Destination Showcase: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Jul 4, 2019
by Trevor Lyden  
The free of charge Tremblant tram is a great way to get a birds eye view of the village.


MONT-TREMBLANT, QC
Nestled deep in the Laurentian Mountains
Words & Photography by Trevor Lyden


Nestled deep in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec in Eastern Canada lies the resort town of Mont-Tremblant. With a population of just over 10,000, this French-inspired village has just the right amount of amenities, without the hustle and bustle of a prime destination resort.

The Mont-Tremblant city can essentially be broken down into 3 distinct areas. First off is the ski resort itself. It features a maximum elevation of 875 meters which can be accessed by a total of 14 different lifts. The resort operates year-round and during the summer months has activities ranging from mountain biking, road cycling, zip lining, alpine luge and a plethora of various warm weather endeavors. There are numerous lakes in the area which provide the ideal location to cool down and take a dip after a long day of enjoying the great outdoors.


Looking back at Tremblant resort over Tremblant lake.

While in town make sure to try your hand at the alpine luge
While in town, make sure to try your hand at the alpine luge!
The best spot for breakfast in the village.
The best spot for breakfast in the village.


Approximately 5 kilometers from Mont-Tremblant is Le Village. Located on the scenic shores of Lake Mercer this quaint section of town is home to a bike/coffee shop, restaurants, pubs, shopping options and even a historic train station. A bike path connects the Village to the resort which makes for a quick and easy jaunt to get your apres ride drinks. The free of charge Mont-Tremblant tram is a great way to get a bird's eye view of the village.


The old train station in the old village.
The Quilicot shop in downtown Mont Tremblant has all your bicycle needs.
The Quilicot shop in the Tremblant Factoreries has all your bicycle needs.

A short 10-minute drive takes you to the downtown area of Mont-Tremblant. This part of the Mont-Tremblant trio is where you can find the majority of the 21st century amenities we’ve all grown accustomed to. Along with the usual shopping options, this part of town is where you can also find a larger bike shop, should anything happen to your trusty steed while you’re on your mountain vacation.


Big chair in a little town.
Big chair in a little town.
World famous giant Tremblant chair
World famous giant Mont-Tremblant chair

Mountain biking has been a popular attraction in the Laurentian mountains for quite some time, with many primitive trails sprawled throughout the hillsides. Over the past few years, the local trail organization, Velo Mont-Tremblant, has been increasing the number of public bike trails and doing extensive work to build a large trail system. Throughout the area, you can find kilometers of singletrack with difficulties ranging from mellow flowy cross-country trails to steep, technical climbs and descents. There are three pump tracks dispersed in the area, which are the ideal place to build your bike skills and work on your endurance.


One of three pumptracks in the area.
One of three pump tracks in the area.

Velo Mont Tremblant has been a key part in revamping the local trail system.
Velo Mont-Tremblant has been a key part in revamping the local trail system.

Tunnel riding through town on the way to the local trails.
Tunnel riding through town on the way to the local trails.

One of the few technical drop sections on the trails near the resort.
One of the few technical drop sections on the trails near the resort.
Waterfalls and granite slabs that s what Mont Tremblant is all about.
Waterfalls and granite slabs, that's what Mont-Tremblant is all about.


A wallride deep in the woods.
A wallride deep in the woods.
Air time in the woods
Air time in the woods

Many of the trails run alongside the river with easy access for a quick cool off dip.
Many of the trails run alongside the river with easy access for a quick cool off dip.


A newer trail which was rumored to be build by Anthill films for a recent movie.
A newer trail, which was rumored to be built by Anthill films for a recent movie.


While there are countless miles of singletrack there s also a small freeride zone to work on your trick progression.
While there are countless miles of singletrack, there's also a small zone to work on your drop progressions.



Each summer, Mont-Tremblant plays host to the Crossroads Bike Festival. This three-day event is a celebration of all things biking and is a mashup of road cycling, gravel riding and mountain biking. Road cyclists can partake in Grand Fondo, Criterium or Sunset Ride while mountain bikers can participate in the Dual Slalom race or try and earn points in either the Canada Cup XC or DH races. Spectators are welcome at any event and can also enjoy the expo area or one of the multiple dirt jump sessions hosted by Matt Macduff and The Rise.


Part cross country race part urban downhill
The cross country racers ride straight through the picturesque town during the Crossroads event.

