13 Day Trips from Montreal to National Parks & Historic Sites


Montreal is blessed to be located near so many incredible green spaces. In fact, here are 13 day trips from Montreal to National historic Parks and historic sites you can go on that are less than 2 hours away!

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Whether you’re going away this summer or vacationing in town, you should know about these. Here are some great suggestions to spend some time outdoors and discovering historic sites in and around town.

13 Day Trips from Montreal

  • 1. Fort Chambly National Historic Sites which features French period treasures in a wonderful stone fort only 40 minutes from downtown Montréal.
  • 2. Carillon Canal National Historic Site is only an hour and a half from Montréal and it features a lock Canal with a 200-ton guillotine gate!
  • 3. Battle of the Chateauguay National Historic Site, the site where an American army of 3700 men defeated 300 Canadian soldiers. This historic site is just an hour away by car, and one and a half hours by public transport.
  • 4. The Lachine Canal National Historic Site is just 20 minutes from the heart of Montréal by both car and public transport. Above all, this 14 1/2 km lock Canal is partly responsible for Montréal’s industrialization. The extraordinary site at the Village by the Locks is great for kayaking, walking, or biking. Finally, you can even spend a night in an heirloom wood boat!
  • 5. Fort Lennox National Historic Site is just an hour away from the city, and is a most noteworthy for its well-preserved 19th-century fortifications of the British Army.

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  • 6. Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site is only an hour and 40 minutes by car from the heart of Montréal, and it is the first industrial village in the country that you can explore through its amazing museum.
  • 7. Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site is the location of the first ever lock canal in the entire continent! Take a walk on a historic, interpretive trail or bike along the Soulanges canal, stopping at various archaeological points on the 45 km trail.
  • 8. Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site can only be reached by car, is a canal that opened in 1849. At Darvard Island, visit the grounds of this picnic paradise and pay a visit to the charming superintendent’s house. It’s also a great camping getaway with exceptional views of the Richelieu River.

Visit Historic Sites of Prominent Politicians

  • 9. Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site can help you discover the way of life of the mid-1800s. You can take a digital tour with a tablet to see the work and life of Canada’s first French Canadian Prime Minister. Located just an hour and 15 minutes north of Montréal by car, you can take in the authentically furnished home of Sir Wilfrid Laurier which reflects rural Québec handcrafted traditions.
  • 10. Sir George-Etiienne Cartier National Historic Site is the actual home of Sir George-Etienne Cartier – an architect of the Confederation, and is located in the heart of Old Montreal at Berri and Notre Dame Streets. The restored home is the only Victorian-era interior that’s open to the public in the city.
  • 11. Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site is just 30 minutes from the heart of Montreal by car, and is actually the busiest lock in Canada. There are great bistros and restaurants along the boardwalk in which to dine and enjoy the view at sunset. Or, pack a picnic and relax on some of the green areas where you can watch the lock in operation. It’s a favorite spot on the tip of Montreal, especially for West Islanders.
Photo Credit: MtlWay.com Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
  • 12. La Mauricie National Park is almost right in the middle between Montreal and Québec city. Take the time to relax and enjoy the various wildlife or paddle out in a canoe to witness the sun setting. Enter through the Saint-Gerard entrance and make your way to the hidden Parker Falls for a dip.
  • 13. Manoir Papineau National Historic Site, just 1.5 hours from Montreal, is the home of Canada’s most prominent French politicians of the 19th century. The Manor House, located near Montebello, offers a guided tour of the Papineau’s intimate details. Make some time for afternoon tea at Tea House Chez Julie.

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