Located minutes north of Montreal, the Laurentians region is a four-season resort destination of international caliber, offering a multitude of outdoor activities and festivals. Renowned for the beauty of its landscapes and its natural setting, you'll find here high quality accommodation and all services necessary for a memorable stay.
Renowned for its warm welcome and excellent reputation, the Laurentians is one of the best snowmobiling and ATV destinations in Quebec. Its ideal geographical location means that snow is guaranteed every year. Fly directly from Toronto to Mont-Tremblant International Airport in the heart of the Laurentians, a region known for its singular style and incomparable hospitality. Take advantage of a variety of packages for an outing on our beautiful trails. Come and explore exceptional landscapes throughout the region. On average, 350 cm of snow blankets the region in wintertime.
Several local businesses rent snowmobiles. Go Motoneige, located in La Macaza, offers packages to take you off the beaten path for an in-depth snowmobile experience. Thrills are guaranteed in outings, led by a seasoned team, where safety comes first. The company is equipped with the latest technology and high-performance snowmobiles, well-suited to the type of terrain covered. Outings offered with or without a guide.
Ten minutes away from Mont-Tremblant, Défi Sport Marine Mononeight Motorisée inc. specializes in snowmobile rentals. Take advantage of our personalized snowmobile packages to discover the region at your own pace, whether with family or with friends. Outings offered with or without a guide.
At La Gare de Labelle, directly adjacent to Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park trail, Cana-Doo Aventures specializes in snowmobile rentals. Discover some of the Laurentians’ picturesque spots with one of several packages, or have a professional guide take you through the most scenic trails in our cherished Laurentians.
At Centre d’Activités Tremblant, find the perfect snowmobile outing for you. Guided tours are offered in Mont-Tremblant or Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts through winding mountain trails or on the P’tit Train du Nord trail. Opt for a private tour with a guide, who will recommend an adventure based on your level of experience and expectations.
Specializing in snowmobile trips, Arctic Aventure’s services are based on safety, conviviality, and the satisfaction of a successful vacation. Various types of snowmobile trips are available, ranging from half-days to week-long treks. Only one hour from Montreal, Arctic Aventure offers a shuttle service for all stays and upon request for day trips.
Come for an unforgettable vacation in the heart of nature and discover the breathtaking Upper Laurentians with Location Constantineau! Visit Constantineau rental centre, directly adjacent to the Trans-Québec trail in Mont-Laurier, for a vehicle recommendation that caters to your needs and driving style.
Looking to immerse yourself in the Laurentian snow? Tyroparc – Parc d’aventures en montagne offers carbon-neutral guided snowmobile tours for a winter wilderness experience. Fall in love with the itineraries and routes thanks to the geographic location of Mont Catherine and the many trails surrounding this exceptional mountain.
In the heart of the Laurentians, adjacent to the Trans-Québec 33 trail, Aventures Plein Air St-Hippolyte is the ideal place to start your adventure! Choose from a fleet of 2 and 4-stroke machines for one or two passengers to find the perfect snowmobile for you. All equipment is provided with each rental to make your snowmobiling adventure as straightforward as possible.
Located in Wentworth-Nord, Laurel Aventure Nature offers unparalleled excursions infused with authenticity and passion, whether by snowmobile, dog sled, or in a tipi overnight. This outing takes place on small private trails in the heart of the forest, across lakes and through mountains.
The Laurentians boasts over 2,512 km of groomed and maintained trails! Wood Runner Trail is a group of 8 forest innkeepers and hoteliers who help visitors discover the forests of the Upper Laurentians by snowmobile in winter. Choose from a number of itineraries on the network of federated and maintained trails. Let yourself be charmed by the warm welcome, comfort, gastronomy, and uniqueness atmosphere of the forest!
What’s more, P’tit Train du Nord linear park boasts 117 km of snowmobile trails between kilometre 46 (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts) and 69 (Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré) and north of kilometre 107 (Labelle to Mont-Laurier). Experience snowmobiling at its best!
Several local businesses offer ATV rentals. Located in La Macaza, Outdoor Logistik organizes 1 to 7-day trips through the breathtaking wilderness. Comfortable accommodation and delicious meals are guaranteed nightly. Take a snack with you in the morning or stop to eat along the way. You can also add fishing or hunting to your outing! Guides have remote first aid certification and advanced survival skills; equipped with a satellite phone, they will make your safety their priority throughout your adventure.
Come for an unforgettable vacation in the heart of nature and discover the breathtaking Upper Laurentians with Location Constantineau! Visit Constantineau rental centre, directly adjacent to the Trans-Québec trail in Mont-Laurier, for a vehicle recommendation that caters to your needs and driving style.
Looking for something new? Aventures Plein Air offers a variety of packages to cater to your needs. Glide across our wide-open spaces on an ATV for a short outing, and if you feel ambitious, explore unmarked territory over several days with an all-inclusive package.
