Just because winter has arrived doesn't mean we need to stop seeking adventure. Now, we just have to be on the hunt for snowy activities that provide a little thrill — and this roller coaster on a Quebec ski hill hidden in the middle of the forest is one of them.
The Viking, located at Les Sommets Saint-Sauveur, goes up to 35 km/hr, making it the perfect spot for any daredevils in the province to take a little road trip to. It's only an hour's drive from Montreal.
The rail course passes between the branches of the mountain over a distance of about one and a half kilometres. So, your eyes, your mind and your body all get a thrill.
You can also hop on the ride with one of your friends, as long as the total weight in the cart doesn't exceed 375 pounds.
If just the thought of this ride is freaking you out, don't fret. You have access to a crank at all times to slow down once you're on board.
Once there, you can pay $15.99 for a single run or opt for two or more runs for $11.99 each time. If you have a season pass for Saint-Sauveur or have a valid ski ticket for the day, it'll only cost you $10.99 per ride.
And of course, if you're hoping to get the most out of your trip to the Laurentians, you can spend the day skiing or snowboarding at Saint-Sauveur. Gotta make the most of the winter!
Standing on Chemin des Méandres, this home built in 2006 draws its charm from its spacious but still cozy and warm spaces thanks to the surrounding greenery, the neutral tones of the interior and the backyard that is worthy of a spa.
We know Rioux visit this home because she shared this room on Instagram a while back and it's still there in the highlight titled House visits. Also, because the realtor Carolane Piché confirmed it with MTL Blog. Piché also confirmed the house has been sold, but could not say who purchased it.
One of the rooms that is absolutely breathtaking is definitely the family room, which is directly at the entrance and which lets the light penetrate thanks to the abundant fenestration.
The backyard of the house, which is included in the 53,839 square foot lot, is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. There is a large pool, spa, sauna and relaxation areas, all in an intimate setting since the house is close to a beautiful wooded area.
Why You Need To Go: This historical town already has a major French influence and when the snow hits, it feels even more like you've taken a trip to France. And when you get cold, step into the Saint-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine — it feels a whole lot like the Notre-Dame de Paris.
Why You Need To Go: Ice hotels can be found all across Europe during the winter, in countries like Germany, Finland and Norway. But, if you can't make it all the way out there, you can also visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier's Hôtel de Glace for a similar experience.
Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from Montreal, this borough in the town of Longueuil has that same oh-so-magical feeling that you get when walking through the streets of Belgium during the holiday season. So you don't even need to go far to see a little European charm.
Why You Need To Go: Baie-Saint-Paul has all kinds of local boutiques, cafés and churches to explore, just like in little European towns. So if you can't afford a flight to Austria this winter, this spot is the next best thing.
Why You Need To Go: Wanna feel like you're skiing in the Swiss Alps without having to buy a plane ticket? Sommet Saint-Sauveur can provide that exact feeling. When the night hits and the slopes start to light up, your eyes may just be fooled into thinking you've found yourself in the Swiss town of Zermatt.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the Charlevoix region, Saint-Siméon is right by the water, giving it a real Norwegian feel during the winter. Plus, there's a ton to see while you're there. Between the village of Saint-Siméon, Port-au-Persil and Baie-des-Rochers, it's definitely worth the road trip.
Why You Need To Go: Yes, we know — This one is a little obvious, and it's a city rather than a town... But seriously, Quebec City during the winter couldn't have more European charm to it. And it's only a short road trip from Montreal! The German Christmas Market is an absolute must-see during the holiday season.
Why You Need To Go: This is one of the more popular spots for a country house because it's close to the city, but still gives you the feeling of being on a getaway. Whether you have a house here or not, you definitely need to make the trip.
Why You Need To Go: Great in the winter, great in the summer, this town is downright fantastic at any time of the year. It's also home to the fabulous Estérel Resort which will truly make you feel like you're travelling abroad.
With only a handful of weekends left this summer (crying real tears), opportunities for a getaway are becoming increasingly scarce. Now, does that mean you have to give up and accept that you won't be able to go on a mini vacation? No, of course not - because there are still tons of easy getaways to choose from, if you're willing to be spontaneous.
