48 Hours in Mont Tremblant, Quebec
This Canadian town is a top choice for skiing, equestrian sports, and more.
Just an hour and a half north from Montréal, the village of Mont Tremblant exudes Old European charm with cobblestone streets and quaint buildings. While it’s most widely known as an impressive ski resort (with over 600 acres of trails), it’s terrific for other cold-weather activities like fat biking and ice skating. Equestrian fans will want to check out the snow-based polo tournament that happens in March. While summer months offer horseback riding in wooded trails and water sports on the lake, winter or early spring is the prime time to go. Here, how to spend two days in this Canadian town this season.
Where to Stay
Overlooking the main village, the Fairmont Tremblant is the only lodge that offers ski-in ski-out access. Ski valet will keep your gear so you're ready to hit the slopes first thing; they'll also warm your boots at the end of the day. In addition to heated indoor and outdoor pools, the outdoor Nordic bath is kept at 64 degrees year-round for a refreshing cold plunge.
If you’re looking to escape the main crowds, book a room at Hotel Quintessence located a two-minute walk from the main village on Lake Tremblant. Each of the 30 spacious suites has lake views, a balcony or terrace, wood-burning fireplaces, and deep-soaking tubs.
Start your morning with a filling savory crêpe at local favorite, Crêperie Catherine. Then, grab your gear and head to the gondola. With 96 trails across four slopes, there’s terrain for everyone. Beginners can head to the south side for the mountain’s longest run, which spans 3.7 miles, while experts should hit the glades on the north side. Even if you don’t ski or board, it’s worth a trip to the 2,871-foot summit of Mont Tremblant for stunning views.
Après at Le Shack, a tribute to the “sugar shack,” a longstanding Canadian tradition of erecting shacks during the spring maple syrup harvests where friends would gather. If you’re feeling indulgent, try the classic Québécois dish poutine (fries covered with cheese and gravy).
For dinner, book an early table at sEb, where chef Sébastian Houle blends Asian flavors with traditional Canadian dishes. Try the braised local bison or the Québec venison.
Have breakfast at La Gare, a rustic bistro set in a century-old train station. Then head to Mont Tremblant National Park. Just as impressive as the nearby ski area, the La Diable and Pimbina sectors offer over 30 miles of trails prime for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, or fat biking.
Unwind at Scandinave Spa, set in the mountainside along the Diable River. Alternate soaking in the hot and cold baths to relieve tired muscles and take a steam in the eucalyptus-scented sauna. Finish with a Swedish or deep tissue massage.
Cozy up fireside for dinner at Légende, which features dishes like Smoked Arctic Char, Garlic Flower Gnocchi, and Game Tortellini. Live piano music lends it an intimate ambiance to end the trip on a high note.