Get in your car and go!
These hot and humid days have us dreaming about Quebec in the fall — crisp air, gorgeous leaves and apple pie... yes, please. But no need to start planning for Autumn just yet. There are so many places where you can take a spontaneous road trip, even just for the day, within three hours of Montreal.
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.
Distance from Montreal: 1.5 hours
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.
Parc National du Mont-Mégantic
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 30 mins
Why You Need To Go: Not only does this park boast gorgeous daytime nature hikes, but it's also home to an incredible observatory, making it one of the best places around to wish on stars.
Oka National Park
Distance from Montreal: 45 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour from Montreal, Oka is a popular spot for Montrealers who want to experience jaw-dropping beauty without driving too far.
Distance from Montreal: 1 Hour and 30 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Located in East Bolton, the lake forms a heart shape and is surrounded by colourful leaves in the fall. Does it get any more romantic than that?
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 49 minutes
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.
Vignoble Riviere du Chene (Saint-Eustache)
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour
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.
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.
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