Spacious Condos near Boating, Skiing, and Hiking
Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains have peaks that reach about 3,800 feet (1,150 m). That’s well below those of the Appalachian or Rocky Mountains, but it makes the range somewhat of a hidden gem for warm-weather activities such as hiking and mountain biking. Cap Tremblant mountain resort is situated within 5 minutes of Mont Tremblant, one of eastern North America's most popular skiing destinations. (The resort opens up in the summer for golfing, camping, biking, and riding the gondola to the mountaintop.) Cap Tremblant is also situated amid the scenic waters of Lac Mercier—where watersports rival skiing in popularity—as well as 200 acres of undulating evergreens marked by hiking trails.
Cap Tremblant has a huge main lodge with crackling fireplaces, as well as a collection of condo buildings with great views. Each one- or two-bedroom condo includes spacious sleeping quarters, a living room with a sofa bed, a fully equipped kitchen, and free WiFi. Head out to the private balcony or terrace to take in the picturesque surroundings.
The hotel’s gourmet Italian restaurant, Il Pinnacolo, offers spectacular mountain views from its glass-enclosed dining room. It’s a romantic spot where you can share veal marsala, steak tartare, or housemade pizza. The property also features three pool areas and a hot tub. Guests can get workouts in at the Lake Pavilion’s three-lane lap pool, and there are two onsite full-swing golf simulators that allow you to tee off no matter the weather. When the weather does cooperate, there are several 18-hole courses within a 15-minute drive.
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Alpine Adventure and Scenic Villages in the Laurentian Mountains
Tucked between Montreal and Québec City, Mont-Tremblant is a mountainside city made up of three regions: the old village, the pedestrian village, and Saint-Jovite. Each has its own character. The quiet old village overlooks Lac Mercier with boutiques and bistro-style restaurants. Contrast that with the pedestrian village—or "the resort," as locals call it—which buzzes with activity from its panoramic gondola-lift to its lively bars. Outdoor pursuits go on year-round here and include skiing, whitewater rafting, and zip-lining.
Saint-Jovite, located about 6 miles south of the old village, used to be its own municipality before merging with the rest of Mont-Tremblant. The area still looks and feels like a small town, with most of the action centered around a main street dotted with antique shops, ice-cream parlors, and pubs with sprawling outdoor terraces.