Mont-Tremblant and the Laurentians are a favorite weekend destination with travelers driving up from Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec City - there's plenty to see and do here year-round, from snow-skiing in winter to hiking, biking, and festivals of all kinds in summer, including Oktobierfest in Sainte-Adèle in early October, the Tremblant International Blues Festival in early to mid-July, and the Saint-Jerome Folk Festival in early to mid-August.
In the summertime, you can take the gondola to the summit of Mont-Tremblant's ski area and venture out for a hike (some of the trails lead back down to the village) or attend the fascinating “birds of prey” show (pictured here). One “must” attraction here, especially if you’re looking to relax after the drive up or a few hours or biking or hiking, is Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant , a serene Euro-inspired compound nestled in the hills and comprising a series of pools for soaking and rejuvenation. Massage is also offered.
Gay Nightlife and Great Dining in Mont-Tremblant Region
The ski village at the mountain is a 15-minute drive north of the town of Mont-Tremblant, where you’ll find a number of fun little shops and diverting restaurants and pubs, most of them along the main drag, Rue de Saint Jovite. Here the acclaimed and romantic Restaurant Le Cheval de Jade presents some of the most ambitious and memorable cuisine in the region. Also worth a stop is the affordable Italian eatery Mille Pates, and the sandwich shop and breakfast favorite, Arome de Café.
Up on the mountain, Microbrasserie La Diable is a convivial spot for craft beer and hearty pub fare, including hearty sausages, and Le Maison de la Crepe can be counted on for tasty crepes - both sweet and savory.
Gay-Friendly Hotels in Mont-Tremblant
The bustling village of tidy townhomes and hotels with steep-pitched roofs and dormer windows vaguely recalls the French Alps. At the upper end of the lodging spectrum, the Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant, and the regal Fairmont Tremblant Resort, with rooms on upper floors overlooking the slopes or rippling Lac Tremblant. An excellent and conveniently situated mid-priced choice, the Residence Inn Mont-Tremblant Manoir Labelle has spacious rooms with sitting areas and small kitchens - it’s great for families or groups of friends traveling together.
Gay-Friendly B&Bs in the Laurentians, North of Montreal
You’ll also find a number of secluded B&Bs in the many small towns between Montreal and Mont-Tremblant, including some gay-owned options. Not far from the main highway Autoroute 15 in Sainte-Adele, less than an hour north of Montreal, Le Papillon Sauvage is an inviting stone-and-timber inn on the Simon River with five romantic rooms, beautifully tended gardens and a superb restaurant with charming indoor and outdoor eating areas. Another favorite GLBT hideaway with an even more secluded wooded setting in Morin-Heights, along scenic and winding Route 329 (an hour north of Montreal and 45 minutes southeast of Mont-Tremblant), Le Septentrion B&B occupies a stately, contemporary wood-frame with five spacious rooms, some with private entrances, spa tubs for two, and fireplaces - the proprietor, Dany, is also a talented chef and massage therapist, and both hot stone and Swedish massages can be booked at very reasonable rates.
Mont-Tremblant and Laurentians Gay Resources
The French-language LGBT magazine Fugues and the English-language Nighttours Montreal Gay Guide both have lots of great information on Montreal and that area, and Fugues does have occasional stories and advice on vacationing in Mont-Tremblant. The area's official visitor organization, Tourisme Laurentides, is an invaluable resource with plenty of useful information on activities, events, hotels, year-round recreation, dining, and more.