive collection of native North and South American arts
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.
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 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.
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.
Bike on Le P'tit Train du Nord from Labelle, Quebéc
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.
About 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
About La Conception, 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 http://municipalite.labelle.qc.ca/contacts/english
Kayak on Rivière Rogue from Labelle to 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 (www.savonsensoriel.com/fr/accueil.php).
Town website http://www.municipalite.laconception.qc.ca/
From Paddling.net: 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
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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!
Day 8. Home Sweet Home
(10 July 2014 Thursday)
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
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- 440 miles and 8 hours 10 minutes of driving time
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