Conditions were muddy for the Crossroads event.
Conditions were muddy for the Crossroads downhill event.
A flowing creek alongside the downhill track.
A flowing creek alongside the downhill track.

The dual slalom event was a crown favorite at the Crossroads festival.
The dual slalom event was a crowd favorite at the Crossroads festival.


A foggy tram ride on the summit.
A foggy tram ride on the summit.

Wet conditions for XC.
Wet conditions for XC.
Kids zone at Crossroads.
Kids zone at Crossroads.

Matt Macduff putting on a show.
Matt Macduff putting on a show.


Mont-Tremblant has successfully solidified itself as a four seasons destination and an ideal location for a mountain retreat. Visitors can shop, dine and recreate to their heart's content.


Mont-Tremblant mountain biking trails

Donate to the local trail association using Trailforks Trail Karma here.

Pinkbike would like to thank:
Mont-Tremblant Resort
Tourism Mont-Tremblant
Velo Mont-Tremblant
Crossroads Tremblant

To learn more about biking in Mont-Tremblant or to book a trip visit, Mont-Tremblant Resort.

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68 Comments

  • + 61
 A highly contrived resort. Limited biking. No lift access bike park. Historically the resort had been anti biking. There once was some decent lift accessed trails but it got shut down. If you want good mountain biking in Quebec, go to Mt St-Anne/Quebec City region, great trails hosted by sincerely enthusiastic locals. This advertisement piece is as contrived as the resort itself.
  • + 18
 I've also heard good things about Bromont, which also has full bike-friendly lift access and is a lot closer folks coming from the Ontario side of the province. That being said, i haven't ridden there yet so I'm only going on what I've heard and read.
  • + 13
 @big-red: Bromont is sick! Rode lots there back in the day.
  • + 4
 agreed
  • + 1
 ..
  • + 6
 @big-red: also camp fortune....on the Quebec side of the Ottawa river...12 minutes from downtown....with lift access on the weekends
  • + 2
 @Bird-Man: I raced there once in the 2000s. Beautiful spot. I keep watching for updates on their off-season lift repairs. I may try to get up there in september if they get them running again in august like they hope to.
  • + 3
 @nevertoofast: that's very untrue....they have a full crew on the trails all last summer and this summer....lifts were closed last year for mechanical issue that are still persistant, however, trail crew is full time getting uo to speed for august!!! the Canadian endure was held there last year and again next weekend!!
  • + 1
 @Bird-Man: Good news! But anyone who knows fortune knows it is the realm for DH bikes and I would really like the DH trails and all the classic sections to be revived and have those lifts run ! Enduro is the flavor of the week.....
  • + 2
 @Bird-Man: Also, they only maintained the portions used for that enduro race....I am a local up there and hike/maintain sections of trail regularly and I can confirm they are not really going full swing in terms of DH season prep. Most Ottawa resources are at St Marie.
  • + 1
 @Bird-Man: No lift access until late in August.
  • + 1
 When was the last time you rode in this area?
  • + 1
 That sucks to hear! I've only been there for another type of race and figured it would be perfect for a unique and wild bike park.Shit, they did a lot with Camp Fortune, I couldn't imagine what the builders could do with Tremblant.
  • + 1
 Too bad I can only give one prop to Golden-G for his on-point comment.
  • + 3
 Tremblant is very much against mountain biking. The story behind the shut down of the chairlift for DH is full of miss information and bullshit about environmental impact. This was at the same time they were expanding the resort, golf courses and real estate development. They do not support mountain biking. So many better places to visit if you’re looking for good trails
  • + 31
 If visiting Québec, maybe spend a day in Tremblant but spend a full week in the Québec City Area! Sentiers du Moulin, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Vallée Bras-du-Nord, E47, the old town, the Saint-Lawrence river.. Tough to beat!
  • + 3
 Yeah, kinda sucks to see Tremblant getting so much attention while the best destinations of the province such as Québec city and Bromont don't get as much exposure.
  • + 26
 Tremblant is one of the best place for skiing in the east of Canada, I love it, but for mountain biking : NOPE! Seriously, there's no reason to drive 2 hours from Montreal to ride there. Tremblant need to invest more money in their network and they need access to the mountain, where there is a big potential. Sorry, but this showcase is a total crap and I'm the one who would like to love Tremblant as a destination for mountain biking! Wake up Tremblant before its too late! The demand is there.
  • + 4
 You are so right! There is so much potential on this mountain but the won't invest the energy and money. The trails at the bottom are alright but the lift acces would be INSANE.
  • + 3
 agreed too...shame for coming from France to rode here...Bromont and Mss are way better !
  • + 14
 I’ve been to Tremblant...I think I’ll be sticking to BC or France!

