I was sitting at my desk on Wednesday, anxious to go home, fantasizing about french fries-Hubby and I are on diets-and wondered what to do for Canada Day. I pictured us sitting around in our house this long weekend or fighting the crowds and hellish driving in the Glebe, to get to his friends “Canada Day party”. Finally I said “screw that!” and booked us a suite at Fairmont Tremblant in Québec. I love Ottawa and have lived here all my life-but spending the country’s birthday in its capital just does not appeal to me anymore! Too many crowds, too much insanity. Plus, the Queen was here, so naturally there was a rush to see her. (Personally? Meh!)
Fairmont was also selected because we’ve been sitting on a gift certificate to its hotels for two years now (it was a wedding present) and I decided it was high time we spent it! Fairmont is out of town, but not too far out of town, so it was perfect. Or at least it was when we finally arrived. ( I like Québec, but driving in it, not so much. There are nowhere near enough signs and they aren’t in common sense location. Mapquest also gave us horrible directions and we were literally driving around in circles until this very nice gas station attendant helped us with a homemade ready-made map to Tremblant! LOL. Just goes to show you how easy it is to get lost there and not to rely on Mapquest! )
The next morning, I whipped out my camera to get some pictures. The weather was weird-pouring rain one minute, and then bright and sunny the next. Here are some of the photos I took:
and view from the gondola ..
Here is one of the typical walk ways throughout the town:
It looks European doesn’t it? Mont Tremblant reminds me of Switzerland with beautifully coloured houses decorating mountains and most of all, it is also a huge ski resort in the winter.
Here is sunset from our hotel. Canada Day was on Thursday and we watched beautiful fireworks and listened to the music from our room.
We ate, walked, shopped, swam and that was pretty much it! Also exactly like Switzerland, Fairmont hotels are INSANELY expensive, so there wasn’t much we could do, but I still had a great time! By the end of our mini-trip, I still owed them $200 , despite having a fairly hefty gift certificate. So yes, only go if you have lots, and lots of cash!
When we returned to Ottawa, my brother and his girlfriend came over to visit. My brother, like me, is a total geek and loves all things comic, video game and movie related. He also loves to film things and goes to Comic-con’s and other such events fairly regularly so we watched some of his footage of one of those events. He told me that there will be a huge Fan Expo in Toronto next month, so I’m hoping (and praying) that I will be able to go! The rest of the weekend was spent with my immediate family and relaxing.
How did you spend your long weekend?