You may want to escape Montreal from time to time so you can have some peace and quiet or simply to bond with your friends or lover, and there’s no better way to do that than by packing up the car and hitting the open road. Road trips can be a great way to recharge your batteries while keeping spending to a minimum. You can go as far away as you want or stay as close to home as your heart desires, and come out on top when you look at your bank balance. Here are five places that are some of the best places to see while on a road trip from Montreal.
The most talked about ski resort in Quebec, Mont Tremblant is a great place to go to on a road trip from Montreal. Located to the northwest of Montreal, the ski resort is roughly 130 km away, and can be reached in as little as an hour and a half. While it’s no cross-country voyage, you will find the amenities and activities in the village to be world-class with plenty of options for everyone in the car. There is, of course, the skiing and snowboarding, but they also have ice skating, spa packages, restaurants, and a really unique snowshoe and fondue tour. If you take off in the Summer for this scenic resort, you will still be able to enjoy by participating in a round of golf at one of two courses, gondola rides, a zip line, and luge. Very cool options for your next weekender.
If you’re looking to get away as a couple and spend the weekend at a popular spa, visit Sherbrooke. Just two hours and 150 km from Montreal, it’s a great place to weekend due to its wonderful historical buildings and interesting museums. The cherry on top is really Spa Algua-Sulis. Couples will love the European Alpine feel of the resort, and if you’re looking to relieve stress and cement your bond with your lover, be sure to take part in the couples massage and thermotherapy, so when you come home, you feel rejuvenated and as relaxed as ever. You can also take a group of friends for a Ladies weekend and get every treatment available while laughing up a storm and enjoying a little champagne. Travelers have recommended that visitors stay at Motel La Flora, which has the best customer service, clean rooms, and a fantastic breakfast set up, so if you had a little too much vino the night before, you can nurse yourself back to health at the morning buffet.
Camping in the Appalachians
Quebec has some of the best scenery and natural surroundings of any of the provinces, so if you want to go all out and take a camping trip a ways from the city, you’ll have tons of great campgrounds to choose from with amenities and tranquility all at once. One of the best campgrounds to try out is Camping de La Demie-Lieue near St-Jean-Port-Joli. Although it will take you almost four hours of driving along the Trans Canada to get there from Montreal, you’ll love how impressive the mountains and forests are while still being able to take advantage of things like a general store, showers, and even a restaurant if you’re over hot dogs and marshmallows by Saturday afternoon.
Do a Little Eco-Tourism
You can’t do eco-tourism any sort of justice when you’re in the bustling city, but travel a little bit outside of the city, and you can find all sorts of adventures to go on. In Appalachia, which is, again, about 4 hours from the city, you take part in fun eco-tourism adventures with Villégiature et Pourvoirie de la rivière Daaquam that range from ice fishing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing while staying in a gorgeous, rustic chalet. They’ve been ranked by Tourisme Quebecois as a 5 star attraction for 2014, so this eco-tour group is one of the best you can find in all of Quebec.