MICRO-ADVENTURES AROUND MONTREAL
Summer is made to enjoy beautiful weather and spend some time in nature. Weekend getaways can do so much good, without being overly complicated or pricey! Here are 5 atypical experiences to inspire you, only a few hours from Montreal.
CAMP ON WATER AT DOMAINE POURKI
Imagine sleeping on water! Domaine Pourki, located in Sainte-Anne-de-Sabrevois, offers an array of camping options on the Richelieu river. Each raft has its own teepee or "bora bora" hut as well as a picnic table. The camp also provides canoes, sheets and BBQs. So cook up a storm and dine under the sunset to the gentle waves of the river. Need a little more action? The Pourki Tiki bar has you covered.
Things to do: Swimming, fishing, canoeing, rabaska
Distance from Montreal: 45 minutes
Price: $ 195 per night (high season)
"Domaine Pourki is a great experience for families with children of all ages or for groups of friends who want to just relax and have a good time. The site offers several forms of entertainment including a Tiki Bar, a beach, a farm and a swimming pool. - Jessica, Nomade Magazine
Photo credit: Jessica Gallant, Nomade Magazine
SLEEP IN A HOBBIT HOUSE
Looking for an atypical weekend getaway? Stay in a hobbit house, in the Eastern Townships. Entre Cîmes et Racines has several eco-homes to rent, including a lovely grass-covered stone structure that is straight out of Lord of the Rings. A truly unique experience.
Nearby activities: Labyrinth on site, nearby Bolton Spa and several hiking trails
Distance from Montreal: 1 h 15
Price: $ 150 per night (high season)
Photo credit: Entre Cîmes et Racines
SPEND THE NIGHT IN A TREEHOUSE
Choose among several treehouses at Domaine du Diable Vert. Both rustic and charming, these raised cabins offer breathtaking views of the region. Our personal favourite, the Abenaki (below) is on a beautiful hundred-year-old tree. Sleepwalkers, abstain yourselves.
Activities: Kayaking or SUP on the winding Missisquoi River, stargazing, fishing
Distance from Montreal: 1 h 30
Price: The Abenaki (below) rents for 119 $ / night (high season)
SLEEP IN THE FOREST AT REPÈRE BORÉAL
These tiny cubic homes, located in the heart of the Charlevoix region, are sure to wow you with their elegant design lines and floor-to-ceiling windows. Nestled in the middle of the forest, they are ideal to observe animals in their natural habitat and sleep under a starry sky. Each cabin has drinking water and cooking essentials, plus a cozy bed and an extra cot for a child. Guests can also enjoy the on-site sauna and thermal baths!
Activities: Hiking (The Parc National des Hautes Gorges and L’acropole des draveurs is an hour away), swimming, dining, whale watching
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours
Price: The Shiship cabin rents for $ 159 per night (high season)
Photo credit: Repère Boréal
RESERVE A TINY HOUSE AT DOMAINE FLORAVIE
For the best views of the St-Lawrence River, rent a tiny house at Domaine Floravie (1h30 from Quebec City). These colourful micro-homes can accommodate from 1 to 4 people. You will love their eco-friendly side: they were built with local wood, are insulated with hemp wool and are powered by solar panels - but most especially - the breathtaking views they offer of the water.
Activities: Bic National Park is minutes away, where you can practise kayaking, hiking, and plenty of other activities.
Distance from Montreal: 5 h 15
Price: $ 180 / night (high season)
"There is something here that makes you want to sleep in, admire the coast and slow down a bit. Located on the Pointe à Santerre - named in honour of Pierre Santerre who bought the land in 1889 - in the village of Bic, Domaine Floravie offers an absolutely wonderful decor." - Marie-Michèle, Entre 2 Escales
Photo credit: Marie-Michèle Doucet, Entre2escales blog
GO ON A ROADTRIP WITH VANLIFE
Spontaneous ones, have you heard about VanLife MTL?! Their vehicles are not only stylish, they are well-equipped and can accommodate from 2 to 4 people. So pick a destination and hit the road. Sandbanks, Cape Cod, the Catskills - where will you go?
For 2 travellers: $ 225 CAD / day
For 4 travellers: $ 260 CAD / day
Photo credit: VanLife