Summer Resorts 2003: Mont Tremblant, Quebec

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The rounded mountains surrounding Tremblant are among the oldest in the world. By the time successive glaciers finished their work a billion years ago, they dealt Tremblant two trump cards: Mont Tremblant, at 2,871 feet, the highest peak in the Laurentians, and a seven-mile-long lake at its base, perfect for boating and swimming. Then came French influence in the 17th century, sealing Tremblant's fate as a consummate year-round destination. There's enough QuÈbÈcois flair in the lake-speckled countryside to make you feel like you're in the French Alps, not two hours from the U.S. border.

Tremblant's colorful village and nearby Sainte-Jovite, both bustling with shops, cafes and restaurants, are even more vibrant in summer than winter. Music festivals, like the International Blues Festival in July, ensure there's plenty of Quebec's trademarked partying going on. But there's also a quieter side to summer here, as Music in the Mountains brings world beat and classical music to Tremblant in late August, when meteor showers streak the night sky.

By day, the chairlift rides that chilled you last winter now treat you to some of the nicest riding in the Laurentians. Two championship golf courses-Le GÈant and Le Diable-will put your game to the test. And the Canadian dollar, which is mercifully stuck at 65 cents to the U.S. greenback, makes the pleasures of Quebec affordable indeed.

•DON'T MISS A heart-thumping day of whitewater rafting on the Rouge River with New World Rafting starts at $62 (U.S.) per person, including a picnic lunch. 800-361-5033; newworld.ca

•BEST DEAL Summer rates at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Tremblant are half what they are in winter. A night's lodging, including buffet breakfast and health club access, costs $169 (U.S.) per room through July. 800-257-7544; fairmont.com