• Below is a list of hidden and lesser-known spots and things to do in Quebec to check out this winter.
  • From pop-up bars to walks over frozen rivers, these are the places to take your significant other or bestie this cold season!
  • Find out more about these hidden spots below!

There is little that is more exciting than discovering places so few people know of, which I find myself trying to do often. And, although I have kept a lot of these hidden gems a secret, I thought it was time to share these locations with our readers. As someone who is constantly on the hunt for cool things to see and do in Quebec, I have visited some pretty spectacular places.

From breathtaking national parks to hidden sanctuaries found within the city, there are a number of unique spots in and around Montreal that are sure to wow anyone you bring with you to see.

The locations on this list are perfect for both a day or weekend trip. Though Montreal abounds in romantic wintry scenes, these off-the-beaten-path destinations provide some privacy and impressive Instagram fodder.

This winter, surprise that special someone in your life by taking them on a stunning adventure that neither of you will forget. From thrill-seeking journeys to discovering nature's glory, our province truly is the gift that keeps on giving. 

Miracle Pop-Up Bar

This Christmas themed pop-up bar is back for its second year and I know I am not the only Montrealer who is looking forward to checking out this awesome spot.

It's open from November 22 to December 26, so you'll want to plan accordingly!

From specialty drinks, Christmas decor and the ugliest Christmas sweaters you can find, this pop-up bar is one of the best places to check out this holiday season! 

Winter Mountain Coaster

The Viking is an Alpine coaster that has been around for the last ten years. This thrilling activity shoots down the side of Les Sommets at Mont Saint-Sauveur. 

Not only does this coaster allow you to hit a speed of up to 35 km/h, but you'll be dazzled by the stunning views that surround you as you make your way down.

The coaster, which is made of up bob-sled like cars, can fit up to two riders, making it perfect for you and your adventurous loved one or bestie. It is also equipped with brakes so that you can control the speed.

Ice Path Through The Forest

This enchanted ice rink allows skaters to glide through an impressive pine forest while enjoying the solitude and stillness of the nature that surrounds them. 

This hidden gem located less than two hours from Montreal is one of the most impressive spots to take that special someone this winter. 

The majesty and seclusion of this precious ice rink add to the romantic air that lingers through it.

Parc National Des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie

Less than five hours from Montreal lies one of the most phenomenal spots in all of Quebec. The Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park features a mountain-lined valley where the Malbaie River rolls through an (almost) untouched forest. 

The park is part of the UNESCO Charlevoix Biosphere Reserve, an area that is protected due to its fragile biodiversity. There are a ton of activities that take place in the region including ice climbing, snowshoeing, and skating.

Although this park is not exactly hidden, I'm sure most of you don't know that throughout the months of winter, visitors can walk along the frozen river.

You can also go dog sledding with your special someone, which is an experience on its own and one you will never forget. 

We strongly advise that before you visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

Skating Path Along Lake Memphremagog 

Lake Memphremagog is 40 kilometres long and spreads between Magog, Quebec and Newport, Vermont. 

Remember that scene in A Walk To Remember, when Shayne West lets Mandy Moore scratch "be two places at once" off her bucket list? Well, this spot will give you a similar feeling. As you sit in Quebec, you can gaze at another country.

The popular destination in the Eastern Townships isn't at all hidden, but few are familiar with the 1.5-mile ice path that visitors can enjoy for free!

If you decide to go during the nighttime, make sure to bring a blanket and some hot chocolate, so you can spend your evening gazing at the stars! 

LaSalle Bird Sanctuary

If you're craving an escape but you don’t have the time to go too far, this hidden gem will allow you to feel like you've fleed Montreal without ever having to leave the island!

The park offers views of the adjacent St. Lawrence River and, as its name suggests, also happens to be a migratory bird sanctuary. This place is home for a ton of birds like geese, turkeys, and blue herons, which are protected species. 

Found in Parc Des Rapides in LaSalle, this hidden slice of bird heaven is sure to impress any visitor. 

Île De La Visitation 

This river island is definitely one of our city's most underrated spots. Île de La Visitation is home to some incredible views of the rapids, manmade waterfalls, lakes, wild birds and a few other hidden surprises.

Many visitors choose to take a walk, bike along the path or have a picnic (even though that may be a little difficult during the winter). If you love discovering new parts of the city, this spot is definitely worth checking out. 

Parc Morgan 

I pride myself on knowing all the secret spots in Montreal, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered the beautiful Parc Morgan. Located on Rue Gaboury in HOMA, this beautiful spot may be one of the city's most underrated locations. 

Hang out, walk around, or just take in all of the park's charms. There is a gorgeous fountain, which is perfect for that much needed social media photoshoot. Parc Morgan gives guests the illusion of being in a Parisian park, which is what I love most about it. 

If you live in Montreal and have yet to check out this spot, do yourself a favour and go, you won't believe how stunning it is. 

Parc Jean-Drapeau's Hidden Waterfall

Parc Jean-Drapeau has many little secret waterfalls scattered throughout its islands; but this summer, I stumbled upon this gorgeous oasis, hidden right there, in front of my very eyes. 

This waterfall is one of the lesser-known falls in the park, a fact that only heightens its beauty. The secluded and somewhat secret spot is only a ten-minute walk from the Jean-Drapeau metro station.

Airplane-Spotting Park

During the winter months, this airplane-spotting park makes for a pretty unique date night! What's more romantic than cuddling up and watching planes take off and come in? Nothing, besides maybe being on the actual planes.

Bring some hot chocolate and a blanket and you're in for the perfect date night!

Take A Ski-doo Ride Through Bas-Saint-Laurent 

Stretching from the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Bas-Saint-Laurent region is full of maritime history and picturesque forested landscapes. 

Not only does this hidden spot offer quiet seclusion, but the breathtaking sunset views that this area offers are totally worth checking out. 

However, if you are looking to add a little speed to your life, why not ski-doo through nature with that special someone? This is an ideal spot to visit if you're looking for a weekend escape and want to spot some marine animals along the way!


This winter, you can avoid all the typical spots by bringing your favourite person to one (or all) of these hidden locations!

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