Summer is here and it's time to start enjoying the warm weather. There are plenty of upcoming activities and festivals in Montreal but for those of you who just can't wait to go on an outdoor adventure we've found 6 summer mini road trips you can enjoy that are pretty close to Montreal. So whether you're active or you just like to lounge around and relax, we've got the perfect trips for you.
Check out 6 summer adventures you can go on with your friends near Montreal:
Rent A Sea-Side Beach Cottage In Maine
If you've never been, you know at least one friend who knows about how awesome Maine can be. It's small and quaint with lots of small towns like Ogunquit and Old Orchard with beautiful beaches and adorable shops. They also have some of the best lobster restaurants in the world.
We love our wine in Quebec and it's time you discovered more of the wines we have to offer. The best way to that is to take a drive along the wine route. You can easily find all the best spots with this interactive wine map. Or you can also take advantage of the special vacation packages they have to offer.
A fun sensational tree adventure in the wilderness with 60 foot high zip lines and a collection of different suspended bridges. Located right outside the Mont-Tremblant resort, the areal games is the perfect activity for and is perfect activity for you and your friends. You can even do these activities at night with head lamps to make things even more adventurous.
Prepare yourself for a whale-watching adventure. You'll get to feel the thrill of spotting a whale as it breaches the water. Watching the explosion of water shooting out of their blow-holes and seeing the playful dolphins jump around in the waves. Sure way to get a ton of cool pics to post on Facebook later. (we all know that's the only reason you want to go)
Eat Everything At The 2015 Quebec Summer Cheese Tour
C'mon! You can't have a wine tour without a cheese tour. How else are you supposed to cleanse your palate (or whatever, I don't drink wine, I'm not sure how that works) There are too many routes to name and they all come with their own downloadable itinerary, they include The Laurentians, The Eastern Townships, The Monteregie, The Saguenay and 4 others. You can even plan your trip according to whether your prefer, sheep, goat or cow milk cheeses.
Nothing says summer like the beach and we may not have the best beach but we definitely have one of the coolest. Beach Club in Pointe-Calumet isn't wasting any time and has already started to release a lineup of events for summer 2015 so get on it!
Staycations are where it's at 2021, and Quebec — with its rolling hills, beautiful lakes and endless drives — is a wonderful place to go exploring near to home. As Canada's largest province, it's chock-full of memories just waiting to be made.
Quebec offers an abundance of both history and nature, from its townships brimming with European charm to its vast provincial parks. You can fly, train or bus to many of Quebec's must-see destinations, but the best way to explore this far-reaching province is by car.
If you're craving the open road, take a cue from 95.9 Virgin Radio host Vinny, who knows a thing or two about road trips. As one of the hosts of Montreal's favourite radio station (and a born-and-bred Montrealer), he reaches road trippers and commuters every weekday morning.
Vinny knows that when it comes to exploring Quebec, you don't have to travel far to uncover lush scenery, wildlife and get some R&R. In fact, his favourite spots are all less than three hour's drive from Montreal.
Just imagine hitting the open road with the windows down and the radio pumping, cruising your way around picturesque villages, quaint architecture, lazy rivers and towering fjords.
Once you've checked out your favourite stops from Vinny's list of must-sees, all you need is a car, snacks for the road and 95.9 Virgin Radio on full blast.
Time From Montreal: 2 hours
Why You Need To Go: With so much to do and see, Mont-Tremblant is one of Quebec's most popular destinations no matter the season or the reason. From a panoramic gondola ride with a bird's eye view of the Laurentians to bike riding through one of the mountain's many trails, this spot is ideal for explorers and adventurers alike.
After a day spent wandering through nature in all its glory, you can wind down with a shopping spree in Mont-Tremblant's famed pedestrian village. Follow it up with an Instagram-worthy dining experience at one of the dozens of restaurants for a vacay done right.
Why You Need To Go: Less than two hour's drive from Montreal (during which you can jam out to tunes on 95.9 Virgin Radio), Saint-Sauveur is another popular Quebec destination that makes for a great day trip. With a massive outdoor pool and water park, restaurants like Gibby's and spas like Vinny's fave, the Polar Bear's Club Spa, Saint-Sauveur is a must-visit for Montrealers.
Spend the day soaking and steaming in the spa's thermal waters, view the Laurentians from horseback or shop to your heart's content. No matter how you choose to spend your time, there's no shortage of fun to be had at Saint-Sauveur.
Why You Need To Go: According to Vinny, Estérel Resort is "an oasis." With a four-season spa that boasts lake and mountainside views, it's easy to see why. Estérel Resort is all about escaping the daily grind, so what better way could there be to make use of a vacation day? Estérel's all-inclusive packages make it a one-stop-shop for all things R&R.
If you're in the mood for a solid sweat sesh, you can venture through the Laurentians via paddleboard, canoe, kayak, pontoon boat or bike. Foodies will especially love the range of fine dining, including the renowned Bistro à Champlain restaurant.
Why You Need To Go: With more than 225 species that call it home, Zoo de Granby is the largest zoo in the province and offers a great day out for the whole family. Due to continued health and safety guidelines, reservations are required for the summer 2021 season, so be sure to save your spot to get in on all the action.
Slender-tailed meerkats, white rhinos, Japanese macaques and snow leopards are just some of the many animals you'll get to spy here. Learn all there is to know about Granby's conservation efforts while you're at it, too.
