Are We There Yet? – A Jaunt To Mont-Tremblant

The Caribbean is nice, but sometime you need a quick weekend away.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

While a week-long (or more) getaway to a Caribbean island or some other sun-drenched beach is fantastic, sometimes all you need is a quick weekend away, which is what I did this past weekend. Me and two of my closest girlfriends left babies and puppies with husbands and headed to The Laurentian Mountains for a little R&R and hen cackling. And cackle we did!

We headed to the popular ski town of Mont-Tremblant, where a colourful almost-Disney-like city is packed with restaurants, bars, stores, and hotels, and there's a gondola running through it all. While these several city blocks are always bustling with excitement (there are buskers, face painters, live musicians, outdoor patios to eat and drink on, etc.), the surrounding mountain landscape also boasts fantastic trails, lakes and streams for kayaks, canoes, swimming, and fishing, and a number of adrenaline-rush activities like a road luge track built into the mountainside. We hit up one of the many spas in the area – Spa Scandinave, a veritable oasis where their various pools and facilities are designed around a Scandinavian spa ideology: alternate between hot and cold. We started in one of several hot tubs, held our breath and jumped into their freezing cold pool with a waterfall, went back to hot with a eucalyptus sauna or steam shower, then we'd trek down to the river and make our way slowly off of the deck and into the chilly swiftly-moving water.  We lounged in hammocks and Adirondack chairs perched in front of a wood-burning stove. We left there feeling refreshed and invigorated. It's a fantastic spot.

And during our trip we stayed at the amazing Fairmont Tremblant. I've always been a fan of the Fairmont chain – their hotels are always beautiful, the amenities are top-notch, their staff is super-friendly, and the Tremblant hotel was no exception. We had a sprawling suite decked out with fruit baskets and chocolate-covered strawberries, a fantastic bathroom stocked with toiletries, and every morning we indulged in their buffet breakfast, which had everything you could possibly crave in the morning including a chef at an omelette station. I took advantage of both the indoor and outdoor pools too (and I love wearing my terrycloth robe and slippers around the hotel – makes me feel spoiled). I can't wait to go back.

Mont-Tremblant has really got it all – it's a family-friendly destination but it can also be a lively place to sneak off to with a group of friends. There's activities for the outdoor enthusiast, those seeking some pampering, ultimate shoppers, foodie and wine aficionados, and so much more. If you can't afford to take a week-long vacay, or simply don't have the time, sometimes a weekend jaunt is all you need to get recharged.


Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at