Montreal is an incredible place to visit. From the shopping to the local cafés and restaurants and everything in between there is more than enough to keep you busy for your entire trip. However, if you’re looking for a break from Montreal’s endless charm there are a number of incredible day trips you an can take that will allow you to grab breakfast at a local café and be back in time to enjoy the lively nightlife.

From 30 minutes away to 3 hours, here are five incredible daytrips you can take around Montreal.

Get connected to nature in Îles de Boucherville

Travel time: Approximately 30 – 45 minutes

Accessible by bike, car or transit, Îles de Boucherville is the perfect nature escape located East of the city at the Saint Lawrence River. It is a grouping of five islands and offers a lot of different activities such as mixed-use trails for hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. There is also golf, fishing, rabaska (12 or 20-person canoe), stand up paddle boarding, and beach volleyball in the warmer weather. In the winter there is also kick-sledding and some adaptable activities for accessible adventures. Get away for the day and enjoy the fresh air, natural surroundings, and the local wildlife.

Cycle the P’tit Train du Nord Trail

Travel time: Approximately 30 – 45 minutes

Historically significant to the region, The P’tit Train du Nord Trail used to be a railway. Now, it offers some of the best cycling and cross-country skiing in Quebec. This trail in the Laurentians is 232km long. While you could tackle the whole thing, you can also choose to explore parts of it starting from various access points, stopping at the small towns and historical stops along the way. With thirteen historic train stations, an infinite number of ice cream parlours, local microbreweries, and unique local markets and shopping, The P’tit Train du Nord Trail is so much more than just a bike trail!

Photo Credit: Turgeon, Linda

Taste your way through the Montérégie Cider Route

Travel time: Approximately 1 hour

Montérégie has a little bit of everything that makes Quebec unique – maple syrup, craft breweries, a delicious local culinary scene, and farmer’s markets. It is also known for the many cider houses that mark the area. A short drive from Montreal and you can find yourself exploring the Montérégie Cider Route. Like the incredible wine regions in Canada, you will have the opportunity to meet cider producers as well as taste the delicious still, sparkling, and ice ciders as well as wines, mistelles, and apple spirits at each cider house.

Photo Credit: Leroyer, Gaëlle

Take in French Canadian History in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Travel time: Approximately 1.5 hours

Founded in 1849, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts has a rich French-Canadian History and gorgeous, picturesque Laurentian Mountain views. It has everything from beaches in the summer to skiing in the winter. You can also enjoy the architecture of the churches and limestone buildings as well as the history that the city is built on. If you can, try to take in the sunset from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts as the area promises that they are absolutely beautiful.

Cycle the tops of the trees in Au Diable Vert

Travel time: Approximately 1.5 hours

The panoramic views are only one reason to visit Au Diable Vert. Another is the Canopy cycling. This unique activity takes you through a 1,000-metre mountainside circuit. Pedal your way through the circuit in an open cable car that hangs above the tree line – the highest of its kind. It is like being in a recumbent bike, but suspended in the air!

Experience the fairy tale charm of Old Quebec City

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours

The traditional architecture, museums, and cobblestone streets of Old Quebec City are just three hours away from Montreal. This charming area of Quebec City features fortress walls, the birthplace of French North America, and it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It almost feels like a larger version of Old Montreal. Take in a festival at the Citadelle historic park, go antiquing near Old Port, and even check out an art gallery or two.

Photo Credit: Québec City Tourism/Camirand Photo

Montreal on its own is fantastic. Add something special to your next trip to the French Canadian city with any of these incredible day trips in the area.


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