Over four thousand years ago, long before the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century, Native Americans lived in and around the "Trembling Mountain" area. At the turn of the 19th century, forestry companies discovered the immense natural resources of the surrounding mountains. The forest of Mont-Tremblant supplied the American pulp & paper industry until 1930.
As of 1850, Father Antoine Labelle, visionary and fiery curate of St. Jerome, undertook a program of colonization in the northern regions. He dreamed of a territory mainly populated with French-Canadian Roman Catholics. Between 1872 and 1890, from Ste. Agathe to Mont-Laurier, Father Labelle opened twenty-nine counties and twenty parishes, including that of Saint- Jovite in 1879.
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 everywhere. 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, an eccentric young American millionaire, was so taken by the scenery from the summit of Mont Tremblant that he decided to build "the biggest ski centre in the East." Three years later, with the indispensable backing of the parish priest Father Deslauriers and the enthusiastic participation of local residents, Joe Ryan's dream became a reality. Mont Tremblant Lodge was inaugurated and the ski resort proved to be an immediate success, particularly with the upper crust of American society.
With the onset of the 1950s 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 Mont Tremblant Resort into the 21st century.
The intuition and vision of Father Labelle and Joe Ryan paid off. Today, Mont-Tremblant is without a doubt a first-class international vacation destination year-round!