Hotel at a Glance: Fairmont Le Château Montebello
The centerpiece structure of the Fairmont Le Château Montebello, completed in 1930, is the largest log structure in the world and once served as an exclusive wilderness getaway, welcoming the likes of Bing Crosby and Harry S Truman. It’s now an AAA Four Diamond resort, but it has the same focus: enjoy golf, sledding, hiking, or swimming on its sprawling grounds on Quebec’s Ottawa River, then return to its cozy confines and relax amid roaring fireplaces and multiple fine-dining restaurants.
- 16 miles of trails equipped for snowmobiling, dogsledding, or cross-country skiing in winter and hiking or mountain biking in summer
- Activities galore: Rent an ATV, go horseback riding, play tennis, go fishing or ice skating, or go tube sliding on winter weekends.
- Luxurious, lodge-like accents in the rooms, which feature large windows and exposed log walls accented by plaid linens.
- Fairmont Le Château Montebello Golf Club was designed in 1929 by Stanley Thompson; it has 18 challenging holes winding through the forest and rolling hills.
- Fine dining: Aux Chantignoles, the main restaurant at the Fairmont, serves lavish breakfast, lunch buffets, and dinners focusing on locally sourced ingredients; duck foie gras and roast prime beef are among its featured entrees. It’s one of several restaurants on the property.
Montebello, QC: Natural Scenery with Outdoor Pursuits
Montebello, Quebec, is located almost exactly between Ottawa and Montreal, a little more than an hour from each city. This rustic area of about 1,000 people is well-known as the site of the famous Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the largest log structure ever built, and the village draws visitors year-round with its natural scenic splendor. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing are all popular pastimes here. Check out Parc Omega, a safari nature park designed to let visitors get close to Canada’s natural flora and fauna. Here, you can drive a seven-mile route past lakes, meadows, and forests to see bears, moose, wolves, and always-hungry elk, who come wandering up to your car in search of carrots.