Quebec is pretty damn beautiful. To the point where it sometimes looks like a work of art. It makes you think, "How is all of this beauty even possible?" Especially when it comes to Quebec's lakes and rivers.

These spots are not only a great way to cool off in the summer heat but are so breathtakingly spectacular that they don't even look real.

Since they are so magical-looking, you'll no doubt want to dive right in. And you should! Between swimming, kayaking, canoeing and so much more, there are so many ways to enjoy the water.

Or you can do my favourite activity on the water, kick back and take in the views.

Because as much as we love art here in Montreal, the real work of art is in nature's greatest masterpieces.

And some of them make for amazing road trips from Montreal, that'll let you take in all of the sites and nature as you make your way to the main attraction.

So pack your camera and your bathing suit and get ready for the world's greatest exhibit...


Lac Pink

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Now, I know what you may be thinking: that lake isn't pink. You're right.

It's actually named after the Pink family, but the glistening green is just as breathtaking.

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Rivière-Bonaventure

Distance from Montreal: 9 hours and 10 minutes

This river is seriously so clear that you'll feel like you're floating through the air more than floating down the river.

One of the most beautiful spots in Gaspé, it's definitely worth the drive.

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Rivière Aux Émeraudes

Distance from Montreal: 10 hours and 20 minutes

Another wonder right in Gaspé, this gorgeous river is the colour of emeralds that you have to see to believe.

This spot has become rather touristy, according to locals. So, if you choose to visit, please remember to respect the environment you find yourself in.

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Lac des Sables

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Up in Saint-Agathe is this gorgeous lake that makes you think you're dreaming. But pinch yourself, because it really is this beautiful.

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Plage Havre-Aubert

Distance from Montreal: 19 hours

Definitely the farthest drive on the list, but just take a look!

Havre-Aubert is everything that you want from the east coast of Canada: naturally beautiful, wild and free.

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Lac Magog

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Over in the Eastern Townships is Lac Memphrémagog, but as cool kids know it as Lac Magog.

A favourite of Montrealers, it's not only breathtakingly stunning, but it also spreads over 100 kilometres.

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Rivière Saguenay

Distance from Montreal: 5 hours and 30 minutes

 

A city, a river and a fjord all in one, Saguenay is unlike anywhere else in the province. It's so majestic that it makes you feel like you're exploring a literal work of art.

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Sept-Îles

Distance from Montreal: 10 hours and 30 minutes

The water here is so blue, doesn't it look like the kayak is part of the water?

And as I'm sure you can guess, there are seven islands to explore, meaning your day on the water is about to get seven times more fun.

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Lac Rond

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Lac Rond honestly looks like a postcard. It's so dreamy that you'll never want to leave. But the best part is that it's so close to Montreal that you can go again and again.

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Lac Édouard

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 10 minutes

Out in Mauricie is Lac Édouard, a gorgeous lake that will transport you to another world, yet ground you and make you feel at one with your surroundings. 

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Rivière Franquelin

Distance from Montreal: 8 hours and 20 minutes

If you drive along the coast, you'll be heading towards Rivière Franquelin, which stems off of the St. Lawrence.

It cuts through the trees in a way that makes it look like it's glowing and although it may be a lesser-known river, it's definitely one of the most magnificent

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Baie Saint-Marguerite

Distance from Montreal: 6 hours

The only thing more amazing than a lake or river during the day is a lake or river at sunset.

And Baie Saint-Marguerite does not disappoint. 

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Keep those views flowing and flowing...


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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