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Laurentides

The Laurentides region is ideal for outdoor activities and adventure with its national and regional parks, vast protected areas and wide‑open spaces boasting over 9,000 lakes and rivers. Its lively villages and welcoming people make it a year-round tourist destination. The Laurentides―life up close!

Location and access

Bordering Montréal and Laval, the region is served by Highway 15 (Autoroute des Laurentides) and Route 117. Mont-Tremblant lies 130 km north of Montréal.

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Downhill skiing and snowboarding

The Laurentides region is known for its expansive forests, mountainous terrain, thriving villages and large concentration of ski resorts, with 12 stations.Take advantage of the variety of affordable all-inclusive packages that include meals, lessons, and ski and sliding passes.

The Laurentides region is also famous for its excellent accommodation services, unmatched après‑ski activities and legendary fine dining. Here, winter is the season for festivals, cultural activities, Nordic spa days, nightlife and a plethora of outdoors activities.

In 1932, the first mechanical ski tow in North America was inaugurated in the Laurentides region. Champion ski jumper Alex Foster mechanized a cable using a truck motor. In 1934, the Americans copied his invention and opened their first lift.

Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park

The P’tit Train du Nord linear park, a trail of more than 232 km (144 mi.) running along a former rail line between Bois-des-Fillion and Mont-Laurier, is Canada’s longest linear park and features year-round activities. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, biking or inline skating… depending on the trail section and the season! Along the way, visit our lively towns and villages, and discover heritage train stations, an array of restaurants and a multitude of unique cultural activities, art galleries and shops.

Le P’tit Train du Nord is the longest linear park in Canada!

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant

The Laurentians are untamed beauty—a country of lakes, mountains and rivers where the wildlife roams free. This description is also perfectly suited to Parc national du Mont‑Tremblant, the largest protected area in Québec.

Dive into the depths of nature of the Laurentian Mountains. The park offers a varied discovery and activity program, and a wide array of authentic experiences: the Via Ferrata du Diable, hiking, canoeing, swimming, canoe camping, fishing, cycling, and backpacking with huts for sleeping. Indulge in a forest walk in the park’s maple groves, or leisurely paddle down the Rivière du Diable—an oasis of tranquility and enchanting beauty.

Also, be sure to take advantage of the plentiful accommodations: the park has more than 1,000 campsites, as well as huts, cabins and ready‑to‑camp Huttopia tents.

With its six long rivers, and 400 lakes and streams, the Parc national du Mont‑Tremblant is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts!

The Route des Belles-Histoires and the Chemin du Terroir

The Laurentides tourist region has two tourist routes: le Chemin du Terroir, a 226‑km (140-mi.) agritourism circuit, and the brand-new Route des Belles-Histoires (beautiful stories route), a historically-themed tour covering more than 280 km (173 mi.).

From Saint‑Jérôme to Mont‑Laurier, following route 117 and the Le P’tit Train du Nord linear park, this circuit, developed just recently, leads you along the roads used by the region’s early settlers.

The father of settlement of the “Pays d’en haut,” clergyman Antoine Labelle, devoted himself to the development of the region northwest of Montréal. He later became deputy minister of agriculture and colonization. He was also involved in the construction of the Le P’tit Train du Nord railroad.