We take the beauty of our province for granted. Montrealers don't need to go far to find hidden gems and famous landscapes that, in the summertime, look like they belong on a tropical island. From Quebec's beaches and rugged coastline to emerald rivers and waterfalls tucked away in the forest, there's plenty to see and do without ever leaving the province.\nSeemingly endless natural beauty awaits — often just a few hours from Montreal.\nAfter being cooped up in our homes all winter, it's nice to know that these vacation-like spots are within reach.\nEditor's Choice: 9 Spots In Ontario That’ll Make You Feel Like You’re On The Other Side Of The World\nThere are also some magical landscapes to be found in the distant corners of the province if you're looking for a little bit more of a getaway.\nDon't get me wrong, I adore travelling around the globe and discovering new, exotic locations.\nBut there's something extra special about exploring your own backyard.\nPlus, you get to support local communities and business-owners — which could be more critical now than ever.\nWhere will you go first?\nPlage St-Zotique\nDistance from Montreal: 55 minutes\nCost to visit: Between $3 and $10 depending on your age\nView this post on Instagram Playa 🏖 #quebec #plagesaintezotique #vivreamontreal #playa #plage #beach #weekend #enjoy #slowlife #mtl #montreal #prochemtl A post shared by Laëtitia Lerond (@laetitialerond) on Sep 16, 2018 at 8:31am PDT\nThis stunning beach will give you major tropical vibes thanks to the beautiful water and sand.\nWebsite\nPlage de Penouille\nDistance from Montreal: 10 hours\nView this post on Instagram 🍃 A post shared by Juliette Boutin-L'Italien (@juliette_bl.25) on Sep 14, 2019 at 7:27pm PDT\nLocated in Forillon National Park in Gaspé, this breathtaking beach is worth the long voyage.\nThe beach looks straight out of a magazine. Explore the beauty of Quebec along the way.\nWebsite\nLac St-Joseph\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 55 minutes\nView this post on Instagram 🌅👌 A post shared by Sim Racette (@racettesim) on Aug 8, 2020 at 6:15am PDT\nThis town in Quebec is home to a beautiful lake and beach that abounds in Instagram-worthy views.\nA little less than three hours from Montreal, this beach will give you the feeling of being on a sunny island vacation, somewhere far away from home.\nWebsite\nDouglass Beach\nDistance from Montreal: One hour and 10 minutes\nCost to visit: $10 per car\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Maggie (@maeblak) on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:27pm PDT\nLocated in the charming town of Knowlton, this photogenic lakeside park will make you believe that you have travelled long and far when in reality you're just a quick hop from the city.\nWebsite\nPlage de la Grande Échouerie\nDistance from Montreal: 19 hours 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Work hard, rest harder ✨ou quand je rêve déjà à ma prochaine journée de plage. #beach #beachday #beachbabe #travelblogger #traveling #travel @ilesdelamadeleine #canigoback #presstrip #sunmervibes 📷@mylenemontplaisir A post shared by Virginie Goudreault (@vgoudreault) on Jul 19, 2018 at 4:23am PDT\nView this post on Instagram Endless beach🌊 #beach #water #sand #waves #travel #throwback #ilesdelamadeleine #quebec #blue A post shared by Marie-Julia Boucher (@mariejuliab) on May 11, 2015 at 7:33am PDT\nLocated in the Îles de la Madeleine, the Plage de la Grande Échouerie offers wide sandy plains, rolling dunes, and endless ocean vistas.\nIt's one of my most beloved beach destinations. I would drive even longer to get there.\nIf you are looking to explore somewhere a little further, then this is the spot for you.\nThose unwilling to take the long drive and ferry can also get there by plane.\nWebsite\nParc national de la Pointe-Taillon\nDistance from Montreal: Five hours and 30 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Magique lever de soleil au parc national Pointe-Taillon #5AM #Jedormaispas #CestBeauleQuebec A post shared by Frédéric Marois (@fmarois) on Aug 3, 2018 at 12:24pm PDT\nLess than six hours from Montreal, Pointe-Taillon National Park is the place to immerse yourself in nature.\nSépaq puts it best: "Who hasn't dreamed of a day spent lounging on a vast sandy shore and walking for miles without reaching the end?\n"That's exactly what you can do on kilometres of shoreline at Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon."\nWebsite\nChutes Waber\nDistance from Montreal: Two hours and 40 minutes\nView this post on Instagram Waterfalls #hike #parcmauricie #chutewebber #weekendaway #waterfalls #outdoor #adventure A post shared by Sabrina (@sabrina_090) on Aug 17, 2019 at 8:12am PDT\nI have always loved this location and I am looking forward to visiting it again.\nThe towering falls make for a relaxing and memorable experience that's also sure to impress your social media following.\nWebsite\nBonaventure Island\nDistance from Montreal: 10 hours 35 minutes\nCost to visit: $8.90\nView this post on Instagram Here’s a funny story: When I took this picture I was having the worst time. It was a hot day and we took a small break in an old cemetery on the Bonaventure Island. I sat against a wooden fence which had severely deteriorated over time. There was a lot of very small wood splinters that rubbed up against my back and entered my skin which caused an uncontrollable itchy reaction on my back. It kept itching into the night and it was so bad that I thought my entire trip would be ruined. It was actually unbearable. When I woke up the next morning it was completely gone. So when I took this really peaceful picture I was everything but peaceful, ironically. 🤷🏻♂️😅📸 . . . #the_folknature #landscapephoto #rsa_outdoors #theworldshotz #folkscenery #discoverearth #wondermore #discoverglobe #epic_captures #hikingtheglobe #modernoutdoors #editgrammer #global_nature #bokeh_addicts #_fairies #surreal42 #earthoutdoors #eyecandy_collective #taintedmag #pr0ject_soul #theimaged #voyaged #master_gallery #stellar_shots #folkgreen #depthobsessed #earth_reflect #earth_shotz #eclectic_shotz #earthfocus A post shared by Patrice Gagnon | Photographer (@pgtravelpics) on Nov 18, 2019 at 10:20am PST\nView this post on Instagram Île Bonaventure A post shared by Clay Sandhu (@claysandhu) on Sep 22, 2019 at 6:38am PDT\nThe Parc national de l'Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is where cliffs dive into the sea.\nRocky islands punctuate the horizon.\nThe result is a dramatic rural landscape that, though well-known, feels like a world away.\nWebsite\nChute de la Rivière aux Émeraudes\nDistance from Montreal: 10 hours\nView this post on Instagram Rivière aux émeraudes. . . . . . #river #trip #travelphotography #traveler #travel #emerald #trees #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapeshot #waterfall #fujifilm #photooftheday #photo #photograph #naturephotography #gaspesie A post shared by Jeanne Aubin-Bélanger (@jeanneaubinb) on Sep 11, 2019 at 6:23am PDT\nAccording to the Gaspésie regional tourism website, the river gets its name from "the depth and [colour] of the stones at the bottom which gives it a green appearance."\nHike to the falls and watch as emerald green water cascades before you.\n*This year, the site of the waterfall is exceptionally closed because renovations couldn't be completed, but be sure to check back next year!\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.\n*This article has been updated.