The Laurentians boasts over 1,820 km of trails in winter and 1,500 km in summer, all groomed and maintained. What’s more, 7 regional clubs composed of passionate members strive to develop the trails in harmony with nature. And, in summer, over 20 outfitters open their doors to visitors and offer a wide variety of game and fish.
The Upper Laurentians is an ATVing paradise, with nearly 2,000 km of trails in the region alone, connecting the Lanaudière, Mauricie, and Outaouais regions. Discover the famous Montagne du Diable, the Windigo, César, and Serpent falls, Baskatong, Kiamika, Poisson Blanc reservoirs, and more.
Breathtaking views punctuate all-season trails where water and landscapes abound. Opt to stay at a local outfitter overnight, easily accessible via the trails.
Whether by snowmobile or ATV, head to Laurentians for the ultimate unforgettable experience! Take advantage of a variety of packages for an outing on our beautiful trails.
The Laurentian region is renowned for its vast forests, beautiful mountain landscapes and lively villages. Winter sports enthusiasts are invited to come try one of our many centres and parks offering cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the Laurentians. Snowshoers and skiers will be spoiled for choice with more than 15 centres, parks and trail networks in the area that cater to athletes of different levels.
Suggestions for Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing:Basses-Laurentides
Parc National d’Oka – Oka: Every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 28 km of trails for hiking on snow, 20 km of snowshoe trails and 25.9 km of cross-country skiing trails.
Parc du Domaine Vert – Mirabel: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Weekday rentals end at 3 p.m. 5.7 km of snowshoe trails and 34 km of cross-country skiing trails ranging from easy to difficult.
Centre plein air – Camping Sainte-Agathe – Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts: Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 12 km of intermediate snowshoeing trails and 50 km of easy to difficult cross-country ski trails.
Parc régional Val-David Val-Morin: Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 30 km of snowshoe trails and 53 km of easy to difficult cross-country skiing on over 30 trails.
Parc national du Mont-Tremblant: Every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 55 km of snowshoe trails and 43 km of easy to difficult cross-country skiing on over 15 trails
Parc de La Coulée – Prévost: Every day. 15 km of snowshoe trails and 15 km of easy to difficult cross-country skiing trails.
Centre de ski de fond Gai-Luron – Saint-Jérôme: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 8 km of snowshoe trails and 27.2 km of easy to difficult cross-country skiing trails. New this year, 7 km of fat bike trails – rentals available.
Ski de Fond Mont-Tremblant: Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 58 km of snowshoe trails and 88 km of cross-country ski trails ranging from easy to difficult.
L’Interval – Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides: 20.3 km of snowshoe trails and 37.2 km of groomed cross-country ski trails and 23.5 km of off-track ski touring.
The Wentworth-Nord Trail Network – Wentworth-Nord: 26 km of snowshoe trails and 15 km of easy to intermediate cross-country ski trails. Fat bike trails (with equipment rental) and Hok ski trails are also available.
Par Monts et Vals – Laurentides RCM: Par Monts et Vals is a trail connecting the village cores of the municipalities of Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, Lantier, Val-des-Lacs, Val-David and Val-Morin.
Parc Montagne du Diable – Ferme-Neuve: Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 80 km of snowshoe trails and 75 km of easy to difficult cross-country ski trails.
Club de ski des Six Cantons – Rivière-Rouge: Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 14.8 km of snowshoe trails and 35.8 km of easy to difficult cross-country ski trails.
Parc écologique Le Renouveau Rosaire-Sénécal – Nominingue: The 400-acre eco park, located between chemin des Marronniers and chemin Tour-du-Lac, offers nature lovers several trails for different outdoor activities, including hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Torchlit Snowshoeing Events:
January 26 and February 23, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Parc du Domaine Vert – Mirabel. Come and experience the Parc du Domaine Vert and its wonderful location for your favourite outdoor activities thanks to the hundreds of torches scattered throughout the premises. On-site, you can enjoy the ice rink, the sledding hill (free tubes available), entertainment at Parc du Domaine Vert, sleigh rides, torchlit walks, and snowshoeing and fat bike rides by headlamp. $15 for ages 15 and over and free for ages 14 and under. On-site payment in cash.
Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones for the Holidays? This year, give the gift of skiing! The Laurentians’ ski resorts have something for everyone on your list. Take the opportunity to create unforgettable moments with family and friends and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s what the Laurentians’ ski resorts have to offer:
Located in the Saint-Sauveur Valley with all services nearby, Ski Mont-Habitant is a family-friendly ski resort. The Snow School is well-known for its beginner programs for children. During Holiday week, young skiers and snowboarders aged 4 to 15 can participate in the Holiday Camp, available from December 27 to December 30. This four-day package will focus on improving technique. A lift ticket from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is included, and lessons are held from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for $160. Or, opt for a 3-person family package for 2 adults and 1 child 12 and under for $87 per day, $20 per additional child aged 6 to 12.
