As I was born in Montreal, Canada, and became a racing photo-journalist in the late 1950's, I witnessed the birth of Le Circuit Mont Tremblant - some 90 miles north of Montreal - up close and personal in those days. As the track was being constructed, I drove up almost every week to watch this dream come true, and photograph the progress of the construction. In fact, I devoted a full chapter to it in my recently published book, "The Golden Years of Motorsport" (please visit my website = www.lionelbirnbom.com).
The track soon became an international racing favorite, and hosted everything from F1 to Can-Am, and everything between.
The name derives from what used to be its location adjacent to the Village of Mont Tremblant (previously best known as an internationally famous winter ski resort), which in turn is about a dozen miles from the City/Town of St. Jovite. While enormously popular for its first few decades as an international race track, questionable management and financial woes did the track in around the turn of the century.
Canadian multi billionaire Lawrence Stroll (currently a major owner of the Aston Martin F1 Team, with his son, Lance Stroll as one of its drivers) bought "Le Circuit" (as which it is affectionately known), did many track improvements, and operated the track for low-key vintage races, Ferrari races, etc.
Unfortunately for racing enthusiasts, it was recently announced that the track is up for sale (due in part to the "locals" rebelling against the noise, lawsuits, etc,), and may not survive as a race track - to become a major housing development in the idealic setting of the beautiful Mont Tremblant resort.
What a tragedy!