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Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

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Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

Thanks for update on foliage. We are coming to Montreal on the 10th. Would you recommend renting a car in Quebec City and go to Jacques Cartier Nat park or renting car in Montreal and going to Mont Tremblant. Looks like rain in forecast - hope there will still be leaves.

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1. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

Tremblant is at it's peak or mosty there so I presume that Jacques-Cartier will be a bit over the peak due to the latitude.

What is fun with Tremblant is tha you can take the gondola to the summit and from there walk some of the pathways.

Back in The Village you will have plenty of food options and also other activities. The gondola for the Casino is free and you don't even have to get off at the casino end, that is unless you want to tackle the one arm bandits. The luge is also a lot of fun and if you want to get less touristy restaurants you can just make a stop in Saint-Jovite. Well you could actually make a stop at Bourassa in Saint-Jovite before heading to the mountain to get a ton of delicacies at affordable prices and prepare a pic nic at the summit.

BEWARE that the crowd will be monstruous this week-end and probably the next one too if not so much bad weather has altered the fall of the leaves so do plan to come during a week day.

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2. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

OK is it better to go all the way to Algonquin Nat Park to see the maples and skip Mont-Tremblant. I've heard its a little touristy. I just want to see lots of maples.

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3. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

As one recent poster mentioned you don't have to go really anywhere specific to get to see the leaves, it's all around.

I cannot vouch for Algonquin but being at a more northern latitude than Tremblant then is might be already over the peak.

You don't have to do any of the things I mentionned in Tremblant but the gondola ride is neat and it brings you to many paths that you can take to get down the mountain, so a bit less exhausting, and that will not feel more touristy than anywhere else (well except week-ends) and it will give you both large vistas and also under the canopy experiences.

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4. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

thanks but only seeing gondola open till the 14th. Will wait to reserve car once in Montreal. May see if Jacques Cartier foliage is still peaking when we get to Montreal.

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5. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

We are also arriving in Montreal but next weekend. Particularly interested to catch some fall colors and scenery. Am thinking of renting a car from the airport on Friday around 11am and go up to Tremblant and stopping at a few places on the way there. Then come back to Montreal in the evening. Is it doable? Will the traffic be really bad? Any stopping places better than others given our limited time? Should we take the slow road 117 up and down by 15? any comments would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

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6. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

@MaryTen, it is currently peak in all of the Laurentians so it will be over the peak in Jacques-Cartier which might almost all bare at that time. If you are driving from Montréal to Québec City then a stop at Mont-Saint-Hilaire would be the best solution for a bit of trekking on the mountain, which is not a national park but a private domain belonging McGill University and a World Heritage Biosphere area could drive talong the Richelieu River upstream to Fort Lennox or take a cruise on that river www.croisierestjean.ca if still operational or take a cruise around the Sorel Islands

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@Popsong depending if the weather is cooperative it might still be the peak season in the Laurentides but I would certainly not suggest that you come on a week-end day, particularly leaving Mtl as late as 11 a.m. It will be a zoo around. A much better experience could be had by going along the Ottawa River, stop at Parc d'Oka if you want, visit Parc Omega and then the grounds of the Chateau Montebello.

If you have a bit of time you should wait until the Monday to do Tremblant but, as mentioned by MaryTen the gondola in Tremblant is open only until the 14th..

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7. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

I am leaving Mont Tremblant tomorrow, but arrived on Saturday, October 6 and can tell you that the resort village in particular was jammed with people. Sunday, October 7, was the worst day. Traffic was backed up from the resort village all of the way to Rte 117 and down to the next exit; about 11 km of bumper to bumper joy.

On the other hand, the colors were at their peak and absolutely spectacular. By Tuesday, they had become muted and leaves were dropping. There is still color now, though it is less vibrant, but still beautiful. By next week-end, I doubt that there will be much left. There has been snow on the summit for the past two mornings. It goes about 1/4 of the way down and easily is visible from as far away as Re 117. Overnight temperatures have been freezing and below the past few nights . It was -2 degrees at 8:00 this morning in the resort village and there was frost on my car.

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8. Re: Mont Tremblant or Jacques Cartier Nat park

As it is a recurrent theme on the forum, I can tell you that it is pretty much the same thing around here in Quebec City, there is not much foliage left in the trees and there is snow on mountain tops outside the city although it won't last for too long, so if you want to see some foliage colors I think it will be too late by the end of the week.

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