Iles-de-Boucherville National Park
The Parc National des Iles-de-Boucherville consists of a chain of islands located just a few miles from Montreal. The park is visited by almost 300,000 people annually, who come year round to walk and hike, run, canoe, bike, ski cross-country, or snowshoe around in this stunning slice of nature. Gear and equipment are available to rent on site, and the park also offers educational experiences for learning about wildlife, conservation, the long history of First Nations presence in the area.
Domain Labranche is a family-operated business in a beautiful natural setting south of the St. Lawrence River, just a half hour drive out of Montreal. Visitors come to experience a historic sugar shack (cabane à sucre) along with the surrounding grounds, which include a mini farm, hiking trails, an interpretive signage circuit, a vineyard, and guided tours. Domain Labranche offers a unique local culinary experience and serves wines, farm-fresh foods, and creative maple-infused meals.
Calvaire d’Oka hike
For a nice and accessible hike, look no further than the Calvaire d’Oka hike. The trailhead is located just across the street from Oka Provincial Park, which is also worth incorporating into this day trip from Montreal. Don’t have access to a car? Bring a bicycle on the AMT train toward Deux-Montagnes and take the brief 6.2-mile (10-kilometer) bike ride to the trailhead.
Calvaire d’Oka, 2020 Chemin d’Oka, Oka, QC, Canada, +1 450 479 8365
Granby Zoo, the largest zoo and conservation area in Quebec, is home to over 1,000 different animals, with 200 species from nearly every continent on the planet. The zoo, approximately an hour from Montreal, receives 516,000 visitors annually and is a great all-ages trip for those wanting to escape the city for a day. After exploring all of the exotic wildlife, visit the zoo’s water park across the street.
Zoo de Granby, 1050 Blvd David Bouchard N, Granby, QC, Canada, +1 450 372 9113
Canada Railway Museum
The Canada Railway Museum, just across the St. Lawrence River, offers a historical glimpse into the country that we know today. Showcasing a variety of technological and engineering breakthroughs, the museum celebrates and memorializes the laborers behind the development of railroad tracks and train transport. Visitors can reach the museum by car, bus, or Candiac/St-Constant commuter train from metro Lucien-L’Allier.