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14 Places To Explore Right Here In Quebec When You Desperately Need A Change Of Scenery

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14 Places To Explore Right Here In Quebec When You Desperately Need A Change Of Scenery

There are some really fantastic places in Quebec to explore. Of course, you can always head up to the historic Old Montreal, go see the world-famous Château Frontenac or even hike up beautiful Mont Tremblant. But, there are so many other things to see and do when you feel like going on an adventure in this province.

After all, it's hard to experience that je ne sais quoi when you've already been there and done that.

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Living in such a large and vast province, we're so lucky to have a wide range of sights, sounds and experiences right at our fingertips.

Not only that, but we can choose to do something right in the city or venture a little further for an absolute adventure.

And, of course, see even more of la belle province along the way.

For this list, we took a look at everything from experiences, to accommodation, to restaurants and even simply some incredible towns throughout Quebec.

So take a look and find your next adventure for when you're looking to escape into entirely new scenery.

Parc national des Grands-Jardins

Address: 21 QC-381, Saint-Urbain, QC

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours

This gorgeous park in Charlevoix is one of the most popular spots for hiking, camping and some incredible views. It also creates one of the main portions of the Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, a status granted to the region by UNESCO.


Moulin à laine d'Ulverton 

Address: 210, chemin Porter, Ulverton, QC

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 20 minutes

This charming, historic building is found in the beautiful forest of the Eastern Townships. Dating all the way back to 1840, today it makes for a great place to hike, see a beautiful waterfall and even enjoy Sunday brunch.


Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps

Address: Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps, ave. Jenkins, Dorval, QC

Distance from 25 minutes

Just because you don't have a plane ticket doesn't mean you can't watch the miracle of flight.

Parc Jacques-de-Lesseps is right by the airport, where you can spend the day watching one humankind's greatest accomplishments.

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Château Fleur de Lys Hotel 

Address: 15, ave. Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec City, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 40 minutes

When most people think of hotels in Quebec City, they probably think of Le Château Frontenac. But this gorgeous boutique hotel in Old Quebec provides a warm and intimate stay that takes attention to detail to the next level.


Plage de Pohénégamook 

Address: 50, chemin de la Tête du Lac, Pohénégamook, QC

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 25 minutes

If you're looking for something other than Saint-Zotique, take a drive to this beautiful beach that'll make you feel like you're somewhere exotic.

Plus, the drive along the St. Lawrence is worth it alone.


Le Train de Charlevoix 

Address: 50, rue de la Ferme, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours and 45 minutes

All aboard! Not associated with VIARail, Le Train de Charlevoix is a train that takes you through the scenic region.

Trains start on July 23 and will run from Thursday-Sunday. This season's route will run between La Malbaie and Baie-Saint Paul.


Baie-Saint Paul

Address: Baie St. Paul, QC

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Speaking of Baie-Saint Paul, it's a quaint town in the Charlevoix region. It's filled with character and natural beauty that'll have you discovering more than you ever thought possible.


Parc Lahaie

Address: 4921, blvd. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC

Definitely not one of the largest parks in the city, Parc Lahaie is big in heart. It is a piece of tranquillity in our bustling metropolis that'll take you away right in your own back yard.


Parc national des Pingualuit

Address: C.P. 130, Kangiqsujuaq

Distance from Montreal: a 2 hour and 20-minute flight

Many people know of Nunavik, but did you know that Parrcs Nunavik is actually home to four parks, including Parc national des Pingualuit.

If you're looking for an adventure and want to learn more about the Inuit way of life, come to the park for the experience of a lifetime.


Spa Diva 

Address: 1455, rue Peel, Montreal, QC

Sometimes you just gotta pamper yourself with some self-care.

Spa Diva in the heart of downtown offers gorgeous facilities for some soothing and relaxing and incredible services, like massages, facials, and more unique treatments, like a sea-salt scrub and a decadent chocolate body wrap.


Ciderie Verger Bilodeau 

Address: 1868, chemin Royal, Saint-Pierre-Île-d'Orléans, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 50 minutes

Everyone thinks of heading to a winery in the summer, but what about a cidery? This gorgeous cidery in Saint-Pierre-Île-d'Orléans is totally worth the drive and proves that it doesn't need to befall to hang out in the orchard.



Address: Métis-sur-Mer, QC

Distance from Montreal: 5 hours and 45 minutes

There's nothing quite like that fresh sea-salt air. Over in Métis-sur-Mer, you'll get a real sense of maritime life in Quebec and fall in love with every crashing wave.


L'Orée du Bois 

Address: 15, Chemin Kingsmere, Chelsea, QC

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Out in Chelsea is a restaurant that is as stunning as it is delicious. Come for the views and the menu and stay for the ambiance and cozy vibes.


Joie de Lavende 

Address: 50, rue Mont Echo, Knowlton, QC

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Everybody knows of Bleu Lavende, but just an hour outside of the city is Joie de Lavende, a gorgeous lavender farm that you could spend hours getting lost in. And don't forget to stop by the boutique to buy some amazing lavender products.


Happy exploring!

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