Cue my internet stoning of down votes!
  • + 21
 As a local, I agree. If you’re into XC then Tremblant is perfect but the entire place is a tourist trap. Don’t let the write up fool you, the resort is about as anti-bike as one can get and there are no “gravity oriented” trails to be found...
  • + 14
 Tremblant is a great place to visit, beautiful scenery, restorants, social life. But it end there imho, I wouldn't go back there for a mountain bike trip. I was very disappointed, if you like XC type of trail then it's probably ok. If you plan a bike trip to the province of Quebec. The Quebec region it's where it's at.
  • + 12
 @m47h13u: tourist trap is the right word!
  • + 9
 @m47h13u: I agree as a local for 20 + years this place sucks for MTB....go to Quebec city!!! The actual mountain is off limits to MTB except for the Canada cup one weekend per year and this event is precarious in that it has no perminance...it could be gone tomorrow. The people who run the mountain want golfers in the summer they have no intentions of expanding,,,all the other trails around the area are pavement and good for beginners!!!! absolutely a bogus and misleading advertisement....Tremblant SUCKS!!!
  • + 11
 Tremblant suck's big time. Super commercial place, no good bike to be found there and social life is a no. Full of tourist, few place for a good beer and commercial restaurants all over the place. Should take a look at Bromont and Sutton with no hesitation.
  • + 4
 Dude, this is the 100% truth.
  • + 9
 I hope @Tremblant, @Velo Mont-
Tremblant, you read these commets!!!! and fix this situation if you are placing ads on pink bike you better show up!!!
  • + 6
 I like Tremblant and I think some of these comments are harsh. I go there from Montreal for a day and I have fun doing a big loop without seeing the same thing twice.

Criterium coupe du Canada is a pretty technical cross-country trail that's a pretty big job to climb. Heading south from the porte du soleil chairlift dropoff point, the descent into the chouette nord is fun as heck. Geai bleu heading south has a super fun descent full of roots and rocks. The climb is decently long both ways, the descent heading north is fun too but not quite as much as the other side. Gorge is fun if you like flowy stuff also. Then there's the other area with Envoye en Bas that is a freeride-ish trail and is super fun too.

The biggest issue with Tremblant for me is the flatness, there are sadly no trails on the upper mountain so you ride along short ups and downs and long flats pretty often. This is fairly standard riding for me near Montreal so it's not a huge negative, but if you are used to bigger mountains it might be a drag. The other issue is that the rest of the area isn't developed like the Quebec city region (MSA + SDM + E47 + VBN are close enough that you can easily hit them all without too much annoyance) so you will not have much alternate riding nearby if you stay there.

It sure sucks that there's no chairlift, but it's even worse that the upper mountain is not used.

Ski Bromont (chair access trail network) has it's own bullshit, the Bromont trails built by the city (les amis des sentiers) are great though.

