Summer has arrived, but we all know the season doesn't last forever. Before we know it, we'll be back in winter jackets and gloves while hiding away from the snow. But, until then, it's our chance to take advantage of the beautiful summer views that come with living in Quebec. And for us city folk, it's good to know that there are tons of cool day trips to take near Montreal that are worth hopping in your car to go explore.\nRoad trips are awesome during every season.\nBut there's something about hitting the open road on a hot summer day, while a killer playlist blasts in your car, that brings out the best in us all.\nDiscovering the surrounding areas of our city has become one of my favourite things to do, mostly because there's a never-ending list of places to explore.\nFrom gorgeous waterfalls to picturesque towns, there's no denying the beauty that lives all around our city.\nThere are so many fantastic spots to visit, some of which aren't too far from Montreal, which we've gathered for you below.\nDorwin Falls\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour\nView this post on Instagram 🌳🌿🍂 @julie_solarb ♡ A post shared by ℰ m i l i e ℳ. (@emilie_morissette) on Sep 19, 2017 at 4:55pm PDT\nLocated only one hour from Montreal, this gorgeous waterfall site also offers walking paths through the forest and spots where you can enjoy a picnic, so don't forget to bring a lunch with you.\nWebsite\nEsterel\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Le penseur ✌️ A post shared by Hugo Morin (@hugmorn) on Jun 27, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT\nIf you're looking for a quick day trip that will provide you with amazing lake views, great casse-croûtes, and even better water adventures, then Esterel may be the spot for you.\nWebsite\nPark Omega\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 50 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Come get y’all juice🦙 A post shared by Tamia🏄🏾♀️ (@tammm_ox) on Jun 27, 2020 at 4:10pm PDT\nLocated less than two hours from Montreal, this safari park is 12 kilometres of nature routes that include lakes, valleys, meadows, rocky hills, and a ton of animals.\nWebsite\nLac Meech\nDistance from Montreal: 2 hours and 25 minutes\nView this post on Instagram It’s a great day to be alive. As many of you know, I love to be outside. I do this because it fills my soul with an undeniable positive energy. I feel connected with nature and therefore I immerse myself in it to recharge. It has been an exceptionally hot summer here in Ottawa, and that is why I am so grateful to have partnered with @columbia1938. Both their Omni-shade and Omni-Freeze technologies kept me protected and comfortable so that I could focus on what matters most without worrying about my skin. Today I am giving a HUGE shout out to @columbia1938 for being all the things I am looking for in a clothing line. Plus it’s super cute too! I LOVE it!! So... I have a VERY important question for you. If you had this kind of gear to protect you from the sun, what adventures would you take? Tell me below! #ad 📸 @kourtneyderouinphoto #columbia1938 #moveoutsidetheexpected #testedtough A post shared by Elisa Unfiltered Podcast 🎧 (@elisakurylowicz) on Aug 12, 2019 at 7:26am PDT\nLocated in Gatineau Park, this lake has a lot of beauty to offer its visitors. The beautiful water adds a picturesque feel that's ideal for any day trip away from the city.\nWebsite\nMont-Mégantic\nDistance from Montreal: 2 hours and 45 minutes\nView this post on Instagram "Heal your soul" A post shared by Kelly Beaudoin (@kellybeaudoin_) on Jun 27, 2020 at 7:53am PDT\nThe fresh air and picture-perfect surroundings will take you away from your worries in Montreal and transport you to a new setting that's sure to keep you relaxed.\nWebsite\nBeloeil / Mont St-Hilaire\nDistance from Montreal: 40 minutes\nView this post on Instagram C O M B L É E 🧡 #32weekspregnant A post shared by Evany Robert (@evanyrob) on Jun 28, 2020 at 3:11pm PDT\nLocated less than an hour from Montreal, this is a great spot to spend the day or even the afternoon.\nAcross the Richelieu River lives Mont St-Hilaire nature reserve, where you can get breathtaking views of the Saint Lawrence River Valley.\nWebsite\nLac Aux Araignées\nDistance from Montreal: 3 hours\nView this post on Instagram Mon endroit favori pour le repos. Si vous connaissez d'autre place comme celui-ci. Donner-moi vos coups de coeur ! A post shared by Massage sportif Québec (@therapeute_manuel) on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:51am PDT\nLakes are a big part of our province and Lac Aux Araignées is one of the most stunning spots that are ideal for spending a day by the water.\nAnd, during the heat of the summer, are we all not searching for a body of water to cool off in?\nWebsite\nUpper Canada Village\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram not sure which I miss more, summer or not having a belly. ☀️/🤰 . #tb #32weeks #letsgoooo #babyselo2 A post shared by rama • (@ramaimds) on Jan 21, 2020 at 4:37pm PST\nThis 19th-century village is an awesome spot for those looking to escape the city.\nThe old-world charm combined with the good restaurants and calming vibe make this spot a must-see, especially during the summer.\nWebsite\nBaie-Saint-Paul\nDistance from Montreal: 3 hours\nView this post on Instagram Petit roadtrip improvisé 🌾 A post shared by Lauriane Montminy (@laurianemontminy) on Jun 7, 2020 at 3:27pm PDT\nBaie-Saint-Paul has a very interesting history.\nNot only is it the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil but it is a place that's swimming in art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, that make for the perfect setting for a day trip outside of the city.\nWebsite\nSt. Raphael's Ruins\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Indo... sempre! Always. A post shared by Diego Zanotto (@zanottodiego) on Jun 25, 2020 at 11:57am PDT\nNinety minutes away from Montreal lives a special spot that's sure to leave you in awe.\nThese gorgeous ruins were destroyed by a fire in 1970 and although the church is burnt down, the masonry remains, and it's truly a stunning sight.\nWebsite\nMagog\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram À la recherche des pièces du bateau dans le fond du lac🌅 A post shared by Philippe Blanchet (@philblanchet) on Jun 28, 2020 at 4:01pm PDT\nThere's something special about the adorable town of Magog.\nThe quaintness of the town gives guests the impression of being somewhere really far from Montreal, even though it's less than 90 minutes from our city.\nWebsite\nGatineau Park\nDistance from Montreal: 2 hours and 45 minutes\nView this post on Instagram big fan of hiking season 🍂 A post shared by han (@hannahbonee) on Jun 15, 2020 at 3:22pm PDT\nSituated in Quebec's Outaouais region, this national park houses 361 square kilometres of stunning land.\nWith trails running through the dense forests as well as impressive ruins and a lake with mesmerizing turquoise water, there's a lot to see when visiting this national park.\nWebsite\nLake Champlain\nDistance from Montreal: 1 hour and 25 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Happy pride day. 🌈 #pride2020 #usatoday #vermontphotography A post shared by S E B A S T I A N P R A D A (@sebastianpconde) on Jun 28, 2020 at 6:04pm PDT\nLake Champlain stretches through both the U.S. and Canada. The wildlife combined with the chilled-out vibe makes this location a must for anyone looking to escape for the day.\nWebsite\nHappy exploring!\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.