Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skate skiing, walking and fat biking
In Mont-Tremblant and area there are hundreds of kilometres of trails which provide pleasure to visitors and are the pride of residents. There are valleys and mountains, peaceful forests, sleeping rivers and lakes, cozy canyons or bright woods offering breathtaking views and vistas. What follows is an overview of activities available in the coming winter. Have a wonderful season enjoying the outdoors.
Close to home
The Domaine Saint-Bernard remains a jewel to be protected. With 80 kilometres of trails for skiing and others for snowshoeing or walking, cabins, a warmup tent or shelters in which to rest or chat with the chickadees, wide trails over flat land or mountainous…there’s something for everyone, Let’s hope for good snow and the excellent grooming and track-making to which we’ve become accustomed.
Ski de fond Mont-Tremblant, the organization that moved its operations to the Manitou golf course last year – after having developed cross-country skiing for 46 years in this area – has suspended its operations for the coming year. The ideal conditions were not available so as to offer top quality services, so SFMT is in pause mode for the moment so it can take time to perfect other projects that could lead it to reinvent itself. To be continued…
Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park
The local segment of the P’tit Train du Nord provides a linear track 29 km in length from the railway station in Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré to La Conception. The trail, which feels fairly flat, is perfect for beginners. At the end of the 19th century, locomotives could not climb a slope steeper than five degrees; the elevation changes are therefore progressive and not too worrying.
Classic cross-country ski tracks run in both directions; between the two, there’s a groomed surface for skate skiing, fat bike riding and walking. Dogs are strictly forbidden. It’s a project largely supported by our MRCs (Regional County Municipalities) which provide this service free of charge for everyone’s wellbeing.
In addition to the ski tracks, the centres provide other facilities for skate skiing, snowshoeing, winter walking and fat bike riding on trails that can be for one or several of these activities. Inform yourself ahead of time. The Ville de Mont-Tremblant maintains other trails outside the Domaine Saint-Bernard.
Snowshoeing and off-piste activities are done on trails that are marked, but not groomed and not necessarily used since the previous snowfall. Powder hounds, get out there after the snowstorms.
- Domaine Saint-Bernard: rental of a rustic cabin beside the trails and transportation of a meal for a convivial evening (no sleepovers) in the forest;
- Mont Tremblant National Park: long offtrail excursion and overnight in a shelter; entry pass required plus a day ticket for skiing, free for other activities;
- P’tit Train du Nord: required stop at La Conception because the trail is closed past that point.
Within a radius of fifty kilometres or so
- Mont-Tremblant National Park: trails in the Diable sector and off-piste in the Pimbina sector. In the heart of the forest;
- Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts: Outdoors centre. Rolling and peaceful;
- Val-David / Val-Morin: Regional Sports Park (“parc regional Sportif”);
- Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides: Interval outdoors cooperative (“L’Interval cooperatif de plein air”). Hilly;
- Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard: Outdoors centre. Rural;
- Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré: Parc Éco Laurentides. Educational;
- Sainte-Adèle: Plein-air Sainte-Adèle (outdoors centre). Broken up network. Narrow, winding trails.
A bit farther afield
The P’tit Train du Nord from Val-David to Saint-Jérôme; Club de ski des Six Cantons in Rivière-Rouge; Plein air aventure (outdoor adventure) in the Réserve Papineau-Labelle in La Minerve; Aerobic corridor and trail network in Morin-Heights; ecological park in Nominingue; Sentiers des Orphelins (trails) in Wentworth-Nord; parc de la Montagne du Diable in Ferme-Neuve.
Snow conditions, maps and more
Each centre has its own website. The majority of them are brought together on the website Regroupement Ski de fond Laurentides: skidefondlaurentides.com/conditions
Tourisme Mont-Tremblant: mont-tremblant.ca/en/
City of Mont-Tremblant: villedemonttremblant. qc.ca/en/
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Récréologue et journaliste de formation, tour à tour organisateur, formateur, consultant, chroniqueur et traducteur dans le milieu du plein air, Daniel Gauvreau est passionné d’activité physique en extérieur. De retour d’un périple au Québec et en France, il a choisi les Hautes-Laurentides pour satisfaire son amour de la nature. Semi-retraité, moniteur de ski de fond à SFMT, son expérience profite désormais aux lecteurs de Tremblant Express. Recreation professional and journalist by education, organizer, trainer, consultant, columnist and translator about the outdoors by experience, Daniel Gavreau is passionate about physical activity outside. Following a trip through Québec and France, he chose the Hautes-Laurentides as the place to satisfy his love of nature. Semi-retired and teaching cross-country skiing with SFMT, he now offers his experience to Tremblant Express readers.