Warwick is a small town just a couple of hours outside of Montreal in the Centre-du-Québec region. Located at the foot of the Appalachians, Warwick has plenty of breathtaking sights to see. The town also has an adorable city centre with antique shops and historical tours.
Saint-Zénon is a picturesque community in the Lanaudière region located on the edge of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. The region is one of the best-preserved natural landscapes in the province, dotted with small lakes and waterfalls. It's around 2.5 hours from Montreal.
Frelighsburg is a historic village in the Eastern Townships around 1.5 hours from Montreal. Not only does this sleepy town have some truly spectacular natural landscapes, but also some lovingly preserved architectural heritage.
If you're a Quebec metalhead, you're probably quite familiar with Montebello. Whether you like metal or not, you'll definitely enjoy the quaint and sleepy town which just so happens to have one of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
One of the farthest places from Montreal on this list is also one of the most beautiful. Located at the entryway of the Saguenay peninsula, L'Anse-Saint-Jean is an absolutely spectacular small town with scenic views. If you have a chance, you must visit!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Calling all art lovers — the immersive exhibition Imagine Monet is making its way to our city. This new immersive experience is being designed and presented by the same team as Imagine Van Gogh and Imagine Picasso, so it's bound to be just as breathtaking.
This exhibition is being shown at Arsenal Contemporary Art, the same space where Imagine Van Gogh was exhibited when it was in the 514.
Visitors will be able to experience the colourful daydream that is Imagine Monet from December 15, 2021, to February 27, 2022. So you can buy tickets for someone in your family as a Christmas gift or take your boo for Valentine's Day!
Tickets for $38 for adults and $31.50 for students on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and $39.75 for adults and $33.50 for students on weekends.
Just like at movie theatres, there's a discounted price on Tuesdays: $27 for every individual.
If you plan on going with a group of 10 friends or more, you can get a group discount rate starting at $32.40 per adult or $25 per student.
No tickets are available on site, so make sure to book your spot before heading out and pay attention to the time you book, as admission is by timed entry. "The exhibition starts on time and latecomers may be admitted only during a suitable break."
All visitors ages 13 and over must show a vaccination passport upon entry.
It's totally within your right to complain about the weather this winter. But instead of being grumpy all the time, why not take advantage of the winter events that Montreal has to offer? Downtown Montreal has unveiled its plan to transform into "an inviting, festive and magical winter destination" between now and March.
The winter festivities are the result of a collaboration between the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montréal centre-ville, Le Grand Marché de Noël, XP_MTL, the Noël dans le Parc Festival and MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, which are transforming the city into a magical winter wonderland.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, organizers said that "in a safe setting, Montrealers will be able to explore a series of luminous and interactive installations, see unscheduled performances, meet local artisans, visit inviting spaces and enjoy some great surprises!"
So, what exactly can you expect?
One of the first things you'll notice when you head downtown is that twinkly Christmas lights are everywhere.
Over 500 decorations stretching over 8 kilometres of downtown streets will illuminate the city and bring some much-needed Christmas cheer to the place.
No doubt one of the more popular attractions, Le Grand Marché de Noël, is finally back after a long hiatus. The market officially opens this weekend, on November 20.
From December 3 to the 23, the Noël dans le Parc Festival will present an eclectic mix of live music, from hip-hop to country to traditional Christmas music.
Finally, the 23rd edition of the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival will bring back its classic program of light therapy and art projections starting on February 17 and the famous Nuit Blanche is set for its triumphant return!
What's great is that many of these installations have already been set up around the city for you to enjoy. Even though they may look much better under a soft blanket of snow, there's nothing stopping you from going out to enjoy the winter installations as much as possible.
Why You Need To Go: This new supper club in the heart of Old Montreal has amazing food AND stellar music so you can bet your after-dinner drinks will turn into an after-dinner party on the dance floor, too.
Sure, the weather's cooling down. And yes you're probably working from home so putting on pants is an added hassle. But it's only getting colder and we've been cooped for too long... so that's all the more reason to get your butt off the couch and have fun! Make the most of the weekend with these exciting things to do.
Why You Need To Go: The world-famous Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal isn't just a church. It's currently home to an immersive light experience which the website calls "a stunning universe presented upon one of the most sublime canvases imaginable."
Why You Need To Go: The only thing better than Sunday brunch is going somewhere before it becomes "the cool spot." Try somewhere new, that's not the usual "scene," so you can roll out of bed and avoid seeing 1,000 people, you know.