Laurentians Travel
   
 

The Laurentians stretches well north of Mont Laurier all the way to the Reserve Faunique La Verandry, while in the south it bumps up against the Montreal/Laval region.To the east it's bordered by the lovely Lanaudiere region with the Outaouais in the west, which encompasses the beautiful Gatineau Park. The Laurentians is Montreal's weekend playground, with throngs of the work weary heading north looking for a chance to kick back or cut loose. The Laurentians have all of the attractions and amenities you might expect of such a region, including some of the best resorts, accommodations, bars and restaurants in North America. There are over a dozen ski hills, a thousand kilometers of cross country and snowshoe trails along with dozens of hiking and cycling trails. Hundreds of lakes and rivers are a big draw to outdoor enthusiasts, including the world famous white water of the Rouge River. Spas, world class golf, relaxing natural settings, you name it, the Laurentians has something for everyone.

   

Mont Tremblant Resort is located in the center of the Laurentians Region. The resort is situated at the base of the ski hill on the south side of Mont Tremblant mountain or the versant sud. The resort is a large area but all of it's features and attractions can be reached on foot along the villages pedestrian walkways. There is also a free sky ride from the lower village to the upper village if you're looking to get to the slopes as quickly as possible. The hill's main Gondola provides access to the mountain's peak during the summer as well as the ski season. The view from the top is phenomenal, particularly during the fall when the leafs are at their peak.

The resort is essentially self contained and once you check in you'll find little that isn't available onsite. There are hundreds of accommodations in a variety of styles and price ranges, while the surrounding Mont Tremblant Region has hundreds more. There are exceptional restaurants within the resort and lots more nearby in Vieux Tremblant and St. Jovite. Shoppers will be able to peruse a wide variety of unique merchandise made available from the dozens of boutiques and specialty shops you'll find. More information is available at two kiosks onsite at the resort, any any other queries can usually be quickly address at your front desk. The regional tourism office is just a short drive away and has a broader array of regional information.

The Mont Tremblant Region is made up of three sectors, the resort, and the Villages of Mont Tremblant (Vieux Tremblant) and Saint-Jovite. All the sectors are just a short drive from each other or you can access them with the regional shuttle bus on cross country skies or a bicycle. Cyclists can also take advantage of the regions famous rail trail, the P'tit Train du Nord, which passes through both Ste. Jovite and Mont Tremblant.

Getting Here

Flying

Most regularly scheduled flights will terminate at the Montreal International Airport. Charters may come through Mirabel. Mont Tremblant now has an International Airport approximately 30 minutes from the resort. Voyager Airlines flies from Toronto, Boston, and New York and lands at the new airport. Flights in the late afternoon allow you to take full advantage of your weekend.


Check with the carriers for details. See our airports listings for more information.

Driving

From Montreal International Airport - Take AutoRoute 13 to its terminus, then head east on the 640 at Bois Briand. Watch for the signs for the 15 north a short distance along the 640 and head north, AutoRoute 15 turns into the 117 just passed Sainte-Agathe. These are the main corridor into the region. On route you'll find Saint-Jerome, Saint-Sauveur, Saint Adele, Sainte-Agathe, Mont Tremblant and Mont Laurier.

From Montreal - Take AutoRoute 15 which turns into the 117 just passed Sainte-Agathe. These are the main corridor into the region. On route you'll find Saint-Jerome, Saint-Sauveur, Saint Adele, Sainte-Agathe, Mont Tremblant and Mont Laurier.

From Ottawa Cross over to Hull then take highway 50 to the 148 south. At Montebello turn east onto the 323 North. At the 117 head south to Saint-Jerome, Saint-Sauveur, Saint Adele, Sainte-Agathe, Mont Tremblant or north to Mont Laurier.

Cruising & Sailing

The Laurentains are bordered to the west by the Ottawa River and to the south by the St. Lawrence. These waterways tie into the Rideau Canal, the Trent Severn Waterway and the Chambly Canal all of which directly (or indirectly) connect the area to the Great Lakes, the Canadian Maritimes, Lake Champlain and the American east coast via New York City.

Air Travel

Laurentians and Montreal

The major airports servicing the Laurentians are in Montreal and Mirabel. Most of the traffic has been moved back to the Montreal International Airport.

Pierre Eliot Trudeau International Airport - (Dorval) Montreal, Quebec
975 Romeo-Vachon North
Dorval, Quebec
H4Y 1H1
514-633-3105

Mirabel
600 Commerce Street A4
Mirabel, Quebec
J7N 1E1
514 476-3010

Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant International Airport

The main Canadian carrier into Toronto is Air Canada. There are a large number of international carriers which also service the region. There are now a number of airlines competing nationally and keeping fares down.

National & International

  • Air Canada - International and National, Canada's largest carrier
  • Jazz - National Discount
  • Tango - National Discount Carrier
  • West Jet - Regional and National

Regional & Charter

Flying Times

Approximate flying times into Montreal (direct) are as follows:

Amsterdam - 6.5hrs.
Boston - 1hr.
Calgary - 4 hrs.
Chicago - 2hrs.
Cincinnati - 1hr.
Philadelphia - 1.5hrs., LA - 5.5hrs.
London (England) - 6hrs.
New York 1.5hrs.
Toronto - 1hr.
Vancouver - 5.5hrs.

