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Best scenic spots to visit in/outside of Montreal?

Going to be in Montreal and i've been so into scenic drives/views lately. Where are the most scenic places in or outside of Montreal? Not looking to drive too far, ideally 1-2 hours! Thanks!

2 Answers

answered by
Julia from Montreal

The best scenic views in Montreal can definitely be found at the top of Mont Royal. On a sunny day the winding Chemin Olmsted is a very popular place for a walk. It will lead you past an artificial lake (Beaver Lake) and to a large lookout with a view of downtown and the river beyond. If you keep walking past the lookout the trail will eventually take you right up to the famous cross. There are several access points to the Olmsted trail from downtown and from the park with the "lady on the ball" monument. The second popular viewpoint on the mountain is accessible by car via the Voie Camillien-Houde. This is where you'll get a good view of the Olympic Stadium and it's where all the tour buses stop. The most scenic drive within a 2 hour radius of the city is probably the drive along autoroute 15 to the ski resort of Mont Tremblant in the Laurentian mountains. However, this is quite a busy highway and the views aren't necessarily spectacular especially at this time of year when the trees are still bare. This is a popular area for leaf viewing in the fall and of course skiing in the winter. If you prefer quiet country roads you have a few options. You could drive through small villages and around lakes in the Laurentians or in the Eastern townships (take autoroute 10 to the east of the city). One of my personal favourites is the town of Hudson to the west of the city. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Montreal (city)
  2. Mont Royal (attraction)
  3. Chemin Olmsted (attraction)
  4. Beaver Lake (attraction)
  5. Voie Camillien-Houde (attraction)
  6. Mont Tremblant (city)
  7. Hudson (attraction)
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answered by
Roxanne from Montreal

In Montreal the best view of the city is from the Mount Royal Park.  No car necessary, you can easely take a bus from Station Mont-Royal or walk up at your own pace. This park was disigned by the same archetect who disigned Central Park in New York City. You can easely spend a day waking arround the trails and sit on the greenary for a nice picnic. Avoid sundays, a lot of locals go for there weekly picnics. Once at the city view point, try to find the giant milk bottle.  It was the water cistern of a milk plant in downtown Montreal.

On the southshore of the St-Laurence river drive to the Eastern Townships (Estrie, in french) towards the city of Sherbrooke.  From the Bromontexit, take any smaller road that criscrosses the freeway (#10) and enjoy the vallons and hills.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Montreal (city)
  2. Station Mont-Royal (attraction)
  3. Sherbrooke (city)
  4. Bromont (city)
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