They say that no matter where you go, you always come back home.

And while I have no idea who “they” really are or for whom it stands for, I can’t help but agree. I’ve buried my feet in the Sahara Desert, I’ve traveled further up north than the Arctic Circle and I’ve visited countless European villages, yet few places swelled by heart as much as Hotel Sacacomie did.


It wasn’t just any random hotel for me. It really was homecoming. I was born and raised in this very village, Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, and most of my family still live within a few kilometers from the hotel. It felt strangely familiar to be there, having been to the other side of the world, and not being the same person I was last time I was there (which, admittedly, was a long time ago).

But even if I had been a complete stranger to Hotel Sacacomie, I am quite certain that my experience would not have been any less positive, for the hotel really is a hidden gem (that is not an understatement, as it’s located deep into the Mastigouche forest reserve).

Hotel Sacacomie – A Quick Review

The hotel is pretty much a living Canadian postcard: lakes and dense forests that extend as far as the eye can see, a sturdy wood log structure, a world-class-farm-to-table restaurant and Nordic spa, that is how hospitality is done in my neck of the woods. The Hotel Sacacomie features 109 rooms, some of which overlook the majestic eponymous lake and its 42 kilometers of shoreline.

The hotel is decorated in harmony with its surroundings, with an obviously strong focus on natural fabrics and durable materials, which only enhances the features of the spectacular setting.

I think Hotel Sacacomie makes for the perfect getaway from Montreal, both for locals and visitors. It’s just far enough from the city to feel worlds away, yet not so far that it becomes a several-day trip. Like in any mountain town, the pace is much slower here than it is in the city, a change that is more than welcome even for people like me who thrive on the energy of a metropolis. I’m not one to be spiritual but spending a weekend in the forest, breathing fresh air and being treated to a good dose of wholesome Québécois cordiality really did wonders to my tired soul.

Im fact, I would very much like this forest getaway to become a yearly tradition.

Hotel Sacacomie – in Photos


On the path through the forest and toward the beach.


The view from the private beach


The lobby


The entrance of the forest path


The view from my room. I KNOW — it’s fabulous.


Black bear spotting in the forest.


And beaver spotting too!

Hotel Sacacomie – Good To Know

  • The hotel is open year-round and is equally enjoyable regardless of the season, offering a different experience every time.
  • Do take the time to appreciate the sights on the way to the hotel, especially if you opt to get there via the national road (138) along the St. Lawrence River and not the A-40 motorway.
  • I strongly suggest opting for a lakeside room for some of the most fantastic views. Well worth the slightly steeper price, in my opinions.
  • Make sure to take advantage of the many on-site complimentary activities and the private beach.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Hotel Sacacomie, but as always my opinions are my own.



  1. Comment by Ercus Long

    Ercus Long Reply March 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Hey love the post. I’m a expat/blogger myself so great to see someone with the same interests. Let me know if you’re ever in Whistler and we could grab a beer. Cheers!

  2. Comment by James Earl

    James Earl Reply March 26, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Looks like an incredible getaway ha hooo!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

      It is an incredible getaway, well worth the drive.

  3. Comment by Christy@SweetandSavoring

    Christy@SweetandSavoring Reply March 30, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Such exquisite scenery! And the wildlife, how beautiful! Looks like you got to stay at a wonderful place :)

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

      I really did. Such beautiful scenery, I felt in harmony with nature ;-)

  4. Comment by Seema Chauhan

    Seema Chauhan Reply April 4, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I hope it will be a great journey for you, I’m fond of wild life to meet every day because I’ve been really loves wild animals. I’m glad that you’ve covered in your post to black bear that which is my favorite.

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