Mark Crow, Workforce & Quality Analyst at Canadian Affair, sheds light on the hidden gem of Quebec’s Sacacomie Resort.
Who, What, Where?
I went on a whistle stop tour of the East Coast earlier this year. Montreal, Sacacomie then Quebec City.
I loved Montreal – such a cool, relaxed cosmo city with great shopping and nightlife! We stayed at Le Centre Sheraton, which was in a great location and excellent standard of hotel, with service to match. Poutine in Montreal was the best I’ve had in Canada and Rue Crescent is a great strip for places to eat and nightlife too.
In Quebec City, we stayed in the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and felt like celebrities since it’s the most extravagant hotel in the City! It looks just like a castle and is in the best position for Old Town, literally down the hill from the hotel. The Old Town is a gorgeous part of the city and a great place to grab a coffee and people-watch in between souvenir shopping.
Although I loved these great cities, it was Sacacomie – a little-known spa retreat – which turned out to be the hidden gem of my trip!
The region in a nutshell:
Set seemingly in the middle of nowhere on a huge, gorgeous lake is this log cabin style hotel – the Sacacomie Resort. It feels like you are a world away from everywhere, but in fact it is just a 90 minute drive into the countryside from Montreal. It is the perfect escape for those wanting some activities, relaxation and amazing scenery!
Experience of a lifetime:
We went bear and beaver watching on a group tour organised by Sacacomie. An all-terrain vehicle takes you to the beaver’s natural habitat before exploring in the Saint-Maurice region for black bears. We were amazed with the amount of animal activity we saw!
Gear up vs wind down?
Sacacomie is perfect for both! If you want to relax it has great spa facilities, which I recommend you pay in advance as part of your package because you will definitely use this daily!
If you want to get active, it also has great outdoor activities to take up. Kayaking, canoeing and pedal boats are free on the lake which is great for getting out for a couple of hours.
Culture vultures should:
As the resort is just 90 minutes from Montreal and 2 hours from Quebec City, you can make the most of all the museums and galleries these great cities have to offer.
The East Coast is so easily accessible and doable in a one week break, with some gorgeous places to visit. I would definitely recommend this to anyone confident to drive in Canada – get over there and explore!
Outdoor lovers should:
The vast grounds of Sacacomie stretch over 500km² with 65km of hiking trails as well as a private beach, so there’s plenty to do outdoors.
The hotel can also organise trips and activities for you like fishing, archery, stargazing and even tomahawk throwing to really enjoy the area!
Dining in the Sacacomie Hotel is great with its choice of restaurants. The main dining room has a large terrace with a fantastic view over the lake and serves fine cuisine with local ingredients. The kitchen is a more relaxed, European-inspired restaurant and the Terrace is a chilled out place for lunch with a view. You grab some drinks in the bar here and choose to sit indoors or out (always outside for me with those views!)
Of course, anywhere outside of Sacacomie Hotel, it has to be Tim Horton’s 🙂
If you do one thing…
Make the most of the spa. It not only offers great facilities but is ecological, energy efficient and focuses on the responsible use of natural resources.
Saunas, hot baths and icy waterfalls make the most of the mountain views, while massages and spa treatments will ensure the most relaxed holiday ever!
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