Are you planning your annual family vacation yet? Every spring I make plans and look for vacations that are easy, fun and fit a wide range of tastes for everyone in our family. The destination of Laurentides, (Tremblant), Quebec fits all my family fun requirements.
Located in Quebec, close to Ottawa is the resort area of Tremblant in the Laurentides. Most people think of Tremblant for skiing but I think the best deals for a getaway can be found here in the Spring and Summer.
There are a lot of accommodations to choose from and many active pursuits to explore. What I love about this area is that you can bike through the rails to trails and then soak away at a nearby spa. Quebec is actually listed in National Geographic's best places to cycle - world wide.
It is rustic but comfortable. Fun but peaceful and quiet.. all the elements you need for a great getaway.
There are so many hotel choices and packages to consider that travel agencies which understand Quebec best and will be most helpful for planning your vacations to places like remote Charlevoix.
Years ago my husband and I took in Quebec City and then headed further east to the beautiful scenery of Charlevoix. It was so quaint. Biking here is also a great option as you ride through the winding open roads and stop to see art galleries and small cafes. I was totally blown away by the scenery here.
Tips for an active trip to Quebec:
- Bring good shoes and socks. Be prepared to walk and bike for hours. The weather changes frequently and without a lot of notice so make sure you have warm clothes as well as lighter summer options for May through to the Summer.
- Get recommendations from your travel agency as to where the best deals are to rent bikes in order to save money and time. Some accommodations might have bikes on site at no additional cost.
- Bring a french/english dictionary (or smart phone application). The further away you are from the main tourist areas the less likely people are to speak english. Be prepared by knowing key french phrases to help make your communication more enjoyable. The locals will appreciate that you are trying to speak french.
Active trips with your family are a great way to keep everyone happy and sleeping well each night. It will make your rest time even more luxurious. Start planning your trip today!
Photo credit: Government of Quebec (Bonjour Quebec)