Winter and summer alike, this vacation paradise full of mountains and lakes draws visitors in droves seeking fresh air and wide-open spaces. The Laurentides region is renowned for its ski hills, vast network of cross-country ski trails and top-notch golf courses. Local specialties and wellness centres are in no short supply, while the many fine dining establishments will please even the most discerning palate. Come fall, the forests blaze into colour as foodies flock eagerly to the region’s orchards and vineyards.
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.
North America’s first ski lift was built at Shawbridge (now Prévost) in the early 1930s. In the winter of 1938–39, popular “snow trains” transported over 100,000 Montréal skiers to the Laurentian Mountains!