We spent an amazing week-end in the tree house @ Les Refuges Perches. The cabin was clean and the lake view very nice.
Leslie was super fun, friendly and knowledgeable. He made sure we have everything and we understand how everything works in the cabin and in the park.
The park has plenty of trails to hike and the Lake Cordon is an amazing place to swim.
We booked a treehouse (the rockhouse, actually) for the first weekend in February.
When we arrived we were able to change in the 24 hour pavillion. We then checked in and the attendant told us he had just returned from our treehouse, where he had started a fire in the woodstove to warm it up before our arrival - great service!
We packed everything into our two hiking bags and the two large Pelican sleds they provided us and walked in about 20 minutes to our treehouse. We were in #6, which is one of the furthest and most secluded. The treehouses have beds, pillows, dishes, a woodstove, and a coleman-type stove. Make sure you keep the windows open when using the stove! They also have a smoke detector and a CO detector, which made us feel much more comfortable. They have an extensive list on their website of what you will need to bring.
The cabin warmed up after about 3 hours. Being a very cold weekend we kept the fire going the whole time. It was very cozy!
The park has great trails, and they are very accepting of dogs - something you dont see in most parks with these types of accomodations. It was great to be here in winter, and I would love to see what the park is like in the summer.
We will be back!
An absolutely great parc to explore when staying in the treehouses. Staying there is staying in nature. You're in the middle of the forest and the treehouses are best approached by kano via the lake. The fact that they only have 10 treehouses in such a big area, gives you the idea that you are alone in the forest. Very helpful staff, with the right focus (sustaining the lake and forest).
Make sure to rent one with lakeview. The treehouses have the necessary basics. We stayed there with young children (10, 9 and 7) and they loved it!
This was fantastic! It is a bit far from Tremblant if you're planning on skiing (maybe 30-35 minutes) and there aren't stores or anything close. But that's part of the idea!
You have to be pretty self-sufficient: you walk your supplies to your treehouse using sleds and you need to burn wood to heat the buildings.
I do not think Les Refuges Perchés is right for everyone. It is definitely not hotel living and it is not entirely camping. It is definitely a cross between the two. Maybe you can call it rustic camping in a cabin - without the need to pitch a tent or to bring your own hardware.
There are 10 cabins on the site and not all cabins are the same in terms of the overall convenience factor. While the hardware inside a cabin will be the same, i.e. utinsils, pots and pans, camp stove, wood stove, mattress, chairs, tables, the specific location of the cabin is something to consider.
The distance of the cabin from the parking lot / main pavilion is how far you will have to transport your gear (i.e. luggage and food). Closer is a shorter walk obviously. One thing to know is that the route to the cabin has its literal ups and downs. In the winter, lugging a toboggan up and down the trail is not as easy as it seems.
The distance of the cabin to the lake and the pier is how far you need to go to fetch water from the lake to be used for cleaning dishes. In the winter, water is fetched through an insulated hole in the ice - into your provided water container - and will need to be lugged back to your cabin afterwards.
Used water from the cleaning of dishes (i.e. grey water) will need to be disposed of at a location beside one of the outhouses. So the distance from the outhouses is important for this factor.
In the end, taking all of these facts into consideration, my opinion is that treehouse #5 - "L'Abeille" / "The Bee" - is the cabin that is the most central and as convenient to the above factors.
As mentioned, the expectation of this being a camping trip is important. The cabins do not have washrooms, so outhouse usage needs to be expected. Food needs to be thought out properly, which includes carrying it to the cabin from your vehicle. Heavier items means you have more weight to bring in.
In the winter, it may seem like you can just leave the food outside and make use of natural refrigeration, but there are wild animals roaming the forest including racoons. DO NOT leave food outside as it will attract animals...and you do not want that.
One thing I would say that was not as I expected is the fact that the electric lighting in the cabin is a lot darker than I had expected. The provided battery pack powered the LED lights, but three small LEDs hardly casted enough light beyond keeping you from tripping over things. Trying to see any detail just by that lighting is pretty much impossible when the sun goes down. Bring your own lanterns and flashlights.
Camp smart...know that this is a camping style of vacation with the benefit of a cabin with a wood stove. With this in mind, you should not have any problems.
It was a very enjoyable experience - challenging if you are a city person, but be prepared and you will have fun.
Great place to visit and stay. Easy walk in, fun atmosphere. If anything the websites undersell the place. Cabins are fully set up for winter, with colemans stove. Just bring lights, food, sleeping bags, dishes and good to go. Highly recommended
We stayed for 2 nights in August, my family and I had a wonderful time.
There are a total of 10 treehouses nestled together in a 2000-acre protected regional park. We were given two wagons when we arrived to transport our things, one large and one small. We had the option to bring our things across the lake by canoe, very convenient when staying at some of the further treehouses as the trail can be quite hilly. Luckily we had one of the closer ones at about a 12 minute walk from the parking area/main office.
The reception area has electricity, wifi, showers, bathrooms and laundry. There is a source for drinking water so you need to stock up before heading to the cabin. Lesley in the office is super helpful.
You can rent a battery and propane for the stove. We rented them in all the confusion of check in we realized to late that they were never actually provided to us. Fortunately we had brought head lamps and our own little stove so we were fine. Each house has its own fire pit and picnic table area so we could have cooked there too if we needed. We had brought some food but were too late to go to the supermarket before check-in. We were fine the first night but had to pay a visit to the little market that is just outside the entrance to get food for the second night. It's a limited selection but very convenient.
The houses are spaced out enough so that while you have the comfort of knowing other people are around, there is enough privacy that you don't actually see them that often.
There is a shared dock and a dry outhouse or two for every 2-3 treehouses. We were lucky as the bug spray we brought seemed to work fine, we did get bitten but it wasn't terrible. Definitely bring after bite cream.
The hikes are gorgeous, my favorites were L'Aquatique which has wooden bridges circling the lake and Le Panoramique with spectacular views. We went to sit out at the dock at night and I was amazed that it was completely quiet, no frog or cricket noises at all!
If you are ready for a rustic experience without having to worry about a tent, this is a fun and unique way to try it!