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You know that clichéd image of Canadians with checked wool shirts, folded tuques and long scruffy bears? That still exists in the Laurentians – or, at least, many people still enjoy affecting the woodsman style there, whether they’re locals or weekend warriors on break from the big city. This area north of Montreal is much more densely wooded than the Eastern Townships, making it an idyllic area to visit in fall, when the leaves are changing color. The mountainous topography makes it popular with hikers and cyclists (Parc National du Mont-Tremblant and Parc Régional Montagne du Diable are renowned for their lookout points), and there are many renowned ski hills here, starting with the popular Mont Saint-Sauveur, next to pretty Mont-Tremblant. Other sweet towns to visit include Sainte-Adèle, Val-David and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. You can easily rent a traditional lakeside log cabin in the woods for a summer getaway, or plan a golf day at one of the many courses. Spa lovers will find their fare share of Nordic spa experiences in the area, at spas including Spa Scandinave Mont-Tremblant and the Polar Bear’s Club in Piedmont, and there are many great sugar shacks to visit in the springtime, for a full-on maple extravaganza. Check out the link below for some suggestions.

Photo: Susan Moss
Laurentian Mountains, Lac-Pikauba, QC G0A, Canada