• Here are 19 worthwhile road trips from Montreal to adorable small towns in the surrounding area, including destinations in New England, New York, Ontario, and elsewhere in Quebec.
  • Some of these spots are great for a day trip while others deserve at least one night's stay!

We love our city, but that doesn't mean that sometimes we don't need a little vacation from it. With fall here, there is nothing more pleasing than going on a little road trip. The beautiful foliage, the calm sounds of nature, and the picturesque towns that surround us are ideal for mini-getaways.

In Quebec, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by many beautiful communities. The following 20 destinations are all under three hours away from Montreal and each has something incredible to offer us city folk. 

This is a great opportunity to grab your hiking shoes, along with your bestie and hit the open road on an adventure you won't soon forget. 

Just be sure to make a good playlist, pack some snacks for the car and, of course, dress accordingly because you are going to want to take a lot of pictures.

Stanstead

Distance: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Stanstead is an adorable little town just under two hours away from Montreal.

This popular day-trip destination is known for its stunning blue lavender fields.

Blue Lavande creates lavender wellness products in Quebec, so if you love their products, this is the place to go.

Magog

Distance: 1 hour and 22 minutes

The quaint town of Magog gives you the impression of being in a different place and time. From vineyards to boat tours, to tasty restaurants, Magog is sure to blow you away.

Morin Heights

Distance: 1 hour and 36 minutes

Most of us link Morin Heights with skiing, and although it is a kickass spot to ski, this town has a lot more to offer.

A serene energy pervades in Morin Heights. That's probably why several spas call the town home. This is a great destination if you need to refresh and recharge.

Baie Saint-Paul

Distance: 3 hours

You may know this town as the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, but it's also undeniably one of the cutest and most amusing destinations in Quebec.

This town is ideal for people who love to discover new things. A fascinating history, ton of art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques will keep you entertained throughout your stay.

This culturally rich town is sure to impress you and your Instagram followers!

Burlington

Distance: 1 hour and 25 minutes

The most populous city in Vermont maintains a small-town vibe and connection to its natural surroundings.

In addition to sweeping views of Lake Champlain and its islands, the city is remarkable for its positive energy and New England charm. Stay in one of the nearby bed and breakfasts!

Esterel

Distance: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Esterel is one of those towns that instantly makes visitors feel at home. You'll often encounter Montrealers who either have a home or frequent the famous Hotel Esterel.

North Hatley

Distance: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Do you remember the town where Noah and Allie met in The Notebook? Well, North Hatley looks exactly like it.

North Hatley is one of the most picture-perfect little towns you will ever find. With charming hotels and bed and breakfasts, North Hatley has become a super popular destination for Montrealers.

No matter the season, this town is sure to blow your mind.

Plattsburg

Distance: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Our proximity to the U.S. gives us the chance to go to another country for the day — which is pretty cool, right?

Plattsburg, New York is a small city about thirty minutes beyond the border. It has American chain restaurants that we don’t get in Montreal, like Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Panera Breads.

Plattsburg is a must-see for anyone who loves small cities and the American lifestyle.

Mont-Tremblant

Distance: 1 hour and 55 minutes

When it comes to popular destinations around Montreal there is no denying that Mont Tremblant is right at the top of everyone’s list.

Stocked with a ton of bars, restaurants, spas, hotels, and activities, Tremblant is one of those towns that keeps you coming back time and time again.

Sainte-Adèle

Distance: 1 hour 35 minutes

Sainte Adele is home to ski hills, gorgeous lakes, and some of the cutest B&Bs you have ever seen.

Because it's so close to Montreal, it is an ideal place to go when you feel like you need to recharge your batteries.

Almonte

Distance: 2 hours and 40 minutes

Almonte, also known as the "friendliest town," may only be two hours and forty minutes away, but it feels totally remote from the Montreal lifestyle.

This destination is also perfect for any chocolate lover because it is home to Hummingbird Chocolate, which serves up decadent and mouth-watering cocoa treats.

Hudson

Distance: 1 hour and 5 minutes

This is the closest town on the list. Hudson is a great destination if you love horses, as it is filled with some of the most beautiful stables in the greater Montreal area.

Besides horses, there are a ton of amazing boutiques, great eateries, and some extraordinary homes if you're into recreational house hunting.

Be sure to make time for antique shopping!

Lake Placid

Distance: 2 hours 21 minutes

In the middle of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is best known as the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, so it's a great spot for any sports fan.

The town is filled with Olympic museums, monuments, and an extensive infrastructure for winter sports.

Stowe

Distance: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Stowe is known for its ski hills, restaurants, and magnificent homes. This town oozes character and anyone who has been there will agree that it is truly a special destination.

This is an amazing weekend getaway, just make sure you don’t forget your passport and remember to leave that green at home!

Oka

Distance: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Oka is a cute little town on the northern bank of the Ottawa River. Home to a popular beach and views of the Lac des Deux Montagnes, Oka is perhaps most beautiful during the autumn months.

Saint-Sauveur

Distance: 1 hour and 5 minutes

This cute little town in the Laurentides region is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or even a quick little day trip.

From great activities like water slides and tubbing, amazing hotels, lavish spas, there is a reason why so many of us flock to Saint-Sauveur.

To top it off, this quaint town has some pretty epic discount shopping, so if you are thinking of going, make sure to save up a few dollars.

Bromont

Distance: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Bromont is known for its epic ski trails, stunning parks, and fancy vineyards. The best part? It is only a little over an hour away from Montreal.

Due to its proximity, Bromont is one of the most popular little towns for Montrealers to visit.

Joliette

Distance: 1 hour and 10 minutes

A little over an hour outside Montreal is the city of Joliette. Small city but with a big personality, it is full of museums, parks, and vineyards.

Joliette is continuously growing and the pride locals take in this city is truly magnetic. This is a great place to check out for a day.

Orford

Distance: 1 hour 20 minutes

If you're feeling the need to connect with nature after spending so much time in the city, you're going to love Orford.

Less than an hour and a half away from the island of Montreal, Mont Orford is a great place to spend a day away with your loved ones.

The gondola ride allows you to have a bird's-eye view of the natural landscapes.

Montebello

Distance: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Not many people realize is that this quiet town is home to Canada’s biggest rock music festival, Rockfest. Beautiful irony.

This is a short drive that is totally worth leaving the comfort of our island.

Where are you venturing this weekend?