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21 Road Trips In Quebec For When You Need A Break From Your Couch & Netflix This Winter
  • Get your winter tires on and prepare yourself for some cool road trips to take from Montreal this winter!
  • MTL Blog has created a list of some of the easiest places to make your way to this winter when Montreal's city life becomes just a little too much.
  • Read below to find out where the roads could lead you.

Montreal and its neighbouring areas are a nature-lovers paradise. We tend to forget the beauty the surrounds us when we are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, constantly blinded by orange cones, and surrounded by “Rue Barré” and “Detour” signs. So, it's important to remember that when the snow inevitably takes over Montreal, there is an array of road trips you can take in order to escape the madness of our city!

A lot of us may dread winter, but we all know that with the cold comes some of the most picturesque sights your eyes have ever seen. From frozen waterfalls to icy isolated caves, these wintertime delights will make you forget all of the city stressors during the duration of your stay. 

There are many secluded and tucked away havens within driving distance of our precious island. As per usual, we have done all the necessary research for you, so all you have to do is decide on a place and hop in your car and go.

Each of these locations is beautiful all year round but truly strives during the long, freezing winter months. Some destinations on this list are in Quebec, while others are in neighbouring provinces or states. Whether you only have an afternoon to spare or you're looking for a long weekend escape, these winter wonderlands are bound to excite you.  

Coaticook, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

Coaticook is an endearing town located in the Eastern Townships that is famous for its amazing ice cream.

This destination is ideal for anyone who loves connecting with the great outdoors.

Throughout the months of winter, you can take in the view from one of the many hiking trails in the area and of course, take a photo on the famous Suspension bridge at Parc De La Gorge. There is even ice skating, snowshoeing, and ice climbing, so if you love adventure, this place is for you.

See what's up here!

Sutton, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 20 minutes

This destination is a snow lovers' dream thanks to its breathtaking views and natural surroundings.

Sutton is stocked with a ton of cool things to participate in during the wintertime. From blade skiing, winter hiking, and snowshoeing, there will always be something to do while visiting Sutton!

Ready to experience a Sutton winter?

Saint-Calixte, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

Located in the heart of L’Achigan River country, Saint-Calixe has always been known for its beautiful forestry.

From workers to vacationers, all nature lovers alike agree that this untouched slice of heaven is a must-visit, especially throughout the cold season.


Notre-Dame-De-La-Merci, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Situated on the banks of the Dufresne River, Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci is a dreamlike destination for anyone looking to connect with nature.

The Ouareau Forest Regional Park is where you can find every winter activity you've ever imagined. From cross-country skiing along a stunning riverside path to exploring a log riders’ trail, you can rest assured you'll see some magical views.

Learn more here!

Mandeville, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes

The biggest attraction in Mandeville, Quebec is without a doubt its abundance of nature. Mandeville residents not only pride themselves on their beautiful surroundings, but also on their known hospitality.

Mandeville, Quebec is a snow lovers fantasy.

Find out more here!

Ausable Chasm, New York

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

Just across the Canadian border lies a winter extravaganza that is sure to take your breath away. Ausable Chasm is known for its scenery and tranquillity, and although tourists tend to flock here throughout the summer months, it peaks visually during the winter.

At Ausable Chasm, you will be able to see gigantic icicles that tower above the river, while also having the chance to discover the depths of the chasm blanketed in snow.

This magnificent experience will provide you with enough memories to last a lifetime!

Looking for a new experience?

Québec City

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 50 minutes

This charming and historic destination thrives throughout wintertime due to its undeniable warmth, and I'm not talking about the weather.

Throughout the cold season, Quebec city offers a ton of fun-filled activities to dive into including tobogganing, tubbing and even take a stroll around a hotel completely made out of ice!

Don’t forget to check out Quartier Petit Champlain, which will redefine the idea of "winter wonderland" for you.

Check it out here!

Lake Bromont

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour

Located just one hour away from Montreal, Lake Bromont is a dream-like destination for anyone who is looking for a weekend filled with outdoor, winter fun!

From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and eating decadent means, Lake Bromont is a great place to escape to for the afternoon, since it's so close!

Want to know more?

East Burke, Vermont

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 30 minutes

East Burke Vermont may be a small town, but throughout the cold of winter, there's a lot is going on.

Not only is this destination home to Burke Mountain Academy, which is a famous ski racing school, but it is also home to some of the most quaint and house-like locations.

This town is straight out of a fairy-tale, and if you ever get the chance to spend some time there, you'll definitely agree!

