3 Weekend Getaways Worth Doing From Montreal

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July 23, 2015

3 Weekend Getaways Worth Doing From Montreal

While we always say you could spend a year in Montreal and still not see all there is to see, sometimes you just need to get out of the city, and one of the great things about this particular city is that just an hour or two’s drive from St Catherine street, you can find a whole other world.

Head north for picturesque mountains, south-west for rolling pastures, and north-west for quaint, historic towns and swimming. Or, create your own road trip and do all three! Here’s where you should stop along the way:

 

A weekend in Mont Tremblant

Best known for it’s fabulous winter skiing, Mont Tremblant and the surrounding region in the Laurentian mountains may actually be even more beautiful in the spring and summer months. This is absolutely the place to spend the weekend if you love outdoor activities: hiking,canoeing, cycling, fishing, golfing, and ziplines are just some of the ways you can spend your days, while our favourite activity after the sun sets is curling up in front of a fire in a cozy log cabin.

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A weekend in the eastern townships

Close to the border with the US, the Cantons de l’Est has all the charm of New England, mixed gently with Quebecois language, cuisine and customs. Just 45 minutes from Montreal you’ll hit the town of Bromont – perfect for skiing in winter – but continue on towards Magog, Sutton, and Lac Brome for lush landscapes, crystal clear lakes, pretty towns, and working farms. It’s an amazing destination in spring, when the maple trees are tapped and ‘sugar shacks’ abound, or in fall, when the foliage of the trees creates a stunning backdrop.

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A weekend in Hudson and Oka

On the northern bank of the Ottawa river sits Oka, a favourite with locals who dream about taking a dip when the temperature rises. If the modest beachfront and marina don’t do it for you, then pay a visit to the local monastery, famous for the Okaa cheese produced there by the monks. From here, you can take the ferry across to Hudson, on the south-west bank of the river, and shop for local art and craft souvenirs, browse antiques, or catch a show at The Hudson Players Club, Quebec’s oldest continually operating theatre company.

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Not bad for a collection of places less than an hour from Montreal! Of course you could also pop over to Ottawa for a couple of days, and check out the nation’s parliament buildings, or venture over the border to beautiful New Hampshire and Vermont towns. But with all that Montreal has to offer, we have a feeling you’ll need to schedule another trip!

 

Meanwhile, make sure you have a corporate furnished apartment for your days in Montreal 

 

 

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