There are plenty of must-see places to explore within two hours of downtown Montreal. Pedal out on one of the world’s most beautiful routes, wander through amazing Victorian-era architecture and picnic on the banks of historic canals. Look no further, let these can’t-miss visits inspire your next outing!

Fort Chambly National Historic Site
A wonderful stone fort featuring treasures from the French period.
  • Driving: 40 minutes
  • Transit: 50 minutes
Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site
A battlefield where 300 Canadian soldiers once defeated a 3,700-strong American army.
  • Drive: 1 hour
  • Transit: 1.5 hours
Carillon Canal National Historic Site
A lock canal with a 200-tonne guillotine gate.
  • Drive: 1.5 hours
Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site
The first lock canal in North America.
  • Drive: 1 hour
  • Transit: 2 hours
Forges du Saint-Maurice National Historic Site
The first industrial village in Canada.
  • Drive: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Transit: 2.5 hours
Fort Lennox National Historic Site
A rare example of perfectly preserved 19th century British Army fortifications.
  • Drive: 1 hour
La Mauricie National Park
True Laurentian wilderness half-way between Quebec City and Montreal.
  • Drive: 2 hours
Lachine Canal National Historic Site
This 14.5 km lock canal paved the way for the industrialization of Montreal.
  • Drive: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 20 minutes
Manoir Papineau National Historic Site
The elegant Manor House of one of French Canada’s most prominent politicians in 19th century Québec.
  • Drive: 1.5 hours
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Opened in 1849, this canal allowed boats to bypass the final barrier on the waterway between New York and Montreal.
  • Drive: 1 hour 15 minutes
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site
Canada’s busiest lock.
  • Drive: 30 minutes
  • Transit: 1.5 hours
Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site
Home of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, one of the main architects of Confederation.
  • Drive: 20 minutes
  • Transit: 20 minutes
Sir Wilfrid Laurier National Historic Site
Life and work of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the first French Canadian to become Prime Minister.
  • Drive: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Transit: 2 hours 45 minutes