Find out more here

Chutes Montmorency, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours

Throughout the winter season, these larger than life waterfalls turn into one of the most visually appealing sights you will ever lay your eyes on.

This destination is a small detour from Quebec City and is totally worth checking out, especially if you are an admirer of nature and all its glory.

Wanna know what's up?

Parc National De La Jacques Cartier, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours

Situated just north of Quebec city, this national park is known for its immense beauty, especially once the snow begins to fall.

Decorated with natural beauty, this magical destination is home to one of the most incredible glacial valleys in all of Quebec, along with an inspiring forest that is sure to blow your mind while you're covered in snow.

Interested in visiting this national park?

Mont Orford, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Many Montrealers choose to escape the hustle and bustle of the city by going to the Eastern townships.

Mont Orford National Park will have even the biggest winter skeptics enjoying themselves in the cold outdoors.

The views that can be seen from this location are awe-inspiring, and the richness of nature here is nothing less than spectacular.

Find out more here!

Mont Tremblant 

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

If you are from Montreal, there is a very high chance that you have experienced all the mesmerizing beauty that can be found here. But, have you truly experienced all its glory after the snow has fallen?

If you haven’t, do yourself a favour and check it out this winter. At Mont Tremblant, you can go skiing, snowboarding and even indulge in an après ski delight! At night, the village has some awesome restaurants and bars to check out, which ensures that visitors have the time of their lives.

Find out what activities you can do here!

Muskoka, Ontario

Distance from Montreal: 6 hours & 15 minutes

Muskoka River is a place where many Toronto locals escape to during the weekend throughout the year.

Throughout the cold of winter, Muskoka is flooded with visitors looking to take in the beauty and dive into all the fun activities offered.

From wilderness adventures to outdoor arenas, this destination is definitely worth the drive.

Learn more about Muskoka River here!

Saint-Remi-De-Tingwick, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 25 minutes

Surround yourself with the tranquil sounds of the forests located in the Bois-Francs region of Quebec. This destination is great for those who love hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing - basically any sport involving snow.

Allow yourself to escape to a wintery romance of a weekend, and when you do, keep this lovely destination in mind.

Ready for the drive?

North Hatley, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Located only 90 minutes from Montreal, this endearing town is known for its charm, abundance of nature and homey accommodations.

Throughout the months of winter, guests can enjoy cross-country skiing and long, nature-filled walks. There are also some great restaurants to pick from in the area.

See what's up here

Burlington, Vermont

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 50 minutes

This cute and wholesome town is located right across the border - so make sure you bring your passport with you!

Burlington has a small-town vibe and throughout the winter it becomes the perfect place to escape to.

This is a great destination for someone who wants to be close to nature, but also wants to shop a little and eat out at cute restaurants. This blend of old and new-school is an ideal place for a quick day trip!

Find out what you can do in Burlington here

Littleton, New Hampshire

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 45 minutes

This lovable town is nestled between the northern White Mountains and the Connecticut River, making it a must-see for any Montreal local.

From shopping to eating to outdoor activities, Littletown has it all. This photogenic little town is a great place for anyone looking to escape the rush of Montreal for a few days.

Find out a little about Littletown here!

Drummondville, Quebec 

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

From tubbing to skating, Drummondville is a utopia for anyone who loves the outdoors but doesn't want to drive too far from the city to explore it.

Located only 90 minutes from Montreal, Drummondville is a quaint town with more to do than one would expect.

Not only is there every winter activity you can think of going on, but there are a ton of restaurants, stores, and a cool nightlife scene to explore.

During the months of winter, this town turns itself into a Christmas village, which is sure to keep you coming back again and again.

Find out more about Drummondville here!

Beloeil, Quebec

Distance from Montreal: 37 minutes

Beloeil may only be 30 minutes outside of Montreal but from the minute you enter, you will feel as though you are miles away.

Beloeil is a combination of country and city living, so if you're just looking for a place to explore for the day, this is the spot for you.

Not only is it drowning in natural beauty but there are a ton of activities to dive into, especially during the cold of winter, including my favourites: tobogganing, and sledding!

Wanna know more?

Ottawa, Ontario

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 15 minutes

From December to January, Ottawa becomes one of the most Christmas inspired locations throughout our country.

And, it doesn't stop there.

Ottawa is also home to a ton of incredible winter activities including ice skating on the Rideau Canal, hiking at Gatineau park, and cross-country skiing.

Get more info here!

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