After a lifetime of work and play in one of the
world’s most interesting city, I finally decided it was time to
head west. But after four months of absenteeism, my mind and
heart returns to that perfect Eden”, just north of Montreal, in
the oldest set of mountains where activity and lasting memories
of total relaxation meld together.
When I was a boy, my family spent summers in Ste.
Agathe. When I decided to have a house built, I chose the St.
Donat area farther north. Ste Agathe was getting too populated
for my needs.
My weekends were spent about 90 miles north on a
crystal clear lake, teeming with trout and a myriad of colors
second to none. My weekend-summer home was on the shores of Lac
Croche in the St Donal area where two larger lakes, Archambeault
and Ouareau (war-oh) drew me for over 20 years.
on a quiet bay, I fished, water-skied, sailed and canoed daily at
twilight as the water became glass-like. The ony sounds were the calls
of loons or the rustling of breezes in the crimson mountains that
surrounded me and my growing family.
Not far from the welcoming town of st. Donat, we
were close enough to shop, dine out, meet friends and play golf.
The town, built around the church, boasted bakeries, rentals,
lumber and groceries. There were children’s camps in the area
and a constant trail of canoe trippers on the peaceful lakes.
Just a few miles to the north was Tremblant Park
where one could fish for lake troutin a rented canoe on a
privite, reserved lake for very little cash.Tremblant Village,
to the north boasted a ski center second to none. It is highest
run in the Laurentians and has been drawing people for many
years. There was even an airport that could bring visitors to
this 3,900 ft mecca and the area is expanding yearly.
To a map viewer it seemed so tiny in this 22,000
sq km of forest that covered most of the privince of Quebec. And
remember, most of Europe would fit into the area of Quebec. This
area of 4,000 lakes offered the perfect getaway from the
bustling city. Visitors from all over the world have enjoyed
rural Quebec. For me, it was a way of life. We had friends next
door and our children played together. I would often go up there
alone to fix something or relax. There was no better place for
me to write my first book.
Home Sweet Home
With activities such as dog-sleding,
horseback riding rafting, snorkeling, apple picking, mountain
climbing and cycling, the area offered activities all year
around. I remember the day we went cross country skiing in
Tremblant Park and at each stop, birds would come down and eat
out of our hands. It was blissfully silent with the occasional
deer peeking through the snow covered trees.
But the fall was my favorite time. We could still
play golf, have a bonfire by the water and play in the piles of
fallen leaves. A camera was a must but others prefered, sketch
pads paint brushes or just field glasses. The mountains looked
like they were on fire. That vision stays with you forever.
Montreal on the recently-built Autoroute 13, one could be in Ste Agathe
in about an hour. Here one would stop on the highway for a special
trimmed hot dog and fries. Also in Ste.Agathe are B&bs, motels and
hotels for all budgets.
Suggestions: Ste Agathe (63 miles north)
Auberge du Lac Des Sables
Toll Free Info. 1 819 326 3994
Mont Tremblant Tourist Office…1 819 425 2434
St. Donat…Hotel Manoir des Laurentides…1 819 424
See Laurentians web site for complete
accommodations lists or contact me for suggestions.
Note: a short drive north to St. Sauveur can be a
perfect day trip. Here you will find great restaurants (Gibby’s),
spas, upscale shopping and great afternoon skiing. This town is
growing since people living here can commute to Montreal or the
area in between for their jobs.
You can Contact Professor Arnie Greenberg at:
Over the past few years, Professor
Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece,
Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of
Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the
globe including Italy and most of
China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters
from St.Petersburg to Moscow.
"He took a group to Greece and another to northern
Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour
groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They
winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico. His newly found spare time
is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His
current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders.. "So
You Want To Be A Tour Leader."
Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing
Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel
writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.
Keep reading his web for travel ideas. His next
novel HELLSTORM'S Folly,
will be available this fall. He now
lives in British Columbia.
www.top-travel-ideas.com or contact him directly at
(More about the writer.)