Summer Resorts 2002-Northeast: Mont. Tremblant, Que.


Mont Tremblant, Que.

Considering the pleasant lake at its feet, it's a wonder Tremblant Resort, founded as a ski area in 1939, took so long to arrive as a warm-weather resort. The Laurentians are lovely in summer: small but rugged green hills; country roads winding between their flanks; another lake or village or golf course around every corner. The action centers on two villages: a glitzy new one, erected by Intrawest's prolific builders at the base of the mountain, and the original, nearby Sainte-Jovite. Both buzz with visitors strolling among the shops and cafes.

At Tremblant, kids love the open-air Cabriolet, which transports pedestrians to the top of the stair-stepped village. Sainte-Jovite is a little more "real," hopping not only with tourists but locals as well. For fun and relaxation, you can swim, sail or ski on the lake, or nap on the beach. Or take on any of the region's half-dozen golf courses, including evil-doing Le Diable, if you're up to the challenge. For exercise, hike or bike on Mont Tremblant itself, or pedal the bike path, Canada's longest, stretching more than 120 miles on a converted railway bed from Sainte-Jerome to Mont Lauriers.

Then, because you've earned it, there's the food. Cliché but true: In Quebec, even the mom-and-pop bistros take as much care in their preparations as some of the fanciest U.S. resort restaurants. Don't feel guilty because your greenbacks go 60 percent further than the locals' Loonies. Solution? Share the wealth: a round of drinks on you. ¿J.C.

DON'T MISS A seaplane sightseeing ride with WheelAir ($50 per person, for 20 minutes). 819-425-5662.

best deal Before June 1 at the Grand Lodge on Lac Ouimet: $79 per room, kids under 12 free; 800-567-6763;; 800-461-8711;