The first stop on my amazing six-day Québec road trip is the beautiful region of Laurentides (aka the Laurentians in English)! This region is 22,000 square kilometers of pure, mesmerizing bliss that captivates you on another level. If you know me, you know I love being out in nature and how much I really enjoy taking it all in.
The Laurentian region didn’t disappoint in showing me all of the scenic beauty it has to offer for truly anyone. Between the mountain hikes or scrumptious food or scooter tours – you are bound to find something (or like 87 things) that will make you fall in love with it here.
On this six day Québec road trip, I ventured to three regions of Québec – the Laurentians, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, and Outaouais. I had the pleasure of taking this girls trip with Krystle, Isabelle, Brooke, and Julia. Also, a special thank you to Braedin who came along to take photos.
Québec has 21 regions, which all have unique character. From the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the province of Ontario and from the Arctic Ocean to the United States, Québec is a huge province with so much to see! Last fall, I went to Québec to visit two other regions – Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, and Côte-Nord (Quebec Martime). You can see that Québec road trip blog post HERE.
The Laurentians – Our Route
We landed in Montreal, met up with the whole group, grabbed our car and drove northwest for about 1.5 hours to get to the Luarentian Region. Once in the Laurentians, this map below shows the route that we took and our stops within the region.
Check out my trip vlog below or on YouTube directly for better quality.
Here are some highlights of our travels through the Laurentians. If you are looking for other ideas, check out all the region has to offer here.
Camping du Domaine Lausanne
Our first stop on our arrival day was at Camping du Domaine Lausanne. This camping site is located in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts in the beautiful Laurentian region and has many traditional camp options as well as 75 ready-to-camp units (cabins, floating cabins, boreal tents, teepees, yurts, and even a cozy bubble). We spent the night in a floating cabin. Each cabin had a bunk bed and a double bed. All you need to bring is your sleeping bags and food!
Parc National du Mont-Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant National Park is the largest (and oldest) protected area in the province of Québec. This park is filled with six gorgeous rivers and 400 lakes and streams. It is literally an adventurer’s dream! A visit to the park is a must-see when you are in the Laurentians! Below is information on some hikes that we did during our visit.
Hike – La Corniche
La Corniche is a 3.1 kilometer (easy) hike that takes you to a lookout platform where you can admire Lac Monroe (aka Lake Monroe) with a birds eye view. I would love to come back in the autumn to spend time at the lake and photograph the colourful autumn landscape.
Hike – La Chute du Diable
La Chute du Diable is a 1.4 kilometer (easy) trail in Parc National du Mont-Tremblant. It is an easy walk to the waterfall and the perfect stop on a road trip to stretch your legs. This is one of four waterfalls in the park that you can adventure to.
Lunch at Hôtel Mont-Tremblant
We stopped for a tasty lunch at the Au Coin Resto-Pub at Hôtel Mont-Tremblant (which was built in 1902). There were many options and everything on the menu sounds delicious, but I went with the vegetarian burger (with no bun ‘cause celiac). Below is a photo of the Tuna Niçoise salad that Krystle ordered…which looked to die for.
Géo-Explora Electric Scooters
After lunch we had a fun time on a scooter adventure with Géo-Explora. These scooter have 3 wheels (so easy to ride for the scooter novice) and they give you a full lesson on how to drive them. #SafetyFirst Then you hit the road with an iPad with a GPS that takes you on a tour of the town doing a bit of a scavenger hunt. At each stop you have to answer a questions and it such a fun little thing to do.
Les Toits du Monde
If you love staying in unique accommodations, I recommend staying at Les Toits du Monde which is in the Nominingue area of the Laurentian region. They have several accommodation options to choose from (all quite rustic). You can stay in a yurt, a teepee, a tree house or a hobbit home. All of them are so unique and made by the family that owns the property.
They are ready-to-camp, so all you bring is your sleeping bag and food. Be prepared to hike all your belongings for 5-10 minutes but they do have wagons you can borrow. I have another blog post just about unusual places to stay in Québec here.
Hike – Rocher Capitaine
Rocher Capitaine (aka Captain Rock) is a short (easy) hike located close to Les Toits du Monde. The hike takes you to a view of Nominingue Small Lake and once again, this is a place I would love to come back to see in the Autumn to experience all the colour.
This vast and luscious Laruentides region did not disappoint to fill my adventurous spirit and I honestly didn’t think it could get any better than that! Between the hikes and adventurous lodging, I immediately fell in love with the Laurentians. I always find that just being within nature is so fulfilling and it truly does give you an opportunity to let go and escape. I couldn’t wait to share the rest of the trip so you can take in some more Québec beauty! Stay tuned for more posts!
This post has been sponsored by Tourisme Quebec. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the destinations that support me.
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.