The smaller airports service communities throughout the Laurentians and can be contacted at the follow numbers: Bellefeuille 450-438-0855 Lachute 450-562-1330 La Macaza 819-275-2445 Mascouche 450-474-2477 Mont-Laurier 819-623-5475 Saint-Jovite 819-425-9494

Automobiles, Rentals & Parking

Gasoline and auto repairs are available throughout the region. Gasoline is sold by the litre (4.54 litres to an Imperial gallon which is 5/4th of an American gallon or about 3.6 litres to the American gallon) and as of this writing costs about 78 cents Canadian for a litre of regular.

Rentals

Banks & Trusts

There are banks and trusts throughout the region many of which have ATM (Automatic Teller Machines) Machines and accept transactions from Canada's major institutions as well as Cirrus and Interac.

Beauty Salons & Estheticians

Beauty salons are available to cater to your every need throughout the region and Clinique d'Esthetique can be found in many of the larger towns and villages.

Buses

The provincial bus terminus in Montreal is in the eastern section of the downtown core at: 505 Maisonneuve Blvd. East at Berri. The terminus also has connections into several of the Metro (Subway) lines and the urban bus system. Both Greyhound and Voyageur bus lines provide service to the city and access to surrounding regions and other areas of Canada. Shuttles to Mont Tremblant Resort are available at Dorval International Airport, which can be reached through the CTCUM commuter train system or a combination of Metro and city buses. See the shuttles listing for more information.

Montreal

Greyhound
Voyageur

Montreal

The main bus terminus is in the eastern section of the downtown core at: 505 Maisonneuve Blvd. East at Berri. The terminus also has connections into several of the Metro (Subway) lines. Telephone 514-842-2281. Both Greyhound and Voyageur bus lines provide service to the city and access to surrounding regions and other areas of Canada.

Currency Exchange and Conversion

Canadian's use the Canadian dollar for exchange of goods and services. As this is written the Canadian dollar is worth about $0.75 U.S.

Laurentians

Banque National - 6 rue de la Gare, Saint-Sauveur

Mont Tremblant

In the resort the currency exchange is located at the bottom of the village just around the corner from the entrance to the Kandahar (819-425-8444). You can also change your currency at the airport in Montreal. Nearby you'll find the Banque National, at 160 Cure-Deslauriers in Mont Tremblant Village.

Currency Conversion

Montreal

Banque National 801 Ste-Catherine 514-281-1985
Banque National 5070, avenue du Parc 514-273-1791
Banque National 4506 rue St-Denis 514-281-9610

The Montreal International Airport in Dorval also has an exchange office.

Credit Cards

Most of the major credit cards are honored throughout the region, these include Visa, Master Card and American Express. As always, when your traveling it's best to inquire first.

Day Care

Many ski hills run Kids Club for children. These Clubs offers many activities which usually includes ski instruction. Inquire with the ski hill or resort.

Driving Distances

Laurentians

  • Boisbriand - Montreal - 20km
  • Estérel - Montreal - 85km
  • Lachute - Montreal - 75km
  • Mont Tremblant - Montreal - 125km
  • Mont Tremblant - Ottawa - 150km
  • Mont Tremblant - Toronto - 675km
  • Mont Tremblant - Quebec City - 365km
  • Morin-Heights - Montreal - 75km
  • Oka - Montreal - 52km
  • Piedmont - Montreal - 58km
  • Prevost - Montreal - 55km
  • Rosemère - Montreal - 20km
  • Saint Agathe - Montreal - 86km
  • Saint-Antoine - Montreal - 40km
  • Saint-Eustache - Montreal - 42km
  • Saint-Jovite - Montreal - 120km
  • Saint-Jérôme - Montreal - 43km
  • Sainte-Adèle - Montreal - 68km
  • Sainte-Therese - Montreal - 23km
  • Val-Morin - Montreal - 75km
  • Val David - Montreal - 80km

Note - Radar detectors are not permitted in cars in Quebec, active or inactive.

Montreal

  • Boston - Montreal 520km (325 miles)
  • Buffalo - Montreal 610km (382 miles)
  • Detroit - Montreal 910km (569 miles)
  • Moncton - Montreal 1030km (644 miles)
  • New York - Montreal 610km (382 miles)
  • Ottawa - Montreal 220km (138 miles)
  • Quebec - Montreal 250km (156 miles)
  • Sherbrooke - Montreal 150km (95 miles)
  • Toronto - Montreal 550km (344 miles)

Equipment Rental

In the summer hiking equipment, climbing equipment, golfing equipment, bikes and roller blades are available for rent. In the winter you can rent snow shoes, snow boards, ice skates, cross country and downhill skis. Have a look at our outfitters and retailers listings for more information.

