Summer months are rapidly approaching and if you actually want to go on adventures and explore this summer, it's advisable to start doing your research now.\nALSO READ: This Insane "Mini Grand Canyon" Is Only One Hour Away From Montreal\nIf you're into sandy beaches and cool water, you don't have to get on a plane. In close proximity to Montreal, there are several freshwater beaches that are not only stunning but also relaxing, perfect for any summer weekend get-away.\nSome have more of a party-vibe, and others, are more secluded from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding towns. Here are some of the best beaches you can find less than 4-hours outside the city.\n8. Oka Beach, Quebec\email@example.com via\nView this post on Instagram Notre terrain de jeu pour la journée 💦 A post shared by Sylviane Mailhot (@sylviane.mailhot) on Aug 11, 2017 at 7:10am PDT\nWhy you should go: Oka beach is a popular beach destination for city-dwellers due to the close proximity to the city, only about 45 minutes. The downside is that the beach is popular and can get very busy during the warmer months of the year.\n7. Parc De L'ile Saint-Quentin, Quebec\nView this post on Instagram Sun, playaaa 🌊 A post shared by Zoe Dugas 🕊 (@zoedgs) on Jul 28, 2015 at 4:48pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram Une autre magnifique journée avec les ami(e)s ! 😍😍🏝✌🏼️ #relaxingtime #fun #sunshine #beach #love #namaste 🙏🏼 A post shared by ॐlivelovelife_ooo🕉 (@livelovelife_ooo) on Jul 11, 2017 at 11:58am PDT\nWhy you should go: Located about 2 hours outside the city, this parc is located on the banks of the Saint Lawrence and have beautiful sandy beaches for you to play and enjoy the hot summer sun. Considering the location, it's more calm and peaceful than some other popular beach destinations close to Montreal.\n6. Ogunquit Beach, Maine (USA)\nView this post on Instagram It may not seem like it now, but beach days will be back! It’s not too early to start planning your next trip. We’re already taking summer reservations! 🌊☀️⛱ #ogt #ogunquitbeach #summervacation #beachday A post shared by The Norseman Resort (@thenorsemanresort) on Jan 14, 2018 at 5:48pm PST\nView this post on Instagram The sky is full of color today for the Capriccio Festival of Kites. 🎨 #ogunquit #relax #mainecoast #kitefestival A post shared by The Norseman Resort (@thenorsemanresort) on Sep 9, 2017 at 9:22am PDT\nWhy you should go: Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" and indeed it is. This popular Maine destination is about 4 hours from Montreal, too far for the day - but, perfect for the weekend. This beach is New England charm at it's best.\n5. Sand Banks Provincial Park, Ontario\nView this post on Instagram Please take me back to warm days #sickofwinter #me #pretty #model #beachdays #canadianprobs #beach #gococonuts ☺️😘❤️💋😍🌹 A post shared by Alexandra Holmes (@holmesalexandra) on Mar 19, 2018 at 11:59am PDT\nView this post on Instagram can it just be summer please A post shared by Anna (@annaachapman) on Mar 18, 2018 at 5:40pm PDT\nWhy you should go: Sandbanks Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake Ontario and is a great spot for that weekend get-away in the Summer. If you need to escape Montreal for a weekend why not visit one of the biggest fresh bodies of water in Canada.\n4. Bluffers Beach, Ontario\n@ohsnapjimmyembedded via\nView this post on Instagram Me: “Spring will be here before we know it!” New York: “Did you say wake up to 3 more inches of snow?” A post shared by Kyle (@kylegallaher) on Mar 16, 2018 at 10:09am PDT\nWhy you should go: Also on the banks of the very big Lake Ontario, Bluffers beach is located just south of Scarborough Ontario and is a 3-4 hour drive from Montreal. This stunning natural gem is also perfect for day hiking and boating.\n3. Saint-Gabriel De Brandon, Quebec\nView this post on Instagram Le -22 d’aujourd’hui < le +30 de cette journée-là. Bonne fête encore 🌞💛 A post shared by jacinthe (@jaceroberge) on Jan 14, 2018 at 5:42pm PST\nView this post on Instagram Vacances😘🥂 A post shared by Jennyfer Plante (@jennyferplante) on Aug 6, 2017 at 3:50pm PDT\nWhy you should go: Ville Saint-Gabriel's beach is charming and super fun, and as an added bonus, the town itself has got some awesome summer activities - like hiking and ATV tours - for you to embark on.\n2. Lac Simon, Quebec\n@emyxdemersxembedded via\nView this post on Instagram @liv_m22 juste pour t'agacer 😁😁😁 A post shared by Maxim Martin (@maximmartinhumoriste) on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:17pm PDT\nWhy you should go: If you're looking to actually get-away from people and relax by some calm waters the beaches of Lac Simon in the Outaouais region are for you. Nothing but calm in this local beach only about 2 hours away from Montreal.\n1. Lac Des Sables, Quebec\nView this post on Instagram #beachday #lacdessables A post shared by Ourania (@sky_oz) on Jul 5, 2017 at 7:53pm PDT\n@riskitodeamorembedded via\nWhy you should go: Beautiful clear water and even more beautiful sunsets, this lake is the definition of hidden gem. Located in the Saint-Agathe-Des-Mont area of Quebec just a short 2-hour drive north of the city, this spot makes for an easy day trip when you need to cool off and unwind after a long week.