20 Spontaneous Day Trips Near Montreal To Go On So That You Don't Feel As If You Wasted Your Summer
With fall atour finger tips and summer coming to a quick end, why not plan a beautiful and spontaneous day trip so that you don't feel as if you wasted your summer! I know how it feels, with the crappy weather we had this year it seemed impossible to have a bomb ass summer 2017, but there is still hope. Since summer is only technically over September 22nd, we still have a few weeks left to explore.
The destinations below each host their own specific activity and you can choose how far you are willing to drive. Of course each destination is 514% worth the drive, but if you are on a time budget then not to worry. There are tropical trips just a few hours away from Montreal! I mean, it's also the long weekend coming up for Labour Day which is the perfect opportunity to travel.
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1 Hour Away Road Trips:
1. Ausable Chasm
Ausable Chasm is located in New-York and it will actually take you less time to drive there than driving to Mont-Tremblant. It's a 2 mile long sandstone gorge with a river that runs through it that features some spectacular rock formations. You and your BFFs can enjoy adventure trails, night tours, rock climbing, zip-lines, rappelling, rafting and of course lazy river tubing all for $30!
Price:$60 or $40 after 5pm
For the ultimate private spa experience, be sure to check out Balnea Spa! Enjoy panoramic views of the lake and surrounding nature in their 360 saunas, hot tubs, cold pool and Turkish baths. You can relax, since you are so damn restless, in their sweat lodge by ridding your body of all its excess toxins, or take a hike around the lush forests that hold secret magical relaxation spots.
There are multiple activities you can do on your trip to Mont Tremblant, but I suggest head to the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant f going for a stunning hike! So, if you are more of a adventure person but your BFF likes to relax, then you can have the best of both world! This spa offers great baths for only $60 each and for $150 you can get the baths experience and a Scandinavian massage.
4. Vignoble de la Bauge
If you love wine, why not make a whole day out of it! This 30-year-old vineyard is the perfect day trip fro those young Montrealer's who want to explore their taste-buds!
5. Ferme Champy For Sunflower Fields
These gorgeous sunflower fields will make you feel like you were transported straight to Tuscany, Italy! They just opened their winding maze through the fields so you can actually wander through the fields and snap some cute pics.
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2 Hours Away Road Trips:
1. Boldt Castle
This gorgeous castle is located super close to Montreal in New York's 1000 Islands. Even though it's right on the border of Quebec and New York, you'll need your passport to get onto this island. Live out your dreams of being a princess at this gorgeous castle!
2. Camel's Hump
At Camels Hump, located in Vermont, you can try their INSANE and somewhat secret hike up the peak that is almost too epic to handle. You can see the highest peaks of Mount Marcy in New York, Mount Washington in New Hampshire and Vermont's Mount Mansfield on a clear summer day. Once at the top, you can sit and enjoy the view over a lovely picnic!
3. Colchester Cosway
Island Line Trail, also known asColchester Causeway, is located in Vermont and it is an epic 14-mile rail trail that you and your bike loving BFF must try! I swear it is almost too epic to handle. You can see all of Lake Champlain as you fly over the water on your bike and create memories of a life time!
4. Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah, located just 2.5 hours away from Montreal in Vermont, is home to the most beautiful hiking tails! Not only do they make you look and feel like your in the tropical rainforest, but they are also very relaxing and 514% Instagram worthy.
5. Lusk Caves
Located just two hours away from Montreal, you and your friends can plan a real adventure and explore the mysterious caves of Quebec. You can discover the superb marble cave, known as the Lusk Caves in Gatineau Park, and the natural geological phenomenon that has been forming for thousands of years.
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3 Hours Away Road Trips:
1. Morrison's Quarry
Morrison’s Quarryis located near Chelseaand Wakefield, both charming towns located in the Quebec hillside. The quarry is an absolutely gorgeous spot, with crystal blue waters where you can swim, snorkel,bungee jump (Great Canadian Bungee), and scuba dive. It's a great location for a cute weekend getaway with your BFF!
2. Flume Gorge
This canyon path is known as Flume Gorge and it is located just 3 hours away from Montreal in New Hampshire. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. The walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart.
Jean Larose Falls truly looks like it is from a fairyland! This magical destination is close to Mont-Sainte-Anne, and I bet you didn't even know it existed. If you love hiking and swimming in a place that seems to be out of a movie, then this is the place for you!
Who wouldn't want to see some beautiful whales or cute boutiques? I know I do and I have already booked my trip to Quebec city for a day long boat ride whale watching. These majestic creatures will jump and swim their way into your hearts and so will Quebec's boutiques!
5. Champlain Lookout
Enjoy the emerald waters of Champlain Lake this spring with your BFF! This is the perfect road trip for those BFFs who adore the outdoors and lovely nature walks.
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4 Hours Away Road Trips:
1. Le Trou de la Fée
If you want to experience one of the most breathtaking locations in the world, then Quebec’s Parc de la caverne du Trou de la Fée, situated in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is the place to be. They have a crazy footbridges and much more that includes hiking trails, a Chinese garden, zip lining, and wild cliffs. It is a perfect weekend trip for you young, wild, and restless children!
This may be a LONG day trip but the 4 hour drive is 514% worth it! Also known as the L’Acropole Des Draveurs, the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie is a beautiful park for hiking in the rocks. It’s hard to believe that this park is located in Quebec and features some of the deepest gorges East of the Rockies. They have gorgeous views and this is great for those broke and wild friends of yours
3. La Malbaie
For nature, romance, and luxury all in one, I suggest heading out to La Malbaie in Quebec. This little town is located right near the Camping Des Chutes Fraiser and the peaceful Jardins de Quatre-Vents. They have boutiques, boulangeries, chalets, golf clubs, and beautiful views.
4. Jardins de Quatre-Vents
The gardens of Quatre-Vents were made by Mr. Francis H. Cabot and are considered among the large private gardens of our time. They are a source of enchantment for those who have the chance to visit them. With over 1000 different plant species you are guaranteed to be amazed.
5. Ranney Gorge
The Ranney Gorge was naturally formed and is in the stunning, AND FREE, Ferris Provincial Park. The water is collected from Ranney Falls, which is located upstream on the Trent River. The best views to enjoy the fall foliage this year are of course from the suspension bridge, which hangs only 300 feet above the water!