After spending two days in French Montreal, we headed to higher ground and a little more R&R. We drove about 1.5 hours northwest of Montreal to the mountain town of Mont Tremblant, Quebec, in the Laurentide Mountains. The drive was beautiful and seemed short compared to the 7.5 hour drive from Niagara to Montreal. Throughout our drive, we noticed even more of the French language on road signs, which was amplified when we finally arrived at our destination.
Mont Tremblant is a popular ski resort town that remains vibrant even in the summer. And, just like Montreal, nearly all of those who live and work in the area speak French as a first language, which made our trip quite interesting and memorable.
Our hotel, The Fairmont, was located at the base of the mountains and was everything I expected. It was beautiful, modern, and yet reminded me of a classic ski resort lodge. The standard room we booked was actually quite large for four people and made me wish we were staying for more than one night. And, because I am a Fairmont Presidents Club member, I received a lovely maple treat upon checking into my room…
The Fairmont is located in a pedestrian village, which nestles a lovely mixture of tourist shops, restaurants, and activities for all ages. But, first up, was an afternoon hike. We opted to stay on the easier trail that was packed with winding curves, bridges, and waterfalls. It was everything I wanted in a Canadian hike and more. However, with two small kids in tow, we only made it about 1/3 the way through the trail and made our way back.
After resting for a bit in the Village, the kids were thrilled to take on the luge ride – a winding, nonmotorized go-cart-like cart that you steer down the mountain. We all loved it and after doing it one time, we had to do it again! The luge was fantastic but not the end of our excitement. Next up, the kids tackled a small ropes course about 7 feet off the ground. And some of the most fun we had was simply riding the ski lift from the top of the village to the bottom.
All of the activity and excitement left us exhausted by the end of the day. So after dinner and a little Olympics entertainment, it was off to bed for the whole family.
Join me next week as I take you all the way up to the top of the mountain. Bonsoir!