Winter activities can be tough if you don’t ski or snowboard. And it makes going places like Banff, Whistler, and Mont-Tremblant tricky to visit in the winter when one of the main activities is to ski. And as great as the mountains are when you do ski, you shouldn’t have to avoid these destinations because you don’t participate. I was lucky enough to visit Mont-Tremblant après ski style this past January and created a list of activities for those who don’t want to hit the slopes.
The Scandinave Spa upholds its reputation. With only four locations across Canada, if you have the opportunity to go to a Scandinave Spa it’s a must. It will be like no spa you’ve ever been to. Alternating between both hot and cold spas, and enjoying many different types of relaxation methods and saunas, you can spend hours (as they fully recommend) at the Scandinave Spa. Enjoy the pools and outdoor spaces or go for any of the regular spa treatments including massages and facials. This is not the place to go if you’re looking for a girls day at the spa as there is a no talking rule in the saunas and pools, but enjoy being disconnected and the silence, listening to the water and surroundings.
Unfortunately, this is not a family friendly place in Mont-Tremblant but a great place to go if you want to have some fun for a few hours or enjoy a show. This three-floor casino includes a restaurant and all the regular casino games you can think of. Smaller than most casinos, this casino still has all the fixings for whatever game you’re looking to play whether you like to play electronically or at a table. The best part of the casino? The gondola ride there! From the village you can take a shuttle or a gondola ride to the casino and this 10-15 minute gondola ride is a beautiful one. It was even more of a winning weekend for me since I was the big winner at the casino.
Explore The Village
Between all the restaurants, cafes, Beaver Tails, and shopping, hanging out and spending time in the village is a must! You will find your classics like Starbucks and Roots, but make sure to check out the local restaurants and shops as well. Because you also can’t go to Quebec without getting a poutine right? I also made a point of going for a drink at the Fairmont Tremblant as exploring Fairmont Hotels is something I love to do, (since no, I’m not actually staying there) as they are such beautiful hotels. Fairmont hotels usually have great events going on as well and we were lucky enough that there was a Veuve Clicquot event on, demoing their new bubbly on an outdoor patio by a fire. Needless to say, this was a great way to spend an afternoon.
Just because you don’t ski or snowboard doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get to not ride down the hills too. The snow tubing park is open every day in the winter and Thursday and Friday evenings for people of all ages. Kids can go alone or with adults and there are no reservations required. All you have to do is buy a ticket at the Tremblant Activity Centre in the village, and you can enjoy any of the eight tubing trails, some scarier than others. A cheaper option than you lift ticket and a fun way to enjoy a day on the slopes without the equipment.
How about trekking through the mountains and trails of Mont-Tremblant a different way? These dog sledding activities are fun for the whole family and a very cool experience you can’t take advantage of in many places. Don’t worry, you’re not left alone expected to know how to control the dogs through the forest, as you’re accompanied by an instructor who will teach you about the dogs and how to dogsled.
Photograph via @MontTremblant
A weekend in Mont-Tremblant is an amazing way to spend a long weekend, with plenty to do for everyone! Not to mention, flying from Porter took less than an hour and they have a great shuttle from the Mont-Tremblant airport that will take you right to your hotel if you’re not looking to do road trip.