10 Best day trips from Montreal

10 Best day trips from Montreal

Do you want to go on a day trip with your family? If yes, here are the ten best day trips from the beautiful city of Montreal. Read Here!

Best day trips from Montreal

A day trip is an excellent option for families, friends, and couples to travel between vacations and long excursions. It allows you to see places near Montreal, enjoy the picturesque beauty of lush green landscapes, spend quality time with your loved ones, relaxes, and save time. Here are the ten best day trips from Montreal. Read this post carefully to make the most out of your day trip. Read on!

1. Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park

With easy access from the city center, the park is an ideal green space for city dwellers to relax. There is a trendy supervised beach in summer where various water sports, including kite surfing, kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding.

Sixteen kilometers of beautiful trails for hiking enthusiasts and bird watching and fishing are popular summer activities. In the winter, visitors enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and tobogganing.

2. Saint-Sauveur

The beautiful Sans Sauvres Valley, just 45 minutes from Montreal, is the perfect place for an exciting day trip. There are many fun outdoor and indoor activities for all ages and interests. Families can spend all day at Les Sommets water park and enjoy thrilling rides and slides. You may want to relax on the Mont Abitaine beach on quieter days.

3. Sainte-Gabriel-de-Brandon

Outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the beautiful countryside by you and your family. In the summer, you can also enjoy various watersports on the lakes and rivers, and Marina Mandeville offers equipment rentals. The Brandon Trail offers hiking on a network of walking trails, and in winter, it is suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

4. Quebec City

Quebec City is a surprisingly substantial tourist destination that can be reached on a day trip from Montreal. Old Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known as the only walled city north of Mexico. Walking along the city walls and cobblestone streets, you will discover a rich heritage and history while soaking up the unique atmosphere.

5. Oka National Park

Located on the north shore of Lake de Montagne, about 60 minutes west of Montreal, Oca National Park offers a variety of activities for all ages. In the summer, many visitors enjoy various water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, and sailing.

6. Ottawa

Ottawa, the Candian Capital, is as laid-back as the city’s world-class museums and outstanding architecture. Start your day with a visit to the National Gallery of Canada, a short walk from the silvery Notre Dame, to view Inuit art.

There are many things to do and places to see in Ottawa. We recommend doing your research to know about festivals, music concerts, and events. It is a family-friendly city with fantastic restaurants to satisfy your taste buds.

7. North Hatley

North Hately is one of the most beautiful villages in the region. There are many old buildings, which now house restaurants, hotels, and stores. You can relax and sunbathe on the beach, ideal for children, or try your hand at various water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. The lake’s long shoreline offers hiking, biking, and walking opportunities.

8. Mont Tremblant

Mont Tremblant is located at the foot of the highest Laurentian mountains and is an ideal place for a family day trip. It is a perfect ski destination in winter, with 96 slopes on four different slopes. Snowboarding is popular, but if skiing is not your thing, you can enjoy other winter activities such as tobogganing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and fondue tours.

9. Lake Massawippi

Lake Massawippi is a popular destination for water sports and fishing enthusiasts. The lake’s extensive shoreline offers many trails for hiking, walking, and biking, and there is a unique boat shuttle for cyclists who wish to cross the lake from North Hatley to Ayerscliff. Two beaches and a pier are available for kayak, canoe, and pedal boat rental

10. La Mauricie National Park

Located 187 km from Montreal, La Mauricie National Park offers day-trippers a fun outdoor playground to escape the stresses of the city and get in touch with the natural outdoors. In the summer, visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, kayaking, biking, swimming, and picnicking.

Final Words

A day trip is an excellent way to get out of Montreal’s Hustle and Bustle and spend quality time in nature or explore the beauty of nearby cities in Quebec. These are the ten best day trips from Montreal to enjoy with your family or friends.


  • Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
  • Photos from Unsplash & canva.