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Romantic Weekend Treehouse Retreat in Tremblant

Romantic Weekend Treehouse Retreat in Tremblant

Mont Tremblant is a perfect long weekend retreat if you're living in Toronto, and you don't need to be a skier to enjoy it! Tavis and I spent the weekend at Refuges Perchés in a romantic little treehouse this February and LOVED it. This place was in a beautifully secluded forest with no cell service. It was the perfect place unplug and unwind—and the treehouse part made it that much more fun!

Hard Facts: These treehouses are a slightly rustic experience! There were washrooms with showers and a full heated building with power at the main lodge, but once you're out at your treehouse, you'll be using an outhouse, a battery-powered light and collecting your dishwater from the lake. It was basically like camping without the tent part. Fun!

Day 1: Arrival & Dinner

We left Toronto Friday early morning—it took us around 7 hours to get from downtown to the Refuges Perchés check-in office. The drive was relatively easy, with lots of places to stop for stretches and snacks along the way. We met with the front desk guy, who was super helpful (I wish we got his name!). He gave us our keys, a camp kit (with essentials like a lantern, candles, matches, dish towels, drinking water, firewood, etc.), and sleds to tow our gear to the treehouse, which was about a 15-minute hike into the woods. Our treehouse was equipped with a propane grill, so we cooked up a little camp dinner and spent the rest of the night cozied up by the wood-fired stove with some music and the candles all lit up (caaauuuuuuuuteeee!). You can see exactly what I packed for this trip—food and all—here.

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Day 2: Snowshoeing & Tremblant Ski Village 

Snowshoe trail map; click to enlarge.

Today, we woke up early for a nice breakfast—what a treat to rise with the sun! We spent most of the day snowshoeing—the weather was absolutely perfect. It had actually snowed a bunch the day prior to our arrival, so the trees were all still so pretty! We had been hoping to conquer the L'Aventurier trail (see map), but there had been so much snow that it was completley covered, making it difficult to navigate. So instead we opted for Le-Tour-du-Lac—so pretty! It took us twice the suggested time because I couldn't stop taking photos...worth it!

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Afterwards, we ditched our gear back at the treehouse, showered, and drove into Tremblant Village for dinner at La Diable, a cozy après ski microbrewery in the village—I would recommend trying the Double Noire stout. There are also lots of cute shops to browse, and of course Beaver Tails to be had! 

Day 3: Breakfast & Farewell

Today after breakfast, we got up and soaked in as much of the scenery as we could before packing up and heading out. Refuges Perchés is in an eco park, so we packed out all of our garbage, said goodbye to our cozy cabin, and hit the road back to TO. 

Overall I would give Refuges Perchés five stars! It was well-run, in the perfect location and oh-so-beautiful. We will certainly be back!

What to Pack for a Weekend Snowshoeing Trip in Quebec

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