So little life update. Although I am a born-and-bred Winnipegger, since the beginning of May I have been in Montreal. For the past year I have been going back and forth since my boyfriend now lives here in the city.
Prior to my boyfriend moving here last July, I have visited Montreal many times in the past but I haven’t ventured outside the city limits. Last December we took a road trip to Tremblant for a night and absolutely loved it. I feel like when it comes to Quebec in general, obviously Montreal and Quebec City are the two major places to visit, but they really need to promote the smaller regions more as this province really gives me B.C. vibes. There are mountains, lakes, you name it. It’s really gorgeous and makes for a stunning car ride.
After going to Tremblant for one night last winter, I knew I wanted to go back in the summer time and experience what the area was like when the snow melted. The great thing about Tremblant is that although it is known for being a ski town, it’s a great all-year-round destination since it features amazing cottage country in the spring and fall.
Since we live in downtown Montreal, getting out of the city is a bit of a hassle since we need to rent a car, but thankfully Kia Canada lent us the 2021 Kia Sorento to make the drive super easy and convenient.
We got the car on Wednesday, June 9 and was happy to have it for a few days in Montreal to explore some places that we would traditionally need a car for. Wednesday night we hit up Costco, since all the space of the SUV made it super simple to store all the groceries and various other bulk items we wanted to get (it would be such a hassle to Costco shop without a vehicle). Then on Thursday, we ended up heading to Verdun, which is a cute neighbourhood that gives me major small town vibes. In the summer they actually close down Wellington Avenue, which is their main street, and there’s tons of patios that you can visit.
We’ve actually biked to Verdun in the past, but since there is a park and beach there, I wanted to take Ziggy with us, so we threw him in the car and made our way over (Ziggy loves car rides).
From the Friday to Sunday, we headed out to an Air BNB on Lac Superieur, which is a region just east of Tremblant (it’s about a 20-minute drive to the resort town/slopes). Once you get out of the Montreal/Laval area and into the country it starts to get so beautiful and you drive through the mountains, which are honestly so lush this time of the year.
The 2021 Kia Sorento is an SUV that was completely redesigned for this year. It features seven seats with the back row being able to fold down for more room (we did this to bring all our stuff and food, and Ziggy too obviously).
On the Friday night after we settled in at the chalet we actually decided to head to Tremblant town for dinner. It was quite a windy road, but thankfully the Kia Sorento features all-wheel drive and traction control, so it was a super safe and efficient ride. It also features blind spot collision avoidance assist, so if there was a car in our blindspot, it would notify us or even intervene so no accidents happen.
Another cool feature of the Kia Sorento we experienced on the way back. Since it was a Sunday afternoon we did hit some traffic. If were waiting and just taking in the surroundings, the car would make a noise when traffic ahead of us started moving, so we would then continue the drive. This was a feature I have never seen before and thought it was really helpful (especially if you get distracted while waiting in traffic or a red light).
Truthfully, it was such a nice weekend away and I was so sad to come back to the city. If you are able to, I highly recommend heading to the Laurentians since it’s such a beautiful region in Quebec (and so close to Montreal). From our door to the chalet door, it was only around 111 kilometres, so it’s a nice and easy trip.
As for the Kia Sorento, this was my first time driving a Kia and it won’t be my last. It was such a smooth ride and I loved all the room in the Sorento (Ziggy was a fan too). The 2021 Kia Sorento is the perfect car for adventures as it’s large enough to bring all the things you need for a weekend away, but not too big for city driving.
Check out the Kia Sorento on their website to learn more about the different models offered.
Have you been to the Tremblant region in Quebec?
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