We love discovering back road routes to famous Canadian destinations. We found a good one for Mont Tremblant, Quebec’s popular four-season resort. Fun to drive in any season, we chose it for a late fall drive.
The town of Saint-Jovite is the gateway to Mont Tremblant and is a good place to stop for lunch if you don’t want to pay Mont Tremblant prices. Besides Mont Tremblant’s reputation as a great ski destination, this part of the Laurentian Mountains is worth hiking or biking. Bike rentals are available in Saint-Jovite. Le Petit Train du Nord is the best known trail in the area. It winds 232 km through the Laurentian Mountains with lots of places to stay along its route.
We took the TransCanada (Highway 40) west out of Montreal to save a bit of time and started exploring the back roads to Tremblant from the Pointe Fortune exit off the TransCanada, one of the last before the Ontario border.
The little town of Pointe Fortune has a seasonal ferry that crosses the Ottawa River to Carillon, another little Quebec community. The ferry crossing will cost you about $8 a car but you’re going to spend that in gas if you continue on to Hawkesbury on the Ontario side and cross by bridge. If you do go the Hawkesbury route, follow this map to Tremblant.
This winter post will give you an idea of Mont Tremblant’s skiing and après-ski scene.