- As spring approaches, a road trip from Montreal is all that so many of us locals can think of.
- MTL Blog figured it's the perfect time to start planning those escapes, so we made a list of cute towns that are worth checking out once the flowers start blooming again.
- See the list below!
Montreal is an incredible city, but that doesn't mean that we don't have the right to crave a little escape every now and again — especially as the seasons begin to change. Winter is finally coming to an end, which means that the smell of spring will slowly begin to take over our province, urging us to get in the car and embark on a road trip from Montreal. In and around Quebec, there are so many adorable small towns for us to discover and the months of spring are a great time to do just that.
Many of us have spent the past few months hibernating in our apartments binge-watching Netflix and brainless reality shows and it is time to go outside and explore everything this world has to offer.
Although going on an exotic vacation is great, we are fortunate to live in a city that is surrounded by unique and beautiful destinations that are all within driving distance of our little island. So, that means you don't need to travel too far to experience the beauty of something new.
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes
North Hatley may only be 90 minutes away from Montreal but it feels like a different world completely. This picturesque town is home to charming hotels, yummy restaurants and a slew of beautiful sites for you to take in.
Come spring, you're going to want to drive over to North Hatley and see the greatness for yourself.
Distance from Montreal:1 hour & 35 minutes
Morin-Heights has always been a go-to spot for me when I'm looking for a serene escape from the city. This adorable town is the host to a ton of spas, great eateries and everything you'll ever need for a mini escape outside of Montreal.
For those looking to refresh their battery, I highly recommend Morin-Heights in the spring.
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours & 15 minutes
This charming town, located in Rivière du Loup, is known for its epic hike trails, stunning waterfront views, and picturesque bike trails.
If you're looking for an adventure that comes with some killer views, this road trip destination is a great place for you to check out.
Saint Michel de Bellechasse
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 45 minutes
Located next to the St-Lawrence River, this picture-perfect town is guaranteed to leave you speechless. From the array of historic buildings to the famous wooden statue of Saint-Michel, this town is not lacking in things to see or do, making it an ideal place to check out this spring.
Port Au Persil
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours & 45 minutes
The first time I went to Port Au Persil, I was in awe with the stunning sites that surrounded me. There are a ton of adorable chalets to rent, as well as a bunch of homemade cider to drink, making this a great spot for your spring escape.
Distance from Montreal: 5 hours & 20 minutes
Sainte-Rose-du-Nord is a quaint town made up of three coves- The Theophile Cove, the High Cove, and the Women's Descent Cove. Each of these breathtaking coves is home to some of the most phenomenal views in the province.
Not only does this town provide you with incredible views but there are a ton of activities like hiking and kayaking for you to participate in come spring.
Distance from Montreal: 5 hours & 15 minutes
Scarborough Bluffs truly has everything you need to bring you out of the winter and into spring, from clear waters to epic views, I can almost promise that you'll feel like you have entered a world far away from Montreal.
This destination may be a little further than the others, but once you arrive you'll have forgotten all about the drive!
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours & 20 minutes
Known for its magnetic sunsets and epic views of nature, this town is a must for anyone seeking an escape come spring.
From the walking path along the river to the sights of whales swimming by, everything about this town is truly majestic and worth the commute!
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 20 minutes
Although Stowe is best known for its ski hills, the town rejuvenates new life throughout the months of spring.
From the magnificent homes to the town which oozes characters, Stowe is a must-see for anyone looking for a weekend escape this spring.
Just be sure to not forget your passport — as this town is on the other side of the border.
Distance from Montreal:2 hours & 40 minutes
Known as for being an ultra-friendly town, Almonte is a must-visit for anyone looking for a joyous escape this spring.
Although this town is just two hours and forty minutes away, visitors feel like they have entered a universe that is completely different from the hustle and bustle of Montreal.
And, as a bonus, chocolate lovers will be able to satisfy their cravings at Hummingbird Chocolate, which is known to make decadent and mouth-watering cocoa treats.
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 25 minutes
Burlington Vermont is known for its small-town charm and abundance of nature. While visiting this picture-perfect town, visitors are immersed in the New England charm and undeniably positive energy.
Come spring, you'll be very happy you took a drive to the other side of the border, all the way to the charming town of Burlington.
Distance from Montreal:1 hour & 20 minutes
Magog gives off the illusion of entering not only a different time zone but a different era completely.
Throughout the months of spring, visitors can check out vineyards, go on boat tours and indulge in one of the many incredible restaurants in the area.
Baie Saint Paul
Distance from Montreal:3 hours
This town is most famously known as the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil however, it also happens to be one of the most adorable towns within driving distance of Montreal.
From the rich history to the array of art galleries, restaurants and boutiques there is more than enough to keep you fully stimulated throughout your stay.
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 20 minutes
Located in the middle of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is best known as the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, which is a selling point to any sports fan out there.
The town is filled with monuments, museums and a ton of Olympic memorabilia to check out. However, that is not the only thing that I love about this town.
Lake Placid has an old-world vibe that you can't help but fall in love with. The charming town is home to some great restaurants and even more breathtaking sites to check out, all of which are worth the 2 hour and 20-minute drive.
Let's all hope Mother Nature brings spring weather around as soon as possible!