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Mt Tremblant

Thursday, August 4, 2005

Mont Tremblant is the highest peak in eastern Canada, sitting in the Laurentians region of Quebec. It's a mountainous area, with lakes dotted throughout, a playground for outdoor enthusiasts in both summer and winter. The region was not colonised until the late 19th century, when Father Antoine Labelle opened 29 counties and 20 parishes in the hope of populating the area with Catholic French Canadians. He was convinced that tourism would be important to the area and played a big part in getting a local railway put in.

In the 1930s, American Joe Ryan climbed the summit and immediately decided to open an alpine village. Since 1991 the village has been run by Intrawest, the same company that developed Whistler, in British Columbia. They've spent millions improving the village and plan to spend even more, building two more alpine villages on the mountain in the next 10 years.

There is often some confusion for first-time visitors with the name "Tremblant". To clarify, Mont Tremblant is the mountain and on the slope of the mountain is Tremblant, the resort village. And there is another village called Mont-Tremblant about five kilometres west.

Mont Tremblant has been voted the favourite ski destination in eastern North America by the readers of Ski magazine eight years in a row. It was the second ski mountain in the world to install a chairlift. There is a gondola ride from the pedestrian village up to the base of the ski slopes or you can take the Panoramic Gondola all the way to the top.

The Activities Centre in Tremblant can organise all your activities. Winter offers lots of different options, from snowmobiling and dog sledding to snow-shoeing and ice-climbing. The main attraction on the mountain in winter though is skiing. There are 94 trails, including 16 novice runs and 31 intermediate. The mountain itself is 875 metres high and you can ski and board on four of the faces.

Even though winter at Mont Tremblant is busy, the summer months actually attract the most visitors. During summer there is everything from canoeing and wakeboarding to rock climbing and seaplane tours.

One of the more popular activities is the acrobranche. This is an obstacle course suspended about 10 metres above the ground in the forest canopy. There are five courses and more than 50 challenges in total. There are courses that are suitable for kids as well as adults. The different challenges include aerial steel wire and wooden bridges.

If you are feeling a bit less energetic, you can head to Atelier Toutou and create your own teddy bear. The shop is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.

The alpine village has lots to offer, including bars and restaurants and different accommodation options. There's something for every budget, including luxury condos and tourist homes. One of the best picks for nightlife is the Le P'tit Caribou, a very famous ski bar. The owner likes to quote one survey that states that more beer is consumed per square foot in the Caribou than in any other bar in North America. Yet beer only accounts for 30 percent of their sales. Shooters are their main sellers and they go through some 80 bottles of vodka a week.


Ninety minutes north-west of Montreal, Quebec (an eastern province of Canada).


Most activities can be booked through the Mont Tremblant Activity Centre.
Rooms at Johannsen start at about $115 per night.

Flight Centre has return economy airfares to Montreal flying Air Canada. Return fares per person are:
  • Sydney $2190
  • Brisbane $2373
  • Melbourne $2374
  • Adelaide $2565
  • Perth $2861

    Valid for sale until September 2, 2005, for travel between February 1 and March 31, 2006. To book a flight, call Flight Centre on 131 600.

    Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.

    More information

    Mont Tremblant

    Mont Tremblant Activities Centre

    Reservations : + 1 514 876 1445

    Ph: +1 819 429 9319

    Le P'tit Caribou
    Vieux Tremblant
    Ph: + 819 681 4500

    Atelier Toutou

    Canadian Tourism Commission
    Ph: (02) 9571 1866

    Air Canada
    Ph: 1300 655 767
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