Ski Chantecler resort in Sainte-Adèle has welcomed ski and snowboard enthusiasts for several years in Sainte-Adèle, in the heart of the Laurentians. A one-hour drive from Montreal, the resort has 22 trails, 8 of which are lit up at night, in addition to a snow park, so there’s something for everyone. Your loved ones will be thrilled to receive a Ski Chantecler gift card! Contact customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org or 450-229-1404, extension 7803. Gift cards start at $25.
Book lodging for stays of 2 nights or more in Tremblant this winter and save 20% on stays of 3 nights or more from Sunday to Friday; 15% on 2-night stays, 7 days a week. Valid for stays from December 1, 2018, to February 28, including Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day!
During school vacation, save on lift tickets for the entire family! Ski together as a family during school break and save up to 55% on 5 days of skiing. Starting at $135 for children aged 5 to 12 and $249 for adults until February 12.
Want to give the gift of skiing? Mont Blanc makes it easy! Choose from several packages and deals:
Purchase a gift card online. Choose from $10, $30, $60 or pay $90 and get a gift card worth $100. Our gift cards are redeemable for ski tickets, rentals, lessons, the cafeteria, the boutique, lodging, and passes.
Jupiter Card for $99. Ski for just $5 every Thursday and get 15% off all other days! The new Jupiter Card is a tremendous deal for avid skiers. This offer is only available for a limited time and in limited quantities, so get yours today!
Nord Pass for $209. Starting January 7, ski Monday through Thursday for just $209 with your Nord Pass. That’s less than the price of four ski tickets! Buy online or at the customer service desk.
Ski ‘n’ Stay Special. Save up to 20% on Holiday rates and save an additional 5% on lodging with promo code PREVACA18. This deal is available from December 21 to 26, 2018.
Ski under the sun in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where your family will feel right at home. Belle Neige in Val-Morin is the perfect resort in the Laurentians to learn to ski or snowboard in a safe and fun environment. What’s more, make the most of our Holiday specials to give the gift of skiing to your loved ones – specials available until December 23, 2018:
This year, give the gift of skiing with a beginner package! Les Sommets’ package is perfect for newcomers to the sport! With the unwavering support of friendly instructors and a suitable terrain for beginners, the focus is on having fun. Multi-visit cards for 2, 3, 4, or 5 days of skiing are also available! Slide, ski, have fun!
The Holiday season is the perfect opportunity for some family time together in the Laurentians to create unforgettable memories. Enchanting landscapes inspire a festive ambiance throughout the Laurentian region. Make your dream family outing a reality in this unparalleled setting! Whether you enjoy snowshoeing, skating, dog sledding, or cross-country skiing, one day won’t be enough to do it all!
Looking for thrills? Make sure to check out the Rafting and Tornade runs at Glissades des Pays d’en Haut in Piedmont, which attract new fans every year. On the program: sledding, Bobsleigh, Tornade, Rafting, and snowtubing on 50 runs for all levels with an 80 m vertical drop. Holiday schedule: open December 25, 2018, and January 1st, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Otherwise, from opening to December 23, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Tubing Park at Sommet Saint-Sauveur – versant Avila in Piedmont has 21 snowtubing runs and four lifts to offer. The runs are lit up on Friday and Saturday evenings until 9:00 p.m. At the foot of the hill, the versant Avila Sugar Shack serves a typical sugar shack menu every weekend. Holiday schedule: December 24 and 25, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; December 26 to 30, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; December 31, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; January 1st to 5, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Aventures Neige is the perfect place for a family snowtubing outing in the Laurentians. Located on the very site of Comfort Inn Mont-Tremblant, there are 8 snowtubing runs, from beginner to expert, with 2 tube lifts. Satisfy your hunger at the lunch counter and spacious dining area. Or, warm up with a hot chocolate by a crackling fire on our terrace, located directly at the top of the hill, with an exceptional view of the mountain. Holiday schedule: December 21, 2018 to January 6, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., except for December 24, 25, and 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
During the Holidays, make the most of Tyroparc’s 2.5-hour snowshoe and mega-ziplining deal. Snowshoe a 1.3 km trail through Mont-Catherine forest, take a break and warm up by the fire in a wigwam, before gliding across 2 mega-ziplines over 100 m above ground, crossing the mountain from one side to the other. Thrills guaranteed! Other deals also available. Open every day, reservations required.
The Holiday magic is taking over Tremblant! Toufou, the beloved mascot, and street performers will make your visit to the pedestrian village truly memorable. Warm up by one of the fire pits as you take in the magical setting. Exciting activities are sure to bring out everyone’s inner child. A musical ambiance and fun games await!
