Tiny Travelogue: Mont-Tremblant National Park – Yurt Edition

Yurt Mont Tremblant collage

Location: Mont-Tremblant National Park (L’Assomption sector), Quebec

Length of Trip: Three days, two nights (August 2014)

Purpose of Trip: General outdoorsy fun, including swimming, canoeing, and campfire-ing

Method of Transportation:  Henry the Honda

Food: chili, tortilla chips, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salad, bagels, cheese & crackers, yogurt & granola, coffee… you get the idea

Accommodations: A yurt! I was very excited to sleep in  a yurt and it did not disappoint. Now I’m spending my days dreaming about building my own off-grid yurt.

Highlights: 

The skylight: The top of the yurt had a clear dome – built in skylight.  We were even so lucky as to have a thunderstorm, so while we thanked our lucky stars we weren’t in a tent when the storm happened we also watched the lightning through the dome over the bed.  Awesome.

Canoeing:  The yurt rental came with a canoe rental for the duration of our stay.  This wasn’t mentioned on the website so it was a bonus surprise.

 

 

Tiny Travelogue: Mont Tremblant National Park

Mont-Tremblant National Park

Location: Mont-Tremblant National Park, Quebec

Length of Trip: Three days, two nights (July 2013)

Purpose of Trip:  Fun, swimming, campfires, and general outdoorsy-ness

Method of Transportation:  Henry the Honda

Food: chili, grilled cheese, chips, wine, hot dogs, grilled veggies, corn on the cob, peanut butter cookies and other delicious food

Accommodations: Instead of camping, we opted for more of a ‘glamping’ trip.  We stayed in an adorable little cabin called “La Mesange”, which was on Lac Provost in the La Pimbina section of the park.  The cabin had a nice loft you could sleep in, as well as a separate bedroom.  Oh, and it had its own bathroom with a shower and everything!  It was well stocked with pretty much everything you need for cooking (small fridge, stove-top, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker, pots, pans, utensils, plates, cups, mugs etc.)  And the best part was it was located right next to a really nice beach.  Overall, it was pretty amazing.

Highlights:  The best part of this trip was definitely the swimming in Lac Provost and the relaxing on the beach.  The cabin itself was also pretty great. 

In addition to swimming, we also did some “hiking”.  I feel the need to use quotation marks because to me, “real hiking” is more grueling and involves mountains.  Real mountains, like in the Rockies.  None of this “big hill that we call a mountain” business.  The first trail we did was L’ Envol, which took us about 1 hour.  It had nice views and was definitely worth doing.  We also did the Chutes-Aux-Rats hike.  It took us 2 hours, and didn’t really have much to see along the way.  Basically just some walking in the woods.  There was a really nice waterfall at the end but, it was a bit disappointing (after walking for two hours in the heat) to find out that you could easily just drive there.  I mean, I’m not one to advocate driving places but… it would have just been a short drive up the road.  Maybe use your hiking energies for something else.