Le Diable Golf Course
Do you love golf more than anything? Imagine playing on the best course there is. 18-holes, 7,056-yards, with impeccable greens and all the prep time you need to line-up each shot, thanks to 12-minute start time intervals. Le Diable. It’s a rolling, Arizona-style, Par 71 course, with generous red sand traps and long straight fairways that demand power and precision.
Architects: Michael Hurzdan et Dana Fry
Visit Montreal and its attractions
Montreal being only 2 hour (100 kms) drive south of Mont-Tremblant, we devoted 1 day to it. The whole idea was to drive through the city's main highways and to get a feel of the city. However, one location really beaconed us to itself.
At Mount Royal, we were rewarded with almost birds eye view of the city (see the pictures). We walked to the summit of Mount Royal. The lookout spot is located within Mount Royal Park. This park was landscaped by the world famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmstead. He also designed Central Park in Manhattan, New York.
From this lookout, we had a view of the Olympic Stadium. This was built for Montreal Olympics of 1976. We heard that this landmark was quite controversial at the time of its construction, but now the residents should be feeling proud of it. Since we were curious, we drove to the stadium, walked around it and took some pictures.
The other top attraction in Montreal that we were able to visit is Old Montreal. This used to be a fortified city and we thought it still was with all those roads forming its walls. We visited it on a very busy and crowded holiday. The sector looked very European to us. Cobblestone streets, street performers (we enjoyed receiving hugs from one street artist marketing his 'Free Hugs' to everybody) roadside cafe culture, historic architecture made us feel in an entirely different continent.
All in one SPA experience
The Spa Scandinave is an incredible experience. All the luxuries of a full spa in one spot. You can enjoy warm thermal pools, waterfalls, Finnish saunas, Norwegian steam baths, nordic pools, the river, or a cold outdoor shower. Many rooms to lounge in and enjoy a good read. Hammocks and a cozy outdoor fireplace. You can include in your visit a massage. I enjoyed a wonderful one hour full body Swedish massage.
Travelled with 33 family members to Mont Tremblant on July 2-3, 2006. Arrived late afternoon on Sunday and briefly settled into our hotel suites.
After, we all met up in the hotel lobby and walked a few steps to the village with all the shops and restaurants. It was pouring rain but that was okay since most of us had umbrellas.
Walked up a sloped path and most of the adults decided to go to dinner while all the kids stayed behind to partake in the Luge. Purchased tickets for two groups of eight since there was a discounted group rate. Rode up the ski-lift with Lucas and at the top we got into our luges with a quick lesson from the luge guy. Lift your handlebar if you want to brake. Got beat by my crazy cousin who must not have used his brakes at all.
After the kids finished round two of the luge, we decided to go to dinner at Caseys. Casey's was busy that night and there were too many of us so we all got separated into small groups and were seated throughout the bar. Sat at the counter with Johnathan, Hugo, Shirley, & Kevin.
After dinner, some of us walked around the village and then went back to our hotel. All the adults gathered in one room and played mahjong and poker while the kids - Dennis, Connie, Herman, Stephen, Pam, Johnathan, Shirley, Lucas, Hugo, Kevin, Desmond, Emily, & I hung out in the boys room and played BIG 2. Played until 2 am and then everyone went back to their own rooms for some much needed SLEEP!
In the morning, my mom & I met up with the rest of the Aunts, Uncles, & Grandparents, & Pam for a walk around Mont Tremblant. After the walk, we went back to the hotel to gather everyone for a huge group shot. Managed to get everyone except a couple. After the photo, we all lined up for the gondola ride up the mountain. Great views from the top. Walked to the lookout which had even better views and everyone took a lot of pics. After, we rode the gondola back down for our ride out of Mont Tremblant.
The Best in the East
"Where the east meets the west"
The Laurentides were not colonized until late during the 19th century, when Father Antoine Labelle decided to populate the North with French Canadians in reaction to the threat of protestant expansion. He chose the sites based on the richness and fertility of the soil, on access to water ways and on the layout of the railway line he planned to build. These brave settlers faced a difficult beginning, initially fighting poverty and surviving on meagre crops, but eventually thrived and benefited from the Father's generosity and vision.
He sensed that one day tourism would be an important resource for the region, and worked arduously for the inauguration of the Montreal-Saint-Jerome railway line in 1879. This was an important contribution to the development of the region and eventual growth of tourism. In December 1892, the whistle of the locomotive was heard for the first time by the residents of Saint-Jovite, putting an end to the isolation.
In 1938, Joseph Bondurant Ryan, a young wealthy American from Philadelphia who had come to the North to do come gold prospecting, he was taken by the beauty of the majestic "mountain of the spirits". He had climbed to the summit, and upon seeing the breath-taking view of the snow-covered landscape, Jo Ryan vowed to transform the wilderness at the foot of the mountain into a world-class alpine village. Just on year later, in February 1939, his dream was realised, when the Mont-Tremblant Lodge, with its architecture reminiscent of Old Quebec, opened.
In 1991, as the alpine village teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, the biggest promoter of alpine resorts announced that it would buy the Mont-Tremblant Lodge and promised to pursue Jo Ryan's dream...to make Mont-Tremblant one of the best leisure destinations in the world.
Ten years later, the Mont-Tremblant Lodge has been transformed at a cost of $850 million into the magnificent pedestrian village of Tremblant. And in the next ten years, Intrawest has plans to build two more alpine villages on the North side and on the versant Soleil of the mountain.
The Evolution Continues...
Despite the evolution, the pioneers of our region have been and continue to be mindful of the precious environmental balance, for it is the beauty and the purity of this incredible land that seduced Jo Ryan, the French settlers and the Amerindians before them, and that continue even today to enchant all those who come to ski, to hike, to fish and to golf, or who simply come to rest outside of the metropolis.
"Facts about Mont-Tremblant"
The resort is much like a kingdom, resembling a small European village but with a large cities amenities.This is a cosmopolitan oasis in the middle of a beautiful natural setting. Superb restaurants, quiet bistros, lively bars and fascinating boutiques are all within a short walk of the world class accommodations. While the resort has a heavy French favour it is truly international. English is spoken everywhere, and assistance is available in many languages. It's important to make the distinction between Mont Tremblant Resort (on the mountains south side) and the nearby older village of Mont Tremblant.
The primary area, the Versant Sud, has a vertical of 649m (2131FT) with 39 trails and 7 lifts including the Gondola. The trails range from the easy 6km (3.75 Mile) Nansen to some wild double diamond steeps at the top of the mountain. The Versant Nord at 315m (1034FT) has a mix of slopes and glades ranging from some gentle runs all the way up to the fierce dips and drops of the Expo. Four lifts, including four high speed quads service the area. There are extensive glades in the newest area, the Versant Soleil 581m (1905Ft) with several expert runs and an excellent intermediate combination running top to bottom, linking the Franc Sud, the Toboggan, and the Tapcul. These trails are serviced by a high-speed quad.
Tremblant was voted "Best Ski Resort" by Ski Magazine readers seven times in the last eight years. When you consider everything we have to offer, it's easy to see why. Tremblant's renowned pedestrian village is a walk-through marvel. Leave your car behind: Everything you need is a step away.