I’ve always thought Mont-Tremblant Quebec was just for skiers. It didn’t even dawn on me to go there because I don’t ski and climb mountains. I figured it was one of those places that extreme sportspeople would visit. Was I ever wrong! There is so much to do and see in Mont-Tremblant Village, and it’s a year-round destination. So I thought I’d share some tips on exploring fall colours and provide a list of things to do in Mont-Tremblant in the fall.
- The Beauty of Mont-Tremblant in Fall
- Getting to Tremblant From Toronto through Montreal
- Where to Stay in Mont-Tremblant Village
- Packing Essentials for Mont-Tremblant in Fall
- Things to do at Mont-Tremblant in the Fall
- Where to Eat at Mont-Tremblant
The Beauty of Mont-Tremblant in Fall
Of course, the changing of the leaves is a highlight for autumn visits to the Laurentians region in Quebec. The drive itself through the mountains covered in trees is a spectacular Quebec fall colours scene. My September stay was a little early for fall colours; however, I still found plenty of things to do and see during my trip.
Getting to Tremblant From Toronto through Montreal
Take Highway 401 East to the Quebec border, where it becomes Highway 20 East. Before entering Montreal, go North on Highway 13 (following the signs to Mirabel Airport) to Highway 640 East. Follow Highway 640 East to Autoroute des Laurentides (highway 15 North) to Highway 15, which you will follow North to Sainte-Agathe.
After Sainte-Agathe, Autoroute 15 North becomes Route 117 North. Continue on Route 117 North to exit 119 (Montée Ryan) after Saint-Jovite. Follow Montée Ryan (head for the mountain!) until Chemin Duplessis and follow signs for Tremblant Resort.
Where to Stay in Mont-Tremblant Village
There are so many options for accommodations in Tremblant resort which include hotels, condos and chalets. Here are a few options on where to stay in Tremblant.
Budget-Friendly: Homewood Suites Mont-Tremblant
I stayed at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, located in the upper part of Mont-Tremblant Village. The hotel had rear access right into the village shopping area and was steps from the ski hill lifts and gondola. I found it was the perfect location right next to the Fairmont. I love these suite hotels because they offer you the opportunity to cook a few meals right in your hotel room. With a full kitchen, living room suite with fireplace and separate bedroom and bathroom, there was lots of space for an extended stay.
Luxury: Fairmont Tremblant
If you are looking for a luxury 5-star full-service resort, then the Fairmont Tremblant is for you. Located at the foot of the mountain next to Tremblant Village, this hotel is the perfect splurge for your fall Tremblant vacation.
The hotel has luxury rooms and full-service suites. In addition, there is a fitness and aquatic centre with a heated indoor pool, whirlpool and dry sauna. You can also plan a spa break at Moments Spa Tremblant or enjoy one of the many on-site restaurants.
Packing Essentials for Mont-Tremblant in Fall
There are several things you are going to want to have for your fall trip to Tremblant resort.
- Walking or Hiking shoes: you will be walking a lot up to and down the village streets and might do some hiking during your trip.
- Please dress for the weather: I recommend a packable Omni-heat vest or puffer jacket or a rain jacket for rainy days when the temperatures dip. See my review of Columbia Omni Heat Clothing here.
- The dress code is comfortable chalet chic: layering is going to help for changing temperatures. If you plan on doing some fine dining, you can dress up for those meals, but likely you’ll be pretty casual the rest of the time.
- For spas, pools and fitness facilities, be sure to pack your swimsuit, flip flops and any gym clothing you may need.
- Small travel backpack: this will help carry a packable jacket, water bottle or other necessities, so you don’t have to walk up and down the village hill to your hotel.
Things to do at Mont-Tremblant in the Fall
Take the Gondola to the Summit To see Mont Tremblant Fall Colours
You don’t have to be a mountain hiker to enjoy the breathtaking fall views from the top of Mont-Tremblant. If you are visiting Mont-Tremblant in fall, there are some spots where you can get some great shots as soon as you get off the gondola.
