Nestled among The Laurentians, Mont-Tremblant’s lore is as grand as the mountain itself. Centuries ago, indigenous Algonquin peoples settled here to fish and hunt the rich landscape.
It was the Algonquin who gave the “trembling mountain” its original name—Manitou Ewitchi Saga, or “mountains of the dreaded Manitou.” Legend has it that when the spirit Manitou was angry, he would send boulders careening down the mountainside, crashing and shaking the earth below.
Although Tremblant is known as a world-class ski resort, it’s even busier with activity in the summer months. From raucous dune-buddy trips and horseback riding through backcountry trails to in-village fun like Euro-Bungy and a luge track, it would take weeks to check off everything there is to do.
New to Tremblant this year, however, is Tonga Lumina. Created by the Moment Factory—famous for installations such as the Jacques Cartier Bridge illumination and disruptive concert experiences for the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Nine Inch Nails—in partnership with the resort, the installation opened in late July and will run through to mid-October this year before hibernating for winter.
Tonga Lumina takes the legend and brings it to life along a 1.4-kilomtre trail partway up the mountain. After dark, interesting sounds and music will draw you to the Flying Mile chairlift in the upper village. There, you’ll be given a special Bluetooth-enhanced amulet, and then up, up, up you’ll go into the night and the start of the trail.
This interactive walk, suitable for anyone who can stay up past 9:30 p.m., is dark but not spooky. It leads guests into the heart of the mountain through an ethereal, immersive experience like no other.
It’s a nature walk cloaked in jaw-dropping lights and sounds that ultimately leaves visitors inspired to be kinder to the earth.
• The Tonga Lumina trail takes about an hour to complete at an easy pace, even for little legs
• Dress in layers as weather can change suddenly in the mountains and at different elevations
• There is one bathroom located at the end of the trail
• Lineups for the 9:30 p.m. departure begin at 9 p.m.
• Tickets are on sale at tongalumina.ca ($26.99 for adults; $16.99 for ages 13–17; $10.99 for ages 6–12; free for children 5 and under).