Montreal has got a lot going for it. As one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan, and richly cultured cities in all of Canada, it’s easy to get lost in the city’s various attractions. But to do that would be forgoing some of the best Canadian landscape there is. Outside Montreal’s borders lie beautiful flowing hills, mountaintop streams and picturesque scenes at just about every turn. So go on there – get out and explore some of Quebec with these great day trips out of Montreal.
The Eastern Townships of Quebec lie just about an hour outside the city, but offer visitors an unbelievably beautiful view of the rolling grasslands and hilltop towns that comprise the area. Bring your camera and be prepared to meet the locals in a French countryside manner. There are popular spa and wine retreats here, and the area is well-known for being a favorite among couples and hiking buffs.
Quebec City is also a short drive outside of Montreal’s borders and is the heart of French Canada. With its massive citadel upon a hill, the Parliament Building, and the Plains of Abraham where important English and French battles raged, Quebec City is a full day stop, if not longer. Spend time navigating the streets of the old quarter and watch out for Break-Neck Staircase.
Laurentian Mountains also offer visitors a great way to get outside and do a bit of good old fashioned exploring. The mountains, lakes and forests of the Laurentians provide a stunning backdrop to the quaint French villages you can ride bikes through and explore at leisure. In addition, the beautiful lake Lac des Sables is right at your fingertips, and offers excellent camping and cruising accommodations.