10Best Day Trip: Explore Saint-Sauveur, Montreal's Mountain Retreat

Just an hour north of the city is a mountain playground


Saint-Sauveur is small picturesque town in the Laurentian Mountains. It’s two hours north of Montréal and well known for its winter ski hills and summer festivals.

The church in St-Sauveur — Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Saint-Sauveur TourimseNeed to relax? Check out one of the restorative spas where you can soak up the tranquility of the mountains while getting rejuvenated. Auberge & Spa le Refuge offers Nordic baths in an outdoor setting, therapeutic massage and beauty treatments. Luxurious and intimate, the Spa of Manoir Saint-Sauveur also offers therapeutic massage, facial treaments and body care as well as Finnish saunas and steam baths. Check out it’s romantic getaway packages.

Downhill skiing in the Laurentians — Photo courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Mont Saint-Sauveur During the winter, St-Saveur is one of the major ski attractions especially because of its close proximity to Montréal. There are dozens of varied trails on five mountains for each level of skiers, each served by state-of-the-art chair lifts.  Mont Saint-Sauveur's 500,000-watt lighting system allows for some terrific nighttime skiing. There’s more than just downhill skiing though. There a multitude of winter activities ranging from tube-sliding, snow rafting, ice skating, snowshoeing and, only minutes away, dog-sledding and horseback riding.

Sliding down the mountain — Photo courtesy of Photo Courtesyof Saint-Sauveur Water ParkIn the summer the village is home to a number of music festivals as well as the popular dance and arts festival. The Mont Saint-Sauveur Water Park, Canada’s largest mountain water park, is a major attraction. The water slides are .34 miles long with vertical drops of 200 feet down the mountain making for an exciting ride. The adrenaline rush continues on the Viking, a unique alpine roller coaster. You can also zip along the Acro-Nature through the Laurentian forest.

St-Saveur at night — Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of Tourism Saint-SauveurRelax at the end of the day in the village’s fine restaurant. Catch breakfast a Chez Cora, lunch at Marabou with its eclectic seasonal menu or enjoy French cuisine at Crêperie la Gourmandise Bretonne. The romantic Le Bistro St-Sauveur offers regional cuisine such as Lac Brome duck and artisanal cheeses. After eating, visit the beautiful 19th century church or one of the boutiques offering products created by local artists. There are also several shopping complexes with brand name outlets where you can find some terrific bargains.

You may be so charmed that you decide to stay overnight. Chalet Saint-Sauvuer and Hotel Le Versailles are great options. There’s also several quaint Bed and Breakfast options such as Auberge de la Place and Au Havre Saint-Sauveur.

Saint-Sauveur is a chance to experience the charm of the Laurentide region. A terrific day trip.

About Shelagh McNally

Freelance travel writer and editor, Shelagh McNally has been a world traveler since her teens.  After 20 years in Toronto, she left her job as Communications Officer for a major bank and moved to Puerto Morelos, Mexico where she helped establish the Miami Herald’s satellite office in Cancun. She went on to contribute to 12 editions of Fodor’s travel guides as well as writing a book about Mayan ruins. She is also the author of the Adventure Guide to Guatemala and the Pocket Guide to Guatemala. She now divides her time between Mexico and her adopted hometown of Montreal, Quebec.  She continues to write about Latin America but also about her favorite locations in Canada for a number of international and North American online and print publications.

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