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25 Hidden Natural Gems Near Montreal You Must Road Trip To This Summer

Waterfalls, grottos, and quarries OH MY!
25 Hidden Natural Gems Near Montreal You Must Road Trip To This Summer

Everyone knows from our previous article that Montreal is close to some pretty insane and tropical-like destinations that are 514% BEAUTIFUL!  Just a few hours away from Montreal there are gorgeous waterfalls, grottos, quarries, hiking trails, beaches and more!

READ ALSO: 20 Epic BFF Road Trips You Can Take That Are 1, 2, 3, & 4 Hours Away From Montreal

A majority of these road trips are to Quebec, Vermont, Main, Ontario, etc. So, it's time to book your summer vacation NOW and save money by staying near Montreal. I promise that you will still have that majestic experience without going far! These hidden natural gems are truly amazing destinations you must see and make all your friends jealous by snapping some fabulous pictures. 

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Hidden Waterfalls:

1. Warren Falls

via @seeswim

Distance: 2 hours away

Warren Falls is an epic natural spring in Vermont that is only a 2 hour road trip away from Montreal! It is located in Mad River Valley with great swimming holes, cliff jumping, waterfalls, and relaxation.

2. High Falls Park Campground

via @joshgetz

Distance: 1 hour away

If you and your BFF love camping and stunning waterfalls , then High Falls Park is the place for you! It's literally an hour away and trust me, it is worth the short drive.

3. Chutes De La Chaudiere

via @aylunw

Distance: 2 hours away

For a two hour road trip from Montreal, bring your friends to explore the Chutes De La Chaudiere for a wild time! These waterfalls honestly look like they are from another country, so bring your cameras and fool your family by telling them you left Canada.

4.Jean Larose Falls

via @alexeprevost

Jean Larose Falls truly looks like it is from a fairytale! 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!

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Hidden Grottos:

1. Watkins Glen State Park

via @alfie_marie

Distance: 6 hours away

Located in New York Watkins Glen State Park if home to this incredible hidden grotto! This place literally looks like it cam out of a fantasy book. The streams, waterfalls, and bridges are stunning and great for pictures with your BFF!

2. Ausable Chasm

via @twat_hamza

Distance: 2 hours away

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 BFF can enjoy adventure trails, night tours, rock climbing, ziplines, rappelling, rafting and of course lazy river tubing all for $30!


via @france1194

Distance: 2 hours

For a truly magnificent weekend getaway, I recommend checking out the Grotto in Mulgrave-et-Derry, Quebec. It is absolutely a scene out of a fairy tale and trust me, it is in no doubt the perfect place to road trip to this summer. When you get back, you and your friends will shock your family by saying that the Grotto is located in Quebec!

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Hidden Quarries:

1. Morrison’s Quarry

via @mwat96

Morrison’s Quarryis located near the towns of 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.Rattlesnake Pool

via @eyesofives

Rattlesnake Pool is located in Maine and can be found at Evans Notch. It is most known for it's sapphire waters that make you feel like you are on a tropical vacation! It is surrounded by the beautiful forest and I swear it is almost too stunning to handle

3.Elora Quarry

via @shargrisal

Distance: 6 hours

The Elora Quarry is located in the adorable town of Elora, Ontario. You can fish, raft, swim, camp, and enjoy the beauty of Ontario! In addition, be sure to check out Elora for other activities like ziplining and cliff diving!

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4. Dorset Marble Quarry

via @jesstea1

Distance: 2 hours

Feedley and Sons Quarry/Dorset Marble Quarry is located in Vermont and is merely 2 hours away from Montreal. It is apart of Dorset's emerald lake and it is most popular for it's fabulous cliff diving spots.

5.Marmora Mine

via @jessfazari

Distance: 4 hours

If you want to jump into a perfect circle of water, you for sure need to check out the Marmora Mine Quarry. Don't let the name fool you, the Marmora Mine is an abandoned open pit iron mine that stretches more than 656 feet deep and covers 85 acres at the surface.

6. Barrhaven Quarry

via @sophie.laperriere

Distance: 2 hours

If you are down to jump in a vast lake from a 20-30 foot cliff then I suggest checking out the Barrhaven Quarry in Ottawa. It is a great location for the perfect jump! Cliff jumping at Barrhaven Quarry is magical. I strongly suggest coming here with a large group of friends and making a whole day dedicated to cliff diving. It's a great place for a picnic, tanning, and cliff diving!

7. Smith Granite Quarry

via @han_uh_ell

At Smith Granite Quarry located in Vermont, you can try their INSANE guided quarry tour that is almost too epic to handle. You can see the turquoise water as you dangle from the cliffs and create memories that will change your life!

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Hidden Beaches:

1. Scarborough Bluffs

via @_meghanphillips

Distance: 5 hours

Want to be in paradise? Then Scarborough Bluffs is the place for you! It's only five hours away from Montreal! You can enjoy its gigantic beaches and high cliffs over a beautiful sunset in Ontario.

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2. Hermit Island

via @lukebuckbee

Distance: 5 hours away

At Hermit Island, located in Maine, you can try their INSANE nature tours and check out their secret beaches that are absolutely stunning. You can see the turquoise water as you explore the island and create memories with your bff that will last forever!

3.Bruce Peninsula

via @ericksaini9

Distance: 8 hours away

Bruce Peninsula National Park holds what seems to be something from the Caribbean. The park has a peninsula that is absolutely breath taking! It is only an 8 hour drive from Montreal and trust me, it’s worth every minute. Their beach offers kayaking, swimming, biking, and much more to make your cheap trip magical.

4. Cutler Coast Public Lands​​​​​​​

via @iskeebler21

Distance: 7 hours

Cutler Coast Public Lands​​​​​​is located in Maine and offers a 12,234-acre expanse of blueberry barrens, woodlands and peatlands with 4.5 miles of headlands overlooking the Bay of Fundy. You can see the gorgeous deep blue waters of the costal beach as you explore the rest of park and create memories that will change your life!

5. La Malbaie

via @sabrinekherrati

Distance: 4 hours

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.

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Hidden Hiking Trails:

1.île Nue de Mingan - Mingan Archipelago National Park, QC

via @parkscanadashop

Length: 8.3 km (loop around the island)

Time: 3.5 hours

Hike around the beautiful “barrens” of the île Nue de Mingan! This tundra-style landscape offers fabulous views as you hike your worries away.

2. Pingualuit Crater - Parc national des Pingualuit, QC

via @itrekkings

Length: 2.5 km

Hike around the meteor crater which measures 3.4 km in diameter and that has been there 1.4 million years!

3.Camels Hump

via @coreyrondeau

Distance: 2 hours away

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!

4. Le Grand Tour​​​​​​​ - Parc National du Bic,​​​​​​​ QC

via @hubertmagogbeach

Length: 3 hours

This rugged, highly diversified circuit leads to the foot of a cliff and along the beach, as well as through a forested area.

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5.Les Trois-Sommets​​​​​​​ - Mont-Mégantic National Park, QC

via @charles.vallieres

Length: 5-8 hours

This 15 km is a loop that features gorgeous views and spectacular hikes for those experts who love the climb.

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Island Line Trail

via @svilallonga

Distance: 2 hours away

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!

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