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Mont-Sainte-Anne or Mont Tremblant for a one day exploration?

Mont-Sainte-Anne or Mont Tremblant for a one day exploration?

Aug 6th, 2007, 04:21 PM
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Mont-Sainte-Anne or Mont Tremblant for a one day exploration?

We are visiting Quebec city, Montreal and Toronto in mid-September. I would like to take a side trip to see some of the Canadian countryside. These two mountain areas seem to be an easy days drive. Any suggestions on which area might be better?
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Aug 6th, 2007, 05:38 PM
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How are you getting from city to city? There's some nature to be seen enroute, too.

It's been a long time since I was north of Quebec City, and can't comment.

But Mont Tremblant is a great place for a one-day visit. The town site is compact, so you can see what's there, and there's lots to see onyour drive to and from.
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Aug 7th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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BAK, thanks for your response.

I know from observing your responses on this board that you are very knowledgeable about Canada.

We are spending 3 nights in Quebec, training to Montreal for 4 nights and then training to Toronto for 5 nights.

The train tickets have already been bought. I am renting a car in Toronto for one day for a trip to Niagara and NOTL.

I would like to rent a car for another day trip so see the mountainous areas of Canada. This can be from any of the three cities.
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Aug 7th, 2007, 03:50 PM
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InMiami - mountains (read: hills) can be reached from either Quebec or Montreal. the real mountains in Canada are out west in alberta & bc...

tremblant for a day trip is pretty far, unless you get up early and leave before dinner. you could make it easier on yourself and go to St Sauveur (about 40 mins closer to Montreal than Tremblant and every bit as nice - better restaurants and shopping too)

or, head south east of montreal to the eastern townships - english speaking in a lot of places, great hikes, spas, restaurants - North Hately is an amazing town (about 1.5 hrs from Montreal)

if you are doing this drive in the fall with the leaves changing colors - eastern townships would be my recommendation...

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Aug 9th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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JMWF, I was looking forward to going up Tremblant in the small gondolas. If I do decide on Temblant is there any thing else to do in the area?
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Aug 9th, 2007, 03:32 PM
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Hi InMiami,

It takes about 1.5hrs to drive to Mt Tremblant from Montreal. I have been to both Mt Tremblant and Mt Ste Anne and I would pick Tremblant ANY day. There is a great village, nice shops, nice restaurants, some bars, you can take a luge ride down the mountain which is great if you have kids...it's even fun for adults! Tremblant is a beautiful and fun place!

Mt St Sauveur is another good suggestion, its closer to Montreal, it does have great shopping and great restaurants as well. There is plenty to keep you busy on a day trip.

If you have any more questions you can feel free to email me. I live in Montreal so I might be able to help you out a bit if you need
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Aug 10th, 2007, 04:22 AM
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InMiami - what Layla said...

there is lots to do in Tremblant - the village is great, albeit expensive.

you could actually do both Tremblant and Sauveur in one day (ie: early morning to tremblant, tour the village and have lunch at the top of the mountain (after the gondola ride) then hop in the car to Sauveur (45 mins or so) do some afternoon shopping and have an early dinner at one of the great restaurants in that town.

it's only about 30 - 45 mins from montreal (there are also great waterslides, wave pools etc... at Mont St. Sauveur if you are there on a hot day)

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Aug 13th, 2007, 03:27 PM
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IMO, Tremblant looks a Disney cartoon and the ski hills are very ugly without snow.

If you're after nature, visit Tremblant PARK or Jacques-Cartier park north of Quebec City. Even better is Charlevoix, for a mix of villages and nature. A bit more authentic than Tremblant. Baie-St-Paul is a solid hour from Quebec City. You'll pass in front of Montmorency falls, basilique Ste-Anne, mont Ste-Anne and Cap Tourmente. Leave early and drive on the 362 to La Malbaie and come back via the back roads going through St-Aimé-des-Lacs, Notre-Dame-des-Monts and St-Urbain de Charlevoix. Île aux Coudres and Hautes-Gorges park (stunning scenery) are worth a stop/detour but you better leave early!
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Aug 14th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Erik describes a wonderful quebec area but it's not considered a day trip, no way......

Stopping in st. sauveur, then st jovite maybe, then up to tremblant will give you a lot to see; it's all quaint and charming and an easy one day drive.

Tremblant is a very successful development; if you want a wonderful view of the lake, stop for lunch or dinner at the Quintessence hotel, at the foot of the village; expensive but unique for the area.

The laurentians are not the swiss alps but neither are they a disney cartoon ; it would be an easy and pleasant day trip for you.

It's not crowded in mid september, a very good time to visit.

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Aug 14th, 2007, 04:35 PM
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"Erik describes a wonderful quebec area but it's not considered a day trip, no way......

How is that? Baie-St-Paul is no further from QC than Tremblant is from MTL. And Charlevoix is more straightforward to visit. Stick to the coast up to La Malbaie and come back fast on highway 138 or slowly via the back roads I mentionned before (only takes an hour more or so).

Obviously, I don't like the town Tremblant much. It's not "the countryside", it's a picture of what city people think of what the coutryside should look like that got out of hand. I find it tacky.
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Aug 16th, 2007, 03:10 AM
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you're right, I read too fast; I was under the impression everything started from mtl.

The charlevoix region is amazing of course and the views are more majestic. For the same amount of driving, I would pick that .

Tremblant is still a good choice for a day trip from mtl if your aim is an easy drive with nice views.

Let us know your impressions when you get back!!

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