Province/Territory: Quebec

The Laurentians: A Mountain Playground

  • 540 million year old rocks found in the Laurentians
  • 1166 metres highest elevation in the Laurentian Mountains
  • 13 ski centres within a 64km area

The Laurentians, north of Montréal, is a world-renowned four-season tourist destination. The 22,000 sq. km. territory north of Montréal and north east of Ottawa is filled with rolling hills, mountains and lakes, and is a vacation playground for those who love the outdoors. There, you'll also find outstanding cuisine and a vibrant cultural scene born of the mix of people who settled the area - Amerindians, French, Irish and Scots.

Outdoor adventure

  • Ride your bike on Route Verte (Green Route), a 4,000 km bike network reaching from one end of the province to the other, linking all regions and cities.
  • Ski some - or all - of the 13 ski resorts in the Laurentians, the largest of which is Mont Tremblant, which has 95 trails.
  • Get your adrenaline going at the Mont Saint-Sauveur Parc Aquatique, an outdoor water paradise that lets you rush along the Colorado River or placidly meander down the Manicouagan.
  • Surround yourself with nature while you test your nerve, zipline through the trees, navigate timber ladders and balance on accordion footbridges, all part of the fun at Acro-Nature forest adventures.
  • Hike, canoe, kayak, camp, fish, cross country ski, or snowshoe at The Parc national du Mont-Tremblant and Poisson Blanc regional parks.

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Enjoy the healing powers of hot and cold as you enjoy classic outdoor Nordic style health treatments at Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant.
  • Visit more than a dozen spas offering a wide variety of top quality treatments.
  • Stay in charming country inns, ski lodges, condominiums or cottages in the quiet countryside north of Montréal.

Food & Drink

  • Follow the Farmlands Route to discover how agricultural tourism plays a starring role in the Laurentians.
  • Visit farms and meet the producers of the fabulous, but culture, heritage and history are also featured in a setting that provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway, family outing, educational tour or gourmet excursion.
  • Compete in the Fete de la Peche, a fishing tournament in La Tuque. Win or lose, local restaurants will be happy to cook your catch for you.

Weather

  • Summer, from July to August, can be as warm as 13°C to 27°C. When autumn arrives, September to November, temperatures cool to -4°C to 20°C. Winter is cold in the Laurentian region with temperatures from December to March ranging from -10°C to 4°C. Spring, from April to June, is warmer, ranging from 1°C to 24°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 22,000 sq. km
Largest City: Saint-Jérôme
Total Population: 511,276
Official Languages: French & English (French predominent)

When to go
  • Visit the Laurentian region from December to mid-March to enjoy skiing the slopes of Mont Tremblant and other winter sports.
  • In spring and fall, hike quiet rural trails and enjoy spectacular scenery including colourful fall foliage from mid-September to October.
  • Come in the warm days of summer from late-June to early September to swim, kayak, canoe and fish in clear lakes and rivers.
  • Plan your trip around festivals and events in the region.
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