13 Super Scenic Summer Drives From Montreal For When You’re Itching To Hit The Road
Time for a road trip!
Since this summer is all about local travel, you're probably in the process of planning your next MTL Blog-inspired Quebec trip, right? I mean, you've already gone, , , and went on a , so what else can there possibly be to do? The answer: a .
Luckily for you, there's a seemingly endless number of scenic drives that you can take around the province when you need a change of pace.
Whether you want to take a drive in a cute local neighbourhood or even take a huge trek through our beautiful country, you have tons of possibilities.
What's even better is that taking a road trip respects all the recommended health regulations, so double win.
Remember to check road conditions and to know what the health regulations are if you're planning on stopping anywhere.
Here are 13 super scenic summer drives for when you're itching to hit the road.
Where: Montreal, QC
How long: 8.2 km
One of the most affluent communities in Montreal is conveniently accessed by a local road. Go pick out your future dream house (there's a fort too!).
Autoroute 50 to Ottawa
Where: Mirabel, QC
How long: 149 km
If you're planning on taking a trip to Ottawa, take the scenic Autoroute 50 to check out all the cute riverside villages and mountain views.
Autoroute 155 to Saguenay
Where: Trois-Rivères, QC
How long: 386 km
Starting from Trois-Rivières, Autoroute 155 is hailed as "one of the most beautiful routes" in the province.
La Route des Navigateurs (A-132)
Where: Start at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
How long: Over 1,000 km
Autoroute 132 stretches all the way from the Ontario border to the very tip of the Gaspé peninsula along the river.
Autoroute 138 To Côte-Nord
Where: Start at Repentigny, QC
How long: Over 1,000 km
Explore Quebec's north shore along Autoroute 138 towards Quebec City and beyond.
The Summit Drive
Where: Mont Mégantic, QC
How long: 193 km
The Summit Drive passes by the Eastern Townships's many mountains, offering spectacular views of the surrounding valleys.
Chemin des Cantons
Where: Start at Granby, QC
How long: 430 km
Taking you through some of the cutest little towns in the Eastern Townships, the Chemin des Cantons, otherwise known as the Townships Trail is a road trip that has a little bit for everyone.
La Route des Vins
Where: Brome-Missisquoi, QC
How long: 140 km
If you consider yourself a wine aficionado, you and some friends should definitely take this road trip through Quebec's wine country.
La Route des Cidres
Where: Montérégie region
How long: 130 km
If wine isn't your thing, you're in luck because right down the road from Quebec's wine country is Quebec's cider country!
Prince Edward County
Where: Take Highway 62 South from Belleville, ON
How long: Between 70 and 80 km from start to finish
If you're done with driving around Quebec, take a short jaunt down Ontario's 401 and veer off when you hit Prince Edward County. You'll find yourself in one of Ontario's premier cottage countries.
Thousand Islands Parkway
Where: Get off Highway 401 at Brockville, ON
How long: Around 200 km from Montreal
Take a drive down the 401 and turn off to check out Thousand Islands, a small archipelago of literally over 1,000 small islands in Lake Ontario.
La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve Autoroute 117
Where: Start at Saint-Jerome, QC
How long: 264 km
You know how whenever you drive north, you somehow stop at Mont-Tremblant and never go further? That's a mistake — you'll find out if you keep driving along Autoroute 117.
Algonquin Provincial Park Highway 60
Where: Start at Petawawa, ON and end in Huntsville, ON
How long: 237 km
Though you'll have to get out of your car to explore the park's vast interior, you can still see some incredible sights if you drive along Highway 60.
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