Although road trips to remote locations in Quebec are mostly out of the question, there are plenty of scenic routes to take and simple activities you can do safely in — or very close to — Montreal from the comfort of your car.
At-home workouts and Netflix binges are worthwhile distractions, especially as the weather cools down. But if you're looking to get outside, these drive-thru adventures have you covered for the month of October.
Some are even free of charge. Buckle up and have fun!
See a movie at Royalmount Drive-In Theatre
Price: $25 - $99* per vehicle
Address: 8315, chemin Royden, Mont-Royal, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: You can pretend you're Danny and Sandy in Grease for a night at the Royalmount Drive-In Theatre.
There are so many great movies playing for spooky season —including Beetlejuice and Scream — it'll be hard to choose just one. Popcorn and other concessions are available.
Take a scenic drive through Chemin Senneville
Address: Start at 20099, boulevard Gouin O., Pierrefonds, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're on a road trip as you drive through Senneville, just half-an-hour west of central Montreal.
Cap Saint-Jacques Nature Park turns into Chemin Senneville, where you can spot some gorgeous residential properties complete with extra long driveways.
Go mansion-spotting in Westmount
Address: Start at Avenue Mount-Pleasant, Westmount, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: If you've ever dreamt of owning your own mansion, you can sightsee some of them on the streets of Westmount.
Pick out the one you'll buy when you're rich and famous!
Roll-up to Gibeau Orange JulepAnne Richard | Dreamstime
Price: Varies depending on food choices
Address: 7700, boulevard Decarie, Montreal, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: Montreal's most famous orange is one of the best spots for a Friday night drive-in. The parking lot is known to host vintage cars that you can admire from a distance while sipping on the city's best orange drink.
Enjoy the views of Oka National Park
Address: 2020, chemin d'Oka, Oka, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: If you're in the mood for sight-seeing, take a drive — just 45 minutes from central Montreal — through Oka National Park for some prime greenery.
The park is partially open but they are following red-zone public health measures so respect them if you go, and you must register online in advance. Most businesses in the area are closed. Make sure you pack a fall-themed cooler!
Check out the Halloween edition of Illumi
Price: $29.50 for the driver; Passenger prices vary by age and toddlers are free
Address: 2805, boulevard du Souvenir, Laval, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: A dazzling display of 15-million Halloween themed lights. The three-kilometre driving route also has a few widened lanes so cars can slow down, and passengers can take photos or record videos.
This is the biggest holiday village of lights in the world!
Get your fast food fix
Price: Varies depending on your order
Address: Locations across Montreal
Why You Need To Go: Did you know that some Starbucks locations have drive-thrus? If you're craving your daily pumpkin spice latte fix, you don't have to leave your car to get it.
If you're not a coffee person, there's surely at least one restaurant drive-thru that whets your appetite whether it's McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King or Harvey's. For a Quebecois spin, most in the city offer poutine.
Take a rustic joyride on Rue Lakeshore
Address: Start at 5410, boulevard Saint-Joseph, Montreal, Qubec and head west
Why You Need To Go: Drive through Dorval in the West Island for cozy, country-like views. Along the way, you'll see the quaint storefronts in Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, along with sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River.
Cross the Jacques-Cartier Bridge
Address: 134, pont Jacques-Cartier, Montreal, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: This steel truss cantilever bridge offers great views of the city, the St. Lawrence River and is a sight to see in itself. Not only is the architecture iconic, it fully lights up at night with an hourly show developed by Moment Factory.
If you want a better view of the bridge from afar, park at any of these recommended spots.