Val-David Things to Do
Santa Clause village that is...the Village opens during the summer season at 10:00 AM, and closes at 6:00 PM. Open in winter as well... Great family day outtiing for young children..
Take a walk where trains once ran
Petit train du Nord linear park is 200 kilometer (124 mile) hiking and biking trail during the spring/summer/fall and a cross-country skiing trail during the winter. This used to be a train line that went from Montreal to the Laurentian mountains. The train operated until 1981 and became the present useage trail in 1986. If this open space was in New Jersey, a developer would figure out a way to build condominiums on it.
You can rent bikes in Val-David or just walk village to village. If you get tired along the way (which we did), stop in one of the tiny villages and you will be able to get a bus or taxi back to wherever you started. You need to have a pass to use the trail if on a bicycle/cross-country ski or snowmobile.
2 Hotels in Val-David
Cremerie Blanche Neige Des Monts II: Non-dairy ice cream here??? Oui!
Imagine my surprise when we spotted this palce that sold ice cream made from tofu. The flavors were wonderful, I think I had black cherry and it was better than most products found around here. Probably because it was made fresh. They also served all sorts of regular dairy ice cream.
Favorite Dish: Hmmm, maybe, non-dairy ice cream!
El Vegas: Pomme frites make this place worth the...
Not much on atmosphere but I was in the mood for some french fries and spotted the frite sign while driving by. Huge portions and good frites. The other food on offer was disgusting looking fast food. I'd recommend passing on that.
Favorite Dish: Already mentioned, frites.
La Vagabonde: Organic bread & pastries, how can you go...
Located pretty much in someone's house, this bakery is a treasure. Sells all sorts of organic, artisenal breads and pastries as well as vegan spreads, tea and coffee.
Favorite Dish: Pain Integral, their fantastic whole-wheat bread accompanied by their vegan olive spread. My husband was a particular fan of the croissant-chocolatine.
Val-David What to Pack
An outdoor lover's paradise!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking and biking trails are abundant here as are canoeing and other outdoor activities. Come prepared or just buy your necessary items here. There are many sporting good stores in the area that are quite reasonable.