Québec: Morning in Mont-Tremblant

After New Year’s I packed up and headed north to one of my favourite places – Québec. The province is shamefully void of tourists this time of year. Sure, it’s cold. But what I love most about the Québecois is that rather than fighting the winter, they embrace it in all of it’s snow peaked glory.

The entire province is filled with beauty, but at this time of year the Laurentians can’t be beat. The little village of Mont-Tremblant is at the heart of it, and at just over an hour’s drive it’s a super easy day trip from Montreal. The main resort village is an adorable little place by the same builders of Blue Mountain and Whistler.

We spent the early morning wandering the little streets, popping into the shops to discover new treasures.

Coat: Moncler | Boots: Sorel | Leggings: Lululemon | Hat: Nordstrom

We were lured to this little gem by the smell of sweet smoke wafting through the streets.

If you’ve never been to Québec, there’s a whole heaven you’ve been missing out on by the name of cabanes à sucre, or sugar shacks. They’re little cabins open in the late winter and early spring brimming with everything maple. When you go, make sure to order tire d’érable. The owner will boil maple syrup until it’s piping hot, and then take the pot and pour it over snow outside. Once it cools, you’ll have the most delicious maple taffy you can imagine.

After devouring more than what was appropriate for breakfast, we kept wandering around the village for something a little more hearty.

After seeing too many adorable restaurants on Chemin Kandahar to count, we finally decided on La maison de la crêpe.

We spent way too much time deliberating over the menu, which was full of unique and locally inspired combinations. In the end, Kate kept with the morning’s theme and ordered a maple-walnut crêpe, with a mountain of whipped cream.

I got the Rustique, which was stuffed with sausage, caramelised apples, and cheddar cheese and drizzled generously with béchamel sauce. It was the most luxurious breakfast I’d had in a long time, and struck the perfect balance between sweet and savoury. If you go, make sure to try it!

Having overeaten just a tad, we postponed hiking for a bit to go ice skating. The frozen pond is right next to Saint Bérnard Chapel, with enchanting views of Tremblant.

And the best part is that there’s no charge to use the rink -even if you don’t have your own skates the rental is free for up to two hours!

Don’t be intimidated by all of the natives flying around on the ice. Even if you’re a bit wobbly, everyone is friendly and will help you out. We spent the rest of the afternoon’s sunshine twirling around until our noses were numb, warming up beside the roaring fire, and starting all over again.

Ice skating is truly one of the most magical parts of wintertime, so if you’re around make sure you don’t miss this!

You can find out more about Mont Tremblant and all of their sister resorts here.

XOXO,

 

23 Comments

  1. 17/07/2017 / 14:45

    I would sooooooooooooooo so love to go here! Miss all the snow and Canada

    • 17/07/2017 / 15:00

      I miss it too. I love the Laurentians and Mont Tremblant, and although I enjoy the summer I also can’t wait to get back skiing!

  2. 19/07/2017 / 20:29

    So pretty! I am going to visit Montreal next month 🙂

    • 19/07/2017 / 20:51

      Nice! You’re going to love it 🙂 I’ve got tons more content from Montreal that you might want to check out.

  3. Anisa
    19/07/2017 / 22:34

    I have not been to Quebec yet. I was thinking of going during the summer, but it does really look pretty with all the snow. I want to try that maple taffy!

    • 19/07/2017 / 22:36

      I might be crazy, but I actually prefer Québec in all of it’s winter glory. It’s cold, but there’s something so magical about the snow capped trees and twinkling icicles. And yes, Maple Taffy is so good, you’ll love it!

  4. 20/07/2017 / 01:01

    I’ve never been, and this makes me want to! You’d find me at the sugar shacks for sure 🙂

    • 20/07/2017 / 13:33

      Sugar shacks are probably the thing I look forward to most all year!

  5. 20/07/2017 / 02:26

    awww it looks like a really cute place. You got me by the food description and images.

    • 20/07/2017 / 13:30

      Thanks Kareemah, isn’t Mont Tremblant the most adorable little resort?

  6. 20/07/2017 / 19:56

    Looking at all these pictures makes me want to go skiing and ice skating! I love the snow!

  7. caitlin
    20/07/2017 / 21:36

    This post just got me in the feels! I miss my trip to Quebec sooo much! I went during the summer so I’m hoping to revisit soon during the winter <3

    • 20/07/2017 / 23:12

      Same here Caitlyn! I seriously cannot wait to go back again this winter.

  8. 20/07/2017 / 23:10

    I have never really looked in to visiting Quebec, but wow what a winter wonderland! It looks so amazing from the snow covered church to all the icicles hanging off the buildings!

    • 20/07/2017 / 23:17

      You should totally consider it Tasha! I think Québec is the prettiest in the winter with all of the snow 🙂 I’ve got another post here that you might be interested in if you do decide to go.

  9. Amy Krigsman
    21/07/2017 / 01:15

    Quebec looks so charming! Canada is actually really high on my list right now.

    • 21/07/2017 / 01:51

      It’s a great country to explore, and I’m lucky to live so close!

  10. Katie
    21/07/2017 / 06:42

    This is just picture perfect! The whole town is so cute and I love the fact that the ice skating is free, very Canadian!

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:29

      I’m pretty sure ice skating is considered a basic human right in Canada 😉

  11. 21/07/2017 / 22:55

    I’m ashamed to say that I’m Canadian and still haven’t been to Quebec. This definitely makes me want to check out Mont-Tremblant!! Although I think I’d want to actually visit during Christmas to see the city light up 🙂

  12. 22/07/2017 / 22:08

    What a picture perfect Canadian winter scene! I’ve been to Quebec a number of times, but never in the winter. My father is from there and he said during the winter month, you have to try the tourtiere, it is to die for. 🙂 Lovely photos!

    • 22/07/2017 / 22:17

      I’ve never had it! I’ll have to try it the next time I’m there. Québecois cuisine is the best – although I’d gain quite a bit of weight if that’s all I ate 😉

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