Christmas magic: From December 23 to 25, 2018, it’s time to celebrate! For three magical days, rediscover the renowned Grelot Family, who will be returning to Tremblant to celebrate Christmas in style. A special guest is also expected to stop by on the afternoon of December 24!
Lumberjack day: On December 22, 29, 2018, and January 3, 2018, a series of highly entertaining lumberjack-themed activities awaits. A great way for visitors from all over to get acquainted with Quebec folklore.
Legends day: On December 26, 30, 2018, and January 4, 2019, stories passed down through generations will come to life in the pedestrian village. Wander through a huge interactive circuit turned treasure hunt and solve puzzles inspired by folk legends.
1980s winter: On December 27, 2018, and January 1st, 2019, travel back to the 1980s. In this pre-technology era, children would spend long hours playing outside and building forts, bundled up in their neon snowsuits. This special day will take us back to a festive time when Quebecers would crank up the synth and celebrate winter under the snow.
Winter wonderland: On December 28, 2018, and January 2, 2018, celebrate the most magical days of winter as the village transforms into veritable winter wonderland. Several heartwarming activities await.
Le Village du Père Noël in Val-David is opening its doors again this year for the Holidays. Most of the children’s summer games, such as adventure trails, rope tree, ziplining, and treehouses, will be set up. Young visitors can also marvel at the petting zoo. Santa Claus will be back with his little elves on December 1, 2, 8, and 9, and from December 15, 2018, to January 6, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except for December 25; those presents won’t deliver themselves!).
Wander through the enchanted forest and visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the Ice Fairy at Route des Gerbes d’Angélica in Mirabel. 200,000 lights of Christmas decorating. Animation and face painting for children. While you’re there, stock up on local products and/or one-of-a-kind, enthralling gifts. Discover something new with a visit to Sylvestre Pindebois village! Meet Luciö, the Lapland Elf, and his world of magic in Sylvestre Pindebois forest at Route des Gerbes d’Angelica. Schedule: November 9 to December 30, 2018, Friday to Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and December 18, 19, 20, and 27, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Oka National Park and Mont-Tremblant National Park
Open year-round, Oka National Parkand Mont-Tremblant National Park offer several fun winter activities for the family: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fatbiking, and kicksledding. Free admission and equipment rentals for children and youth aged 17 and under. An ideal opportunity for children and youth to discover new winter sports.
The Parc régional éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière, located in Mirabel, offers several fun family activities: skating, snowtubing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Schedule: year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; also open on December 25, 2018 and January 1st, 2019.
To the delight of many, the Christmas market tradition is back with increasing popularity in Quebec! This tradition is an integral part of the Holiday season in many countries, such as Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and several other European countries. In Quebec, these festive markets have become a celebration, featuring local artisans and food producers.
The Laurentians are clearly no exception to the rule, with the region boasting over thirty markets, shows, fairs, and exhibitions throughout the region. Without further ado, head out to discover unique gems by passionate creators.Here are the best Christmas markets and craft fairs to look out for:
When: November 24 and 25, 2018. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
What: Around fifty artisans will be on site to showcase their work: jewellery, hats, books, children’s games, decorative objects, local foods and more, all professionally created by the hands of master craftspeople!
Where: École Val-des-Monts at 872, rue de l’École in Prévost.
In the Laurentians, Halloween is no small party! Dive into the world of trick-or-treaters and enjoy the activities and events organized for the occasion. On the program: haunted houses, animated characters, parades, pumpkin contests, costume contests, and so much more! Here’s how you can celebrate Halloween in the Laurentian region:
Several events will take place this year in Sainte-Adèle! On Sunday, October 21, check out a special LEGO Halloween workshop: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., and LEGO City, Zombie World from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. On Saturday, October 27, come for a freaky face-to-face encounter with reptiles, stick bugs, spiders, insects, and several other commonly misunderstood animals hiding behind their defense mechanisms. There’s something for adults, too, with a night of horror on Saturday night at Cinéma Pine.
And, on October 31, 2018, it’s Halloween! Entertainment, candy handouts, costume contests, carnival games, axe throw, haunted house, inflatable labyrinth, walk-around characters, petting zoo, DJ, shows featuring light poi, stilt walkers, and contortionists – all the makings of a festive and mysterious ambiance. Join us from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Halloween is coming to Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., wander the Lost Woods with your family and search for clues to find the hidden witches! What’s more, the children’s parade will start at 2 p.m.! Parents and friends are invited to cheer on the little monsters in disguise. Meet at the corner of Des Cèdres and Des Saisons Streets.
From October 26 to 28, 2018, Halloween is coming to Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré! On Friday, October 26, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Salle Bellevue, the countess (a.k.a. Joe Bocan) will perform an interactive show specially created for Halloween with tales, songs, and laughs for children 8 and under. On Saturday, October 27 at 10:30 a.m. learn about the origins of Halloween during a presentation at Bibliothèque du Lac. This presentation is intended for adults. And, on Sunday, October 28, the entire family is invited to Salle La Doyenne. On the program: live professional pumpkin carving, a pumpkin carving workshop for all, and a pumpkin contest.
