The territory of the Ville de Mont-Tremblant is characterized primarily by its forests, the valley of the Diable River, its mountainous profile and its many lakes, streams and rivers. Three large elements structure the territory: the corridor of the Rouge River, the corridor of the Diable River and the visual basin of Lac Tremblant. Mont Tremblant, the mountain, which gives its name to the town, rises beside Lac Tremblant. There are twenty or so lakes on the territory, the largest of which are Lacs Tremblant, Mercier and Ouimet.
There is also the Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, which occupies the whole northern section of the territory and contains 2,083 hectares (5147 acres) of fresh water (lakes and rivers), which represent close to eight per cent of the surface area of the territory. There are almost 300 km of rivers and streams, and more than 100 lakes2.
The quality of the natural landscape has made it much appreciated by nature-loving vacationers, seasonal residents and tourists. Mont-Tremblant is also a special place for families who want to move here because of the high quality of its living environment and its many excellent facilities: the Centre collégial, the Complexe aquatique (with its superb half-Olympic pool), soccer pitches, downhill ski slopes, cross-country ski trails and cycling trails.
Protection of our mountainsides: a priority
To protect the integrity of the visual landscapes, counter erosion problems, stabilize the soil and prevent excessive deforestation of the steepest slopes, the Ville de Mont-Tremblant has set two objectives:
- Assigning great importance to the quality of the environment by ensuring that development is in harmony with nature and with existing vegetation and topography;
- Ensuring the preservation of vistas by minimizing the visual impact of buildings and construction through siting that respects the topography where they are placed.