The reality is, a quick weekend vacation doesn't need to be meticulously planned out weeks beforehand. In many places, you can book accommodations right up to the night before, and as long as you have a way to get there, the rest is easy.
The great thing about the following quick getaways is that they require minimal effort to coordinate, and once you're there, it's all about relaxation. So don't feel pressure to have a perfectly organized itinerary - pick a place, grab your friends or your significant other, and decide that this weekend, you deserve a break.
We recently did a feature on this incredible lakeside spa, and it's the absolute perfect relaxing weekend getaway. Best of all, it's only an hour from Montreal, so it really does require little commitment and coordination to get there. The spa is surrounded by multiple hotels, so take your pick for the perfect escape from the city.
This beautiful little town has lots to offer in terms of nature and outdoor activities. You can relax and swim in the lake, go fishing, rent a boat, or go on a hike with stunning views. Best of all, the accommodation options are vast. Feel like staying in a hotel? No problem - you can book one easily. Craving that cottage or chalet experience? That's available too. You can even try camping or eco-lodging, so really, you can turn your Saint-Donat vacation into whatever you please.
I've spent a day at this spa before, and let me tell you, I wished I was staying there for the whole weekend. The beautiful old hotel is situated along a peaceful rushing stream, and the wooded area surrounding it has tons of relaxation spots complete with lawn chairs and hammocks. When your spa session is over, you can explore the quaint, hippie town of Wakefield, which is home to great restaurants, shops, a historic red covered bridge, and a beautiful lake that's yours to enjoy.
Disclaimer: anything I say about Ottawa is totally biased, because it's my hometown, so bear with me. That being said, Ottawa works well as a weekend getaway because it's close to the city, likely a familiar-feeling place for many Montrealers, and there's just enough to do so that you won't be bored in a two-day stay. Luckily, Narcity Ottawa has recently launched, so it's easier than ever to find things to do, places to eat, and spots to party last minute.
Many people know Stowe as a popular ski destination during the winter time, but trust me when I say it's equally as beautiful and exciting in the summer. With massive state parks nearby to explore -think waterfalls and breathtaking nature hikes - and quaint restaurants and shops throughout the town, Stowe is the breath of fresh air you've been looking for.
Saint-Sauveur is a quintessential cute small town, complete with a beautiful historic church and charming downtown area. A stay at one of their welcoming bed and breakfasts would make for a great weekend away. Best of all, it's only a ten minute drive away from the waterfalls in the town of Saint-Adele, so there's plenty to explore.
Oka National Park is a wonderful, vast expanse of nature just waiting to be discovered. There are awesome private camping spots, and a huge beach to enjoy water sports and swimming from. In just an hour's time, you can totally escape the hustle and bustle of the city and be immersed in nature - which is pretty impressive if you ask me. Really, you need not go far to experience a classic camping weekend, and Oka is the ideal spot.
Honestly, I don't have enough words to explain how amazing Lake Placid is. There are tons of hiking trails for every skill level and time frame, beautiful lakes, secret swimming spots, and great accommodation options. The Adirondacks region makes a concerted effort at environmental protection and conservation, so it truly is a nature getaway. Situated only two hours across the border, there's no excuse not to visit this magical place this summer.
Another great small town in Quebec, Chelsea feels like it was pretty much built for a weekend away. From the famous Nordik Spa, to the surrounding Gatineau hills, to gourmet cuisine at local restaurants, Chelsea really can't be beat. It's worth it just for the spa alone, but there's definitely tons of other activities to do. Be sure to bring your bikes along if possible, because there are some great trails around this area.
Alright alright, I know this is a blatantly obvious weekend getaway option. By this point, most Montrealers have been to Tremblant at least once, whether it was for a day trip, ski vacation, or quick summer trip. Either way, it still deserves a spot on this list because it remains a key go-to location that's super easy to plan last minute. You really can't go wrong with Tremblant, and even though it's mainly a ski resort, their summer activities, especially those available on the lake, are not to be ignored.