From October 26 to 28, 2018, the city of Lorraine has several activities in store for Halloween. There’s a Halloween dance on October 26, organized by the 49th Lorraine-Rosemère Scout Troop. Then, on Saturday, October 27, come for an animated family-friendly tour. Ongoing departures from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. And, on Sunday, October 28, head to Lorraine Arena for a free skate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Halloween music and candy for children. Come in costume!
On October 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., join us at Ranch La Douceur in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts! Corridor of horrors and candy on site. Come in costume! Fees: adult $5, child $2.50, free under 2 years old.
On Sunday, October 21, 2018, come celebrate Halloween at Parc régional de la Rivière-du-Nord! On the program: a magician, children’s face painting, pinatas, mummy contests, and other games. Park entry fees apply. In case of bad weather, activities will be cancelled; information will be posted on the park’s Facebook page.
This year, adults can celebrate Halloween at L’Interval! Make the most of the fall nature, Mont Kaaïkop, trails, and animated activities from October 26 to 28. Come for a soirée with singers on Friday night, and a community supper and Halloween costume party with prizes for the best costumes on Saturday night. Accommodation available, including camping, inns, and bed and breakfasts.
Come play at the interactive expo at Place Rosemère’s Centre Court from October 19 to 31, 2018, find the characters hiding in the labyrinth, solve puzzles and win a fun prize! Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When Tourisme Laurentides asked me to stay at an outfitter in the Laurentians, I didn’t have to think twice. I have visited outfitters throughout Quebec for my TV show, Expédition Faune on TVA Sports, for nearly twenty years now. As part of this project, I was to stay at one of the many outfitters in the Laurentian region.
About the fishing
Navigating the lake by row boat or boat is fairly easy, with no danger in sight. The most popular species is largemouth and smallmouth bass. I’m told there is also a bit of walleye, pike, and brook trout. During my trip, we caught about twenty bass.
The lake is perfect for fishing as a family. No boat? No problem. Two pontoons and about ten four-stroke engine boats are available to rent.
If you have your own boat, you can fish on Grand or Petit Lac du Cerf, which are fairly close to Domaine du Lac Malloon. Note that boats must be washed before they can be launched.
About the cabins
The outfitter has nine cabins which vary in size, located on the very lakeshore with an adjoining dock. By the way, the docks are brand new. They are very well equipped: all the basic equipment is provided and, as for the rest, Mr. Vandal will tell you what you need to bring. If you prefer camping, there are also serviced and unserviced tenting and RV sites available.
It’s a very popular place in winter, too, a stone’s throw from ATV and snowmobile trails. What’s more, the outfitter keeps four cabins open with electric heating and a fireplace.
With good value for money, Domaine du Lac Malloon is a wonderful place for a vacation with family or friends, easy to get to and not too far from the big cities, in the magnificent Laurentian landscape.
About Domaine du Lac Malloon
The Domaine du Lac Malloon outfitter is located in the small town of Lac-du-Cerf, so getting there is fairly straightforward and doesn’t involve any gravel roads. Three hours from Montreal or one hour from Gatineau, and you’re there. The outfitter has been in business since 1945 and will soon turn 75. Pierre Vandal, a retired flight attendant for Air Canada, bought it in 2016. It was love at first sight for Mr. Vandal! At 80 years old, Mr. Vandal is the heart and soul of the place. Never without a smile, he welcomes his guests as he would his friends.
Stéphane Gosselin has been a host and producer for over 25 years. His radio accomplishments include, among others, staff announcer, Musique Plus host, narrator of the Science à Z series and much more! Stéphane is deeply passionate about fishing. For over 15 years, he has hosted and produced a series called Expédition Faune, currently airing on TVA SPORTS.
Fall is upon us, and the Laurentians are once again ablaze with colour! Added to the already gorgeous scenery, an array of colours, smells and flavours charm the senses and herald the arrival of a new season. Discover the region’s wide-open spaces in this new season with its warm hues. Plan a getaway in the cooler weather. You will marvel at the landscapes that change at every turn. Take this opportunity to try the countless activities available in the region. Discover both Laurentian tourist routes, or go for a hike or a cycling outing in one of our parks or wildlife reserves. How about an ATV ride, a day relaxing in one of our spas or some good food with friends?
Enjoy an autumn lunch with family or friends surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the vineyard, which is less than 30 minutes from Montreal. Discover the new fall menu designed to pair perfectly with the wines. Available every Sunday through October 28, 2018.
