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GTA to Mont Tremblant: A Travel Vlog

21 JUL 2021

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When you love golf, you’re always looking to score a few extra rounds – wouldn’t it be nice to schedule a time or two while vacationing with family?

In this travel vlog, we've covered our trip from the greater Toronto area to Ottawa and Mont Tremblant, plus a few stops we recommend in between. Whether you’re planning a road trip to reconnect with family members or a getaway with friends, this guide will inspire you to see the sites, enjoy some adventure with family, and hit a few links along the way.

We’ve time-tracked the trip so you can plan ahead, give or take some traffic and other pitstops.

Stop 1 from GTA: 1 hour, 40 minutes to Colborne, Ontario



THE BIG APPLE

This is the first stop for a few reasons; the ease of getting on and off the highway, kid and pet-friendly amenities, and apple pie.

Things you should know:

  • You’re welcomed by a giant apple, currently wearing the biggest mask you’ll ever see.
  • Their bakery and shop offer some of the best apple-flavoured everything
  • All outdoor activities for kids are complementary; so, if you’ve got time, schedule in a round of mini-putt, shuffleboard, bocce ball, ping pong or the popular kid's train ride!
  • Bonus: There is an enclosed dog park for your furry friends to relieve themselves, stretch their legs, and meet some friends

Other Fun Facts You Didn’t Need To Know
(but could use as an information scavenger hunt for kids bored by the car ride):

  • The Big Apple claims to be the largest apple-shaped structure in the world
  • The structure contains apple-based trivia in its interior and an observation deck on its roof
  • The structure weighs 42 tons and can purportedly hold 650,000 apples

Stop 2 from Colborne: 1 hour, 15 minutes to Kingston, Ontario



KINGSTON, ONTARIO

Kingston is known for its lively shops, history, and food scene. From exploring downtown to walking the Kingston waterfront, there are plenty of free, paid, family, or fun ideas that are great for kids, couples, or groups. You can take a ride on the Trolley Tour and go for a relaxing boat cruise along the 1,000 Islands then settle in at a classic pub for a bite. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are walking tours, bike tours, food and beer tours, or the famous Haunted Walk of Kingston – if you dare!

Things you should know:

  • Check out the visitor’s center when you arrive; no matter what you’re looking to do, there will be an activity suited for your interests!
  • If the weather is nice, you can stop and have a picnic. There’s also a pier where you can cool off and take a swim!
  • Into indoor rock climbing? Kingston is home to Canada’s highest indoor rock-climbing facility. The Boiler Room might be on your list to try, with its highlight being the 100-foot-tall brick chimney – which you can see from areas of the Kingston waterfront. If you aren’t afraid of heights, you can climb the inside and sneak a peek through the windows of the city below. Cool, eh?

Stop 3 from Kingston: 1 hour, 52 minutes to Eagle Creek Golf Club

    

DUNROBIN, ONTARIO

We had the energy to drive over to Eagle Creek Golf Club, located just outside downtown Ottawa and about a two-hour drive from Kingston. If your schedule allows you to fully enjoy Kingston, stay overnight and make the drive to Ottawa the next morning, so you are fresh for golf.

Things you should know:

  • Eagle Creek is an exceptional risk-reward course. Almost every hole dares you with dangerous options as well as easier ones, providing experienced players with course management decisions and novices with a course they can thoroughly enjoy.
  • 18 is the most famous par-5 around Ottawa. The 573-yard dogleg wraps around a 16-acre lake, tempting many players to risk going for the green in two. After this nerve-wracking finish, you can relax and enjoy a beverage and a wonderful meal in the colonial-style clubhouse.

Stop 4 from Eagle Creek: 40 minutes to Downtown Ottawa




OTTAWA, ONTARIO


Whether you’re checking in before you play at Eagle Creek or make this your home base after your round, the 40-minute drive is relaxing and highlights the beautiful views of Ontario.

There are family-friendly things to do, along with shopping at local boutiques. Ottawa hosts many boat tours, one of the most popular being the Ottawa River Tour. To the history buff, be sure to visit Parliament Hill and the Canadian War Museum to take in a few stories.

Things you should know:

  • From art galleries to cathedrals and more historical walking tours, Ottawa offers so many activities that can be catered to any group
  • ByWard Market in Lower Town of Ottawa is a city experience you must take in. From farmer’s markets to specialty shops featuring local artists and designers, street art, the occasional busker, great restaurants and nightlife, and of course the best beaver tails anywhere.  
  • Make some room on your schedule to explore Canada’s capital, you won’t be disappointed! 

Stop 5 from Ottawa: 10-20 minutes to Club de golf Hautes Plaines

  

GATINEAU, QUEBEC


What can we say? Club de golf Hautes Plaines has the most exciting topography of any club in the National Capital Region. The course climbs up and down, offering an array of elevated tee shots and arresting views. From the sixth tee, you can see the entire city of Ottawa.

