Excellent way to spend a day in the summer, dip or canoe/kayak Lake Raynaud, circle the lake (2km) with 10 ultra fun fitness stations, visit the Birds Garden and the Velan Pavilion Observatory to watch the Sun!
Address: Domaine St-Bernard, Chemin St Bernard, Mont-Tremblant, J8E 1T4, QC
Access: May – October, 5$ per person (17+)
Car: From Montreal about 1h40
Suitable for baby stroller
Pay for the domain entrance and park at the dedicated parking area and walk 2 minutes to the Lake Raynaud beach! Picnic tables, kids playground, canoe and kayak rental and a life guard (check times) available on site.
We started the walk clock-wise from the beach with a dirt walking path which was easy to walk with a stroller. There are 10 fitness stations (3 levels of difficulty) but my kids tried them all! For the first few stations we left the main path in order to reach them (zip line for kids, stairs and balancing logs. The kids enjoyed jumping, balancing, climbing and all sort of activities along the way. This trail is excellent for kids who refuse to walk or hike. It is all about looking for the next station so no need to encourage walking.
Once back to the starting point we headed to the Velan Pavilion Observatory. Walk back towards the parking and continue about 100 meters on the path (see map). The pavilion is a small Astronomy museum with a permanent exhibition about the universe. We were able to get explanation about the telescope in place and to watch the sun in turns. Check website for entrance fees, event calendar and opening times.
We then continued to the Birds Garden (free of charge entry) located to the left of the Pavilion which is designed for birds-watching (keep quiet and you might be able to spot a Blue Jay and many other birds!).