Convenient Condos amid Mountain Splendor
Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, having developed into its current state more than 540 million years ago. Though most of its peaks only reach about 2,500 feet (762 m)—well below those of the Appalachians or Rocky Mountains—the mountain region still holds its share of sensational panoramic views. From its rolling, tree-lined slopes to the dozen or so apple orchards in its southern region, this area feels like a hidden gem. Blending into the region, Cap Tremblant mountain resort nestles next to the waters of Lac Mercier amid 200 acres of undulating evergreens. Here, a sprawling main lodge harbors crackling fireplaces and a chandelier-crowned lobby, while scattered condominiums feature awe-inspiring views.
Each one-bedroom condo includes spacious sleeping chambers, a living room with a sofa bed, and a fully equipped kitchen. Rustic textures and hardwood furniture create a mountain-cabin feel without having to bring into cardboard cutouts of lumberjacks. During the summer, guests unwind on the condo's private balcony or terrace.
Feel free to dine at Il Pinnacolo, the hotel's gourmet Italian restaurant famous for its spectacular mountain views. Modeled after a greenhouse, the glass-enclosed dining room is a romantic spot to share veal marsala, steak tartare, and homemade pizzas. The property also features three pool areas and two year-round spa jacuzzis. Head to the Ocean pavilion complex and barrel down a 60-foot (18 m) water slide, or get a workout in at Lake pavilion's three-lane lap pool. Other onsite facilities include tennis courts and full-swing golf simulators.
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: Four-Season Mountain Town with Scenic Villages
Situated in southern Quebec’s Laurentian mountain range, the town of Mont-Tremblant is best known for its award-winning skiing opportunities, but it offers year-round outdoor adventure on its mountains, lakes, and forests. Just north of the town, Mont-Tremblant National Park encompasses six rivers and 400 lakes. Visitors can canoe along the sinuous Riviere du Diable, hike a vast network of forested trails, or exchange business cards with moose, black bears, and white-tailed deer.
The Mont-Tremblant area comprises three distinct village settings: the downtown area of Saint-Jovite, Mont-Tremblant's old village, and the Tremblant pedestrian village. Located downhill from the resort on the banks of Lac Mercier, the old village offers quaint shops and an international variety of fine- and casual-dining options. The bustling pedestrian village—or "the resort," as locals call it—is a candy-colored playground located at the foot of the mountain.