Side Trips from Montreal Travel Guide
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Plan Your Side Trips from Montreal Vacation

In the minds of many who live here, one of Montréal’s greatest attributes is its proximity to the sheer physical beauty of the surrounding countryside. From downtown Montréal you can head in pretty well any direction and within an hour or so, you’ll be, if not in the wilderness, then at least in the thick of cottage country. The three most popular side-trip destinations from Montréal are the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, and the Outaouais—each possessing its own distinct characteristics and flavor.

Most people traveling to this region do so by car, making it easy to spend as much or as little time in any given area as desired. However, Québec has created the Route Verte (Green Route), a 5,000-km (3,100-mile) network of bike trails in the southern part of the province. Many of the trails are currently open for access.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Ski at Mont-Tremblant Heading 150 km (90 miles) north of Montréal takes you to some of the best skiing east of the Rockies, as well as fine hotels and restaurants, a lively ski village, and great golf courses.
  2. Take a driving tour of Eastern Township wineries The vineyards here resemble those in the Niagara Region and Okanagan Valley.
  3. Visit Abbaye St-Benoit-du-Lac The Benedictine monks built this splendid church—with its fairy-tale castle bell tower—on the shores of Lake Memphrémagog.
  4. Spend a night among wolves in Parc Omega Go with an experienced guide to explore the lives of these great predators in their natural habitat—the magnificent Outaouais region.
  5. Go leaf peeping … anywhere From mid-September through mid-October the entire Laurentians, Eastern Townships, and Outaouais are ablaze with spectacular fall foliage.


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