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Travelling across Canada is an adventure in itself, but pronouncing some of its iconic destinations is another challenge altogether. Even former U.S. President Barack Obama once stumbled over "Mississauga" during a 2016 state dinner.

But Quebec is filled with plenty of its own tongue-twisting locales. Given its French heritage, it's no surprise some of its spots can be tricky for non-French speakers. However, even Quebec can't claim places with names as challenging as Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake — a mouthful found in Manitoba.

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Picture this: stunning shades of red, orange, and gold blanket the Quebec landscape, making every road trip feel like a journey through a Hallmark movie. From charming villages painted in autumnal hues to hidden forest gems waiting to be explored, there are loads of stunning spots near Montreal where you can see exceptional views of the fall foliage.

So, we've curated a list of 17 irresistible destinations that'll have you falling head over heels for the autumn season in Quebec. So, grab your flannel, pumpkin-spiced latte and a camera; because the foliage-filled adventures don't last nearly as long enough as they should.

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Nestled on the side of Lac Tremblant, a cobblestone manor sits in silence, waiting for its turn to be adopted. Unbeknownst to the sleepy mansion, its net worth has recently decreased by an amount larger than what most Quebecers will earn in their lifetime.

This is 730 chemin Thomas-Robert, a massive home set on 52 sprawling acres with a full 1,000 feet of private lakefront just 90 minutes from Montreal. Set on a cliff overlooking Lac Tremblant, the home was originally listed in summer 2022 at $39.9 million. In the time since its initial listing, 730 Thomas-Robert has been downgraded by an eyewatering $6 million to the still-impressive price of $33.9 million.

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Winter has loosened its icy grip. Ice has retreated from the trails and the fragrance of wet grass and fresh vegetation fills the air. It's spring at last — time to emerge from our dank city apartments and stretch our cramped legs after a season of couch potatoing. Here are eight spring hikes in Quebec to get started.

Most of these hikes have an intermediate level of difficulty, but there are a few more challenging routes for the extra adventurous.

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As if Mont-Tremblant could get any more beautiful, the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) has constructed a special stargazing circle to offer uninterrupted views of the starry night sky this summer.

The mountaintop benches are reclined to the perfect sky-watching angle, and Sépaq park rangers will be offering guided activities including an astronomy night called "Visite du cosmos."

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There's only one kind of "pod challenge" you'll fall for after seeing the view from these coveted chalets. The heavenly "Cloud Pod" is joining this year's roster of private dome-shaped getaways for rent at Bel Air Tremblant, a popular resort two hours north of Montreal.

"What makes the Cloud Pod special [is] its magnificent views of nature from the bed," Bel Air spokesperson Sandie Coupey-Braeckman told MTL Blog.

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While international travel is much less stressful now that Canada has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions, many may still want to look for ways to vacation right here in Quebec — and we've got the perfect place to do just that. Quebec's Fairmont Tremblant resort located in Mont-Tremblant was recently named one of the best spots in all of Canada and this stunning location is only 90 minutes from Montreal.

Condé Nast Traveler released its annual Readers' Choice Awards and Fairmont Tremblant landed in the sixth spot when it comes to the best of the best resorts in Canada. In fact, it's the only Quebec destination that made the list.

Fairmont Tremblant scored a total of 93.14 points, with the resort's ski slopes, remarkable fall foliage and summer hikes highlighted as a few of the hotel's most noteworthy features. The resort landed in ninth last year with a score of 90.92 — so Fairmont Tremblant is definitely doing something right.

"Perfectly located at the foot of the majestic Tremblant peaks, Fairmont Tremblant resort is the best destination for a balanced combination of relaxation and adventure, creating memories for couples, families and singles to cherish for a lifetime," the resort boasts on its website.

So, who did Fairmont Tremblant beat out? Here's the full list of the 2022 winners of the Top 10 Resorts in Canada:

  1. Nita Lake Lodge — Whistler, BC
  2. Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler — Whistler, BC
  3. Fairmont Banff Springs — Banff, Alberta
  4. Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre — Whistler, BC
  5. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge — Jasper, Alberta
  6. Fairmont Tremblant — Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
  7. Fairmont Chateau Whistler — Whistler, BC
  8. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise — Lake Louise, Alberta
  9. Fairmont Hot Springs Resort — Fairmont, BC
  10. Cabot Cape Breton — Inverness, Nova Scotia
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Six new mini chalets are opening an hour and a half from Montreal so you can treat yourself to a little TLC this fall and winter. Each tiny home at Les Petits Chalets in Val-des-Lacs spans two floors with a private hot tub, heated floors and skylights above the bed. The rentals are even dog-friendly, so you can bring the whole family.

The rentals are built to keep you in a state of relaxation. Upstairs, you can lounge on a suspended net floor at the foot of the king-sized bed to watch your fave show on the 65" HDTV. Half the floor is made of hammock material, so you can see the living room below while you hang out (literally).

Downstairs, 12-foot patio doors lead from the fully stocked kitchen to the private patio, letting natural light in during the day and giving a panoramic view of the night sky after the sun goes down.

You can cozy up by the indoor or outdoor fireplace, or relax in the spacious shower with not one, but two waterfall spouts overhead. The site also offers unlimited access to a spa room with yoga, pilates and dance classes available on demand 24/7.

The chalets are located about 20 minutes from Mont-Tremblant and even closer to Kanatha-Aki, Quebec's only bison reserve, where you can walk among the animals and feed them. Plein Air Touski Centre is also nearby, offering a skatepark in the warmer months and a snowpark for the winter.

Three cabins are available to pre-book this season. The average price for a night ranges from $225 in the fall (for the smallest cabin) to $475 during peak holiday weeks in December and January. There's a two-night minimum for reservations and a 50% off promotion for any third-night bookings through December 1, 2022.

If you've been wondering what the tiny home hype is all about, this might be the place to find out.

Les Petits Chalets

Where: 502, chem. de Val-des-Lacs, Val-des-Lacs, QC


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Open your pockets, everyone, a new luxury mansion has just hit the market — and there's never been a property listing quite as expensive as this one, according to real estate aggregator Centris. The opulent home is listed for an eye-watering $39.9 million, making it the priciest-ever home for sale in Quebec.

The imposing facade of the massive home, midwinter.The imposing facade of the massive home, midwinter.Groupe Venise & Peter Wyslouzil

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If you are looking to add a little more magic to your life, then a weekend away to Mont-Tremblant just might be the perfect solution. Bel Air Tremblant Resort has an entrancing "Bridge of Dreams" and you don't need to be a guest to visit.

For Montrealers looking for a getaway or photo opportunity in the Laurentians, the enchanting bridge is only 90 minutes away.

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With the arrival of summer weather in Quebec, now's the time to start planning your first aventures estivales.

While a weekend getaway from Montreal might be calling your name, sometimes all you've got time for is a quick day trip, and luckily, there are loads of gorgeous spots with loads to do within a two-hour radius of Montreal.

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Now, we don't want to brag or anything but they don't call Quebec la belle province for nothing... alright, we love to brag a little bit!

Quebec is downright stunning year-round, but when summer rolls around and the world comes to life again, the province is nothing short of magical.

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