• The second the snow begins to melt, so many of us will be craving a road trip from Montreal.
  • With this in mind, MTL Blog made a list of places close enough from Montreal to drive to for a day or two once it gets a little warmer.
  • Get ready to start planning your spring escape below!
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Believe it or not, winter is almost over and that means that there are going to be a lot of happy campers in the city. Even though the snow gives a certain romantic feeling to Montreal, I know I'm not the only person counting down the days until the scent of spring fills the air. One of the best parts of springtime is being able to take a road trip from Montreal whenever you feel like it. And we already know that the second the snow starts melting, we're all going to be on the hunt for spectacular spring views. 

Once the warmer weather hits, it becomes the perfect time to go to one of the picturesque locations on this list, since you'll finally be able to walk around and explore them without needing to wear seven different layers.

Some of these spots are great for those searching for a day-long escape while other locations are meant to be enjoyed throughout the span of a weekend. Regardless of how much time you can take off, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out one of the following majestic locations. 

Grab your nearest and dearest, make a kickass playlist, and embark on a road trip towards the most magical springtime views within driving distance of our city! 

 

Bois de Belle Riviere

Distance from Montreal: 50 minutes

Located in Mirabel, less than an hour away from Montreal, Bois de Belle Riviere is an ideal spot for anyone seeking a springtime escape without having an entire weekend to do so.

This location is home to a slew of captivating hiking trails that offer up some of the most exquisite springtimes views your eyes will ever see. 

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Mont St-Gregoire

Distance from Montreal: 45 minutes 

Mont St-Gregoire is just a little outside of Montreal but from the moment you get there, you will feel like you have entered a different province completely. 

This peaceful location has stunning trees, boulders, and views, all of which make this a go-to for anyone seeking a quick road trip this spring. 

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Mount Nemo 

Distance from Montreal: 5 hours & 40 minutes 

Mount Nemo is most popular with those who are rock climbing fanatics. 

Found in Burlington, Ontario, this stunning conservation is worth the almost 6-hour drive.

Mount Nemo offers some splendid views that are even more phenomenal during the peak of spring, making it a great weekend escape for anyone looking for a spring road trip destination. 

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Island Line Trail

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 55 minutes 

The Island Line Trail is 14-miles long and situated in the northwest part of Vermont. The Island Line Trail includes the Allen Point access area, the Burlington bike path, and Colchester Park, all of which will impress you during the months of spring. 

The breathtaking trails go along the route of the Island Line railroad which was built in 1901 and is sure to impress. 

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Scarborough Bluffs

Distance from Montreal: 5 hours & 15 minutes

From the clear waters to the soft sand and beautiful views, Scarborough Bluffs truly has everything you need to bring you out of the winter and into spring. 

The phenomenal views pair well with a picnic, which is what I love most about this serene location. 

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Parc National des Grands-Jardins In Charlevoix

Distance from Montreal: 4 hours & 10 minutes

Grands-Jardins National Park is a provincial park located in the Lac-Pikauba Unorganized Territory.

The stunning nature views that surround you at this national park will remind you why our province is so special during the months of spring. The fresh smell, the abundance of nature, and sprawling views are guaranteed to impress you. 

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Ausable Chasm

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

Ausable Chasm is without a doubt one of my most loved road trip destinations. The 2-mile long sandstone gorge has a river running through it that displays some pretty impressive rock formations. And, there are a ton of activities to participate in including cable bridges, bike trails, rafting, zip-lining, and rock climbing. 

Just be sure to bring your passport since this picturesque spot is on the other side of the border. 

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Warren Falls

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 35 minutes

Warren Falls is one of those special places that will leave you at a loss for words. 

Located in Mad River Valley Vermont, Warren Falls allows you to explore turquoise waters that will give you the illusion of being on a tropical vacation. 

The majestic views will allow you to put winter behind you as you focus on the smells of spring that will surround you. 

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Smuggler's Notch State Park

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 30 minutes

Located in Stowe, Vermont, this state park is the definition of picture-perfect. From the breathtaking waterfall to the photogenic hiking trails, Smuggler's Notch offers some of the most impressive views within driving distance of Montreal. 

And, if you have yet to check it out — spring is a great time to do exactly that!

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Lake Champlain

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 25 minutes

The natural freshwater lake expands through both Canada and the US and I must say, that the Vermont portion of this lake holds a special place in my heart. 

Surrounded by wildlife, this calming location is a great place to say goodbye to winter. Visitors can rent boats, fish and even swim within the waters, giving it a true vacation vibe. 

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Matapedia Valley

Distance from Montreal: 8 hours

there's something incredibly special about Matapedia Valley, located in the southwest area od the Gaspé Peninsula. The valley was formed by the Chic-Choc Mountains and offers some of the most awe-inspiring views of nature in the province. 

If you are searching for an ideal escape during the months of spring, this location is very much worth the drive. 

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Dorset Marble Quarry

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

Dorset Marble Quarry is one of those dreamlike locations that will leave you in awe. 

Known as a cliff diving spot during the summer, this destination is a perfect mini-getaway for anyone who is looking to blow off some steam and enjoy the scent of spring. Not only are the views spectacular but the energy surrounding this magical destination is what keeps visitors coming back time and time again. 

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Camels Hump

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours 19 minutes

If you are searching for a stunning springtime hike that will impress both you and your followers, then Camels Hump may be the spot for you. 

Located in Vermont, Camels Hump is definitely one of the most beautiful hikes within driving distance of our city. 

Hikers will bask in the glorious views once at the top, which is sure to leave them speechless. 

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Chute de la Chaudiere

Distance from Montreal: 2 hours & 30 minutes

This beautiful location will give you the illusion of being somewhere outside of Quebec. Located 2 hours and 30 minutes from Montreal, Chute De La Chaudiere is one of the most picturesque locations in the province. 

The scenic area is equipped with beautiful views, a cycling path, and a suspension bridge. Not to mention the most important piece of the puzzle. the imposing waterfalls that will surround you. 

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High Falls Park 

Distance from Montreal: 1 hour & 30 minutes

High Falls is just a short drive outside of Montreal in Chateaugay and the magnificent waterfalls are worth the commute. Surrounded by breathtaking views, High Falls Park truly has a lot to offer visitors. 

Not only is this an ideal place to escape to for the day but those looking for a weekend escape can enjoy a few days of nature while staying at the campsite. 

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Rattlesnake Pool 

Distance from Montreal: 3 hours & 35 minutes

Located at Blueberry Mountain in Evans Notch, Rattlesnake Pool is a scenic swimming hole that is sure to blow your mind. 

The crystal clear waters combined with the lush vegetation make this spot as special as it is. 

Those who want to check out the glory of this location need to go on a short hike in order to reach it. But, trust me when I say, the hike and the drive are worth it. 

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