Quebec’s Magic Mountain

Mont-Tremblant for skiing? Of course. But here are 11 other ways to keep the kids busy this winter at the Laurentian resort.

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Published on FamilyFun Canada website.

Mont-Tremblant’s history as a ski resort dates back to the American gold prospector Joseph Bondurant Ryan, who was so impressed with the area after landing a plane at the foot of the mountain and climbing to the summit in 1937, that he built North America’s largest ski village here two years later.

But long before that, Mont-Tremblant — the mythic “trembling mountain” — got its name from the Algonquin people who named it after the god of the wilderness who was thought to throw rocks down the mountainside when he was angry.

Today it’s giddy families who tremble with excitement when they pull up to this impressive four-season European-style resort in the heart of Quebec’s Laurentian mountains, located between Ottawa and Montreal. This is a place, after all, that’s been voted the best resort in eastern North America by Ski Magazine for 19 years and has also been named among the top 25 ski villages in the world by National Geographic.

Its 600 acres of skiable terrain features 96 trails on four distinct slope sides leading up to one of the tallest peaks in the Laurentians (almost 3,000 ft.) and down to an elaborate and enchanting pedestrian village with more than 75 shops, including brasseries, boutiques and bistros (a heated gondola transports you up and down the mountain in style). Nearly all the lifts merge at one meeting point at the top and, with 21 easy runs, new skiers have plenty of room to roam. An added bonus: there’s a dedicated area for newbie snowboarders aged three to six, and the kid-friendly Tam-Tam Trail is enhanced with assorted games and obstacles — as well as eight sculptures of animals that live in the Laurentian forest.

But Mont-Tremblant is also a place where families can do a whole lot more than ski. It’s a place where winter truly is a wonderland. This may be one of the coldest family vacations you’ll ever take (January temperatures can dip to -15ºC), but it’ll also be one of the coolest.

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