Laurentians

Laurentians : Dream destination

Yves Lafontaine
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The Laurentians offer a surprising variety of recreational acti-vities. One could argue that the region is Montreal’s backyard with its mountains, lakes and forest so close to the city. 

The region is definitively well equipped for tourism. People who love frolicking in the water will enjoy the regions 2 water parks and 15 public beaches. The beach in Oka even has a sector reserved for nudists, which is well liked by gay customers. The sporty types will also be satisfied. Mont-Tremblant National Park, the largest in Quebec with its 940 square miles, welcomes those who love hiking, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. The most adventurous will find their kicks with Eau Vive, an extreme rafting activity where you can go down the Rivière Rouge rapids. Bicycle touring remains the best way to see the countryside. Cyclist will want to follow the 125 miles long P’tit train du Nord bike trail, which is build upon an ancient railway from the early 20th century.

This trail, the longest of its kind in Canada, allows people to discover the natural beauty of the Laurentians and is equipped with many service stops, some being ancient train stations. In the Laurentians, there are also a number of theme parks that are sure to attract animal lovers. In charming St-Eustache, The Exotarium showcases a menagerie of cold-blooded animals such as reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. Also in St-Eustache, the Nid’Otruche is an ostrich farm and a discovery center where visitors can learn all about ostriches, including how tasty they are; indeed, meals featuring ostrich meat are offered there! In Saint-Placide, it’s parrots who steal the show ate the Perroquets en Folie avian park.

And for those who love alpacas, the lovable camelids from South America who produce quality soft wool, there’s not one, but two theme parks devoted to them, one in St-Joseph-du-Lac, another in Brownsburg-Chatham. Culture wise, the Laurentians have some cultural events worth seeing. The Tremblant International Blues Festival is the place to see blues artists from around the world. The Festival des arts de St-Sauveur presents music, dance and ballet shows. 

s plus sécuritaires. Afin de minimiser les soucis liés à l’organisation d’une activité en rivière, Eau Vive vous propose une variété de huit différentes expériences toutes plus dynamiques les unes que les autres. Ces forfaits de prix et de durée variables vous permettent de choisir un séjour à la hauteur de vos attentes. Il ne vous reste qu’à vous déplacer vers le site et Eau Vive s’occupe du reste – veste de sauvetage, combinaison étanche, repas, etc. Des forfaits familiaux sont également disponibles pour des randonnées de nature moins extrême. Fondée en 1981, Eau Vive a redéfini le sport de descente sur la Rivière Rouge. Faisant partie des compagnies fondatrices du rafting au Québec, Eau Vive explorait la Rivière Rouge bien avant l’exploitation commerciale de celle-ci au début des années 80. C’est dans une atmosphère décontractée et professionnelle qu’Eau Vive vous propose une descente des rapides qui saura vous garder en haleine. 

 

From July 4 to 13, 2014

Festival international du blues de Tremblant 

Mont-Tremblant T. 819-681-3000 / 1-888-289-8888 
www.tremblantblues.com 

Renowned as a major event in Quebec, the Tremblant International Blues Festival offers more than 140 musical performances, many of international caliber. The undeniable appeal of the performances is enhanced by the beauty of the environment in which they take place, right in the heart of Tremblant’s pedestrian village, surrounded by lakes and mountains. Tremblant’s famed ambiance is enlivened even further by the warm, rhythmic music that will delight professionals, amateurs and neophytes alike.. 

 

From July 11 to August 10, 2014

1001 Pots 

Val-David T. 819-322-6868 www.1001pots.com 

Art meets nature in Val-David in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains. 78 ceramic artists invite visitors to this popular annual event. Admire an outpouring of creativity in an exquisite country setting. 

From July 31 to August 9, 2014

Festival des arts de St-Sauveur 

St-Sauveur T. 450-227-0427 www.fass.ca 

The summer event for fans of dance, music and nature. In the picturesque village of Saint-Sauveur, this festival presents the biggest names in dance and music from the international stage. 

From July 26 to August 3, 2014

La route des arts 

Plusieurs lieux dans les basses Laurentides. / Many locations in the Lower Laurentians 
T. 450 562-3298 
routedesarts.ca 

Embark on a voyage of artistic discovery and meet many jury-selected artists in their studio environments during the annual Route des Arts (arts route) studio tour. Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore new and exciting forms of artistic expression, while touring the beautiful Argenteuil area located in the Lower Laurentians. 



