Winter in the Laurentians
  The Laurentians is a renown winter and summer outdoor destination. Located just to the north of Montreal this beautiful region offers a wide diversity of activities, a full range of accommodations and some of the worlds best resorts, restaurants and bars. The quaint villages nestled in the mountain valleys, provides for great apres-ski (Map of Laurentians Region). Mont Tremblant is considered the premier snow board and ski resort in eastern North America. The resort along with Saint-Sauveur, Sainte-Adele and Sainte-Agathe all boast five star restaurants and great nightlife to go along with the phenomenal skiing. International travelers will also be familiar with the resorts found in L'Esterelle, Val David and Val Morin.
The major highway through the Laurentians is the 15 which cuts right through the heart of the area. Above Ste-Agathe the highway turns into the 117 which continues into the north passed Mont Laurier. Most of the regions, towns, villages and resorts are just off these highways.

The Laurentians are blessed with unspoiled natural areas. A favorite, Parc du Mont Tremblant, protects a large area of the beautiful Laurentians mountains and provides for a wealth of outdoor activities. Other opportunities exist in the Nature Reserves, ZECs, Regional Parks, Forests and Lakes  along with the regions Rivers.

Don't miss a trip to Mont Tremblant Provincial Park. This beautiful area is open year round and has a wealth of activities including front country and backcountry camping, white water canoeing, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking. In the winter the park is well know for its cross country skiing, with several cabins or huts which allow for extended backcountry trips. There is also winter camping and snow shoeing in the park.

Sea Kayking in Oka Provincial Park in the lower Laurentians
The Laurentians area has phenomenal leaf viewing in the fall. Each year the many of the ski hills puts on a fall festival, with the areas colours begging you to catch a ride on the ski lifts to the top of the mountains. Check our events page for the dates and to learn more about other events and festivals in the area.
Dozen's of factory outlets and boutiques
await you in Mont Saint Sauveur
  Try your hand at ice climbing in the winter or pick up some cross country skis and disappear into the woods for a while. Snowshoeing is another great way to enjoy nature in the Laurentians and is very easy to learn.

If none of these winter activities appeals to you, why not try something completely different and go for an exhilarating dogsled ride.

Mont Tremnblant Resort has great mountain biking and hiking in the summer or you can book a rafting trip on the nearby Rouge River. Of course you can take advantage of the bike paths and the nearby P'tit Train du Nord if you want something a little tamer. Golfers are well served by the world class courses at the resort, and throughout the region. You'll find a number of world class courses to challenge your best. If your looking for a more relaxing approach to your vacation, have a look at the beachs, health clubs and spas.

The Laurentians are serviced by a number of outdoor companies providing guiding, instruction and outfitting. The area has several  clubs  and associations which are active in the outdoors as well as several outdoor centers. If you need to pick up some gear or you're looking for more information on what the area has to offer drop by one the regions outdoor retailers.

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Visiting from outside Quebec: Quebecer's have a unique place in Canada as one of the founding peoples. The interaction of the two cultures, while not always seamless, has contributed to a rich diversity and unique style found no where else in North America. Quebec's natural heritage, is only now being fully appreciate by the rest of the world. The Charlevoix, a world heritage site, the Gaspesie with the spectacular Chic Chocs, the Torngates of the North are just a few of the natural wonders of the province.
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