Come out for an incredible eating experience at the Apple Shack’s Fall Harvest Festival! In a warm, rustic atmosphere, enjoy a quality gourmet menu showcasing Quebec’s terroir. It features duck leg confit glazed with honey from the farm, salmon & apple tartare, the étagé campagnard, the wonderful onion soup with a touch of maple―a house specialty. These are just a few of the products on offer. It’s a must-have culinary experience!
ActivitiesYou-Pick Apples and Pumpkins
Many Orchards are now open for you to pick your own apples and pumpkins. Here are a few suggestions:
Come and take in the early fall colours at Tyroparc! This mountain adventure park has become one of the Laurentians’ most popular tourist attractions thanks to its mega-ziplines. You are invited to experience a wide array of activities, including experiences like the mega-zipline, via ferrata, hiking and so much more! Come for an activity with your family, friends or on your own, and have fun with our passionate certified guides. For children 5 years old and above. Open year-round.
Whether or not you already own an ATV/side-by-side vehicle, we can organize a 1- to 7-day getaway through beautiful wilderness areas. Every evening, we ensure that you enjoy comfortable accommodations and delicious meals. You will have the option of leaving in the morning with a snack or stopping to eat along the way. These outings can also be enhanced with days of fishing or hunting. It’s up to you!
The F.U.N. Fest will continue until October 14 at Sommet Saint-Sauveur. Every weekend, the mountain will be open to visitors. The chairlift will take them to the summit for colourful mountain hikes. Besides the rides, alpine rollercoaster, double zipline and mini golf, the F.U.N. Park will be hosting several activities sure to please families: farm animals, pony rides, a large maze, exotic animals and more.
An opportunity to combine history with hiking or cycling! Take the Calvaire d’Oka trail. This Way of the Cross was built by the Sulpicians. The Calvaire trail leads to a panoramic viewpoint where three chapels have been keeping watch since 1742. Discover this magnificent trail with a guide booklet available at the departure point. In addition, through a pilot project in Oka National Park, dogs on a leash are permitted on this 4.4 km trail.
At the Parc régional éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière, 17 km of hiking trails and 7 km of bike trails are available for outdoor enthusiasts. Distances of 1 to 21 km are available for athletes, combined with a gourmet lunch provided by local farmers. On Monday, October 8, Courses Gourmandes will pay a visit to the Parc régional éducatif Bois de Belle-Rivière. Dogs on a leash are admitted.
The Parc de la Coulee in Prévost offers multi-use trails for hiking and biking. There are several park entrances. The main entrance is located on Du Clos-Toumalin Street, opposite Champ-Fleuri School. Over 30 km of easy to intermediate trails are available. In addition, dogs on a leash are allowed. Admission is free.
The Centre de plein air Roger-Cabana offers over 10 km of trails for hiking, trail running and even mountain biking. Culture enthusiasts will also find what they are looking for as they make wonderful discoveries along the Art-Nature trail. An obstacle course, made up of twelve stations to go through one after the other, is also available for young adventurers.
When we work in the event sector, we often concentrate on logistics. We try to develop events that look good, that are really “hot,” that will create a sense of “wow.” All too often, strategy is put in the background or forgotten altogether. I am often told: If the event I put on has a super look, people will come and my tickets will sell all by themselves…
On the other hand, we forget to ask fundamental questions, such as:
What intrinsically motivates participants and makes them want to come to an event?
Why are they willing to sacrifice their evening or weekend to come and participate in our event?
How can we justify the expense we are creating to come to the event?
Why is it vital that we ask these questions? Let me respond:
These days, you need more than a fantastic room or a well-known artist to sell tickets. Especially in a world in which people are solicited more than ever. People must be strongly motivated to sacrifice family time and make space in an already crowded agenda. Keeping this in mind, it’s our obligation to know what motivates them, what interests them and how we can fulfill their needs. With this knowledge, you’ll succeed in creating a successful event rather than a flop.
With experience, I have noted that the most successful events are those that meet at least three of the eight basic motivating factors. My recommendation is as follows: when creating a new event, think carefully about what you can do to maximize the attainment of your objectives. The winning combination will be the one that is best adapted to your clientele. You must therefore know your target clientele.
Integrating a new discovery by means of the five senses has always been a winning formula. Just think of the growing presence of regional products or the appearance of creative environments in which people can immerse themselves.
A moment with family or friends
In an era in which balancing work/family relationships has become a priority for many, whatever free time we have, we would like to spend with those close to us. This reality must be integrated, especially if we want to plan events on the weekend or in the evening. With transportation getting ever more complicated, 5-to-7 events have become nearly impossible to attend for parents with young children.
When we are caught in the routine of the daily rat race, the need to escape from it, to be transported elsewhere to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinaryexperience, becomes all the more important. Think of the Cirque du Soleil or the Giant Marionettes in 2017, with their aura of magic.
People love to learn. Workers need to perfect their métier; it’s the basis of all symposiums, congresses and meetings between professionals. Make sure that there is plenty to learn and that speakers have plenty of energy.
