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.
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.