It’s no secret that Ikon Pass destinations offer the crème de la crème of alpine adventure, both on and off the mountain. Tremblant is no exception. Ikon Pass holders get unlimited access to European-style experiences from the other side of the pond, thanks to this iconic destination’s distinctly French flair. Find out why Tremblant makes every mountain-loving Francophile’s must-hit list.
Visitors to Tremblant may want to start brushing up on their Français. The resort is nestled among the Laurentian Mountains in the heart of Canada’s most French province, Québec. And it’s only 80 miles from Montréal—the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after only Paris.
Walk into any of Tremblant’s cafés or patisseries, and the French language may be more prevalent than any conversations in English; however, there’s no need to worry—Tremblant locals speak French and English interchangeably.
Old-World Village Charm
With Tremblant’s colorful European-inspired facades, quaint snow-topped shops, and narrow cobblestone walkways, you may feel as though you’ve stepped into a quaint Chamonix ski village. Purpose-built back in 1991 to mimic a European-style alpine town, the pedestrian-only village at Tremblant’s base provides a ski-in, ski-out sanctuary for après fun.
Pop off your skis, stroll the square, and peruse the many chic boutiques. Admire the exclusive collections of jewelry designed by a Montreal gemologist at Joaillerie St-Onge or pick up a cozy hat and gloves at Le Skieur. Take an evening spin on the village ice rink, situated next to St. Bernard Chapel; and warm yourself next to the crackling fire. The French flair of this picturesque village has something for everyone and is sure to make you feel like you are worlds away.
When French cuisine collides with Canadian comfort food, the results are nothing short of spectacular. We’re talking buttery croissants, classic French onion soup, Canadian poutine, cheesy raclette, and chocolatey fondue. These and many other delicious delicacies can be found throughout Tremblant.
- La Maison de la Crêpe: With 50-plus crêpe varieties, there’s something for all tastes. Munch on classics like crêpes with mixed berries or Nutella, or more extreme yet delicious options, like pizza and escargot.
- La Savoie: With homey décor, delicious fondue, and tabletop pierrades, diners hungry after a long day on the mountain won’t be disappointed. Make sure to try the local favorite: raclette. The metal contraption in the middle of your table holds a sturdy half-wheel of cheese against a heater. As the cheese melts, scrape it onto slices of bread, prosciutto, and salami, and enjoy.
- Smoke’s Poutinerie Tremblant: Treat taste buds to a Québécois classic. Smoke’s is all poutine, all the time. Order a traditional plate of fresh hand-cut fries, squeaky cheese curds, and Smoke’s signature gravy; or opt for one of 20 other varieties on the menu.