Ferrys

La Traverse d'Oka - Crosses the Ottawa River from Hudson toOka at Lac de Deux Montagne in the lower Laurentains
Pointe Fortune/Carillion - Crosses the Ottawa River from Point Fortune to Carillion in the lower Laurentians

Limousines

Limocar Laurentides - 819-425-3115
Montreal Classic Limousine - 1-877-993-9396

Literature

Laurentians

The Laurentians Tourism Association puts together an excellent booklet which covers all aspects of tourism in the Laurentians. It's available at the main tourism office off of highway 15 as well as many of the other smaller tourism offices and kiosks. The local tourism associations often have maps of local trails (there may be a fee for the map) as well as literature on nearby attractions.

Mont Tremblant

The resort has several maps available for free at the information kiosks along with brochures and information on the resort. The Mont Tremblant Tourism office also provides regional guides and maps (including a cross country map) as well as fliers and brochures for the broader Laurentian region.

Ski Trail Map
Cross Country Ski Map
Mountain Bike Map
Hiking Map

Mail & Postal Services

Mail can be sent and stamps purchased at the postal stations located in most towns and villages. In Tremblant resort you can send and receive mail through your front desk and stamps are available at La Maison de la Presse and the Magasin General. The link will allow you to look up Canadian postal codes.

Maps

Pets

Pets are permitted into to Canada from the United States but must be in obviously good health and be accompanied by recent proof of all vaccinations signed by a licensed veterinarian. Inquire with Canada Customs regarding the details. If you thinking of bringing your pet into Canada from a country other than the United States, the rules of entry vary, each country or origin may have different requirements, including a quarantine period, again inquire with Canada Customs. Always check with customs before you set out.

With pet friendly accommodations keep in mind there may be restrictions, damage deposits and fees involved. Remember policies can change overnight, inquire about the details before you book.

  • Hotel sur la Colline - (819) 688-2102 , Mont Tremblant Region, Saint-Faustin
  • Relais Saint-Denis - (450) 227-4766, Saint-Sauveur

    There are several boarding kennels in the region where your pet can stay.

  • Chenil de la Foret
  • Chanil LeLook - (450) 227-5667, Saint-Sauveur Region, Piedmont
  • Chenil Summum

Pets are not allowed in Mont Tremblant Resorts accommodations and heavy fines are levied on those that ignore this restriction. Check with the various establishments in the region to ascertain their policies.

Parks and green spaces have different rules regarding pets. In general pets must be cleaned up after and must be kept on a leash at all time (there are exceptions to this with some places allowing well behaved dogs off leashes). Quebec Provincial Parks do not allow pets in the parks.

Rail

Mont Tremblant Resort & Laurentians

There is no rail service to most of the Laurentian region. There is a commuter service to the lower regions of the Laurentians but it's still a long way to most of the parks and resorts.

The main train terminus (Gare Central) in Montreal is located downtown just south of Rene Levesque Blvd on La Gauchetiere between Mansfield and University. It can be accessed from the Queen Elizabeth or Bonaventure Hotels. The nearest Metro (subway) is Bonaventure which can be accessed via the underground pedestrian walkway.

  • Via - National Passenger Service
  • AMTRAK - To and from the US 
  • There are also commuter lines running to Dorval station which has a shuttle (or taxis) to the nearby airport. Some west bound Via trains stop at the Dorval station as well, inquire with the rail line.

    Road Conditions

    Road Conditions
    Master Map - for all of Quebec, select the Laurentians
    Road Works - Quebec

    RVs, Motorhomes and Campers

    Shuttles

    Mont Tremblant

    There are daily shuttles from Mont Tremblant Resort to Montreal. The frequency increases on the weekends. Skyport

    There is a local shuttle which connects the resort to the Mont Tremblant Village and Saint Jovite sectors of the Mont Tremblant Region. Information and Rates

    Taxis

    • St-Jovite - 819-425-3212, Mont Tremblant Region, St-Jovite
    • Taxi des Pays d'en Haute - (450) 229-3535, Sainte-Adele

    Telephone & Directories

    Operators can be reach by dialing 0
    For local directory assistance dial 411

    The upper Laurentians region (north of Sainte-Adele) the area code is 819, in the the lower Laurentians (Sainte-Adele and to the south) it's 450. You don't have to dial this number if you are in the area. In Tremblant Resort inquire for hotel phone charges, dialing within the resort and placing external calls from your room.

    The following are a listing of online phone directories to assist you in finding an number:

    Weather & Climate

    Climate

    The Laurentians has moderate summers, with warm days and cool nights. In the winter the temperatures can reach -30°C or more but usually are more moderate. In the southern reaches of the region summer temperatures can stretch to the other end of the scale and can exceed 30°C for extended periods. As you move north the temperature generally declines. Of course the same is true of the winter months and the north areas of the region tend to seen more arctic air than the south.If you love snow you'll usually find lots of it, particularly in the northern Laurentians which get great heaps of the white stuff.

    Spring - pants, rain gear, long sleeve shirt, a sweater and a medium to heavy weight jacket.

    Summer - bring pants, shorts, tee, rain gear, a sweater and jacket.

    Fall - pants, rain gear, long sleeve shirt, a sweater and a medium to heavy weight jacket.

    Winter - pants, sweater, long johns (if your playing outside you should layer), a good winter coat and warm boots

    Weather

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