We are almost at the end of winter and although it may not feel like that right now, the reality is we only have a few more weeks (hopefully) of the snow. That means that it's almost time for spontaneous day trips. And, with so many places less than three hours from our city, road trips from Montreal are easy to do.

For some of us, going on a vacation is a little out of reach, that is why these following spots are so awesome. Not only can you get there in less than a handful of hours but you can also spend the day at the following locations, without needing to stay overnight. 

Sometimes the best ideas you have are those that come unconsciously into your head. Road trips are an amazing way of leaving the intensity of Montreal behind you, even if it's just for a couple of hours. 

Luckily for us, we live in a city that is close to so many calming and charming places, providing us with the best of both worlds. From beautiful national parks to sunflower fields, there are a lot of unique spots that are less than three hours from Montreal. 

Just make sure to bring your passport, if you're crossing the border. And of course, a good playlist for the drive!

Lavender Fields

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

What started as a passion project in 2004 turned into a dream spot just 90 minutes outside of Montreal. The stunning scenery and sweet smells of lavender will tingle all your senses. 

On the property, you will also have the chance to take part in a guided tour and shop for organic lavender products at the boutique. There are even food tastings and yoga and meditation classes that are sure to take your mind away from your tiring city lifestyle. 

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Magog

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 20 minutes

The quaint town of Magog instantly gives guests the impression of entering a different place and time. The impressive vineyards, delicious restaurants, and amusing boat tours are sure to make this trip worth the commute, especially when the snow melts! 

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Flume Gorge

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours

Located 3 hours from Montreal, this natural gorge extends over 800 feet. The views along the creaky boardwalk between towering granite walls are unparalleled in eastern North America.

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Gatineau Park

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 45 minutes

Located in the Outaouais region of Quebec, this National Park is home to 361 square kilometres of land that extends from both the north and west parts of the city. 

Trails run through dense forests and past some impressive ruins. There's also a lake with mesmerizing turquoise water.

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Church Street In Burlington

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

This charming street is filled with adorable shops and tasty dining options. This pedestrian-only street oozes character. Peruse an antique shop before grabbing a beer at a local brewery.

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Beloeil / Mont St-Hilaire

Distance from Montreal: 40 minutes

Situated less than 40 minutes from Montreal, Beloeil has a lot to offer visitors. From the epic views to an abundance of activities and restaurants, Beloeil is an ideal spot for anyone looking to get away for a couple of hours.  

Across the Richelieu River is the Mont St-Hilaire nature reserve, where visitors can hike for sweeping views of the Saint Lawrence River Valley.

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Upper Canada Village

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

This 19th-century village is an awesome spot for those looking to escape the hustle of Montreal for a day or so. Not only is it close to Montreal but the old world charm makes for a great time.

The charming homes, tasty eateries, and wholesome vibe make this spot a must-visit when the snow begins to melt. 

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Byward Market

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 20 minutes

I must admit, I have a slight shopping addiction and Byward Market is a great place for me to show off my purchasing skills. From farmers' market stalls to the colourful street art and local shops, if you have yet to check out Byward Market, you're truly missing out. 

There are even a ton of eateries and bars for you to check out during your visit. 

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Lake Placid, New York

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 5 minutes

Lake Placid is best known as being home to the winter Olympics in 1980. However, many people are unaware that it also happens to be a great place filled with an abundance of things to do and see.

From museums and hikes to water activities and amazing eateries, Lake Placid is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a day-long vacation. 

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Coaticook, Québec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 50 minutes

Coaticook, Québec is one of the world's ice cream capitals.

We may be able to purchase Coaticook ice cream at our local grocery store, but it's nothing like eating a cone straight from the source. If you're a lover of ice cream or any other dairy product, this is a place you're going to want to check out. 

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Mont-Mégantic

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 45 minutes

For those who are in the market for a destination that has breathtaking views, then this spot is one you're going to want to check out. From hiking up the mountain to observing wildlife, this spot is a little slice of heaven. And, best of all, it's less than a three-hour commute from Montreal. 

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Lake Champlain

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 25 minutes

Lake Champlain stretches through both the USA and Canada and the Vermont portion of the lake is my personal favorite spot. The surrounding wildlife in combination with the calming vibe is what makes Lake Champlain so special. 

When the snow melts you can rent boats, swim and even fish throughout the water. 

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Baie Saint Paul

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours

Best known for being the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, this town truly has something for everyone. The fascinating history, abundance of art galleries and a slew of boutiques allows for visitors to never have a dull moment. 

This town is not only charming and pretty but the richness in culture will mesmerize you. 

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Visit Sunflower Fields

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 20 minutes

Sunflowers are known to be very happy flowers and at Citrouilles et Tournesolsless than 90 minutes from Montreal, you can bask in the glory of a sunflower field. 

Although the flowers tend to bloom around august, that doesn't mean that you can visit at the start of spring. 

On-site, there is a fabulous beer garden that displays panoramic views of Mont Orford, which is the best part. 

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Saint Raphael Ruins

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Located in Glengarry Ottawa, The Saint Raphael Ruins is a special spot that is only a 90-minute drive from the city. 

In 1970, Saint Raphael Church was destroyed by a fire. This was known as one of the first Roman Catholic churches in Canada and although the church burnt down, the masonry continues to stand and it's quite beautiful if you ask me. 

For those who have never checked out this historical landmark, you're in for a real treat, when the snow melts that is! 

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Park Omega

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 50 minutes

Parc Omega is without a doubt one of the coolest places within driving distance of our city. At this location, you're able to drive through 12 km routes, where a ton of Canadian animals will come to your window. 

Park Omega is not a zoo, it's a natural museum where wild animals can live in their natural habitat while interacting with humans. 

This experience is magical for everyone, especially if you bring a bag of carrots! 

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Dorwin Falls

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

This 18-meter tall waterfall provides some killer views, especially from the lookout points. The walking paths are ideal for anyone seeking a little exercise and after you work up an appetite you can enjoy a picnic overlooking the falls, which is as romantic as it sounds. 

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Montpellier Vermont

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 30 minutes

Montpellier may be the smallest state capital in the US but that doesn't mean it's not worth seeing. Known to be a maple syrup lovers' dream the colourful and dazzling surroundings are what makes this location so much.

From taking a stroll in Hubbard Park to hiking the Camels hump, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Montpellier. 

This stunning location lets visitors connect with nature while taking in the beautifully inspiring surroundings. 

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Happy exploring, my fellow Montrealers!

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