Oh, summer in Tremblant — how we love you. And would it surprise you to know there’s even more to do in this so-called “ski town” in the summer months than the winter ones? From music and cycling festivals to ziplines and casual lake cruises, there’s no shortage of summer activities in Mont-Tremblant.
Summer activities in Tremblant
In my first Tremblant summer fun guide, I cover the Birds of Prey show, Falconry Apprentice program, Lac Tremblant cruises, activity cards, AkroPark, luge, dune buggy rides and Ziptrek. Then there’s Tonga Lumina. But that’s just the beginning…
Tremblant offers more things to do in the summer than we’ve been able to do during our many warm-weather visits so far. And beyond the always-on activities, there are also culinary and yoga festivals, the IronMan race, beach parties and concerts.
It just doesn’t stop.
And the official summer kick-off begins with Crossroads Tremblant — a cycling festival started in 2018 for both amateur and pro mountain bikers, dirt bikers and even casual family cyclists like us.
This all-bikes-all-the-time action-packed weekend takes over the village in a way I’ve never seen with any other festival. Not only does the mountain itself transform into an intense downhill mountain-biking course, but the village is also cordoned off and becomes part of the course, too. Stairs, included!
Since none of us are pro bikers in any way, I was worried there might not be much for us to do on the cycling front. But, boy, was I wrong. We rented bikes and helmets from Centre Aventure down in the lower village and enjoyed leisurely rides along the river on a two-lane pedestrian pathway perfect for biking, walking or running. One day, we rode for more than an hour and still didn’t make the full loop.
The multifunctional, 11.4 km paved path starts at the Tremblant Resort village and can take you right into the Old Village (La-Villageoise-de-Mont-Tremblant). It’s also authorized for fat bikes, rollerblading, hiking and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Miss Q hit up the Crossroads Kids Camp, featuring small groups — broken into appropriate levels — who are guided through trails and obstacle courses in a series of day-long sessions, with a few friendly challenges thrown in for good measure. Designed for kids 6 to 12 years old, Miss Q was in great hands! Her allergies got the better of her and it turned into a half-day bike camp, but she had a lot of fun and asked to try it again next summer.
The K Man, on the other hand, is a slightly less enthusiastic cyclist. He’s a scooter kid and we really have to push him to get on a bike more than a few times each summer. However, he did amazing and loved the mountain bike we rented. I think it really boosted his confidence and I’m hopeful that he’ll join me more often at home.
That said, I’m definitely not a serious cyclist at all. I’ve tried mountain biking and enjoyed it. I own a lovely, Insta-worthy cruiser bike with a pink basket, and I’ll get on a bike several times each summer to lap up some rays with Miss Q because she loves it so much. Yet, as we rode through the bike path, I said to Big B, “We have to retire somewhere like here so I can do this every day.”
In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I may just try to complete the Gran Fondo Tremblant next year!
One of the highlights of the Crossroads bike festival is definitely the dirt bikes! Holy smokes — were they ever fun to watch. The Tremblant bunny hill turns into both an obstacle course for the kids to mess around with AND it has some bigger jumps where the pros take over and wow the crowd. It was SO FUN watching them do freestyle flips and tricks, and spectators were so close to the course so it was even more intense.
The riders interacted with the kid spectators a lot, busting out high-fives after their turns…each gnarlier than the last.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, we rounded out this summertime Tremblant holiday with…
Always a beautiful ride any time of year, the scenic gondola ride up to Tremblant’s summit is a must for the views.
Formerly just a kid-favourite, I decided to give this a whirl this year — and it was such fun! I really psyched myself out halfway up on my first try after making the mistake of looking down. The ole confidence-with-heights thing seems to be dwindling in my advanced years. But I powered back up and managed to “ding” the bell. Then swiftly got back to the ground and lay there for about 48 seconds until my heart started beating at a normal rate.
This is, without a doubt, both of my kids’ favourite activity ever.
A cool new VR studio has popped up in the upper village this year (just alongside the Escape Rooms, through a side-door entrance) and for $90, four players get one hour of time doing All Things VR. And it was SUPER cool! Everyone gets 15 minutes in a “room” where you can select from a number of awesome games; one turn in the VR “pod” (Miss Q tried the Night Coaster and loved it, while I went crazy for the Pirate Ship ride simulator; and then as much time as remains in your hour on the stationary Oculus Rift headsets.
Hit a bit of rain? No bigs — head on over to Studio Creatif and paint pre-moulded pottery pieces to your liking. Miss Q painted a unicorn piggy bank ($40 total including paint and firing) and I painted a mug so big that a 2.5-cup matcha latte I made last week still didn’t fit it completely ($25). We painted our pieces at 6 p.m. and they were ready by 11 a.m. the next morning!
You can find even more — yes, more — things to do with kids in Tremblant in a post I wrote for TravelingMom after one of our visits — think horseback riding, treetop eco-tours, DIY T-shirts, an escape room, the Beach & Tennis club and more.
Wondering where to stay in Tremblant this summer?
Here are my top picks:
- Residence Inn by Marriott Mont-Tremblant — we just stayed here on our most recent summer trip to Tremblant, and it blew me away. I had no idea this little gem was sitting in the village this whole time without so much as stepping foot into it. We had a two-floor room, which had a loft bedroom with two double beds (though I wish it had been a king!) and ensuite, and the main floor had a bedroom with a king bed and a washroom shared with the living space, which had a good-sized kitchenette and a living room with a queen pull-out sofa! It was a HUGE space. Breakfast is free and it was probably the best included breaky we’ve had at any of the Mont-Tremblant hotels — lots of variety and it changed a bit from day to day. It’s located in a great spot right underneath the cabriolet, mid-village
- Fairmont Tremblant
- Holiday Inn Tremblant
- Ermitage du lac
- Le Westin Tremblant
- Les Manoirs
- Tremblant Les Eaux
Eating in the Tremblant village
This is a breeze when you consult my Tremblant restaurant guide! We have dined in EVERY SINGLE TREMBLANT VILLAGE RESTAURANT and hit up all the patios — and break down their location, price range and best dishes in my list. So keep it handy.
DISCLAIMER: Tremblant supported this visit with accommodations along with several meals and activities to facilitate this post. All opinions and suggestions my own.