There are so many aspects of living in Montreal that I love, but like everyone else, sometimes I simply crave an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Although our city is beautiful at any time of year, during the months of summer, the following locations truly shine. Not only do each of the below-mentioned locations have a ton of charm, but they're all less than two hours away, making them the ultimate spontaneous day trip from Montreal.\nBeing able to just get in your car, pack some snacks, and escape somewhere exciting is one of my favorite things to do.\nAnd, we're so lucky to live in a city that is surrounded by so many gorgeous locations, especially if you're looking to take part in a fun and spontaneous day trip.\nEditor's Choice: 7 Montreal Restaurants That Make The Best Picnic Meals In The City\nFrom spending some time by the lake to hiking up gorgeous trails, there's a lot of fun that can be had within a two-hour radius of Montreal.\nI love Montreal as much as the next person, but sometimes I just need a day away to refresh and recenter myself, while being surrounded by natural beauty.\nAnd these spots are the perfect places to do just that.\nMont Tremblant\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 25 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Thank you @shopify for three day weekends all summer long 🏖 ⠀ And thank you @monttremblant for the killer sunburn. It’s not a proper vacation until you’ve pulled out the aloe vera ☀️ ⠀ ⠀ A post shared by SIGUTE ZITIKYTE | Online Biz (@sigutezitikyte) on Jul 7, 2020 at 5:37pm PDT\nAs one of the most popular destinations for a day trip, Mont Tremblant offers a variety of activities to be had, restaurants to try, and nature to explore.\nWebsite\nSaint Raphael Ruins\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram -- Venus shining bright over the St. Raphael’s Ruins in South Glengarry! In 1970, a fire had destroyed the roof and tower of the church, leaving only the stone hallowed walls. Full credit’s to @pat.tenger for the inspiration to capture this National Historic Site. ________________________________________________ #ottawaphoto #facesottawa #myottawa #ottawa #apt613 #imagesofcanada #canada #discoveron #explorecanada #613 #glengarry #ruins #abandoned #astro #stars #astrophotography #tourcanada #church #cangeo #cangeotravel #ottawatourism #ottawaforyou #livelovecanada #ontariotourism #imagesofcanada #stars #stargazing #adventure #landscape #straphaelruins A post shared by Chris Austin (@caustin89) on Apr 14, 2020 at 2:09pm PDT\nThe Saint Raphael Ruins is only a 90-minute drive from the city.\nFrom the eerily beautiful burnt down church, to the charming surrounding areas, this location is a great place to spend the day.\nWebsite\nPark Omega\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram #blackbear #omegaparc #natureisbeautiful A post shared by L'or (@agacha8) on Jul 6, 2020 at 5:18pm PDT\nIf you love animals, Park Omega is the perfect day trip for you.\nThis natural museum is home to a slew of wild animals and will provide you with a magical experience.\nWebsite\nDorwin Falls\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour\nView this post on Instagram Starting to feel a lot like summer✨ A post shared by Catherine (@4erine_boies) on May 24, 2020 at 2:38pm PDT\nLess than one hour from Montreal resides the breathtaking Dorwin Falls, which is an 18-metre tall waterfall.\nThe gorgeous views from the lookout points combined with the walking paths are great for anyone looking for a little adventure.\nWebsite\nUpper Canada Village\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram How precious is this?! We couldn't resist sharing this photo from the Village yesterday of two of our horses saying hi as our staff prepare the grounds to safely reopen soon. 🐴🤞 #ClosedButCaring A post shared by Upper Canada Village (@uppercanadavill) on Jun 24, 2020 at 5:04am PDT\nThis quaint, 19th-century village is one of my go-to spots when I need a day away from Montreal. I love locations with an old-world charm and Upper Canada Village offers just that.\nWebsite\nLavender Fields at Bleu Lavende\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram brb, getting lost in a lavender field 💜 A post shared by Isabella Lam (@isabellalvm) on Jul 6, 2020 at 3:40pm PDT\nWhat began as a passion project in 2004 turned into a dream spot just 90 minutes outside of Montreal.\nFrom the stunning scenery to the sweet smells of lavender, this spot will be sure to thrill all your senses.\nWebsite\nNorth Hatley\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 25 minutes\nView this post on Instagram quick North Hatley weekend getaway re-🧢 A post shared by TIFFANY LAI 🐚 MONTRÉAL (@lai_tiffany) on Jun 30, 2020 at 9:00am PDT\nThis charming little town not too far from Montreal oozes character and reminds me of a storybook town.\nFrom the gorgeous views to the quaint bed and breakfasts and the good eateries, North Hatley has a lot to offer its visitors.\nWebsite\nMagog\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram :vent > camcam🐒 A post shared by Camélia Morissette (@cam_morissette_) on Jul 6, 2020 at 2:23pm PDT\nIn Magog, there are tons of vineyards and eateries to enjoy while visiting this adorable town.\nWebsite\nBeloeil / Mont St-Hilaire\nDistance from Montreal: 40 minutes\nView this post on Instagram #staycation 📸@alyparker2 A post shared by Andrei P (@andreip177) on Jul 5, 2020 at 5:42pm PDT\nLocated just 40 minutes from Montreal, this location is a go-to if you're looking for a quick escape from the city. Although it's super close, it'll give you the illusion of being somewhere very far from Montreal.\nWebsite\nCoaticook\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 50 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Avez-vous goûté à nos trois nouvelles saveurs, brioche à la cannelle, rhum et raisins et caramel salé? Laquelle est votre coup de coeur? 😍🍨 #crèmeglacée #icecream #nouveauté #new A post shared by Laiterie De Coaticook Ltee (@laiteriedecoaticook) on Aug 12, 2019 at 1:55pm PDT\nIf you're an ice cream lover like myself, you're totally going to want to take the drive to Coaticook.\nAs one of the world's ice cream capitals, there's no denying that this is a go-to spot for the dairy fanatic in you.\nWebsite\nLake Champlain\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 25 minutes\nView this post on Instagram 🌞🍓 A post shared by Dani Macgown (@daninicmac) on Jul 5, 2020 at 4:21pm PDT\nLake Champlain stretches through both the U.S. and Canada and has an undeniably calming vibe which is one of the things that makes this lake so special. You can rent boats, swim, and even fish while visiting this location.\nWebsite\nEsterel\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram It’s easy to win me over with a sauna on a lake. The first time I tried a dry sauna followed by a dip in a frigid lake was in Finland. I tried so hard to opt out but got peer pressured into it - and loved it. The body buzz is amazing, and is apparently good for circulation and stamina. Now I’m a sauna fiend, rolling in the snow after or jumping in a lake, alternating for hours. Would you do it? Swipe to see how gorgeous this morning was, complete with incredible pink sunrise (the colors in the photo are 💯 real!), steam rising from the lake, geese in the water, framed by red and orange trees. #quebecoriginal #laurentians #esterelresort A post shared by Kristin Addis (@bemytravelmuse) on Oct 8, 2019 at 9:03am PDT\nEsterel is a go-to for a ton of Montreal locals looking to escape for the weekend or even the day. You can swim in gorgeous lakes and nosh on some awesome casse-croûtes along the way.\nWebsite\nCitrouille et Tournesols\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram The sky is not the limit 🕊🌻 A post shared by Chloé C Z (@chloechamberland) on Sep 29, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT\nSunflowers are known to be very happy flowers and Citrouille et Tournesols exudes happiness.\nWebsite\nWe 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 and obey any local laws.