Quebec is full of phenomenal places to explore, but our neighbour to the west isn't all that bad, either. It turns out there are tons of day trip opportunities in eastern Ontario for Montrealers — and they don't all involve the same old trip to Ottawa.\nAll of the towns on this list are close enough for Montrealers to check out in a single day.\nEditor's Choice: Quebec Is Going To Drop Green Ravioli-Like Treats From The Sky But You Can't Eat Them\nBut if you've really run out of weekend getaways in Quebec (impossible) and are looking to spend a little extra time away, you'll be pleased to know that each town has great accommodations and eateries.\nSome of these destinations can even be strung together into a multi-stop tour.\nWe looked specifically for places that offer something a little different from the many vibrant small towns in Quebec.\nThere are also some pretty phenomenal discoveries to be made in these Ontario spots — from rainbow tunnels to giant cheese.\nBe sure to have a good playlist, some good company, and of course, to be safe!\nMerrickville-Wolford\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram in living colour A post shared by braelyn saumure (@braelynvs) on Jul 22, 2020 at 2:04pm PDT\nFrom museums and natural history sites to adorable restaurants and streets, this town in Ontario is worth the two hour and 20-minute drive from Montreal!\nWebsite\nAlmonte\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 40 minutes\nView this post on Instagram When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Ryan Gordon grabbed his camera and hit the empty streets of Almonte, Ont. That first weekend in March, he wandered around town for one two-hour stretch without seeing another soul.⠀ *⠀ The wedding planner and photographer felt compelled to try to capture that eeriness on film, since it's so rare to be able to shoot some of the town's landmarks with no one else in the frame.⠀ *⠀ His images gained attention after he posted them on the Friends of Mississippi Mills Facebook page, and now they'll be the focus of a new exhibit at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, called Faces & Fabric of a Small Town During Pandemic. ⠀ *⠀ CBC Ottawa reached out to local artists and photographers who are capturing this unusual time visually, for a series we're calling Portraits of the Pandemic. Tap the link in our bio to see more of Gordon's photos and read the full story. ⠀ *⠀ 📷: @ryan.gordon.photography | #almonteontario #almontecanada #canada #igersottawa #ottawaphotographer #streetphotography #mississippimills #pandemicphotography #covid19ontario A post shared by CBC Ottawa Community (@cbcottawa) on Jun 18, 2020 at 5:26am PDT\nAlmonte is full of beautiful parks, a cute main street with Victorian façades, and even a beach.\nWebsite\nKingston\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 55 minutes\nToo often written off as an exit on the way to Toronto, Kingston has plenty to make it a destination in itself.\nFrom its restaurant-dense 19th-century core to riverfront views, the city is worth a visit.\nView this post on Instagram a newfound appreciation for outside (socially distanced) strolls🚶🏼♀️ A post shared by kristina. (@kriistina.ip) on Oct 17, 2020 at 1:43pm PDT\nWebsite\nGananoque\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 35 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Not sure where I’d be without this girl by my side. A post shared by Pat Nadeau | EXP Realty (@patnadeau_exp) on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:17am PDT\nI personally love the vibe in this town.\nStroll through the downtown to browse artisan shops and finish off the day with a picnic on the waterfront.\nWebsite\nBrockville\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 10 minutes\nView this post on Instagram 🚢 A post shared by Allison Hess (@allisonjdh) on Jul 30, 2020 at 7:18am PDT\nBrockville, a little over two hours from Montreal, is a great little spot for anyone looking for a quick and easy escape from the metropolis.\nBe sure to walk through the mystical rainbow tunnel — the first railway tunnel in Canada.\nWebsite\nVankleek Hill\nDistance from Montreal: One hour and 10 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Morning walk, vacation edition. A post shared by Chris McInnis (@chrismcinnis) on Jul 28, 2020 at 6:37am PDT\nPeruse the farmers' market before going antique shopping! The farming community has tons of fall events for the harvest season, including an agricultural fair in mid-August and an Oktoberfest.\nWebsite\nSharbot Lake\nDistance from Montreal: Three hours and 20 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Just me catching my breath in our favourite little spot in the woods. A post shared by Wai Yan (@waiyantravels) on Jul 30, 2020 at 4:34pm PDT\nSharbot Lake is a little far, but if you're dying for an escape, the three-hour-or-so drive won't seem so bad, especially once you arrive.\nThis park is for hikers, campers, and swimmers who have already hit up all the Sépaq parks.\nWebsite\nPerth\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 55 minutes\nView this post on Instagram will find a body of water to hangout at anywhere I go A post shared by Emma Liska (@emmaaliska) on Aug 5, 2020 at 12:48pm PDT\nNo, not Perth, Australia, but Perth, Ontario. It may not be as far or exotic but it is a good place to put some mental distance between you and the Montreal grind.\nCheck out the main street, Last Duel Park, and the 22,000-pound block of cheese — the pride of the town.\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. 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