The fall you crave thanks to “ready-to-camp”

Ready-to-camp Etoile by Sepaq. © Damien Lair

After a night cold enough to chill the end of your nose, autumn mornings are peaceful and quiet. Coffee in hand, a quilt around my shoulders and wool socks under my sandals, I cherish my magical morning routine of gazing at the lake covered by its thick morning mist. For me, there’s nothing like it to start the day.

Fall camping isn’t for everyone. You have to be well equipped to brave the colder nights. There is, however, a wonderful alternative available for lengthening your summer and your nights of sleeping outdoors. Proudly produced by Sepaq – Québec’s outdoor facilities society – prêt-à-camper (ready-to-camp) Étoile is accommodation that joins the advantages of a conventional tent with those of a cottage.

The living area is spacious and can accommodate six. All the conveniences of a chalet are included: electricity, supplementary heating, utensils, tables, chairs, a kitchen counter and a stove. The big difference is that the walls are made of fabric. In outdoor jargon, you call it hassle-free camping.

It’s a great way to get children started with camping. Add a picnic at Lac-Lauzon, a short hike to Lac-aux-Atocas, a bike ride on the Du Loup trail and everyone will be happy. Mont-Tremblant National Park has close to 70 ready-to-camp units scattered through the Diable, Pimbina and Association sectors.

More than a century of history

If you’re traveling through the area, here’s an invitation. Relive the 125 years of history of the first park in Québec through a multimedia presentation.

When: Every evening until Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.

Where: The Amphithéâtre of the Centre de découverte (Diable sector). To be in line with health-related measures, the park limits places to 50. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. First come, first seated.


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Marie-Ève Boivenu


Marie-Ève Boisvenu20 Posts

Gestionnaire au Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. Community relations officer.


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