During a week-long trip up at Mont Tremblant with a buddy of mine, we were fortunate enough to get out to the Domaine Saint-Bernard for an afternoon of snowshoeing. If one wanted, they could choose to stay on site as well as there are rooms that are rented hostel style and you can find more info here.
The area has some nicely marked out trails (45km in all) for mainly cross-country skiing and some snowshoeing so we looked at the maps and chose a few we wanted to tackle since we were planning to snowshoe. After a short stint on the trails, Dave and I got bored and went off trail for a bit – the weather was pretty good (only -20c that day). Fresh and deep powder will drain you pretty quick if you push too much so we wandered around, climbed a few hills, took some photos and then we stumbled upon a deer that had been recently mauled by wolves or coyotes. Can’t imagine it was a nice way to go but it’s that whole circle of life thing. Putting the scene out of heads we moved on and wandered around for a bit before deciding to head back to the main building.
While it is not the ideal place for a lot of snowshoeing, it was fun and there are some good views to seen. As Dave and I left the area, we knew we would be back a few days later to try out some of the black diamond cross-country ski trails we saw on the maps. I would recommend this to a group of friends who wanted to get away for a weekend of skiing and snowshoeing but didn’t want to pay the big fees up at Tremblant itself as you are only about 10 minutes away. Just don’t expect a lot of privacy.