The 5 Best Tours and Excursions From Montreal

Take a day trip from Montreal and you can see some spectacular sights, including Mont-Tremblant lake and village
Take a day trip from Montreal and you can see some spectacular sights, including Mont-Tremblant lake and village | © Vladone / Getty Images
Molly Codyre

Bordered almost entirely by sprawling provincial parks and wildlife reserves, Montreal has many opportunities to retreat into the wilderness nearby. Let someone else do the driving, so you can focus all your attention on sightseeing and exploring with an excursion out of the city. Whether you fancy indulging in an educational day of wine tasting, or simply want to immerse yourself in nature, there’s a diverse range of options within easy reach.

1. Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip


This guided, full-day sightseeing tour of Quebec City and its environs takes you on a coach to visit the city’s top attractions, including the Unesco-listed Old Quebec, Place Royale and the Plains of Abraham, before venturing into the charming countryside to see Montmorency Falls. Your guide will provide commentary along the way, discussing the fascinating French-Canadian history of the city and the historical significance of sites you pass on your journey.

2. Mont Tremblant Private Day Tour

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Save the trouble of renting a car and let this day tour whisk you into the grandeur of the Laurentian Mountains. This is a small-group tour, so your guide is able to customize the day and give you a personalized experience. En route, you’ll learn about the history of Mont Tremblant resort town and tips to help you make the most of your visit. This is the best of both worlds, allowing you all the perks of a guided tour while still letting you explore the town at your own pace.

3. Quebec City Wine Tour


Explore Quebec’s growing wine industry on this small-group wine tasting trip from Montreal. Over a half or full day, you’ll visit small vineyards and meet the owners, who will talk you through their wines and the tasting notes of each varietal you try. You’ll be taken on tours of the wineries and learn about the wine-making process, before being given a short workshop on tasting techniques. Cheese plates and lunch are included, and you’ll be able to put your new skills through their paces with a blind taste test.

4. Laurentian Mountains Day Trip


Discover southern Quebec’s awe-inspiring Laurentian Mountains, which lie within easy reach of Montreal. Traveling along narrow country roads, you’ll have the chance to admire views of the breathtaking mountain range. The tour will also stop in delightful towns like Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard and Mont-Tremblant, where you’ll have free time to shop, explore the local food scene and wander around these quaint, French-style villages. You’ll then head out onto Lac des Sables for a scenic cruise. This idyllic day is the perfect way to take a break from fast-paced city life.

5. Private Day Trip to Parc Omega and Le Chateau Montebello

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Allow more time for sightseeing through the windows by letting someone else take the wheel on this picturesque drive down to Parc Omega – a safari park that allows visitors to tour by car. On this private tour, you’ll have your guide’s full attention. The park is a wild animal paradise, where it’s possible to get up close and personal with a range of animals such as moose, bison, elks and and wolves in their natural habitat – you’ll also have the opportunity to feed some of them from inside the car as they approach the windows. Be sure to stop at neighboring Le Château Montebello – the world’s largest log cabin and a Fairmont hotel – on the way back to explore a truly unique piece of architecture.

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