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From Montréal to Mont-Tremblant
Distance: 119 km (74 mi.)
Regions: Montréal, Laval and The Laurentians
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Highway 15, the road linking Montréal to Mont-Tremblant, is chock-a-block with delightful detours. A happy mix of urban and rural, your route will be defined by how and where you choose to stop: to sample some local cuisine, perhaps, or enjoy a bit of the great outdoors... Indeed, those who love golfing, biking, spas, hiking and swimming will find themselves in seventh heaven!
1. Your trip begins in Old Montréal. Set between the St. Lawrence River and the downtown skyscrapers, it is the historic district of the city. It's 18th and 19th century building house art galléries, museums, fine restaurants and trendy boutique hôtels. Nearby, the Quays of the Old Port, a 2.5 km tourist and recreational park, offers a variety of outdoor and indoor activities.
2. Laval, the city that occupies all of Île Jésus, is renowned for educational, scientific and outdoor activities. There's the Cosmodôme Space Camp/Space Sciences Centre, the Rivière-des-prairies power station, the Centre de la Nature, Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, and much more!
3. The capital of The Laurentians region, Saint-Jérôme abounds in one-of-a-kind experiences. Starting point of the "P'tit Train du Nord" bicycle path - Canada's longest linear park - Saint-Jérôme is also a warm and welcoming city, with its sunny patios.
4. Saint-Sauveur is a village with a bustling main street lined with boutiques and art galleries and a picturesque church. With a population of 8,500, it boasts more than 90 restaurants, many with terraces.
5. Val-David is a choice destination for art lovers, this village sponsors a huge ceramic arts festival called 1001 Pots from mid-July to mid-August. Sculptors and ceramicists, along with painters, jewellers, pewter smiths and other craftspeople display their work during this five-week exhibition, the largest of its kind in North America.
6. Rich in natural attractions, the Mont-Tremblant region is a true paradise for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. It is a summer heaven with its multitude of activities and animated villages. With its numerous stores and establishments the downtown area bustles with activity yet remains an enjoyable place to stroll and relax. This area has preserved its old-world charm in its heritage buildings and boutiques. It is also a great place to enjoy the many cultural and artistic events.
7. A charming village with character It was here at this spot nestled along the shores of Mercier Lake that skiers first came to unwind after hurtling down the slopes of Mont-Tremblant (literally the "trembling mountain"). Today, you still feel a connection to history in this picturesque village - cosy cafés, cultural and artistic activities, and excellent restaurants,
8. A unique resort - At the base of Mont-Tremblant, the resort combines European charm with Québécois hospitality. Experience a magical summer 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.
9. Mont-Tremblant National Park is the largest protected area in the province. Treat yourself to a forest hike through maple groves or paddle down the -Diable River.
10. Pamper yourself at one of the Nordic spas, take a cruise on Tremblant Lake or spend a day golfing and challenge one of the region's golf courses.
For more information on:
Laval: www.tourismelaval.com
The Laurentians: www.lifeupclose.ca