Attractions
 

Parc national d'Oka 

2020, ch. Oka, Oka 
Québec, Canada, J0N 1E0 
450 479-8365 
1 800 665-6527 (Canada, USA) 
www.sepaq.com/pq/oka 

Park of recreation with a surface of 23.7 km². Enjoy the wide, sandy beach of Oka at less than 50 km from Montréal. Discover the richness of Grande Baie marsh and its heron population. Relive a chapter of christianity in the ancient calvary on the hill. 



Le P’tit train du Nord 

T. 450-224-7007, 1 800 561-NORD www.laurentides.com 
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/qc/forillon.aspx 

Recreational/tourist corridor built on a former rail bed, between Saint-Jérôme and Mont-Laurier. The 200-km (120-mi.) long linear park crosses the magnificent Laurentides region in a north-to-south direction. Summer activities include cycling and hiking between Saint-Jérôme and Val-David (40 km / 25 mi. 



La Vagabonde 

600, rue Dubois, Saint-Eusta-che Québec, Canada, J7P 5L2 T. 450 491-4444 
www.basseslaurentides.com 

Whether you're alone or with family or friends, you'll enjoy discovering the Lower Laurentians by way of the La Vagabonde bike path, a route that zigzags through the residential and rural parts of numerous towns. Take a break for a picnic or to participate in one of the many activities offered along the way. 




Lodgings
 

Auberge du Vieux Foyer 

3167, 1er Rang de Doncaster, Val-David Québec, J0T 2N0 
T. 819 322-2686 
1 800 567-8327 (CAN) 
aubergeduvieuxfoyer.com 

L'Auberge du Vieux Foyer à Val-David est reconnue pour la qualité de son accueil et la finesse de sa cuisine. À moins d'une heure de Montréal, un oasis champêtre de confort et de douceur vous attend. L'Auberge vous offre une gamme d'hébergement avec ou sans bain thérapeutique ou foyer, ou encore votre propre chalet tout équipé. Que vous veniez en groupes, en familles ou en amoureux, l'Auberge saura combler vos désirs. Roulez avec un des vélos à partir de l'Auberge et rejoignez le P'tit train du Nord. Profitez du spa, du sauna et de la piscine extérieure. Choyez-vous avec un soin de santé énergisant ou tout simplement sirotez un cocktail sur la terrasse ou au bar. À moins de 2 km, le village de Val-David vous fera découvrir toute une gamme d'activités culturelles et de plein air avec le Parc Dufresne.. 

The Auberge du Vieux Foyer in Val-David is known for its gourmet cuisine and the warmth of its hospitality. A comfortable country oasis is waiting for you less than an hour away from Montréal. The Auberge has a wide array of accommodations with or without therapeutic bathtubs or fireplaces, as well as fully equipped cottages. Whether you come with a group, your family or that special someone, the Auberge will meet your every need. Ride your bike from the inn to the P'tit train du Nord bicycle path. Take time to enjoy the spa, the sauna and the outdoor pool. Treat yourself to an energizing health treatment or a cocktail that you can sip on the terrace or at the bar. Less than 2 km (1.2 mi) away, the village of Val-David offers a wide array of cultural and outdoor activities with Parc Dufresne. 

Auberge Île-de-France 

2188, ch. du Tour-du-Lac, 
Nominingue 
Québec, Canada, J0W 1R0 
819 278-0364 

Charming inn located in the Hautes-Laurentides region. Features seven theme rooms with private bathrooms, flatscreen TV, phone, free Internet and more. Warm French-style hospitality. Quality breakfast included. Close to the linear park and other activities. Bienvenue Cyclistes! certified. 


Auberge Lac du Pin Rouge 

81, chemin Lac du Pin Rouge, Saint-Hippolyte Québec 
J8A 3J3 
T. 450 563-2790 
1 800 427-0840 (Canada) aubergelacdupinrouge.com 


In the middle of the Laurentians, at the edge of the woods,?you’ll find this charming inn surrounded by a nice quiet lake, lush flora, and mountains.?A place to relax and enjoy the fine french cuisine. 

Auberge Le Papillon Sauvage 

100, boul. de Ste-Adèle, Sainte-Adèle 
Québec, Canada, J8B 1A8 
T. 450 229-3404 www.lepapillonsauvage.com 

Neighbouring two popular nordic spas in Sainte-Adèle, this inn is a peaceful and romantic haven located just five minutes away from Saint-Sauveur. Charming dining room and terrace overlooking the Rivière à Simon. Outdoor pool and spa. Nearby: bicycle path, summer theatre, golf, skiing and more. 


Auberge les 3G 

2605, rue de la Rivière, Ste-Adèle, Québec J8B 1C4 
T. 450-229-2935 450-569-7040 www.aubergeles3g.com 

The Auberge les 3G offers a warm welcome with a style and character of another era. This ancestral home was built in 1844 and features hard wood floors and panelled ceilings. In the dining room you will find an antique wood stove where we will prepare your cooked breakfast. The bedrooms on the first floor will take you back to bygone days with their traditional decorations and antique furnishings. In winter, you can warm yourself by the fire and in summer you can take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. A charming location by the North River with all its natural beauty. 