I recommend the walk over to the observation tower for a 360-degree view of the mountain top. I quickly realized that the view from the bottom and the view from the top was only a glimpse of how large Tremblant is.
Moderate Hiking and Nature Trails at Tremblant Resort
There are some trails on the mountain and in the village. Naturally, some are more adventurous than others. However, there are more than enough trails for even the mild hiker. With good hiking shoes or cross-trainers, you will be able to navigate these dirt trails easily.
The trail taken from the base of the mountain from Mont-Tremblant Village had challenging stairs and other steep slopes at the start but eventually meandered into a beautiful and scenic route.
The trails at the base of the mountain were also great for spotting deer. So if you happen to take your walks very early in the morning, chances are you will bump into a deer while walking the trails.
Treetop Trekking and Zip-Lining at Tremblant
There are three zip line and treetop trekking courses for adults. They include some ladder bridges and other obstacles with intermittent zip-lines. The first two courses are more relaxed, gradually increasing in difficulty to the final sequence. The last part is considered advanced, so it might not be for the soft adventure traveller. There is also a children’s course available.
Ride the Luge at Mont-Tremblant
Now, this is an attraction that everyone will love. Even children were navigating their way down the track of the Luge ride. One thing to note, in the fall, the luge ride has limited hours. So, on our first day, we arrived in the afternoon to find that it was closing down.
On the second day at the mountain, we made a point to start at the luge. The ski lift carried us and the empty luge carts up to the first summit on Mont-Tremblant. We received some quick training on the luge vehicle, and before I knew it, I was zipping down the mountain.
Some quick tips for riding the Luge at Mont-Tremblant
- The luge is a fun ride for the whole family.
- Don’t bring a lot of gear up with you. I had a backpack, but there was nowhere to store my stuff in the cart.
- Dress for the weather; you are in the mountains after all.
- Listen to instructors on how to stop, slow and turn the cart; there are many turns on the course.
- Obey the slow-down signs along the route to avoid tipping your cart.
- Have fun; the ride down goes by quickly.
Ride the Cabriolet in the Village
Ok, so this is not a ride but a free people mover that runs from the bottom of the Village up to the higher part. There is a steep walkway to get through the village, and the Cabriolet lets you avoid that steep hill. The little gondolas offered a breathtaking view of the village. The Cabriolet was a great break from walking up and down the steep hill to the lower village.
Shopping in the Village
Of course, Mont-Tremblant village has many stores throughout its colourful buildings that line the walking paths up and down the hill. There is something for every shopper from clothing, souvenirs, jewellery, local food specialties, and sporting goods. But, of course, you can still shop for ski season during the fall months.
Where to Eat at Mont-Tremblant
There is no shortage of cafes and restaurants in the village. Here are few highlights from our fall trip in Tremblant.
Ô WOK Restaurant
This restaurant featured an Asian Thai fusion menu. Some delicious items were on their menu, from dumplings, spring rolls, and fried calamari as appetizers to the delightful Duck Salad I had above; we had a great lunch at Ô Wok. Other favourites from our group were the Pad Thai and Curry Bowls.
With another chance at climbing the mountain in a Gondola, Casino Tremblant is secretly waiting to show you the view from their side of the mountain. Even if you are not a gambler, the ride up to enjoy a great meal at the Altitude restaurant was a highlight. Unfortunately for me, it was rainy and dark by the time we got in our gondola, so I didn’t get those dream shots from the sky. The Casino Gondola stopped running at 10 PM on the weekend but, we were able to take a quick ride down the mountain on a shuttle bus that dropped us off steps from our hotel.
With another chance at climbing the mountain in a Gondola, Casino Tremblant is secretly waiting to show you the view from their side of the hill. Even if you are not a gambler, the ride up to enjoy a great meal at the Altitude restaurant was a highlight.
Unfortunately for me, it was rainy and dark by the time we got in our gondola, so I didn’t get those dream shots from the sky. Unfortunately, the Casino Gondola stopped running at 10 PM on the weekend, but we could take a quick ride down the mountain on a shuttle bus that dropped us off steps from our hotel.