ADIRONDACKS, NEW YORK
The Adirondacks region, Upstate New York, is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Great hikes abound : Catmount Mountain, Mount Algonquin, Cascade Mountain! If you prefer being close to water, Saranac Lake is ideal for canoe-camping. Campers can rent spots on a number of islands in the middle of the lake. Reservations are needed.
Distance : 150 km from MontrealWhere to stay : Adirondak Lodge Loj at Heart Lake, Lake House Hotel
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If you’re looking for an agro-tourism weekend, Burlington and its surroundings deserve a visit. Known for its local farms, cheese shops, micro-breweries, distilleries, cafes and restaurants, Burlington is sure to charm epicurean travellers. Located only a couple hours from Montreal, it’s a place that is worth discovering.
Distance : 150 km from Montreal
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SANDBANKS NATIONAL PARK, ONTARIO
Craving the beach? Get your fix at Sandbanks National Park in Prince Edward County before the end of the summer. This magnificent park on Lake Ontario feels just like the sea! Long beaches, dunes and an amazing blue water for swimming and all nautical sports, make it a unique spot. The bonus? You are right in Ontario’s wine country, so you can visit wineries and taste local produce!
Distance : 380 km from Montreal
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For an off the beaten path experience, visit l'Île-aux-Lièvres! This island located off the coast of Rivière-du-Loup offers an amazing environment for those who wish to reconnect with nature. You can stay at their small cottages, at their lodge or book one of their several camping spots. The walking trails allow you to explore the island, and with a little bit of luck, see belugas, eiders and seals!
Distance : 430 km from Montreal
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Another must along the St-Lawrence River is Kamouraska. The area is known for its climbing spots. If this is your sport, you should definitely consider booking a trip there. Kayak and zodiac excursions are also very popular. The sunsets in Kamouraska are among the nicest in Quebec and totally worth the drive!
Distance : 400 km from Montreal