Lac Monroe, Mont-Tremblant

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Explore lakes and cliffs in the Laurentians

Camp

A little tougher

Overnight

When Mont-Tremblant National Park sheds its blanket of snow, summer kicks into full gear. Camping is popular in the park: from a Huttopia tent on the lakeshore to a retreat in the backcountry, you’ll find an blend of blissful nature and roughing it outside. Ready to explore new depths? The further in you paddle (or trek), the better it gets. Ready to explore new heights? Try the via ferrata.

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Lac Forbes, Lac-Legendre, QC, Canada

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Driving time from Montreal

1 hour, 45 minutes

Lakes and streams

~400

Rivers

6

Planning your trip

A getaway to help you get away

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.

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