5 excursions within 90 minutes of Montreal

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It’s only been a few weeks (or, for the lucky ones, days) since you returned to work and you’re already thinking about your next excursion. In cooperation with Parks Canada, we’ve come up with five trips to take you off the beaten track and give you a change in scenery!

These enchanting settings offer a unique environment for picnics with family or friends.

Psst! Look out for the Parks Canada Discovery Passes inside all Communauto vehicles and enjoy free park admission!

Fort Lennox, St-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix, QC, Canada

1. Step back in time to the 19th century at Fort Lennox

This British fortification has retained its original structure. Take the ferry from the village to Île-aux-Noix, and in five minutes, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 19th century. Inside the fort, you’ll discover how people lived in the garrison. You can visit the canteen, the dormitory, the officers’ quarters, the powder magazine and the prison!

Open until September 4.

Cost of transport for the day: $60 by Communauto (ex Montreal)

Blockhaus and highlights of Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site, Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

2. Play a Jew’s harp or load a cannon at the Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site

Once a portage and encampment location used by Amerindians, this military fortification protected one of the first lock canals that opened the way for commercial shipping. With a history spanning 7,000 years, the site also contains some hidden treasures that you can hunt for using a GPS unit. Various activities and programs for families are available. Enjoy the multimedia presentation at the Blockhaus, learn how to shoot in the Challenge of the Cannon or try your hand at playing a Jew’s harp.

Open until September 4.

Cost of transport for the day: $60 by Communauto (ex Montreal)

Young visitors wearing period costumes inside a tent in the reconstruction of the 1812 battle, Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

3. Immerse yourself in a battlefield at the Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site

How did a battle in which 300 Canadian fighters managed to defeat 2,000 Americans change the course of the war? Adults and children are invited to dress up in period costumes and discover this historical event in the interpretation centre featuring an indoor lookout and a scale model. Visitors can also walk the groomed trail surrounding this former battlefield. History fans will learn about the Canadian troops’ effective defence strategy, while other visitors can simply take in the glorious natural surroundings along the river. Several children’s activities are also available, such as a giant chess game.

Open until October 9.

Cost of transport for the day: $50 by Communauto (ex Montreal)

4. Discover the secrets of the devil’s spring at Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site

On the banks of the Saint-Maurice River, the forges take you on a tour of the first industry in Canada. Step into the Grande Maison (the “ironmasters’ house”) and the blast furnace interpretation centre to discover this key site where, for 150 years, stoves, train wheels, armaments, ploughs and numerous other items needed by the settlers and the military were manufactured. Immerse yourself in village life by taking a guided tour (which begins at 2:00 pm, reservation required), taking in the exhibitions of cast iron artifacts and listening to the devil’s legend.

Open until September 4.

Cost of transport for the day: $90 by Communauto (ex Montreal)

5. Marvel at the impressive lock at Carillon Canal Carillon Canal

It’s difficult not to be awestruck by this imposing structure located on the Ottawa River, the only one of its kind in North America. The Carillon lock has a guillotine gate that is opened by a counterweight of almost 200 tonnes. It is moored to floating docks installed in the centre of the lock, which allows boats to navigate a drop of over 20 metres (65 feet) in less than 45 minutes!

Open all year round.

Cost of transport for the day: $70 by Communauto (ex Montreal)

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