The 8 best places to see the leaves change within 3 hours of Montreal

Sep 29 2017, 5:46 pm

Montreal is home to plenty of incredible spots to see the gorgeous colours of fall.

The real magic, however, happens a little distance beyond city limits. And you know what that means: it’s road trip time.

Chase the colours of the season at these 8 great places to see the leaves change within three hours of Montreal.

Mont Tremblant National Park 

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The Mecca of Quebec’s great outdoors, Mont Tremblant boasts 1,500 square kilometres of tree-covered wilderness for you to explore. Make a day of it by packing a picnic or spend a whole weekend at one of the park’s 1000 campsites. Pro tip: rent a canoe and observe the season’s colours from a lake.


This idyllic Quebec small town is surrounded by mountains and is home to two picturesque lakes, giving a breathtaking backdrop to the changing leaves. Make it a two-day trip by checking into one of the town’s many outstanding accommodations.

White Mountain National Forest

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Clocking in at just under the three-hour mark, White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is well worth the cross-border trek. Stunning vistas of everything nature has to offer await – including colourful canopies as far as the eye can see.


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If you want to feel like you’re soaring above a blanket of bursting yellows, reds, and oranges, this is the place to do it. Mont-Mégantic has an elevation of 1,100 metres, hovering above a wooded landscape that stretches over the horizon. Spend a night in the area to take advantage of some of the best stargazing in the world.

Morgan Arboretum/Parc-agricole du Bois-de-la-Roche

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You won’t even need to leave city limits to experience the magic of autumn. The vast parkland at the southern tip of the West Island is home to almost every type of tree native to Quebec, all of which are slowly getting into their fall jacket.

North Hatley

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Home to just 650 inhabitants and a fantastic antique store, North Hatley’s biggest draw is the nature. The village sits at the north end of Lake Massawippi and is surrounded by rolling hills and colourful canopies as far as the eye can see. Looking over the lake from one of many boardwalks and terraces is especially notable.

Mont-Orford National Park

This gem of a park sits just outside Sherbrooke and features everything you need for a spectacular day trip: an enchanting waterfall, boardwalks, majestic lookouts, and, of course, awesome auburn. Recommended: a stop in the picturesque town of Magog at the intersection of two beautiful lakes.

Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier

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Ok, so it’s a little over three hours away, but Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier is well worth the road trip. Located 50 kilometres north of Quebec City, the park features fascinating glacial landforms and the U-shaped, 550-metre deep the Jacques-Cartier Valley – a bowl of bright fall foliage.

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