11 Beautiful Weekend Road Trips That Are Close To Montreal You Need To Go On This Fall
Fall is here, let's raise a cheer!
I know to some of you I might be the bearer of bad news, but fall is definitely coming and it's coming quick people. We all might be in denial but it's almost the end of August! This means that school will be starting, our summer vacations are over, and the weather's about to cool right down.
That may sound unappealing to most of you, but fall really is amazing! Instead of getting in a slump over how summer's ending just think about how all the great things about fall are starting. Like warm, cozy sweater weather, cups of tea on a rainy, crisp Autumn morning, apple picking at the local orchard, and the gorgeous colours that are about to envelope the city.
It's not all bad guys! If you're looking to make the most of this fall season you should check out some of these amazing road trips for a nice weekend getaway from the city.
1. Lake Champlain, New York
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Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 25 minutes
This gorgeous location is located just across the border from Montreal and is perfect for a fall trip. When the weather cools down and the colours of the trees turn from luscious green to crisp red, orange and yellows you should pack your bags and head down to this lakeside location. Rent a cottage or stay in a cute bed and breakfast nearby! It borders Vermont and New York so the choice is yours.
2. Trou de la Fée
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Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 56 minutes
This super cool park/cave is located in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and it's the perfect weekend road trip this fall. If you haven't been already, trust me you need to go! This park has some amazing suspension bridges, hiking trails, and so much more! Just picture standing on this gorgeous bridge surrounded by the colourful fall trees, looks perfect doesn't it?
3. Quebec City
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 51 minutes
A clear choice for a road trip close to Montreal. Quebec City is both a romantic and a fun destination if you're looking to get away for a weekend. Fall is the perfect time to do this. It's not cold enough yet that you can't enjoy walking the streets of the Old City or admiring Quebec City's famous Chateau Frontenac with all the fall colours surrounding it!
4. Rocher Percé
Distance From Montreal: 10 hours 31 minutes
Percé Rock is one of the prettiest destinations in Quebec. It's a giant rock formation in the middle of the Gulf of the Saint Lawrence River located in the Gaspé Peninsula. This area is cool in the fall, which makes it a cozy destination for a scenic weekend getaway. It may be a little farther than you might have hoped but it will be a gorgeous fall drive so it's totally worth it.
5. Lac Saint-Jean
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 40 minutes
A gorgeous lake for a weekend getaway right here in Quebec. Located in the Laurentian Highlands it's the perfect nature escape from the city. In the fall this lake turns into a crisp, autumn oasis and you'll definitely want to take your time exploring this place!
6. Grand-Jardins National Park
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Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 24 minutes
This is one of the most amazing National Parks Quebec has to offer and in the fall, there's so much gorgeous nature to see! I recommend packing a tent, some warm clothing, and a weekend's worth of rations and camp out in this scenic destination. You'll be surrounded by the amazing foliage, all sorts of wildlife, and perfect fall weather!
7. Verger Gibouleau Orchard
Distance From Montreal: 44 minutes
This cute apple orchard is located super close to Montreal in Laval, Quebec! This destination is best for a day trip and you can pick as many apples as your heart desires. They also have apple donuts which look delicious or you can try their crisp apple cider. Lucky for all you fall lovers, apple picking season is starting next week in Quebec!!
8. Magog, Quebec
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 22 minutes
This gorgeous Quebec location is super close to Montreal! There's an amazing lake in this cute little town, perfect to spend a nice weekend getaway from the city or a short day trip. The fall colours here are so bright and crisp you won't be disappointed!
9. Niagra Falls
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours 19 minutes
If you haven't been to this classic Canadian location yet, you definitely should this fall. Niagra Falls is the largest waterfall in the world and is shared between Canada and the U.S. It's gorgeous in summer, winter but especially fall when the weather is crisp and perfect and the trees are gorgeous colours! Spend your weekend getaway at this amazing destination.
10. Matapedia Valley
Distance From Montreal: 7 hours 19 minutes
This weekend road trip is perfect for fall. In Matapedia Valley there's so many amazing, natural sites like rivers, lakes perfect for cottaging and camping! They have classic churches, cute streets with bed and breakfasts to stay in, and adorable covered bridges. There's an unlimited amount to discover here!
11. Mount Orford National Park
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 21 minutes
Located right beside Magog, Quebec, Mount Orford National Park is an amazing destination. It has gorgeous lakes, rivers and amazing fall foliage to enjoy! You can enjoy this area in the fall before it becomes bustling with skiiers in the winter.