Mont Tremblant and Lac Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
July 18, 2010


Between 1872 and 1890, from Ste. Agathe to Mont-Laurier, Father Labelle opened twenty-nine counties and twenty parishes, including those of St. Jovite and St. Faustin in 1879. Altogether more than five thousand French speaking people settled in the surrounding river valleys.
Le P’tit train du Nord, without the existence of proper roads, only a rail line from Montreal could ensure the survival of these newly settled communities. Furthermore, Father Labelle was passionately convinced that the train would forge the way for the development of tourism for “the big city people”. In December 1892, the settlers of St. Jovite heard the first whistling of the P’tit train du Nord.
 At the turn of the 20th century, the choice of the Mont-Tremblant Region as a summer playground increased in popularity. Guesthouses, inns and hotels sprouted up all around. The surrounding forest, the pure mountain air and the striking beauty of the scenery drew wealthy Montrealers, as well as Americans and Europeans.
In 1936, Joe Ryan, a young eccentric American millionaire was so taken by the scenery at the summit of Mont Tremblant that he decided to build “the biggest ski centre in the East.” Three years later, Joe Ryan’s dream became a reality. Mont Tremblant Lodge was inaugurated and the ski resort proved to be an immediate success.
With the onset of the 1950’s booming postwar economy, the automobile and a higher standard of living that allowed for more leisure activity, the Laurentians became the playground for middle-class Montrealers and suburbanites.
1991 brought winds of change! Intrawest, the biggest Canadian promoter of alpine resorts announced a significant investment that dramatically thrust the Mont Tremblant Resort into the 21st century. The intuition and vision of Father Labelle and Joe Ryan paid off.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 90mm
iso 100, multi-pattern metering, aperture priority F16.0, 1/10 second


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  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 4 years ago

    Well it’s about time! Making us all wait so long to see the infamous Tremblant! Stunning capture, Mike! Bring ’em on!! :o)

  • Thanks, Deb. Sorry it took so long – had to unpack, download, edit… :o)

    – Mike Oxley

  • kukawa
    kukawaabout 4 years ago

    Very Very pleasing to the eye my friend!……………Amazing Composition and story! This is an image that catches a persons attention and keeps them there for a long while…………..I love this Mike! Thank You for sharing this……………………..peace and love, syl

  • Many thanks, Syl! And greatly appreciated the “fave”, too! A beauty spot, and home of the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant.

    – Mike Oxley

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 4 years ago

    Finally, Mikey……. I now get to see this “spot” that is so near and dear to your heart!!!! A beautiful perspective….. colorful and quaint!!!! How nice that you were able to be there!!!! Thanks young man!!!!

  • Thanks so very much, Brenda. And I truly appreciate the wonderful compliment of the favourite, too! My yearly pilgrimage to the village and the Blues – cut short due to terrible weather, unfortunately!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 4 years ago

    A great spot and people of vision to the future. The story is great.

  • Much appreciated, Fred. A grand, but very expensive, spot!

    – Mike Oxley

  • vigor
    vigorabout 4 years ago

    Makes me wish I were out there among them, fabulous shot!

  • Thanks so very much, Viv! I’ve been going to Tremblant every summer since 1992 and have seen many changes over the years.

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Well, this is a splendid view of Tremblant, but how about some more about the Blues…. Who did you hear? There’s always such a great line-up, but you say the weather did you in. Was just watching a bit of Jimmy Thackery from last year’s fest on YouTube….

  • Thanks beaucoup, Sheila. Will post as time permits….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 4 years ago

    I miss it up there…it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve been back that way…fantastic capture here Mikey!! :]

  • Many thanks, Tracy. Appreciate the “fave”, too! Been going up there since ‘92 and the changes are amazing. You probably wouldn’t recognise the place now!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful setting.

  • Thanks so very much, Al, and apologies for such a late reply!

    – Mike Oxley

  • reflector
    reflectorabout 4 years ago

    A fantastic location, nicely captured !

  • Greatly appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Audrey!

    – Mike Oxley

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