4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall

4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall

4 spectaculaire reasons to visit the Laurentians in the fall – by Jane Finn

Despite the fact that the days are getting shorter, fall remains my favourite time of year.  I love the crispness in the air, the crunch of leaves under my feet and the smell of logs on the fire.  Autumn is the perfect time of year to don your sweater and comfortable shoes and get out there and explore.

Tremblant Elysium Suites Sur Lac

Tremblant Elysium Suites sur Lac

On our last trip to the Laurentians, my husband Dave and I arrived on the shores of Lac-Supérieur in the Laurentians in time to check in to our suite at Tremblant Elysium North and observe a lunar eclipse.  After grabbing a few provisions, including a nice bottle of wine or two at the onsite L’Etalage Gourmand Marché, we settled ourselves on the deck with our cameras and to watch the show.  As the earth slowly aligned itself between the sun and the moon, it cast a shadow across the entire moon, whose surface gradually turned red. That set the pace for the next few days, as we took our time discovering the Laurentians.

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Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Quebec

Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Quebec

Autumn Magic: Chez Montebello, Québec

By Jane and Dave Finn

Montebello Quebec – It’s the first week in October, my favourite time of year. The days are still warm and sunny but there’s a bit of a nip in the air at night. The leaves are turning and the trees that line the road to Montebello are a riot of colour; brilliant orange, burning yellow and blazing red. Breathtaking to say the least but even Mother Nature has some competition in this neck of the woods.

The World’s Largest Log Lodge

Venerable is the word that comes to mind as we drive through the portico to the main entrance of the Fairmount Le Chateau Montebello. The impressive hand-hewn, log lodge was built in 1930 and is reportedly the largest structure of its kind, in the world.

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ATV Expedition in Montebello

ATV Expedition in Montebello

ATV Adventure at Camp Explora in Montebello Quebec – by Laura Byrne-Paquet

Montebello, Quebec – I have to admit, I was a bit nervous when I saw how my 16-year-old daughter Stephanie and I would be exploring the wooded trails around Montebello, Quebec.

Our vehicle for the expedition resembled a bright yellow golf cart on steroids. Rémi Tremblay, owner of Camp Explora in Montebello, Quebec, unplugged the electric ATV from its outdoor outlet and reminded us to put on the astronaut-style helmets he’d given us.

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Putt Then Pint – Les Brasseurs de Montebello Quebec

Putt Then Pint – Les Brasseurs de Montebello Quebec

In Montebello, Quebec, there’s good news for thirsty golfers. Two local couples—Alain Larivière and Patricia Pesant, and Luc and Linda Proulx—have opened a new brewpub called Les Brasseurs de Montebello. You can choose from 19 Quebec craft beers on tap, including two brewed by the pub: a hoppy blonde ale called Le Fantôme d’Ézilda and a refreshing honey blonde called La Reine du Mont Vinoy that is just the ticket on a hot summer day.Continue reading