Why You Need To Go: Just off the island, La Ferme Quinn is a go-to destination for farm-fresh fruits and veggies, including apples, cucumbers, kale and almost every type of berry you can think of. With fall just around the corner, now's the time to plan your apple-picking adventure to stock up for all those pies you're sure to make.
If baking isn't quite your thing, don't stress. According to Vinny, La Ferme Quinn has the "best apple pie ever." You can also load up on muffins and a ton of other baked goodies that may or may not make it through the car ride home.
Why You Need To Go: Combining rustic charm with jaw-dropping architecture, Le Château Montebello might just take your breath away in the best way as it's situated within nature itself. Fun fact: Le Château Montebello is the world's largest log cabin, and it was rated one of the top 10 resort hotels in Canada by Travel & Leisure.
To make your staycay complete, there's an outdoor pool and cabanas, a sports chalet boasting everything from tennis to mini-golf, a nautical pavilion for those who like to kayak, canoe or paddleboard, hiking trails and even 90-minute guided ATV rides.
Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel far to uncover the beauty of Quebec. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Centre de la Nature is a massive urban park that spans 50 hectares.
Whether you're in search of a chill picnic, wanting to uncover nature via the Centre's five kilometres of pedestrian paths, or looking to entertain the family at Piscine Saint-Vincent or the on-site petting zoo, Centre de la Nature has it all. There's even a tropical greenhouse that boasts a stunning array of plants and animals, so be sure to have your camera at the ready.
Why You Need To Go: Charm and character combine with history to make Quebec City a must-see (and see again) spot. Walkable and sure to satiate your wanderlust, Quebec City is a great spot to spend your vacation days. Crank up the radio while you're en route and listen to 95.9 Virgin Radio hosts talk all things pop culture and more before you pull up in one of the province's most iconic destinations.
Once you're there, soak up a bit of history at Château Frontenac then traverse the Plains of Abraham, the site of the famous Battle of Quebec. You can also peep a stellar view of the St. Lawrence River from Dufferin Terrace, zipline above Montmorency Falls, shop and eat to your heart's content — however you choose to spend your time, Quebec City has plenty to offer.
Why You Need To Go: Touted as a "super cool experience" by Vinny himself, Parc Omega is a safari park with a 12-kilometre route that winds throughout. You're likely to see wolves, deer, bears, bison, birds and more at this year-round attraction.
For the brave-of-heart, you can also spend a night or two in a cabin, chalet, lodge or pod that's surrounded by a pack of wolves. Each accommodation has a glass facade to allow uninterrupted views of nature and wolves alike.
Why You Need To Go: Since it's always five o'clock somewhere, what better way to spend a day than at a winery? Located just minutes from Montreal, La Bullerie is the first Quebec vineyard that specializes in sparkling wines. With the likes of white, red and, of course, rosé, you can sip and santé while you take in the picturesque views of wine country.
If you fancy a picnic while you're there, La Bullerie offers one of their very own that includes choice cheese, fruit and a local dessert. It's the ultimate daytime date location.
The airline is scheduling flights all over Canada including Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Quebec City, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Ottawa as of September 8.
In a statement, Porter Airlines president and CEO Michael Deluce said that "this is the moment our team members, passengers and the communities we serve have been waiting for."
"While deciding to suspend our service was the most difficult business decision we've made, announcing a restart of flights is the first step in a recovery process that includes recalling hundreds of team members and welcoming back passengers."
Porter will also soon resume its international flights to U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington as of September 17.
For added peace of mind, Porter Airlines customers will be happy to know that "all fares purchased by July 20, for travel through December 15, 2021, [are] fully refundable, with no fees."
So if you've been hoping to plan a trip, Calgary in September is definitely one to consider. With Air Transat, departing September 8 from the Montreal Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport and returning from the Calgary International Airport on September 30, the total for a round-trip flight would be $332 with taxes and fees included.
The only catch is, to get a flight at this price, you'll need to fly "Eco Budget," which means no checked bags and you'll have to pay $34.49 to bring a carry-on, plus another $51.74 if you want to bring a second bag. Moral of the story: make sure to pack light so you can fly cheap.
You may have already missed the Calgary Stampede, but this city in Alberta still has all kinds of beautiful spots to see and exciting things to do. Plus, Banff is only an hour away, so you could totally make a pit stop there, too!
Flight prices were accurate at the time of writing this article but are subject to change.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
A Bombay spokesperson described the maze as a "large-scale [...] whimsical oasis" with walls that "cloak the discoverable experiences within."
The maze installations are being created by Quebec's Charlie Larouche (Glassware Artist), Jeroen Kleijn (DJ & Olfactory Artist) and Chantal Royer (Botanical Artist) who were inspired by the taste of Bombay Bramble, a new naturally-flavoured raspberry and blackberry gin.
The experience will be completely free, and anyone over the age of 18 can take part.
In addition to a Bombay Bramble sample, guests will leave with a signature Bombay Sapphire Balloon Glass that they can use to stir up fun drinks at home.
Hedge Maze at the Old Port
Bombay Sapphire Canada
When: August 6: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; August 7 and 8: 1 p.m.-8 p.m.
Address: 430, boul. Saint-Laurent, Old Port, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Hedge mazes are fun, but even better when they're boozy.