So put these amazing fall destinations in your back pocket. And, one fall day, you can simply get in your car and drive off on an adventure.
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Just across the river from Ottawa, you'll find Gatineau. It's home to Gatineau Park which — with its beautiful trees, hiking trails and famous Pink Lake — cannot be missed, especially as the leaves change colour. If you've had enough nature, you'll find plenty of other things to do from visiting The Canadian Museum of Civilization to eating at amazing local restaurants.
Why You Need To Go: This city in the Eastern Townships is a favourite for visitors because it has a little bit of everything: Lake Memphremagog, a mountainous backdrop, and a lively downtown. Parc national du Mont-Orford is just an 11-minute drive from town and it offers stunning trails where you can appreciate the fall foliage.
Why You Need To Go: Hear Ontario, and most people think of Toronto or Ottawa. But Kingston is a quaint yet lively waterfront city that deserves your consideration. From the majestic architecture (check out City Hall) to the historic Fort Henry site and Queen's University, there's a lot to explore. Martello Alley, an art-themed alleyway representing numerous local artists, should also be on your to-do list.
Why You Need To Go: The Vignoble Riviere du Chene is one of the province's most popular wineries for a reason. Not only do they have incredible wine, but the vineyard itself looks like a work of art in itself. Nestled in the charming Quebec countryside, this place will take your breath away.
Since fall is finally here and the nice weather seems here to stay (for now), shouldn't you be thinking about taking a little trip to some small towns in Quebec to check out the amazing fall colours?
Yeah, that's a great idea! Here are six of the most adorable small towns in Quebec to check out the incredible fall colours this season.
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.
Neuville is a lovely little town on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River that's totally worth the scenic drive. Other than its fantastic marina, Neuville has plenty of beautiful sights to see.
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.
Overdue for a weekend getaway? Want to make the most of breathtaking fall scenery? This huge lakeside chalet in Quebec's Lanaudière region — one-and-a-half hours by car from Montreal — is available for rent on Airbnb, and it'll cost you just $56 per person per night if you split it with your gang.
Sleeping up to eight people in the middle of nature in Entrelacs, Quebec, this home features large windows that look out onto the backyard and waterfront.
Inside, there are three bedrooms with a total of five beds. The top floor has a modern kitchen with a large island, dining room and balcony. The lower floor has a spacious living room with a fireplace and a foosball table.
Prices for a stay at this little piece of paradise start at $250 total per night for a group of up to four people, and $350 per night for eight travellers, excluding fees and taxes. There is a three-night minimum for the rental.
The perfect autumn chalet less than 2 hours from Montreal
But sometimes the best things to do are the most spontaneous ones. These six spots are incredible this time of year and are within a two-hour drive of Montreal, making for amazing last-minute fall getaways.
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Address: 399, Route 323 Nord, Montebello, QC
Why You Need To Go: Parc Omega is a crowd favourite. Getting to see wild animals and enjoy nature is always awesome, but it's especially magical this time of the year, making it feel like a real-life fairytale.
Address: 285, chemin de Brome, Ville de Lac-Brome, QC
Why You Need To Go: This winery is super close to the city, offering wine tastings, guided tours and a terrasse with a picnic area. They even hold an event where you can try your hand at harvesting the vineyard. A great way to cheers the new season!