Mont Tremblant is a killer ski destination, but its charms aren’t limited to winter. The Laurentians are teeming with trails, lakes and rivers and offer countless year-round outdoor recreation opportunities for the whole family. Runners will love the Mont-Tremblant Half Marathon (aka the Mont Tremblant Half Marathon), organized by a tight-knit community driven by a passion for the great outdoors.
This year’s event takes place on August 14, a perfect time for your family vacation or as a tune-up race for a fall marathon. The point-to-point route begins at Tremblant resort, meanders on local trails, paved bike paths through the forest, along the edge of the river, beside a deliciously cool lake and along side roads, ending with a sprint down the main street towards the town hall.
The locals are rightly proud of the area and are very hospitable to tourists visiting for the race. The whole town comes out to race, cheer or volunteer; this is an opportunity for them to showcase their Quebec culture and showcase the natural paradise they inhabit. And you’re sure to make a wish to return and savor the region’s many offerings, which can hardly be enjoyed in just one visit.
As local Mont-Tremblant runners will tell you, the course isn’t flat, it’s just awesome. Although you will encounter many hills on the course, this is a clean downhill course (meaning you will be descending more than you are ascending). Not quite ready for a hilly half marathon? No problem, there is also a 10K, a 5K and, for the little ones, a 1K kids. You will feel the excitement in the fresh mountain air. There’s live entertainment, a free event exhibition all weekend, and lots of surprises. After you snag your finishing medal, post-race festivities include lunch (and even cold beer, for those over 18), to quickly get you off your tense quads and let those after-hours endorphins go. race take over.
Whether you’re looking for a runner’s high this summer as you push for the podium, or just want to walk 5K with friends, strap on your sneakers and head to the Laurentians. The Mont-Tremblant Half-Marathon is a family event not to be missed.
Mont-Tremblant Half Marathon
Date: August 14, 2022
Distances: 21.1K, 10K, 5K, 1K
Registration fee: $20 to $85 (there is also a parent/child team rate)
Where to stay
The Mont Tremblant region offers a multitude of accommodation offers, including campgrounds, hotels and condos. Just a few examples:
Fairmont Mont-Tremblant: Located in the village, the Fairmont offers a variety of rooms, suites, and condos along with luxurious amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub, spa, and restaurants.
Napoleon House:Also in the village, this “luxury/rustic” bed & breakfast has four charming guest rooms and serves a hearty and delicious breakfast, made with local ingredients, to fuel your day’s activities.
Bel Air Tremblant:Looking for something else? Bel-Air Tremblant offers mini-lofts, domes and pods with all the amenities of a hotel, in an offbeat package.
Silver Mountain Campsite: A few kilometers from the village, this campsite has a sandy beach and is close to hiking trails.
Where to eat
O Café Vieux Tremblant in the village is a great choice for lunch or brunch, with pastries, baked goods, smoothie bowls and locally roasted coffee.
Seb–l’Artisan Culinaire offers local and seasonal bistro-style dishes, including seafood, grilled meats, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, as well as a sophisticated wine list.
Resto-Bar Le Shack is located at the base of the ski slopes and is a great meeting place for friends or family, with indoor and outdoor dining options and giant screens for sports fans.
What to do after your run
The area is full of outdoor adventure options including beaches, canoeing/kayaking, hiking/biking trails, casinos, and entertainment to unwind before and after the race. For more information, click here.