Best Day trips from Montreal

Best Day Trips from Montreal

Best Day trips from Montreal

Montreal, the largest city in Canada's Quebec province welcomes you! Often crowned as the ‘Paris of Canada’, it is not hard to see why. Massively set on an island adjacent to the Saint Lawrence River, named after Mt. Royal, the triple peaked hill at its heart, Montreal shines through its independent cities, culture and diversity. Hit up this city; begin from experiencing its culinary touch, cultural diversity, historical beauty, and architectural elegance. Go up to the Mont Royal, probably the best way to start off your journey offering amazing views of downtown Montreal and the mountains in periphery. An outstanding selfie spot! Try and catch the sunrise from the top. Take a stroll on St. Paul Street. With tons of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and art galleries all along the way for your enjoyment, this city is going to spoil you. And when it comes to shopping, shop and hop at Jean Talon and Atwater. The latter is perfect for a riverside picnic! Do not forget to catch the newest exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Oh and don’t forget to wear your eating pants; Montreal is a foodie city! With endless amazing restaurants and bars, there are plenty of places you can grab yum foodie stuff here from La Banquise to Poutineville. Being the cultural and economic capital of Quebec, Montreal owns a mix of old European charm and modernism and is regarded as one of the liveliest cities in North America with some stunning architecture. This sprawling city has got a real lot to explore! But amidst all this city bustle, don’t ignore the periphery of this city. Here are some of the handpicked weekend break destinations for the best Day Trips from Montreal:

1. Iles-de-Boucherville National Park

Excited about what winters have to offer? During winters, enjoy snowshoeing, walking and Nordic skiing trails here! The Parc National des Iles-de-Boucherville owns a chain of islands located just a few miles from Montreal. Visited by over 300,000 people annually, this park is fun to walk, hike, run, canoe, bike, ski cross-country, or snowshoe all around. This stunning slice of nature also offers educational experiences for fetching knowledge about wildlife, conservation and the long history of First Nations presence in the area. Surrounded with greenery in the midst of the St. Lawrence River, this park is just a short distance from the heart of Montreal. This park boasts channels teeming with life, green spaces and waterside trails for campers, cyclists, hikers and canoeists looking for some fresh air and an escape from city buzz. Gather knowledge about the amazing plant and animal life on these five islands through various educational activities. With more than 200 species of land and aquatic birds, this park is fun to explore. The most preferred mode of transport among people from Montreal to The Parc National des Iles-de-Boucherville is a personal car taking a total travelling time of around 45 minutes. Other travelling options include hiring a taxi which will take you to the destination in around 50 minutes.

2. Calvaire d’Oka hike

Switch your hiking mode on and look no further than the Calvaire d’Oka hike when it comes to nice and accessible hike! The street from Oka Provincial Park nearby is worth going for this day trip from Montreal. No access to a car? Bring a bicycle on the AMT train toward Deux Montagnes and take the brief 6 mile bike ride to this trailhead. Not far off from Montreal, this park has a rich historical and natural heritage. Interesting to know, the top of the Calvaire d'Oka trail will provide you an exceptional view of Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Adirondacks. Magnificent and soothing, isn’t it? Come and let yourself loose here. The most preferred mode of transport among people from Montreal to Calvaire d’Oka is a personal car taking a total travelling time of around 1 hour 15 minutes. Other travelling options include a bus which would take around 2 hours. With non availability of bus, a taxi can also be hired which will take you to the destination in around 1 hour 20 minutes.

3. Granby Zoo

Granby Zoo, the largest zoo and conservation area in Quebec, a home to more than 1,000 different animals and 200 species from nearly every continent on the planet welcomes you with sprawling paws. An hour drive from Montreal, this place receives 5,16,000 visitors annually and is an outstanding all-ages trip for those wanting to escape the city’s hustle bustle. Explore the exotic wildlife and do not forget to visit the water park adjacent to the zoo across the street. Bid a hello to the animals from Africa, Asia, South America and other countries. The zoo also has an amusement park called ‘Parc Johnny Test Collection’. Have fun here! The most preferred mode of transport among people from Montreal to Granby Zoo is a personal car taking a total travelling time of around an hour. Other travelling options include hiring a taxi which will take you to the destination in around 1 hour 15 minutes.

4. Mont Tremblant

Sports, shopping and entertainment over rest and peace? Step up here! Mont Tremblant features acclaimed winter sports, golf courses and a massive pedestrian shopping village, forested hiking trails and lakes for canoeing, along with winter activities. Fashioned after a traditional Swiss mountain town, offering a range of summer activities for non-skiers, including mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, stand up paddling and hiking; during winters, popularly known for snow-sport aficionados including downhill and cross-country skiing, show-shoeing, snowboarding, and more, this site is a hub of all the week’s entertainment you need to have in a go! The most preferred mode of transport among people from Montreal to Mont-Tremblant is a personal car taking a total travelling time of around 2 hours 20 minutes. Other travelling options include a bus which would take around 3 hours 20 minutes. Since public transit is way too time consuming, a taxi can also be hired which will take you to the destination in around 2 hours 20 minutes.

5. Ottawa

Capital of Canada, Ottawa is a treasure of astonishing sights and fun activities! From world renowned historic spots to get connected with history to outdoor adventure activities and everything in between, Ottawa is magical. The seat of the most visited attraction of Ottawa is stolen by Parliament Hill. Do not miss to witness the awe inspiring Sound and Light show here accompanied with stunning lighting effects and spectacular massive images. National Cultural Attractions of Ottawa have achieved heights! Cultural attractions, museums and galleries of Ottawa will make you experience the best of Canada, all in one place. From the ravishing National Gallery of Canada decorated with a giant display of world class art to the popular and dramatic Canadian War Museum, taste the real Canadian vibes! Do not forget to stop by ByWard Market which is well aware of your likes and dislikes with best clubs and restaurants. Turn into a 'water man' in UNESCO Rideau Canal, a waterway dipped in history with abundance of boaters. Get adventurous in Ottawa river while whitewater rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping. With around 600 kilometers of recreational pathways connecting natural areas, parks, gardens and national sites, there are no two ways in marking Ottawa as your dream destination. The most preferred mode of transport among people from Montreal to Ottawa is a personal car taking a total travelling time of around 2 and half hours. Other travelling options include hiring a taxi which will take you to the destination in around 2 hours 45 minutes.

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