Ottawa is a beautiful city to live in, besides being the capital of Canada we are also distinguished by our love of the outdoors. Being the the parent ambassador for Active for Life means that I search for fun and free form activities that lend themselves to be appropriate for active families like mine.
One such adventure my family and I are looking forward to experiencing is Mount Tremblant. In the winter, Mont Tremblant is packed with snow lovers from all over the world. Nestled deep in the wilderness of Quebec, Mont Tremblant has been dubbed #1 Ski Resort in Eastern North America for 20 consecutive years. Once you learn more about the resort, it’s easy to see why.
The ski resort offers over 600 acres of ski and snowboarding trails in 4 unique areas: North Side (Versant Nord), South Side (Versant Sud), Sunny Side (Versant Soleil) and The Edge (Versant Edge). As well, you can savour 94 marked downhill trails and 13 ski lifts to send you soaring up the slopes. You’re practically guaranteed the opportunity to ski or snowboard until you’ve had your fill of snow-brimmed euphoria.
The hub of Mont Tremblant resort, the Pedestrian Village is situated at the base of the mountain. The village offers all the features you’d expect from a world-class ski resort, including all the usual suspects: a myriad of shopping outlets, a bustling nightlife scene, apres-ski venues, and plenty of other activities.
If shopping is one of your passions -unfortunately it is one of mine- you won’t be disappointed either. From clothing to toys for all children along with souvenirs and plenty of snow boarding and skiing accessories, a stroll down the main pedestrian walkway or the hotel lobbies is sure to offer something you just have to have.
Mont Tremblant is also home to numerous other winter sports including tubing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, ice climbing and snowmobiling among many others. Helicopter tours as well as an excellent snow park and water park are awaiting tourists in this part of Canada.
A highlight is Le Spa Scandinave, the watchwords are Silence and No Cell Phones. Once you don your bathing suit and robe, go outside. Choose a “hot” experience first — two hot pools, a Norwegian steam room, a Finnish sauna. Then quickly cool off, either in a cold pool of 59-degree water from the adjacent Diable River, by dousing yourself with a pull-handle shower of river water, or by plunging into the river itself.
Locals recommend that you ski or snowboard on the North Side in the morning. We assumed that this was because most visitors ski the south side first so the North Side is not as busy in the morning and subsequently the South Side is not as busy in the afternoon.
The North Side also features the Gravity Park. Designed for Experts, this area combines a Super Halfpipe, Quarter Pipe, Rollers, Tabletops, Spines, Backturns and Two Rail sections. The Mini Gravity Park nearby is where beginners get a chance to practice their skills.
If you are planning to bring along a non-skier aged 1 to 6 years, Mother Nature Daycare Camp offers a safe, supervised facility. Pagers are available for added peace of mind while parents are on the slopes or partaking a lesson.
When it comes time to satisfy a hungry family here are but a few of the many choices.
• The buffet dinner served at Windigos in The Fairmont Tremblant provided plenty of choices to suit even my three fussy mini me’s tastes.
• Pizzateria for lunch gave us a variety of choices for some interesting pizza combinations. Mozzarella Pizza or Spaghettini is offered as children’s menu items.
• Casey’s, in the Marriott Residence Inn has typical roadhouse fare. We plan to have many family favorites by choosing a few appetizers and sharing them.
With all the outdoor space to play in, you’re going to need quality Mont Tremblant lodging to act as your home base. Make sure you chose spacious accommodation for your stay – check out Tremblant Lodging to choose the Mont Tremblant accommodation that’s right for your vacation.
This is just what is offered in the winter! I look forward to researching what the other three seasons at Mount Tremblant have to offer!