Tremblant is located in the southeastern part of the country and, admittedly, is noticeably inferior to its “ski brothers” from southwestern Canada – the mountains are lower here, and the season is shorter. However, it is considered the highest peak in Canada in the mountain range of the Laurentian Mountains, covered with snow from December to April. The resort is located 130 km from Montreal, just an hour and a half drive from its international airport.
How to get there
According to simplyyellowpages, Tremblant International Airport has direct charter flights from Philadelphia and Dallas, Continental Airlines has regular flights to Tremblant from Newark, and Porter Airlines from Toronto. And the closest major airport to the resort is located in Montreal.
Intercity bus service in Tremblant is operated by Groupe Galland with routes connecting Montreal, Tremblant and Mont-Laurier. During the winter season, during the ski season, Skyport operates a direct bus service from Montreal’s Pierre Eliot Trudeau International Airport to Tremblant.
The easiest way to get to Tremblant is from Highway 15 from the north of Montreal to Sainte-Agate, where it connects with Highway 117. Follow the signs to exit 119 and follow to Tremblant. The whole trip takes about 90 minutes.
Traveling from the west of the country (from Ottawa and Toronto), it is more convenient to use smaller roads, following which you can cut off several kilometers. However, it should be borne in mind that such roads are covered with snow from time to time in winter, and, in this situation, a detour through Montreal would be the best option.
A bit of history
In 1938, Philadelphia explorer Joe Ryan arrived at Tremblant in search of gold. Accompanied by Harry Wheeler and American journalist Lowell Thomas, they climbed to the top of the mountain. It is said that it was then that Joe Ryan promised to turn this “locality” into a world-class resort. And just a year later, his dream came true – in February 1939, Joe Ryan opened the Mont Tremblant Lodge, which to this day is part of Tremblant.
In the early years of the resort, Lowell Thomas, who was also an avid skier, was able to make the resort popular. And Tremblant got its name from the name of a three-seater lift located on the northern slope of the mountain.
The resort remained independent until 1991, when it was acquired by Intrawest, who immediately expanded the resort village and began building new lifts, including gondolas. Other changes undertaken by the companies include the construction of the Grand Manitou Summit Lodge.
In 2009, a casino was opened at the foot of the slopes of the Sunny Side, served by a new 8-seater passenger gondola leading to the casino directly from the resort.
The largest elevation difference in Tremblant is 649 m, the longest run is 6 km. In total, there are 95 slopes, to the tops of which skiers are delivered by 14 lifts.
The entire Tremblant ski area consists of four ski slopes – the South slope / Sunny side (South / Soleil Side) and the North slope / Border side (North / Edge Side) – of different levels of difficulty, snow cover and panoramas. The North slope of the resort is more conveniently equipped, where the slopes are better, and free parking is equipped right at the ski lifts.
The Tremblant snow park with its 7 hectares of “extreme” attracts experienced snowboarders and skiers, and cross-country skiers will be pleased with 65 km of snow-white “powder”.
Entertainment and attractions of Tremblant
Aside from an unimportant clock tower located in the lower village, there are no iconic historical sights in Tremblant. However, their lack is not at all noticeable, because all the attractiveness of Tremblant appears before the eyes in its natural beauty. Mountains, lakes and forests create an almost idyllic atmosphere here, especially in the northern part of the resort with its rural lifestyle.
In Tremblant you can go tubing, dog sledding, horseback riding through snow-covered fields, mountain climbing or wandering through the untouched snow in snowshoes. Daredevils will experience an adrenaline rush as they tackle the Acrobranch route, an obstacle course that includes bungee rides, suspension bridges and a climactic zip line back to the village.
In 1938, explorer Joe Ryan arrived at Tremblant in search of gold. Accompanied by Harry Wheeler and an American journalist, they climbed to the top of the mountain. It is said that this is when Joe promised to turn this “locality” into a world-class resort.
To relax and unwind after a day of skiing, the Aquaclub La Source SPA center, also equipped with a gym and an outdoor jacuzzi, will help. The cost of an adult membership to the jacuzzi and gym is about 24 USD for 1 day.
The Tremblant casino is open seven days a week, located between Versant Soleil and Versant Sud stations, connected by a gondola.
In summer, Mont Tremblant’s south slope is an excellent starting point for further adventures, with bike rentals and the indoor swimming pool at Aquaclub La Source. The swimming pool is open to visitors daily from 10:00 to 21:00, the subscription price is 20 USD per adult and 10 USD per child for 1 day.
In Tremblant you can play mini golf or go down to the shores of Lake Tremblant for water sports. And at the top of the resort is the Activity Center, where everyone will find something to their liking.
Not far from the resort is the park of the same name (Parc de Mont Tremblant), which is one of the main parks in Quebec. A camping area and hiking trails are available for visitors, and canoes are available for rent.