4 Great Day Trips from Montreal
TOP THINGS TO DO NEAR MONTREAL
By Isa TousignantOften described as the gateway between Europe and America, Montreal is also the ideal launching pad for some amazing daytrips. Within a couple of hours drive, you can see unique foliage, soak in natural springs, have a bona fide sugar shack experience, pick your own fruit, take a bite out of history or explore the nation’s capital. Which will you choose?
Eastern TownshipsThe Eastern Townships region starts barely an hour after you’ve crossed the Champlain Bridge, which goes to show how very close it is – and why it’s such a popular destination for cyclists. This area to Montréal’s southeast is mostly farmland and rolling hills, acting as the city’s breadbasket, with cornfields, fruit fields, vineyards, and dairy farms galore. Go for a day to take in the wine route, a cheese tour or an orchard hop (prepare to come back with bagsful of apples in fall). Or, for a weekend, reserve a couple of nights in one of the area’s pretty towns, including North Hatley, Waterloo, or Ayer’s Cliff.
LaurentiansTo the city’s north, this vast area spreads out with a wilder sort of fauna, marked by majestic rocky mountains and a dense foliage that puts on an incredible colour show when the leaves start to turn in fall. The slightly colder climes than in the Eastern Townships make the lake towns here as popular in winter as in summer. Visit for a day on one of the popular ski hills, or come for a summer weekend for hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, water skiing, canoeing and more.
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This post was written by art and lifestyle writer Isa Tousignant, a contributor for Tourisme Montreal. For more exclusive Montreal content, visit their website.