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Mont Tremblant area

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Mont Tremblant area

We are considering going to Mont Tremblant area with three generations of family this summer. Thought we might be able to rent a large home. We see most of the postings talk only of the skiing in area. How is this area for summer vacation? Trip to Montreal is about 2 hours? Is there another option of places to stay with large group (10) that would still allow us to take a day trip or two to Montreal?

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Mont Tremblant is an excellent place for summer vacation and you can do just about any conceivable activity in the area as well. In fact, I will be there again late July/early August. See www.tremblant.ca for some of the summer activities. For starters, you can golf in any one of the excellent courses, play tennis, hike, fly fish, roller blade, fish in one of the lakes, canoe, boat, rock climb, try the zip lines, take in the scenery, sight-see in the villages, bike (outstanding scenic bike trail is 125 miles long), indulge yourselves in more than 100 restaurants, shop, swim in the various lakes or swimming pools, tour the 70,000+ acre national park, listen to free, open air concerts, go white water rafting, ride horses, take helicopter or plane rides, etc.

Re Montreal, it is about 75 miles and really won't take 2 hours unless you are driving in rush hour traffic. Normally, when I go to Montreal from Tremblant, it takes me about 80-90 minutes, but timing depends very much on time of day and, of course, where you are going in Montreal.

In summer, I have done day trips to Montreal if rain is in the forecast. Leaving Tremblant at 8:30 a.m., I get to Montreal comfortably by 10, spend the day visiting museums, touring or shopping, have a late lunch or early dinner and am back at Tremblant before dark. It is very doable.

Re places to stay, large apartments and houses are available for rent in the resort and nearby at various price points and comfort/luxury levels. There also are luxury log homes in a wooded development (pool and tennis on site), within 2-3 minutes drive from a large lake. These log homes are about 15 minutes from the Tremblant all-pedestrian village.

For example, a 4-bedroom apartment condo would sleep 8 in the bedrooms, plus 2 on a sofa bed in the living room. Five bedroom apartments are less common, but there are some 5 and even 7 bedroom houses. Much depends upon bed configurations, number of bathrooms needed, etc. Other options for a group of 10 would include renting 2 or 3 condo apartments in the same complex.

I'll be happy to make a few suggestions to get you started if you would give me a specific idea of budget for 10 and what you needs and preferences are. Do you want to be close to restaurants and shopping, age range of your group, need to address different activity levels and tastes, etc. Others on this forum also will have ideas.

The Tremblant website (click on accommodations and browse that category) will give you an idea of prices, availability and details or what you will get in the resort. You also might look on www.vrbo.com, a web listing service "vacation rentals by owner" for properties in and around Mont Tremblant. Any search engine will give you additional sites as well, and there are several reputable real estate agencies that have summer rental listings. It should not be a problem to find a place that meets your needs and budget.

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Forget to mention, but if cost is not very important, you might also look at www.tremblantplatinum.com for a number of quite luxurious rentals. Each is complete with various photos and descriptions. One, a house in the resort area known as La Reserve, can sleep as many as 14 people.

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we are considering a trip the last week of June but many people have warned about the black flies at that time around mont tremblant and the national park. Are they really that bad...will they keep you from having a good time outside. thanks

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Black flies definitely are very annoying if you encounter them. (And they are found in wooded areas of NY state, Quebec and Ontario provinces, Michigan and lots of other places as well.) The eggs are laid in clean, moving--not stagnant--water; the opposite of mosquitos.

The black fly "season" lasts only 2 to 3 weeks (typically late May to mid to late June), varies by year and even by day and location. They may not be much of a problem in the pedestrian village or in the mountain condo areas, but could be a nuisance or worse if you hike in the Mont Tremblant National Park. Your chances of missing the worst of them increase the later in June that you visit. Long sleeves and good insecticide are recommended, particularly if you plan to head out into nature areas.

The good news is that black flies may not be noticeable at all if there is a breeze, if the weather has been dry for a while or if the weather is cool. In 2007, I was at Tremblant for about 5 days during the first part of June and never encountered black flies at all. It was warmer than normal with a light breeze and relatively comfortable humidity.

Sorry not to be able to give you a more definitive answer, other than "it depends" upon all of the variables mentioned above.

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