Contact with the unexpected
What makes an event like Burning Man so popular, is the fact that you are transported to a parallel world which, in everyday life, doesn’t exist. Plenty of people like going to places where they can meet interesting folk, where they can participate in unusual activities and experience things like being transported to another universe altogether.
In the middle of the Maslow pyramid of needs, we find the need of belonging. For many people, especially in professional fields, networking is important. But this need also applies to groups of younger people attending a music festival. Look at them closely and you will soon see that the participants want to connect with each other and enjoy multiple interactions. The need to feel connected even has repercussions in the digital world and explains the success of social media.
Adrenalin and self-accomplishment are often primary needs motivating participation in a sports event (e.g. obstacle courses).
Living in a fantasy
For example, we could mention Disney as being the place for experiencing a world of fantasy. To get away, to feel transported and have the impression that the event we are attending is unique, are all extra reasons to attend in the first place. Even in the business world, this can have value.
To incite presence at an event, several needs must be met. As we have seen above, the motivation that is driven by these needs varies greatly and may play different roles depending on the persons involved. Your events will be easier to sell and market if you integrate these elements into your overall design (programming, thematic, universe) and thus meet these needs. To achieve this end, you must know your clientele very well.
C’est l’été dans les Laurentides! Les villes et villages de la région font la fête! Laissez-vous prendre au jeu et découvrez les activités et les événements à ne pas manquer cette semaine dans la région. Et pourquoi ne pas prolonger votre escapade en séjournant dans les auberges, hôtels et centres de villégiature de la région. Voici ce qui vous attend cette semaine dans nos belles Laurentides :
Saint-Jérôme Folk réjouira les amateurs de musique cet été en misant sur les valeurs sûres tout en faisant découvrir des nouvelles tendances. Du 10 au 18 août 2018, c’est un rendez-vous folk à ne pas manquer à la Place des Festivités de Saint-Jérôme. Consultez la programmation complète.
Exposition de céramique unique au Canada! Plus de 25 000 pièces originales; ateliers et activités de toutes sortes. En plus d’offrir périodiquement des démonstrations, des cours de perfectionnement ainsi que des cours d’initiation au tournage pour petits et grands, 1001 pots propose une programmation festive et diversifiée qui plaira à toute la famille. On vous attend tous les jours jusqu’au 12 août 2018 de 10 h à 18 h.
Sous la direction artistique de la superstar de la danse, Guillaume Côté, le Festival des Arts est l’un des plus grands Festivals de danse et de musique au pays. Des spectacles intimes sous le Grand Chapiteau et des spectacles extérieurs gratuits dans le cadre enchanteur du village de Saint-Sauveur, un rendez-vous annuel à ne pas manquer. Ne manquez pas Guillaume Côté et danseurs du Ballet national du Canada le dimanche 12 août 2018 à 18h!L’édition 2018 se tiendra jusqu’au 12 août 2018. Consultez la programmation complète.
En collaboration avec le club d’astronomie de Mont-Tremblant, le Domaine Saint-Bernard présente sa deuxième édition d’une activité spéciale le temps de deux soirées le 10 et 11 août 2018 pour souligner la période des étoiles filantes « Les Perséides ». Une chance unique pour découvrir le ciel avec des astronomes amateurs passionnés. Observation du ciel au télescope, ateliers, et conférences sont au programme et s’adresse à toute la famille. Apportez votre chaise longue et/ou une couverture. En cas de pluie ou de ciel couvert, les ateliers et les conférences se tiendront à l’intérieur.
Du 10 au 12 août 2018 se tiendra le FamiliFest, un tout nouveau festival estival organisé par le dynamique comité des fêtes de la Municipalité de Mont-Saint-Michel. Un des plus grands parcours de jeux Proludik au Québec, comprenant le JumpaÏ, des spectacles en plein air, de l’animation, des mascottes et encore plus, seront au rendez-vous. Accès gratuit au site et tous les spectacles sont gratuits.
Les meilleurs joueurs de baseball seront au rendez-vous à Mirabel pour les championnats canadien qui auront lieu jusqu’au11 août 2018. Sept équipes de joueurs âgés entre 11 et 12 ans en provenance de différentes provinces du Canada seront présents. Venez voir et encourager les joueurs au Nouveau terrain de baseball à Mirabel!
La 9e édition du Demi-marathon de Mont-Tremblant se déroulera le dimanche 12 août 2018 dans les rues de Mont-Tremblant permettant tant aux mordus de la course à pied qu’aux personnes qui débutent dans ce sport de découvrir la belle région des Laurentides. Parcours avec vue splendide de 5 km, 10 km et 21,1 km ainsi qu’une course de 1 km pour les enfants. Visitez aussi l’Expo-Événement : plus de 30 exposants sur place, conférences gratuites, des jeux gonflables pour les enfants et animation toute la fin de semaine.C’est la course pour tous!
