What comes to mind when you think of things to do in Mont-Tremblant? As one of Canada’s best-known ski resorts, you will probably think of lots of skiing, relaxing in cozy chalets and hiking snowy slopes. But this town spiked in the Laurentian Mountains, northwest of Montréal, is far more than just a winter destination. Surrounded by rivers, lakes and mountains, the things to do in Mont-Tremblant are endless all year round!
1. Downhill Skiing in Mont-Tremblant
Because of the heavy winter snow in the Laurentians, winter sports are high up in the list of things to do in Mont-Tremblant. Actually, it is one of the best places to ski and snowboard in Canada.
Its highest peak is Tremblant: with a summit sitting at 875 meters (2,871 feet), it is the main ski resort in eastern North America. Tremblant provides skiers and snowboarders of all levels breathtaking views of the Laurentians while speeding down its 102 trails on 4 distinct slopes.
Planning a ski trip to Tremblant this winter? The ski season in Tremblant normally goes from late November to mid-April. Of all the 5 districts of Mont-Tremblant, Tremblant Resort is the most sought-after, gathering skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, therefore, planning ahead to land the best stays and experiences is key.
Apart from its appealing slopes, the resort offers touring trails, public events all day, gourmet restaurants and bars surrounded by fantastic natural scenery.
The second-highest peak in the Laurentians is Mont Blanc, a favourite for local Québecois and visitors. Its summit is 580 meters high, serving skiers with 43 runs spread along 140 acres of skiable terrain. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry: both Tremblant and Mont Blanc offer ski lessons to learn the basics or improve your technique.
Local tip: Because Winter in Mont-Tremblant is nothing less than amazing, this season is their busiest and the peaks can be crowded at times. To avoid big lines, choose Tremblant’s Versant Nord on the north face. Its parking lot has easier access to the mountain, and the lodge is less busy at lunchtime. By the way, when you are ready to take a lunch break, try making it before noon or after 1:30 PM if you want to avoid the hungry crowds.
2. Hiking in Mont-Tremblant Parks
Hiking is an easy-to-find and an affordable thing to do in Mont-Tremblant in the summer. The terrain, particular to Mont-Tremblant offers shaded and open trails for all skill levels with spectacular views, waterfalls, streams and lakes along the way.
For a wild experience, the Mont-Tremblant National Park - one of the 5 districts, and Québec’s largest park - is an impressive natural wonder within a short 30-minute drive from Tremblant Resort. Going there for water sports, hiking and cross-country skiing are among the best things to do in Mont-Tremblant. The park is home to a wide variety of mammal species including wolves. This park is also famous among advanced hikers for Via ferrata du Diable a hiking trail featuring bridges, climbing rocks and paths overhanging the Diable River.
Domaine Saint-Bernard is also a great nature escape for visitors, particularly, beginner and intermediate hikers. Located in the heart of Mont-Tremblant, this district is an 11,500-acre ecotourism park, perfect for hikes in the midst of a beautiful, pristine environment. This park is open all year round and offers activities according to the season.
3. Beaches in Mont Tremblant
Looking for things to do in Mont-Tremblant in the summer? That’s easy: Head to the beaches and enjoy the warm weather. Beach season in Mont-Tremblant starts from June till September, with plenty of options for beachgoers of all ages.
If you are looking for a beach in Tremblant Resort, head to the Beach and Tennis Club, it is really close to the pedestrian village and it serves swimmers with stunning views of Tremblant Lake and the mountains. This sandy beach is a good family-friendly option as it also offers over 200 restaurant option and fun activities for kids in the summer.
Beaches in Mont-Tremblant National Park are also a great spot during the summer. The park offers 5 beaches to enjoy the sun. For a more private beach experience we recommend visiting Crémaillère, located in the Diable sector, and Lac-Provost, in Pimbina. The beach park at lake Tremblant is the most popular beach here it offers volleyball courts, picnic areas, chairs and umbrellas to relax.
The sandy beach at Mercier Lake, located in the heart of Le Village, is another relaxing destination to cool off and enjoy a picnic meal in the midst of nature’s beauty.
4. Explore the pedestrian village
VisitDowntown Mont-Tremblant and the pedestrian village to find a more urban landscape. Downtown is full of antique shops, bistros, restaurants and one ancestral church that enchants many tourists. The nearby village has a wide range of cultural activities, shops, restaurants, and cafés - all set within an authentic décor. An old train station transformed into an exhibition centre and a theatre located inside a church are two great stops there.
5. Try some water activities
With multiple rivers and lakes surrounding Mont-Tremblant, it comes to no surprise that the region is well known by water sports enthusiasts, from canoeing to extreme kayaking and boating there are plenty of options to enjoy the waters.
For a a challenging experience, grab your friends or family members and try a 23 km canoe ride along the Diable River.
If you’re into a lighter paddling, plan a river descent down the beautiful Méandres de la Diable, right in the heart of Mont-Tremblant National Park. Another great location to practice kayaking or canoeing is at Rouge River where you’ll some of the most crystalline waters in the area, stop to take a break on some of the natural beaches along the ride.
