There is nothing like getting into a car and escaping our familiar surroundings, even if just for a day.
Although Montreal has both some pretty and some awful sights, it is good every now and then to explore the outskirts of the city and see what they have to offer. Luckily because of its location, there is so much that can be seen only a few hours away from Montreal.
This guide provides you with some of the best day trips from Montreal.
Mont Tremblant is a picturesque little town mainly known for its ski slopes and winter activities. It is located about an hour and a half northwest from Montreal by car, and although on the expensive side of the bar, it is worth a visit for a day.
Although mainly popular in winter, Mont Tremblant still has something to offer its summer visitors.
My favorite part of Mont Tremblant was the view from the town’s pier, where locals “park” their boats creating a cottage-by-the-lake view. From the pier, the emplacement of the ski slopes are apparent on the mountains on the other side of the river. Boat tours of the river are offered for $25.00 CAD for one hour.
There are also a few hiking trails near the town of Mont Tremblant, some with very nice views of the town.
After walking by the river, go to the small city center where an array of pastel-coloured houses and commerces await. The town is very lively with music on its few streets, and a free gondola to take you and up and down the hill offering some panoramic views of the town.
The major downside of Mont Tremblant is its prices. The town is popular with tourists and the city knows it, thus prices for everything from food to drinks and souvenirs are aimed towards the high end of the bar. The costs of activities are ridiculously overpriced as well.
About 20 minutes from Mont Tremblant is the Tyroparc in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, an outdoor mountain adventure center offering many activities such as rappelling, climbing the mountains on a via ferrata, zip lining over a 1km long cable, and more.
If you find yourself with time only for one day-trip from Montreal, make the trip to Quebec City.
Although located at about 2 hours and a half to the northeast of Montreal, Quebec City offers everything a visitor to a new city wants. History, old infrastructures, beautiful views, a castle (now turned hotel), and so much more.
Make sure you take time to visit the Upper Old Town and the Lower Old Town, as well as Ile d’Orleans and the majestic Montmorency Falls.
For everything you need to know about Quebec City, check out my article on this beautiful city here.
The capital of Canada is located about 2 hours to the northwest of Montreal with right at its center, Parliament Hill.
Boasting a population of just under 1 million, Ottawa could be considered a “small capital” by other country standards. However it is still worth a visit if not only to admire its beautiful Victorian architecture and its many museums.
My favorite views are behind Parliament Hill looking at the Ottawa River towards the Alexandra Bridge. The river is fed by the Rideau Canal which, during the winter months, freezes and welcomes skaters from all over the country to skate on its frozen waters.
If you’re looking for some thrills, or even for an escape from the summer heat, look no further than Ottawa’s Calypso, Canada’s largest themed waterpark.
Adirondack Mountains (USA)
Located only about 2 hours south of Montreal, the Adirondack mountains are one of the best hiking destinations south of the border and one of the best day trips from Montreal.
The Adirondack mountains are one of the best places to visit for a day, offering walks along many trails and rivers, some more difficult than others. Check out all that the Addirondack region has to offer here.
There are plenty other day trips from Montreal totally worth it. Check back this page every now and then for some updates as I continue to explore the surroundings of my hometown.