Beyond the slopes: 8 reasons why Mont-Tremblant is so much more than skiing

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Updated: November 4, 2019

If you’re a skier or snowboarder who lives anywhere east of the Rockies, you already know that Mont-Tremblant is a must for its picturesque slopes and pristine powder. But what if your preferred form of powder is margarita mix?

Not to worry: even if you’ve never skied a day in your life (and have no intention of starting), the quaint village of Mont-Tremblant, nestled atop the Laurentian mountains, is bursting with enough outdoor adventures, relaxation, and retail therapy to make you wish our northern autumn days were twice as long—and you don’t even need to wait for the first snowfall to enjoy them.

And the best part? It will soon be just a short Porter flight from Toronto. So to help you with your itinerary, here are eight unforgettable experiences for non-skiers who touch down in Mont-Tremblant this fall.

Explore the trails on a fatbike

With more than 50 km of single or double-track trails for cyclists of all skill levels, Mont-Tremblant is the perfect place to mount a fat bike and experience the region’s stunning nature. Fat bikes are perfect for guiding comfortably over snow, but the trails are open year-round for cyclists of all skill levels. Tourisme Mont-Tremblant will keep you updated about trail conditions, and local club Vélo Mont-Tremblant offers the perfect entry point for new cyclists E-bikes are also available for anyone who just wants to take in the scenery without breaking a sweat.

Drive a dune buggy through the woods

Who needs snowmobiles when you can book a thrilling dune buggy ride through mountains and pine forests? This 1.5-hour excursion, located a short drive from Mont-Tremblant, is guaranteed to spark joy while you absorb the nature around you. But if you need a little more adrenaline, you can also drive one yourself after a quick lesson. 

Shop till you drop in the resort

Much of Quebec is known for its European charm, and Mont-Tremblant is no exception. Lining the resort town’s hilly cobblestone streets are more than 30 stores, including many unique boutiques selling everything from high-end designer fashion to locally made maple taffy.

Visit Place de la Gare

If you can pull yourself away from the cafes and boutiques of Mont-Tremblant’s village, you’ll find plenty more to see in the original village of Mont-Tremblant. If you go, be sure to visit Place de la Gare, where an old railway station has been re-envisioned as a gallery to showcase the work of local artists.

Hike the highest peak

Mont-Tremblant National Park is the perfect place to embrace the spectacular wilderness of the Laurentian Mountains with a scenic hike. An 83-kilometre network of trails for all experience levels weave their way to the highest peak, guiding you along awe-inspiring lookout points.

Try your luck in the casino

When the sun sets early, a little nightlife is in order. Casino Mont-Tremblant offers blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and poker, and its Altitude Restaurant boasts a fantastic view of the slopes. Non-gamblers should still check it out for live music and entertainment.

Eat, drink, and be merry

From crepes and beavertails to world-class gastronomy, the only thing you’ll find lacking food-wise in Mont-Tremblant is enough time to enjoy all of the options. And for some après-minus-ski action, grab a craft brew at P’tit Caribou or try a cocktail at Axe Lounge Bar. 

Rejuvenate at the spa

Even if you’re not sore from the slopes, Mont-Tremblant is the perfect setting for a spa day. The Scandinave Spa, which specializes in hydrotherapy, offers a healing experience by guiding you between hot and cold baths in the midst of breathtaking nature beside the Diable River.

Looking to travel to Mont-Tremblant this season. Learn about everything you can see and do here.