This is considered the number one attraction in Saint-Hippolyte. Aventures Plein Air offers a range of summer and winter activities from skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice fishing, canoeing, and water skiing. Experienced guides will add to the thrilling adventures with their encouraging and skilled approach.
Come and visit Santa Claus and his elves at his summer residence. Splash about an impressive Christmas tree structure inside a vast swimming pool, paddle boats, or go on giant slides. Pony rides are available for the little ones as well as a petting zoo of farm animals. Enjoy tubing, picnic outings, sledding, and ice skating.
No wonder Mont Saint-Sauveur was voted the winner of the longest ski season in Eastern Canada. With fantastic ski and snowboarding venues, Mont Saint-Sauveur offers the ideal winter adventure. Glide down in style on well-groomed terrain, relax in horse carriages after a busy day, and sip hot concoctions at the local cafes.
Only a short twenty-five minute drive from Saint-Hippolyte, find solace and relaxation at this most reputable thermotherapy spa. Decorated Japanese-style, Ofuro Spa proudly calls itself “the most ZEN spa”, offering a truly regenerative experience. Forget the world outside, and sink into a tranquil release using their dry saunas, steam rooms, temperate baths, and, of course, indulge in a most-needed massage.
Stimulate your cultural and artistic inclinations by visiting this local museum, which features various Canadian contemporary art and innovative art by local artists. Stroll along the halls, engulfed by the visual feast, perhaps even chatting with the artists themselves. Bring your children on Family Sundays to participate in special activities relating to the museum's exhibits.
Located only 45 minutes from Saint-Hippolyte, the Église Saint-Eustache is an integral piece of Québec history. During the Battle of Saint Eustache, a deciding battle in what is commonly known as the "Patriots' War", the church was a refuge for the beleaguered Patriotes. It was partially destroyed by the British during the 1837 battle but was rebuilt in the following decade.
The leading whitewater adventure outfitter in Québec, Rafting Nouveau Monde offers a variety of rafting and kayaking trips with professional guides at the helm. They are located approximately one hour from Saint Hippolyte. In addition to white water rafting down the Rouge River, New World also has also has activities at its riverside center that include paintball, swimming, and entertainment.
Spa Morency sits right on Lac Morency and provides tranquil views of its crystal waters. It is located at the L'Auberge du Lac Morency, and guests of the hotel receive special prices at the spa. Services they provide include Swedish massage, steam bath, whirlpools and a dry sauna.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Auberge du Lac Morency has spectacular lake views from its outdoor deck seating. Indulge in gourmet meals prepared with culinary skill by the chef, which will personally make sure you enjoyed the salmon he smoked himself on the premises. Famous to Québec cuisine, try the rich and creamy creton, a pork spread with onions and spices. To compliment the copious flavors, visit the wine cellar with an assortment of wine bottles clustered on shelves like grapes on a vine.
Cabane à Sucre Nantel is located in a quiet country setting. Get ready to loosen your belts as you indulge in a mélange of gustatory delight. Some of the chef's reputable dishes include Grandmother’s Pea Soup, smoked ham, maple sausage cooked of course with the world renowned Canadian maple syrup.
Bistro à Champlain is internationally-renowned for its extensive, world-class wine cellar, which contains about 8,000 bottles of some of the globe's finest wines. Of course, this fine dining establishment does not just rest on the laurels of its wine offerings. Their daily menu is just as diverse and carefully created as their wine cellar.
This sugar shack in Piedmont has been family-operated since 1955. Knowing not to mess with success, the Raymonds children have changed very little about the family business, including the recipes that were passed down to them. Enjoy the company and traditional folk music while you dine.
Literally, "orange and grapefruit," Orange & Pamplemousse's owners are passionate about incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients into their unique dishes. Each week, they bring guests a new and exciting lunch menu as well as a new "table d'hôte" or "host table" for dinner. Seating is available on the outside terrace during warm weather.
