Reserve a spot
To explore the trails and viewpoints of Mont Blanc, you’ll need to stay at the actual resort (which makes this a great excuse for a road trip with friends). You’ll likely want a few days to explore the terrain and relax, so the place you’re staying will make a handy homebase. Call ahead or book online to reserve a condo in Village Mont Blanc with both a pool and a lake on hand to refresh your after your hike.
Mont Blanc is located in the heart of the Laurentian Mountains and takes just over an hour to drive there from Montreal. Take Route 15 north to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and then to Route 117. Leave the highway at exit 107, turn left at the stop sign and proceed to Mont Blanc. Access to the hiking trails is from Mont Blanc Nord, but you’ll need to check in first.
What to bring
Planning to hike a few hours and stop for lunch? Pack your hiking shoes or boots, a backpack with snacks, plus a hydration pack filled with water (summer temperatures can rise pretty high so make sure you’re prepared). Don’t forget to grab binoculars and a camera to fully appreciate this locale’s stunning views, along with your basic 10 hiking must-haves.
Trails for every level
There are eight different trails to explore, totalling 11km. Once you park on the north side, start at Chênes and make your way towards Oxygène, then head for Carbone if you want to take it easy. But if you want some good cardio, the Érables and Cèdres are both a good upward trek. The view from the top is well worth the effort. After all, Mont Blanc is the second-highest peak in the Laurentians. Snap a few pictures and pull out your snacks. You’ve earned them.