Le Chantecler 

1474, ch. du Chantecler, Sainte-Adèle Québec, J8B 1A2 
450 229-3555 
1 888 916-1616 (CAN, USA) 
www.lechantecler.com 

Hôtel Le Chantecler is located mountainside at the edge of a beautiful lake. Come and enjoy the life of a castle in the countryside only 45 minutes north of Montréal in the heart of the Laurentians. Hôtel Le Chantecler is an inviting hotel with excellent cuisine at restaurant Tre Monti and also many activities available throughout the year : a fully equipped sports club with indoor pool, health centre, horseback riding and sleigh rides, private beach with nautical equipment, 6 lighted tennis courts, golf; 24 alpine ski trails. Close to bicycle trails, water slides, cross country and snowmobile trails and many more ! Hôtel Le Chantecler, is also a renowned convention centre with 16 conference rooms and a complete coordinating team. 


Estérel 

39, boul. Fridolin-Simard, 
Estérel, Québec, J0T 1E0 
T. 450 228-2571 
1 888 378-3735 (CAN, ÉU) 
www.esterel.com 

Brand-new hotel establishment bordered by two lakes and miles of forest. Suites with fireplace and kitchenette. Chic and elegant dining room with view of the lake. Take advantage of the Nordic spa and Amerispa health centre, and experience the ultimate in relaxation. This chic, elegant dining room invites you to discover the chef's culinary delights. Enjoy an unparalleled adventure in an inviting atmosphere with superb natural lighting thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. The bistro wine bar is the perfect place to tour the world of wine. 

Manoir des pins 

1595, ch. de Ste-Lucie 
Sainte-Lucie-Des-Laurentides 
J0T 2J0 
T. 1 800 511-4324 
www.manoirdespins.ca 

In this captivating environment, a combination of comfortable chalets and utter tranquility awaits you. 
To provide you with the greatest intimacy, each chalet is situated on its own land with some private green space, most of then is lakeside or with lake view with bay window, fieldstone fireplace, therapeutic whirlpool bath and fully equipped kitchen. As for the rest, Mother Nature will make sure that your holiday getaway is as delightful as it is invigorating! Just get outdoors and see!. 

Le septentrion 

901, chemin Saint-Adolphe, Morin-Heights. T. 450-226-2665. www.leseptentrion.qc.ca 

Rendez-vous dans cette luxueuse maison à la décoration impeccable, où le romantisme et le rêve se trouvent à bon prix. Site privé et tranquille. Salles de bain privées, chambres spacieuses et petit déjeuner complet. Clientèle gaie. 

King’s life, luxury and comfort are what you can expect from this splendid luxurious house with impeccable decor at a good price. An incredible place for romance. Private bathrooms, large rooms, hefty breakfast. Gay clientele. 


Activities 

Eau Vive rafting & paintball 

1199, chemin Rivière Rouge, Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec, Canada 
T. 819 242-6084 1 800 567-6881 (Canada, USA) www.eauviverafting.ca 

Eau Vive Adventures has guided over 150,000 white water enthusiasts down the Rouge River in Quebec since its opening in 1981. Over the years, Eau Vive has built an outstanding team to welcome and guide you through your whitewater rafting adventure and experience the great outdoors. Eau Vive offers a variety of adventure packages ranging from our popular weekend getaways to our day trips which can all be catered to family or friends. Conveniently located right between Montreal and Ottawa, getting away has never been so easy. 


Paintball Fort Ouest 

77, ch. de la Montagne, 
Arundel 
Québec, Canada, J0T 1A0 
T. 819 687-9721 
1 877 999-FORT (Qc) 
www.fortouest.com 

Just 10 minutes from Mont-Tremblant, Fort Ouest's 15 playing fields are suited to players of all levels. Village with three-story buildings, steep mountain, flat plane and enchanted forest. At Fort Ouest, the games are safe, supervised and fun for all. 

Spa 

Ofuro Spa 

777, chemin de Saint-Adolphe, Morin-Heights, Québec, 
J0R 1H0 
T. 450 226-2442 1 877 884-2442 (Canada, USA) www.spaofuro.com 

The most Zen of spas. Live the Japanese experience! An oasis in the heart of nature, where two waterfalls meet. 10 acres of peace and tranquility. Pagodas built on the bedrock blend in with the natural, sylvan beauty of the site, allowing you to truly commune with nature.