By Amy Suski
Tremblant is best known as a great Canadian ski resort, but it has SO much to offer in the summer too. Once the ice and snow have gone, the street cafes open up, mountain wildflowers begin to bloom, and outdoor festivals abound. My favorite things about a summertime Tremblant trip:
Luge, Karting, and Dune Buggies: The first thing our kids wanted to do was the Luge. This is a quick but fun activity that takes you up the base of the mountain on a ski lift where you disembark, get a quick lesson on how to control the luge, and then steer your way down a winding mountain track. [Tip: There is a circular practice run at the bottom that kids are free to try without cost.] For gas-powered driving, kids 12 years and older can go to a driving school on a nearby kart track. If you don't mind a bumpy ride, the whole family can enjoy guided tours in 2 or 4 seat dune buggies up and down the mountain and through the forest.
Rock Climbing: The big rock wall at the base of the mountain is a challenge all kids will want to master. Below are two of our nimble spiders just about to ring the bell at the top. Littler climbers can also get in on the action with a free climb on a smaller rock wall with mom or dad as a spotter instead of a harness. Adventurers as young as 5 can also learn to climb a natural cliff face and climbers 8 and up can join a guided rock climbing excursion in the Mont Tremblant National Park.
Mountain Hikes: Hiking opportunities abound throughout the resort and in the nearby National Park. But if your little ones are only up for a short trip, just a 5 minute walk up the mountain will bring you to a picturesque spot with a waterfall.
Boating Fun: There are many different ways to enjoy the lakes and rivers in the region. The easiest way is to take a cruise aboard Le Grand Manitou on Lake Tremblant, during which you'll hear stories about the history of Mont-Tremblant. Families can also rent various pontoon and motor boats, go tubing, or try other watersports on the lake. If you want to put some muscle into it (like we did), families can kayak down a gentle 12 km section of the Rouge River which took us about 3 hours, including a picnic stop. For faster water, there are guided kayak and rafting trips down the rapids of the Diable River.
Gondola Ride to the Summit: if the weather is clear a gondola trip to the summit is a must. We recommend timing your trip with the Birds of Prey show and making the short climb to the 360 Observation Tower. From the observation tower you'll get an unforgettable view of the lake and miles of forests in every direction (see below).
Believe it or not there are even more activities including indoor Aqua Club, falconry, helicopter tours, airplane tours, tennis, and fly-fishing. But we couldn't do it all. On our bucket list for next time: (1) whitewater rafting, (2) Ziptrek, (3) horseback riding through the forest, and last but not least, (4) mommy will definitely be needing a spa treatment. But as many things as there are to do, its important to just sit back and enjoy the jaw-dropping beauty of the place. The lakes, rivers, and mountains in the region are too beautiful to remain in the background. Finding a moment of Zen from the mountain top, within the warmth of a scandanavian bath, or in the middle of a warm chocolate croissant should be every busy parent's goal. For those pleasures alone I will be back.
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The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own and do not reflect those of Tremblant. We did not receive any compensation or special deals on lodging for this trip; however, each member of our family did receive a free activity card. All copyrights reserved to Kid Trips.
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