Unlike most sugar shacks, the Cabane à Sucre Constantin is open year-round. Visit their shop, where you can purchase products that are specialties of the Constantin family, including canned pickles, homemade pies and, of course, maple products. Special events are planned during the sugaring season.
No matter where you are in Canada, you cannot leave without trying their premier doughnut café. Tim Hortons offers the most scrumptious, unique doughnut flavors and combination you can imagine. Their fresh dough is incomparable in taste and softness. With a plethora of selections, do indulge and lick your fingers eschewing any decorum, for you’ll have no other choice. The coffee enjoys the same reputation.
One thing you will not find at Café O' Marguerites is anything that has seen the inside of a microwave. They are committed to serving foods prepared using local ingredients. They also serve a variety of coffee beverages and organic beers and wines. Enjoy your beverage or meal on the heated terrace overlooking Lake Masson.
No detail has been overlooked to ensure that your time at Resto Pub Le Cerbère will be an evening full of merriment. Step up to the large, specially-designed mahogany bar and order one of more than 100 varieties of both local and imported bottled beers or over a dozen beers on tap. If beer isn't your thing, you can also order any number of cocktails. Live performances are scheduled almost nightly.
Dieu du Ciel utilizes a variety of quality ingredients and brewing methods to ensure that their beers are always unique and flavorful. They offer a large selection of beers to try during tastings. Dieu du Ciel is known for the elaborate artwork on their bottles' labels.
La Cage aux Sports is the ultimate sports bar. Canadians take hockey seriously, and, if you can't catch a live game while you're there, this is the place you want to watch the game. Big screens are everywhere broadcasting sports games at all times. In addition to drinks from the bar, La Cage also serves a menu of pub food, with regular drink and food specials.
Le Saint-Sau Pub Gourmand is housed in the oldest restaurant building in the village of Saint-Sauveur. They offer a wide variety of local and imported beers and wines by the glass paired with a menu rife with warm and comforting selections. They occasionally schedule live performances.
As the name may imply this is the store to find gritty grunge looks, with fleece sweaters, cotton leggings, embroidered scarves, and a variety of colorful tanks to complete that perfect layered look. Garage also has a number of items to create softer, more feminine looks as well.
This is the largest shopping mall in the Saint-Hippolyte surrounding area, with over 75 stores and familiar department stores. Spend the day at the mall with friends and family enjoying a diversified selection of shopping venues from apparel, accessories, and jewelry to bookstores, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Perhaps you may even stop to relish a creamy ice cream cone.
Slip away into the marvelous and mysterious world of ink and pulp. Purchase a book that fits your frame of mind and perhaps read it on the floating bridge back at your hotel, sipping hot tea, wrapped in a warm blanket. Librairie Quintessence also sells a variety of gifts.
A whimsical cottage with a front porch and lemon colored doorway becomes the gateway to beautiful, spellbinding French art, executed by local and other Canadian painters. From bold rich strokes to gentle aquarelle hues, let yourself be captivated by emotion-evoking art.
This chocolaterie offers a truly sweet educational experience. The owner shares with her guest her knowledge and passion for the chocolate-making process. Other homemade products are available for purchase, and tastings and demonstrations are available by appointment.
Place Rosemère is an epicenter for fashion in Rosemère. With over 200 stores, you could spend the entire day perusing the latest styles from national and boutique brands. Luckily, there are dining options available as well as services like family parking, lockers, and strollers and wheelchairs for those who need them.
Visitors traveling by air will likely arrive in Québec at L'Aéroport international Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau de Montréal, or the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, in Dorval. Upon arrival, your best choice of transportation to Saint-Hippolyte is probably to rent a car. All of the car rental agencies are grouped on the ground floor of the parking garage.
Canada uses 110V electricity, 60 cycle electric power, same as the USA. Unless an appliance is dual voltage, international visitors will need to use a “converter” or a “transformer”. Power outlets are designed for use with a two prong and some accept a 3 prong (with ground) plug.