6. Enjoy the live music
For a culture experience, visitors enjoy two great music events in Mont-Tremblant every summer. For ten days in July, the Tremblant International Blues Festival brings musicians from different countries to an open-air stage, mixing influences and styles under the common language of the blues. Later on, from late July to early August, it’s Festi Jazz season, during this time there are dozens of free jazz concerts all around downtown Mont-Tremblant, creating a refreshing environment perfect to enjoy the terraces and restaurants.
If you visit during the fall, the prefect way to close a busy day of leaf peeping is by sitting at a restaurant in Place Saint-Bernard and enjoying a meal while listening to live music. From September to October, thefall music concerts fill the air every weekend at Mont-Tremblant.
7. Ride Quebec's Longest zip line
If you’re always exploring new heights for the best view, you’ll love to know that one of the best things to do in Mont-Tremblant is riding Québec’s longest zip lines.. Ziptrek Tremblant goes from Mont Tremblant's summit to the village on a 4 km ride. The best part: they are placed side by side, so you can zip close to your friends and family! If you choose to experience this thrill, you may also enjoy the fun tour guides and some lessons on the region’s nature during the zip ride.
8. Experience the Fall in Mont-Tremblant
The fall colours in Mont-Tremblant are a true natural wonder. And there’s no better way to enjoy them than by taking a gondola ride. Mont-Tremblant's panoramic gondola takes you from the village to the summit while revealing breathtaking views of Tremblant Lake, the Laurentians and the valleys around them.
For those who want to take in the fall colours of Mont-Tremblant in a more adventurous way, the Via Ferrata Du Diable has some of the best fall foliage views in Quebec. This Via Ferrata has three difficulty levels: easy, intermediated and advanced, taking from 3 to 5:30 hours to complete. It’s open from early June to late October, but the fall is the best season to try this unique activity.
Go aboard the Grand Manitou II, a 1,200-metre vessel that cruises the Tremblant Lake, for the best fall landscape and history combo. Choose from the day cruise or a dinner cruise while listening to Mont-Tremblant legends and admiring the beauty around you.
Thinking of seeing Mont-Tremblant fall colours from a brand new perspective? Fly high above the Laurentians in a helicopter, admire the mountains and the richness of Quebec’s fall foliage. This experience is among the most requested things to do for couples in Mont-Tremblant and there are multiple helicopter tour companies to do this.
9. Check out the festival of lights
A trendy activity in Mont-Tremblant is Tonga Lumina. Open from June to October, this 1.5-km interactive night walk gives visitors a rich sensorial experience in the middle of the forest. The trail goes through the woods, crossing streams and clearings in a truly immersive journey. A great call for all ages!
10. Take a spa Day
One of the best things to do in Mont-Tremblant any time of the year is to spend some time relaxing in one of its spas, with the serenity of nature as the perfect backdrop. You can loosen up enjoying baths and massages, either between ski runs in the winter or while escaping the warm weather in summer.
The most popular spa in town is the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant, right beside the Diable River, where the hot and cold Scandinavian baths set in the heart of nature are sure to rejuvenate anyone. The most luxurious spa, Spa Sans Sabots, offers personalized services, spa treatments and a terrace with amazing views of the Tremblant Lake. Finally, the Moment Spa Fairmont Tremblant is another great place to relax in summer or winter, with excellent manicure and pedicure services.
How to get to Mont-Tremblant
If you’re in Toronto and want to travel to Mont-Tremblant you can make the 6-hour car ride or get there with a 70-minute flight. The town is served by Mont-Tremblant International Airport, which is about 36 km from the resort village. Porter Airlines has direct flights from Toronto Billy Bishop Airport from early December to early April, very convenient for the skiing season.
For those in Montreal, it’s only a 2-hour drive from downtown. Head north to the Autoroute 15, and then take the Trans-Canada Highway 117 up to Mont-Tremblant. Driving from Ottawa, it’s also a 2-hour ride, done mostly by going east on Highway 50 and then north on QC-323.
Best time to visit Mont-Tremblant
The best time to visit Mont-Tremblant will depend entirely of the type of experiences you want to try. Winters in Mont-Tremblant are frigid and snowy, with an average minimum temperature of -18°C in January and February, and with 12 days of snowfall per month. Making Mont-Tremblant the perfect sports for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, and more. Official ski season normally goes from late November to mid-late April.
Spring is also ski time in Mont-Tremblant - the season usually closes by early-mid April, when the average minimum temperature is still at -3°C. But the warmer temperatures invite visitors to enjoy some time in the open air, warming in the sun in the après-ski.
The Summer in Mont-Tremblant is long and pleasant, with average highs of 25°C in July and August, and staying within the 20°C range until September. This time around is the best for travellers that enjoy outdoor activities like golfing and going to the beach, as well as hiking, cycling, and canoeing . The summer season peak goes from late June to late August, when the music festivals are also an attraction.
Fall in Mont-Tremblant kicks in by mid to late September, and the average maximum temperatures around this time don’t usually go above 15°C. It’s the perfect time to enjoy some hiking in nature during the day, taking in the fall colours, and warming up by the fire in the evening.