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Lac Forbes, Lac-Legendre, QC, Canada
Driving time from Montreal
1 hour, 45 minutes
Lakes and streams
Make yourself scarce
Chances are you came to Parc national du Mont Tremblant to escape the urban hullabaloo and connect with nature. If this is the case, you may want to steer clear of the busier campgrounds in the Pimbina and Diable sectors of the park. Sure they’re handy and have equipment rentals on-site, along with the Discovery Centre and other conveniences, but if you want to enjoy the fresh air it’s nice to have a little breathing room.
Strike a balance
The sector known as L’Assomption should check most of your boxes. The Chez Bill camping area only has eight rustic campsites and it’s 28km by car from registration, but it still comes complete with outhouses and drinking water. Best of all, it’s right on the shores of Lac des Cyprès and is a convenient spot to set out for a few hours of kayaking. The lake is 9km long and surrounded by thick forest, so you’ll feel like you’re on the coast even though you’re inland.
Keep on paddling
There are certain campsites that you can only reach by water – keep in mind you’ll need to carry in all your backcountry supplies via canoe or kayak. Head over to Lac Escalier in the Diable sector and park your car at the Lac-Escalier Camping Visitors Centre. There are two campgrounds on the far shores: Le Cantouque, with six campsites, and L’Estacade, with four. Both of them have plenty of rivers, streams and walking paths to explore during the day, though Le Cantouque is closer to some rock barriers that paddlers will have to avoid.
Try a via ferrata
Paddling isn’t the only thing you can include as part of a camping trip in Mont Tremblant. Ever heard of via ferrata? Popular in the Alps, it’s known as an “iron road” for its steel cables and footpaths that create routes along rock faces. The system makes it possible for people without formal climbing experience to safely get up close and personal with cliffs and crags in the mountains. While you’re at Tremblant, sign up for the Via Ferrata Du Diable by the entrance to the Diable sector. You’ll ascend 200m, snaking your way across the Vache Noire rock face over the Rivière du Diable. It’s an epic addition to camping.