It was a trip filled with laughter and various firsts for me: I learned how to snowboard (well, kind of), joined in the fun at a winter festival and I went ice-fishing on the frozen Saint Lawrence River. Together with my four friends, Melvin, Caspar, Nienke and Becki, I embarked on an unforgettable one-week trip to experience winter in Quebec.
I have to admit, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the winter season. I love the scenery but I’m not a fan of the cold. This trip changed my perceptions of winter in many ways. For one thing, despite the freezing temperatures, I didn’t feel cold! I was dressed warm and Québec’s ‘dry cold’ doesn’t sting as much as the ‘humid cold’ in Western Europe. Above all, the fun winter activities and the many laughs they produced; the incredible hospitality of the Québécois; and the fabulous food and wines kept us warm and in great spirits. We had the time of our lives snowshoeing and snowboarding on Mont Tremblant; soaking in the hot pools of Spa Scandinave; dancing and singing at the IglooFest; tubing and ice-skating at the Mont-Royal Park in Montréal; discovering Montréal’s historic and culinary attractions; and visiting the gorgeous Sucrerie de la Montagne.
This #LoveWinter video, filmed and edited by Caspar Diederik of Story Travelers, brings back so many of these awesome memories. The scenes were filmed in the ski resort village of Mont Tremblant and in Montréal, one of my favourite cities in the world. This trip to experience winter fun in Quebec will certainly stay etched in my mind forever! I hope you enjoy the video as much as I do!
Many airlines connect Montréal with major airports in Europe and North America. We flew with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam to Montréal, a swift six-hour flight. From here, it’s only a two-hour drive to the snowy slopes of Mont Tremblant – there are direct shuttles from Trudeau International Airport in Montréal.
Mont Tremblant is the premier ski destination in Québec, a gorgeous village at the foothills of the beautiful Laurentian mountains with a wonderfully European feel. Its ski area covers 268 hectares (662 acres) and includes 95 ski trails on 4 distinct slopes for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. There’s a ski school and a multitude of restaurants and bars (I especially enjoyed the La Forge Bistro and Spag & Co). Aside from skiing/snowboarding, there are also snow-shoeing, snow-mobiling and dog-sledding tours, as well as ice-climbing. I highly recommend ending your day at the lovely Spa Scandinave!
Read more about Montréal on Velvet Escape.