Day trips from Montreal

There are plenty of must-see places to explore within two hours of downtown Montreal. Pedal out on one of the world’s most beautiful routes, wander through amazing Victorian-era architecture and picnic on the banks of historic canals. Look no further, let these can’t-miss visits inspire your next outing!

An interpreter in an 18th century French soldiers uniform gives a presentation on canons to 2 families.
Fort Chambly National Historic Site
A wonderful stone fort featuring treasures from the French period.
  • Driving: 40 minutes
  • Transit: 50 minutes
Child visitors in period costume in a tent from the re-enactment of the War of 1812.
Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site
A battlefield where 300 Canadian soldiers once defeated a 3,700-strong American army.
  • Drive: 1 hour
  • Transit: 1.5 hours
Carillon Lock.
Carillon Canal National Historic Site
A lock canal with a 200-tonne guillotine gate.
  • Drive: 1.5 hours
Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site
The first lock canal in North America.
  • Drive: 1 hour
  • Transit: 2 hours
Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
The first industrial village in Canada.
  • Drive: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Transit: 2.5 hours
Aerial view of Fort Lennox National Historic Site on Île-aux-Noix in the Richelieu River.
Fort Lennox National Historic Site
A rare example of perfectly preserved 19th century British Army fortifications.
  • Drive: 1 hour
A girl sitting in a canoe, waiting for her father bringing the fishing gear.
La Mauricie National Park
True Laurentian wilderness half-way between Quebec City and Montreal.
  • Drive: 2 hours
An adult and a child biking on the canal’s path with a stone building in the background.
Lachine Canal National Historic Site
This 14.5 km lock canal paved the way for the industrialization of Montreal.
  • Drive: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 20 minutes
Manoir Papineau National Historic Site
The elegant Manor House of one of French Canada’s most prominent politicians in 19th century Québec.
  • Drive: 1.5 hours
The remains of the first lock.
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Opened in 1849, this canal allowed boats to bypass the final barrier on the waterway between New York and Montreal.
  • Drive: 1 hour 15 minutes
Boats moored at the locks.
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
Canada’s busiest lock.
  • Drive: 30 minutes
  • Transit: 1.5 hours
Two young women taking a selfie in a Victorian-style room.
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
Home of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of the main architects of Confederation.
  • Drive: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 20 minutes
Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site
Life and work of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French Canadian to become Prime Minister.
  • Drive: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Transit: 2 hours 45 minutes

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