The Top Things to Do in Mont-Tremblant for Non-Skiers

You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Mont-Tremblant Resorts charms
You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Mont-Tremblant Resort's charms | © AD MOR / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Hurley

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Snow-dusted mountain peaks, cheese-smothered feasts, cozy bars for après fun – Mont-Tremblant Resort, in Quebec, Canada, is a winter wonderland, and you don’t have to be a skier or boarder to enjoy its charms. Whether you fancy a session of dog sledding, a spot of traditional Canadian ice-fishing or a long soak in a fabulous spa pool, these are the best things for non-skiers to do in Mont-Tremblant.

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Join a dune buggy adventure

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
As you might expect, Mont-Tremblant has some pretty top-notch snowmobiling. But why not try something different? A wintry dune buggy tour shows off these frosted peaks from a different perspective – rushing through snow-covered forest and over rugged snowy terrain on the edge of a national park. There’s the opportunity to drive the dune buggy for yourself, too – a whole new way to get the adrenaline pumping that doesn’t involve skis or a snowboard.

Go dog sledding

Sports Center

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Going for a ride on a husky-drawn sleigh is a popular Canadian bucket list experience. Sign up at the Activity Centre in Mont-Tremblant and you’ll be pulled by an enthusiastic pack through the lush forest, plunging valleys and wide-open spaces of the Laurentian Mountains. Hold on tight for the undulating peaks and dips – it’s a family-friendly ride, typically suiting children aged three and up, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a thrilling adventure.

Try ice-fishing

Natural Feature
There’s more fun to be had on ice than you might think. Learn to catch pike, perch and smallmouth bass on an expert-led ice-fishing outing – a traditional pastime that’s still popular in some of the country’s remoter quarters. Your guide will help you drill fishing holes through the thick lake ice, then set up your wooden rods for a couple hours of lazy fishing (if you catch anything, you’ll release it afterwards). When you start feeling chilly, you can warm up in a toasty tent on-site.

Hit the casino

Casino

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It may not sound like a mountain-resort must-do, but wait until you see the views. Alpine-style Casino de Mont-Tremblant overlooks the surrounding flanks and peaks – exhilarating stuff in itself, before you even consider the 500 slot machines, two bars and a stage hosting weekly performances. The Altitude Seafood Bar and Grill is a destination in its own right for its five-course discovery menu, but don’t miss Sunday brunch. Free-flowing mimosas, flaky French pastries and filling omelettes all add up to a worthy spread.

Hike Le P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park

Park, Train Station, Hiking Trail
Yes, you can hike in winter. And in Mont-Tremblant, your efforts won’t go unrewarded, as you’ll enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery, frozen forests and icy lakes. Take the D1 Trail in Le P’Tit Train du Nord’s Linear Park, and you’ll cross from the Laurentian Mountains over to Mont-Tremblant. Prefer a shorter circuit? If so, set off from Domaine Saint-Bernard’s ecotourism center for a 1mi (2km) trail to a lake. Finally, try the 4mi (6km) of trails that lead to idyllic lakes and over groomed slopes in Mont-Tremblant National Park.

Go sliding

Sports Center
Even if snowboarding and skiing don’t float your boat, you can still revel in the mountainside fun that Mont-Tremblant is famous for. Visit one of the resort’s popular snow-carved slides and barrel down the slopes in an inflatable tube ring. Aventures Neige has eight different slides to choose from, with the added benefit of mechanical lifts so you don’t need to climb to the top. Meanwhile, Mont-Tremblant Resort also hosts free family-friendly sliding evenings at the base of the mountain.

Après-ski beers

Brewery
A big part of a holiday in Mont-Tremblant is the après-ski scene, and there are bars, restaurants and nightclubs aplenty where you can unwind. Just because you’re a non-skier doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Drain a craft beer or two at Microbrasserie La Diable (a side order of nachos is optional) or devour a decadent cheese fondue at La Savoie.

Biking in the snow

Architectural Landmark
While you might struggle to pedal your everyday two-wheeler across Mont-Tremblant’s snowy landscapes, you’ll have no trouble spinning a fat bike – these thick-wheeled numbers give you the grip you need to power through the powder. D-Tour runs twilight electric fat-bike tours from Domaine Saint-Bernard, along the Diable River, but don’t miss out on the 37mi (60km) or more of well-maintained trails around the resort – you can hire your own fat bike at one of the rental services in the village to go exploring on your own.

Scandinave Spa

Spa

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Sometimes the best thing to do in Mont-Tremblant is nothing at all. Book into the luxurious Scandinave Spa, next to the steely Diable River, and spend a day kicking back and rejuvenating, without worrying about activities or sightseeing. Hop between the Scandi-style saunas and the hot and cold baths, taking in the soothing surroundings. A roster of massage treatments and packages are available so you can maximize your downtime.

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