When you envision a Canadian summer, the backdrop is undoubtedly an expansive lake surrounded by rocky shore, with pine trees towering above. While some people equate summer with a sandy beach, us Canadians know that our stunningly beautiful natural lakes are what makes this hot season not only bearable, but beyond enjoyable.\nAlthough being in the city for the summer is a ton of fun, it can sometimes feel stifling, both literally and figuratively. At some point, we're all left with that familiar longing to be somewhere by the water, somewhere we can temporarily forget about the lack of AC in our apartment, or the sweaty morning commute to work.\nEnter Brome Lake. I stumbled upon photos of this beautiful lake while researching for another article, and I was immediately taken aback.\nA photo posted by Alayna ? (@alaynation) on May 11, 2016 at 12:48pm PDT\nBefore I got too excited about visiting this serene-looking paradise, I quickly researched where it was, expecting it to be a four-plus hour drive away, thus making it an unrealistic possibility. Imagine my state of elation when I learned that this lake is only 1 hour away from Montreal.\nConvinced yet?\nA photo posted by Sabrina Tansey (@sabtans) on Jun 18, 2016 at 4:31pm PDT\nNo, still need convincing?\nA photo posted by Natasha Baril-Lamarre (@traveling_nath_world) on May 26, 2016 at 9:53am PDT\nStill wondering if you should bother?\nA photo posted by Maril (@marilou_durand) on May 24, 2016 at 12:39pm PDT\nI mean, if you're not sold at this point, I can't help you. The awesome advantage of this lake being so close to Montreal is that you can go for just the day if need be, or you can make it a quick and easy weekend trip.\nThe lake is also surrounded by gorgeous high mountains, so if you're interested in hiking and biking trails as well, the region around Brome Lake can certainly deliver.\nA photo posted by beyond reality 73 (@maxinee_xx) on Apr 6, 2016 at 3:54pm PDT\nAnd of course, water sports and activities are totally viable on Brome Lake. So if you have a boat, or want to rent one at the nearby marina, you can certainly do so.\nA photo posted by Em (@emilieplamondon) on Mar 20, 2016 at 10:53am PDT\nThere are so many options when it comes to summer vacations, day trips, or ways to escape the city and be in nature. But the problem is, many destinations are either too far, expensive, or involve a complicated planning process.\nBrome Lake is ideal not only because it's close to Montreal, but because it can offer all the classic summer experiences you might be looking for, in one place. Plus, it's just stunning - it truly encompasses the quintessential Canadian summer image that we're all nostalgic for.\nA photo posted by Mélissa Mekhael (@melissamekhael) on Jun 26, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT\nSo, if you want this to be you and your squad, seriously consider venturing to Brome Lake. Also, if you're looking to rent a cottage, there are some options available on the lake, as well as in the nearby townships, for reasonable prices.\nIf Brome Lake doesn't satisfy all of your summer dreams, I don't know what will. So set aside as many hours as you can, because this quiet gem deserves all time in the world.\nA photo posted by Marie-soleil Denicourt (@mariedenicourt) on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:08am PDT\nClick here for more info\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.