North america

Where to go

Two Hours from Montréal:

From Montréal, you can travel into the Laurentian Mountains, through the rural
Eastern Townships and to Canada’s national capital. Explore Québec City,
stay in an ice hotel, and join locals at festivals.

One Hour From:


While many competing legends
surround the Québécois concoction of
French fries, brown gravy and fresh cheese curds, Drummondville claims poutine as its own; a local restaurateur contends that he invented the dish in the 1960s.


Skiers, snowboarders and other
winter-sports enthusiasts head for Québec’s largest snow resort in the Laurentian Mountains. Off the slopes, try dog sledding, ice climbing, ice fishing or tubing, or relax at the spa.

La Route Verte:

La Route Verte is a network of more
than 5000km of cycling paths throughout Québec. A bus service for cyclists can transport your luggage or shuttle you to your starting point; it rents bikes, too.

Eastern Townships:

In the agricultural communities from
Lac-Brome to Sutton to Magog in Québec’s Cantons-des-L’Est (Eastern Townships), you’ll find cheesemakers, berry farms, chocolate shops, cideries, microbreweries, wineries and farm-to-table dining rooms, plus country inns where you can spend the night.

St Lawrence Region:

Several sights along the St Lawrence
River delve into eastern Canada’s 19th-
century roots. Visit Upper Canada Village, which recreates life in the 1860s. Tour Fulford Place, the grand manor that George Fulford constructed with the fortune he made hawking ‘health’ drugs.

Two Hours From:


You could spend days exploring the
grand museums in Canada’s national
capital. Top spots include the National
Gallery of Canada, home to the country’s
largest visual arts collection, and the
Canadian Museum of History, where you
can walk through centuries of social and
cultural change.

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest:

One of the many summer festivals in
Canada’s capital city, BluesFest brings ten days of concerts to Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats Park every July. From local musicians to big names, the musical styles start with the blues, but encompass jazz, rap, world music and other genres, too.

Gatineau Park:

Outside of Ottawa, is massive Gatineau
Park. Go hiking, cycling, canoeing, and picnicking. Follow the trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Nearby, you can soak and steam in the pools and saunas at Nordik Spa-Nature.

Lonely Planet presents the best trips within three hours of 60 of the world’s most popular cities.