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1. Posted by -Autumn- (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hello everyone :)

I'm a first time traveller. Well, going from Toronto to Montreal isn't far at all in terms of where everyone elce here has gone, but it's a start.

I will be traveling to Montreal by car and I understand it is about a 6 hr ride. I was wondering if anyone knows of any interesting sights and/or stop-overs along the way?

Thanx so much!

-Autumn-

2. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Hi Autumn!

I've done the trip many many times! You will be passing by places like Kingston and Cornwall. I'd say Kingston is the more interesting stop. It's not a big city, but definitely quaint, with the university, and if I'm not mistaken there's a military base there as well... umm not that that's an attraction or anything! But that's pretty much the only place (without veering off course) that's worth a visit. But if you don't mind veering off course then Ottawa's only an hour and a half away (depending on how fast you drive ). One thing you will find convenient is the number of rest areas along the way. The Toronto-Montreal road is FULL OF THEM! They're all pretty big and clean. So that's convenient for the ride over. If you want any info on what to do in Montreal, don't hesitate to ask!

Tamar

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I have to agree with Tam: if you can stop to see Ottawa, it's worth a side trip. It's not a big city, but Parliament is very pretty and historic (and free!), the Chateau Laurier is quaint, and the Canal makes for a nice walk. Have a coffee at Bywater Market and you're all set for the road! Good thing abotut those rest areas...

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

It is my personal view that taking the 401 to Montreal is the second worst thing in the world, trumped only by driving on the 401 from Toronto to Windsor. Dull landscapes and too much traffic.

There are two suggestions I would make instead.

Take the train. The Via train from Toronto to Montreal is incredible. If you can do without the car in Montreal (which is very easy), then go Via rail. If you can afford it, do Via 1 class. Very nice meal, good seats and free booze.

If you need to drive, then take highway 7 instead of the 401. When going to Ottawa, I used to drive on the 401 to the Tweed exit (Hwy 37) then North until I hit the 417 in Ottawa. Stick on the 417 and it becomes the 40 in Quebec, and eventually ends up in Montreal.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

If you need to drive, then take highway 7 instead of the 401. When going to Ottawa, I used to drive on the 401 to the Tweed exit (Hwy 37) then North until I hit the 417 in Ottawa. Stick on the 417 and it becomes the 40 in Quebec, and eventually ends up in Montreal.

Wow, I should have read this before I posted. Those directions are awful.

I meant to say:
Take 401 to Highway 37 (Tweed)
Go through Tweed, and then turn right onto highway 7
Continue on highway 7 until it becomes the 417
Continue on 417 until it becomes highway 40
Follow highway 40 until it hits Metro Montreal

This route is especially beautiful in the fall with the leaves. Not sure what it would be like now (might be a little late in the season), but nice route.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

That sounds like the drive between Montreal and Quebec City...

......gas station........farm and a few cows........gas station....nothing....nothing.....nothing.....trees..... gas station..... yawnnnn....

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Oops! Except for a place called "Restaurant Madrid Big Foot" right in the middle of the drive. Big red barn-type place surrounded by replica dinosaurs.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Actually, the 401 has their own weird restaurant along the route. The Big Appleis a bakery along the 401. Luckily, you can still take the route I suggested and see the Big Apple, thus killing two birds with one stone. :)

9. Posted by -Autumn- (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Oh, you guys are the best! I've been pulling teeth trying to find interesting stops along the way.

I don't think we will be making a stop over in Ottawa, just because we're only going away for 3 nights, so we want to get to Montreal asap :)

The Big Apple sounds like a great stop over, heh.

Quoting GregW

I meant to say:
Take 401 to Highway 37 (Tweed)
Go through Tweed, and then turn right onto highway 7
Continue on highway 7 until it becomes the 417
Continue on 417 until it becomes highway 40
Follow highway 40 until it hits Metro Montreal

This route is especially beautiful in the fall with the leaves. Not sure what it would be like now (might be a little late in the season), but nice route.

Is this a big detour route? or does it take about the same time as going on the 410?

Thans so much everyone!

10. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

The Big Apple has good apple pies. I would definitely suggest stopping and having a slice. Worth it for sure!