Built in 1983 and redesigned by acclaimed Montreal architect Graham Cooke, the tree-lined fairways, and numerous bunkers challenge players to think strategically and take risks.

Things you should know:

  • This is a challenging track that boasts beautiful views, tight fairways, and immaculate course conditions
  • Play 9 or 18 and still have time for your family reunion in Ottawa or Gatineau

Stoptional from Hautes Plaines: 1 hour to Parc Omega



MONTEBELLO, QUEBEC


Parc Omega is a unique family experience in the heart of nature and if you choose to visit, it’s only an hour on the way to Mont Tremblant.

Things you should know:

  • Parc Omega is not a zoo. It's a natural museum, where wild animals live in their natural habitat and get to interact with humans in an ethical and civilized way
  • Stay for 1 hour or overnight, with 12 km to discover, 40 accommodations in the heart of 900 hectares of nature among 400 animals.
  • If you stop here, it’s a 50-minute drive to Mont Tremblant

Stop 6 from Club de golf Hautes Plaines: 1 hour, 40 minutes to Mont Tremblant

  

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC

We kept driving and made it to the mountain views of Mont Tremblant for a change of scenery.

Starting a list of things to do in Mont Tremblant was tough; there are SO many things you can plan! For the outdoor adventurers, take a hike to discover the highest point of the Laurentian mountains. There are trails for hikers of all levels, from 1 km to 20 km (round trip) – so if this is on your list, make sure you’re ready for the challenge!

Things you should know:

  • If you’re looking to unwind and relax, this is the place for you. Take a leisurely stroll through the Village, enjoy a Canadian classic like a Beavertail for dessert (can’t get enough), and then hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
  • For family fun, keep an eye out for ATV rides, paintball, more rock climbing, plus water sports like rafting and canoeing. Or stop by the Spiderweb – a fun obstacle course at the base of the mountain that incorporates all your kid’s favourite activities, climbing, crawling, dangling and bouncing.

Stop 7 from Mont Tremblant: 10 minutes to Golf Le Maître De Mont Tremblant

  

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC

Ranked 35th in Canada and No.2 in Quebec by SCOREGolf in 2010, Le Maître's 260 acres of forest, shoreline and sweeping vistas provide a stunning setting for golf, and much more. Along with its superb 18 holes, the facility boasts a top-notch practice facility, tennis courts, swimming pool and an elegant clubhouse.

Things you should know:

  • The newly built Le Maître clubhouse pays tribute to its stunning location overlooking the waterfalls that separate No. 9 and No. 18 greens. The interior aesthetic and design are reflective of a fresh and contemporary Mont-Tremblant chalet. You’re going to want to check out their stunning wall of wine and sample some grand vin on the patio.

 Stop 8 from Golf Le Maître De Mont Tremblant: 10 minutes to Golf La Bête

    

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC

Separated by the Diable River, La Bête is a quick 10-minute skip from neighbouring Golf Le Maître De Mont Tremblant. Private and quiet, the clubhouse patio offers casual alfresco dining with elevated views of the golf course.

Things you should know:

  • Golf La Bête is open to the public, so anyone can add this into their Mont Tremblant rotation
  • Winding harmoniously through tree-lined hills and valleys with majestic views of the Laurentian Mountains, Mont Tremblant and the Riviere Diable (Devil's River) in Quebec's spectacular Mont Tremblant region, La Bête offers an enjoyable but challenging test.

That’s a Wrap!

We crammed a lot of activity into four days, from driving cars to driving balls – so anything is possible. If you’re planning a longer trip, take the scenic route and add these into your vacation:

Kanata Golf Club: 28 minutes from Eagle Creek Golf Course

You can play nine holes at Eagle Creek and stop for a coffee refuel on your way to play another nine at Kanata Golf Club. Whatever your schedule has time for, this ClubLink course isn’t too far from Eagle Creek in Dunrobin.

GreyHawk Golf Club: 20 minutes from Ottawa

If you’re staying in Ottawa for a few days or can’t make it to Mont Tremblant, GreyHawk Golf Club should be on your list. Located 20 minutes outside downtown, the 36-hole Golf Club resides on the eastern edge of Ottawa so you can savour two distinctly different golf experiences in one great location.

Club De Golf Rosemere: 1 hour, 12 minutes from Mont Tremblant

Stop by Sainte-Adèle for a meal to remember, then continue the drive through picturesque Saint-Jérôme on your way to Club de golf Rosemere. This ClubLink managed club has a full membership and waiting list, so a late afternoon nine-hole game followed by a bite on the terrace might be the plan here.

Islesmere Golf Club: 20 minutes from Club de golf Rosemere

Since you made it this far, make the quick drive to Laval, and enjoy a game at the venerable Club de golf Islesmere. This classic parkland-style golf course hosted a Canadian Open back in 1959, and recently celebrated its centennial year. Irresistible old-world charm and more incredible hospitality to be enjoyed here.