I often tell people that from Montreal, it’s more expensive and longer for me to go to Vancouver than to go to London. Let that sink in for a bit.
Canada definitely isn’t the kind of place where you can just go somewhere on a whim, because there’s a fairly good chance that somewhere is six hours away. However, Montreal is quite particular, in the sense that it is doable to visit other places on a day trip and not spend the entire day in transit. Whether you opt for a log cabin, an exciting city escape, or an indulgent weekend getaway, here are options you should look into for your next day trip from Montreal.
Day Trips From Montreal: A Few Ideas
Ottawa: 2 hours
While most Canadians have been to the capital on a field trip as a kid, somehow I never did, despite the fact that Ottawa is very close to Montreal. In fact, I was only there briefly a few years ago when I had an appointment at the British consulate to get my UK visa approved. From what I gather, the city made huge efforts to evolve past its boring dormant-office-city status into a vibrant capital with a strong focus on green travel, architecture and food with flower festivals, bustling markets, and outdoor music events.
Quebec City: 3 hours
Quebec City: probably the most popular day trip from Montreal and the vicinity! Everyone I know has been to Quebec City at least as kids once on holiday with their parents, and some even go back a few years later for a romantic getaway. I always recommend spending one night in the city in order to fully let the “walled city” atmosphere sink in after nightfall, but it can technically be visited as a day trip from Montreal. If you prefer to go independently, you can always get bus tickets with Orleans Express and do your thing.
- Quebec City Day Tour from Montreal
- Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
- Multi-Day Whale Tour to Quebec City and Tadoussac
Toronto: 6 hours
Confession time: I’m not that big a fan of T-Dot, as I am fairly partial to my hometown. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit: shop on West Queen West, take in the height of the CN Tower, bike along the waterfront trails on the Toronto Islands, visit the historic Distillery District. There are plenty of things to do in Canada’s largest city! The easiest way to get there on a day trip is by train with VIA Rail.
- Ultimate Toronto Tour
- Toronto West End or East End Photography Tour
- Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
Laurentides / Eastern Townships: 2 hours
Montreal being an island, it’s quite easy to get away from it all and get to the countryside in just under two hours. There are basically two options: the Laurentides or the Eastern Townships, in opposite directions. The former will guarantee a true Canadiana vacation, log-cabin style, in the woods, while the latter will offer a relaxing lakeside holiday with a bit of history, a lot of wineries, and plenty of lavish English-looking manors as a backdrop.