Le traditionnel Pic-Nic de la Municipalité de Saint-Hippolyte sera de retour le 11 août prochain au parc Roger-Cabana avec une programmation plus festive que jamais! Arthur l’Aventurier, Sylvain Cossette, Andrée Watters, King Melrose, Stéphanie Bédard et Michel Robichaud se produiront tour à tour sur la vaste scène aménagée près du nouveau Centre des loisirs et de la vie communautaire. En plus de proposer une attrayante programmation gratuite pour toute la famille, cette sixième édition prendra les allures d’un rendez-vous gourmand avec une présence plus imposante de camions de nourriture de rue et de kiosques alimentaires sur le site. Entrée libre.
Le Détour, c’est deux jours d’abondance culturelle soit les 10 et 11 août 2018, de visites au cœur de l’univers visuel, musical, littéraire, culinaire, performatif même, d’artistes et d’artisans locaux et moins locaux. Au programme : sculpture, peinture, contes, p’tits plats, bière artisanale et bien plus! Comme artistes invités les groupes Lendemain de Veille et Les chiens de ruelles!
Pour sa première édition, le Big Bang Fest proposera aux festivaliers une programmation rafraîchissante, éclectique et fédératrice dans divers lieux de Val-David, tant en salle qu’à l’extérieur et au Quai Val-Morin. On vous attend les 11 et 12 août 2018 à Val-David. Consultez la programmation complète.
Dernier vendredi, le 10 août 2018 à Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. Cette semaine, c’est Jérôme Couture qui sera en spectacle dès 19 h 30. En cas de pluie, le spectacle sera présenté au Centre Jean-Guy Cardinal (156, 3e Avenue, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines) à 20 h. C’est gratuit!
Des grandes voix, des hommages vibrants et du pur divertissement : c’est ce que vous réserve la 17e édition des Soirées Nostalgia! Du 7 juillet au 11 août 2018, 6 spectacles gratuits seront présentés les samedis à 20 h dans le cadre enchanteur du magnifique amphithéâtre naturel du parc de la Famille. Des rendez-vous musicaux mélodieux ou endiablés, à partager entre amis ou en famille! Samedi 11 août : Mark Kingswood à 20 h.
Jusqu’au 18 août 2018, on vous attend dès 19 h à Nominingue les samedis! Spectacles en plein air au hameau de la gare de Nominingue, mettant en vedette des artistes locaux. Apportez vos chaises et vos consommations. En cas de pluie, les spectacles auront lieu à la salle J.-Adolphe-Ardouin au 2114, chemin Tour-du-Lac, Nominingue. Samedi 11 août : Alison Gowan et Éric Pichette (musique baroque).
Spectacles musicaux de tous genres seront présentés gratuitement tous les dimanches après-midi jusqu’au 26 août 2018 sur la promenade Paul-Sauvé, derrière l’église de Saint-Eustache, aux abords de la rivière des Mille Îles. N’oubliez pas d’apporter votre chaise. En cas d’intempéries, les spectacles auront lieu au Centre d’art La petite église, 271, rue Saint-Eustache. Dimanche12 août : Hommage aux Eagles
L’intérêt et l’engouement pour l’histoire des Pays-d’en-Haut ne datent pas d’hier! Cet été encore, la ville de Sainte-Adèle vous propose un circuit guidé en carriole qui vous mènera sur les traces des grands fondateurs et personnages historiques de la région, en plus de vous faire découvrir des scènes typiques des Pays-d’en-Haut. Cette activité gratuite est offerte tous les jeudis et dimanches à 13 h, du 24 juin au 14 octobre 2018. On peut prendre part au circuit guidé gratuitement, sur réservation seulement, en composant le 450 229-2921, poste 300.
Trois circuits audioguidés vous font découvrir l’histoire du moulin Légaré, quartier historique du Vieux-Saint-Eustache, ainsi qu’un épisode tragique des rébellions des patriotes de 1837. Guidés par le meunier, marchez à travers le Vieux-Saint-Eustache et venez y rencontrer le forgeron, la boulangère, le curé et le docteur et laissez-les vous raconter l’histoire de Saint-Eustache! Les audioguides sont disponibles à la Maison de la culture et du patrimoine (Manoir Globensky) au 235, rue Saint-Eustache, Saint-Eustache. Tous les jours de 10 h à 17 h.
Le jardin Clef des Champs situé à Val-David sera ouvert jusqu’au 19 août 2018 pour la saison estivale. Plus de 150 variétés de plantes médicinales sont cultivées et récoltées au faîte de leur puissance afin d’en extraire leurs principes actifs si précieux. Depuis 1978, la Clef des Champs accomplit sa mission en tant qu’herboristerie traditionnelle, desservant le Canada avec ses produits de santé naturels. Le jardin certifié biologique est ouvert au public pendant la saison..