Just outside Montreal, in the surrounding regions, lie an abundance of splendid opportunities for day trips or overnighters. Many charming towns, orchards, provincial parks, and local businesses offer the chance to explore Québec’s rich heritage and are just on the doorstep, within a two-hour drive from Montreal. Whether you want to hike through incredible scenery, tour through wine country, or relax at a nature spa, the opportunities are plentiful. Here are four of our favourites to get you started.

1. Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant

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This Scandinavian-style, outdoor spa is nestled in the woods near the picturesque village of Mont-Tremblant and promises tranquil relaxation in nature. The spa is stretched along the shores of the Diable River offering river access where you can take a dip, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful view. In traditional Scandinavian style, the spa provides hot and cold pools with waterfalls, eucalyptus steam bath or Finnish sauna, and a variety of deeply relaxing rest areas. Massages can be booked in advance and there is a bistro serving light meals onsite. As additional bonuses, the town of Mont Tremblant has many shops, cafés, and boutiques to explore, and there are numerous hiking and walking trails in the area.

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Distance from Montreal: 2 hours

2. Brome-Missisquoi Wine Tour

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The Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route in the Eastern Townships is Quebec’s most popular wine tour for good reason: The route links 22 wineries over 140 km in an area that produces more than 60 percent of Quebec’s local wine. The tour includes four unique driving routes; or you can also tour by bike, with routes ranging from 49-99 kilometres in length. There is no shortage of amazing food along the way with numerous restaurants also located in the area. This tour offers an opportunity to meet local wine producers, learn about viticulture, and sample a variety of regional wines. Whether by car, or by bike, the wineries of Brome-Missisquoi are sure to be a memorable day trip.

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Distance from Montreal: 45 Minutes (depending on the route you choose)

3. L’Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac

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This beautiful monastery, built by Benedictine monks, overlooks Lake Memphremagog near Magog, Québec. The stunning architecture is built from multicolour bricks and granite, creating a home for around 50 modern day monks. It is famous for the well-renowned Saint-Benoît cheese, as well as apple cider produced from their apple orchards. Guided tours are available 7-days a week during the summer months (until Oct. 15), providing an inside glimpse into monastic life and the cheese-making facilities. An onsite boutique offers handmade products including apple cider, cheese, books, musical recordings, and religious items.

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Distance from Montreal: 1 hour 45 minutes

4. Foresta Lumina

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In Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, is an illuminated night hike that leads you through 2 km of light and sound, inspired by local mythology. The hike is a magical experience which includes crossing the famous 50-metre pedestrian suspension bridge over the gorge. Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook has excellent day hikes as well, making it a great destination to spend an afternoon, grab dinner in the small town of Coaticook, and head back for the light show after dark.

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Distance from Montreal: 2 hours