Tremblant does have a lot of non-mountain biking stuff to do (as does Montreal). If you're coming for a pure mountain biking trip (don't care about partying or family stuff), I'm don't think that places near to Montreal are worth it (Eastern Townships, Laurentiens, etc). There's a lot more to bike around Quebec City.
  • + 9
 Tremblant aside...kudos to the dude sending it on an xc bike without a party post.
  • + 6
 Having just been to Tremblant this week-end, I can confirm that there are definitely some trails worth riding including a decent freeride effort. The towns, lakes and scenery are really nice. But why do there need to be 5! golf courses? It's a dying sport. They should really invest in more bike trails so people would need more than a day to ride all trails. MTB is an ever growing sport and ski shops can then at least find something to make money of in summer. As much as I like the area, they really need to get some new management with a long term plan.
  • + 1
 Because golfers pay stupid amounts of money. What does a golf round cost $100+? Golf courses are very expensive to build / maintain so as many other towns have made a business case for lift access MTB. The local MTB community needs to show Tremblant it can make money. Hell they already run the lifts for visits to the top already.
  • + 8
 Great place to visit, and ride once a year but it's too bad you can't ride the mountain and no lift access... maybe one day!!!
  • + 4
 As a Tremblant local, I find most of the harsh comments spot on. Tremblant do have a TREMENDOUS amount of potential, even bigger than SDM, VBN and all that's available in the Quebec area but truth is upper management has been a bunch of stubborn ostriches with their head buried deep into the ground for the past 20 years. There are some hidden gems to be ridden in tremblant (if you're looking for more advanced stuff) but you won't find those trails easily. One notable fact is that half of the pictures are coming from non official trails so this should give you a good indicative that most of the official trail network is not picture worthy, even for a guy on a XC bike.
  • + 1
 Exactly the same could be said about Bromont like 5+ years ago!! Now they've taking the hidden trails and some builders continue to work hard and we now have some pretty nice trails to ride while being legal! Smile I really hope the same happens to you guys!
  • + 8
 BROMONT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 Reading some of the comments above are totally not well informed. I would agree with these comments in the early 2000 or if more than 10km of riding it’s too big of an effort.

Tremblant and local area (too many to list) offers everything form XC, freeride, down hill, cross and road. I bike here all the time and come up from Toronto. The dirt here is amazing the trail are amazing, the amount of work that was put in here in last 3 years it’s incredible. You need to work to earn it and better trails are not in clear sight. There are also many places close by when you drive up from Montreal to stop and bike. Just look at trail forks.

I like Bromont but to compare it’s like apple to orange to different styles.

Tremblant offers many hotels, restaurants and friendly people
I have traveled in many places and for a dad with kids this place has it all.

I highly recommend it and do your home work. I still don’t understand why this turned into a comparison between Bromont and Tremblant.

Go ride your bike and enjoy the journey!
  • + 1
 20 year local......comments are not harsh...they are correct.....it just seems good cuz you live in Toronto!!!
  • + 1
 @Bird-Man: I actually own a place at Lac Superior and live here at least 4 months out of the year. All the trails are amazing and the locals have done a lot of work. Several years ago they had good trails in Mont Blanc but the lack of riders didn't keep the doors open. If someone makes an article to boost the economy of the area and maybe gives us an incentive to have more trails why would anyone trash it with comments that are only DH specific and only suited to one class and riding? I loved the DH but the lack of trails ANYWHERE made me move to XC, Enduro, CX and road.
  • + 1
 @pawelw: stating the truth is not trashing......the mtb community is stating that Quebec city is far superior to tremblant and 4 months of the year does not qualify you as a local. mont blanc closed due to the fact the guy running it did not want to do it anymore and the mountain was keen to keep a bike shop at the bottom and to have a bike shop to run it. They could not find one. We also have mss as a dh destination. this is a mtb website so rideing road or cx is for another venue. Glad you like the meager trails that are provided but most of the PB community would be better suited to go else where with their hard earned cash. An objective view is warranted and the media BS for dollars and exploitation is not!
  • + 1
 @Bird-Man: As much I would like to agree with you I can't. Basically, as I been to both places. Also, Quebec or Bromont is badly marked ( for ME). My wife is from Quebec and I spent 20 years there. To find trails in or around Quebec it's nearly impossible, either need to know a group or someone to show you around. As per what qualifies me to be a local on not, that's simply not your call only an opinion. Quite a subjective view . for example, I can ride 5-7 times or 120 times in 4 months are details that you don't know. All I am stating is to be informed before you make a statement. So far your posts aren't informative there is only an opinion that holds no merit. All I see is you are just looking for attention to argue.
  • + 2
 @pawelw: Where did you ride around Quebec City? We have 4 major trail systems with all the signage in place... My kids don't even get lost. And now there's Trailforks... Time to revisit?
  • + 1
 @pawelw: I guess zeGG is right... Maybe it is the case with Ste-Anne, I don't know, but SDM, VBN and E47 (lac delage) are well indicated! Super easy even for the first time.

Bromont, well.... you're right about them but it is better right now then it was last year and a new map just came out like last week or so! I often have to help some ''tourist'' on the trails but they like them so much and are more than happy to come back! Smile
  • + 1
 @zeGG: Will to for Quebec Singe Track
  • + 3
 I disagree with some harsh comments above regarding tremblant. I used to live in canadian rockies and biked there for 10 years, obviously there are no comparaison. When i arrived in tremblant long time ago i have been really disappointed, enough to quit mountain biking until today. There are plenty of trails well maintained by locals. I may be not a pro rider but an accomplish one and always have good vibe riding in tremblant. Off coarse i would take more and yes i agree that the mountain should develop but there are no reasons to trash on tremblant mountain biking and it’s not a question of comparaison with other place. Ask me or any local rider to take you out and you gonna have plenty for your money. Tks
  • + 1
 20 year local........better of going else where the trails are not good...better than nothing but far from good!!!
  • + 2
 As a local rider , i 100% agree with you guys , this mountain as an unlimited potential for mountain biking and it coudl be the best destination for biking in the East of America , instead of struggling with tremblant it self we should try with Altera , owner of lots of resort who has opened lift for DH biking in there mountain , Tremblant it’s sad to say that but they are anti biking Altera should take over and bypass all management staff who bloked mountain biking on the mountain
  • + 1
 All - I've got a corporate conference at Tremblant next Wed-Fri so am looking for a riding partner Saturday July 20th around Tremblant. If you're a local that wanted to show me around for any decent hidden riding like the new Vanderdham Return to Earth trail and perhaps a pedal up to the Canada Cup DH course that would be sweet! If can arrange something I'll bring my bike with me from Vancouver. Pm me. Andre. Can return favour if you ever come to ride in Vancouver!!!
  • + 4
 Just don't enter a race on public roads at Tremblant or you'll be taking your life in to your own hands...
  • + 2
 Do the people there speak english? I'm going to canada next month for a bit with my parents as well. I believe I'm heading here after whistler. I've never been to canada before so im not sure what to expect
  • + 7
 Majority of locals will speak both English and French. It also wouldn't hurt to learn a handful of basic French words.
  • + 11
 We use moose for taxis, which takes some getting used to.

As for language, my suggestion is to learn 3 or 4 words in German, and lead with them. Then when nobody understands, graciously switch to English. Smile
  • + 2
 @brianpark: das ist ganz toll idee...er, excuse me, that's actually great advice for travelling mericans.
  • + 4
 I’m in the resort today. Everyone speaks English.
  • + 4
 Just stay in Whistler or northern BC you will have more fun.
  • + 2
 Quebec is not the 80's Quebec every foreigner think it still is. Everyone speak english. Most people are bilingual and can be a bunch of ass*ole fluently in both language. :-D
  • + 0
 Tremblant sucks big time. The mountain has tremendous potential for lift-served DH and even Enduro/XC. However, as of now, even the singletrack trail riding is not that great. I don't even find it worth a drive from Ottawa or Montreal (there are much better XC destinations around).
Otherwise, Mont Tremblant is a great destination for outdoor lovers. There is tons to do, the Quebec National Park at the back is fascinating too. If you happen to be in the area for other reasons, it doesn't hurt to take your bike and enjoy the XC trails.
I wish the resort realizes the potential and does something about it!
  • + 2
 If travelling from outside to la Belle Province, better to head to the Quebec City region.
  • + 3
 "Piste à rouleaux"... Haha, j'avais jamais vu ça !
  • + 3
 C'est encore pire que VPS ou vélo a pneu surdimentionné pour le fatbike!! haha
  • + 1
 @Timo82: Haha, c'est pas mal ça aussi !
  • + 2
 That lead photo from early spring says one thing to me: Black flies Smile
  • + 4
 Tremblant sprays for mosquitos (not sure for black flies) or yeah for sure it is brutal otherwise.
Was 30 mins east of there last week and the mosquitoes/black flies/horse flies/deer flies were voracious !
  • + 2
 @vggg: this year has been the worst it's even been in the last 20 years or so. Usually there's barely a single mosquito in the whole tremblant area. I was also at the top of the mountain last weekend and it was indeed brutal, I feel you!
  • + 2
 @maxgod: The entire region is horrible this year. We had lots of precipitation in the winter and spring, more than I've seen in the past 5 years at least, and I think that is contributing to issue a bit. I've been getting destroyed by mosquitoes not only in the woods but even in the city.
  • + 1
 It is/was the same everywhere in Quebec guys! We had 25 days of rain in May so... not only the worst in the last 5 years!! Wink
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