Distance from Montreal: 125 miles west; two-hour-and-five-minute drive
Why it made our list: Ottawa is our nation’s capital and as such, it deserves to be on this list. Parliament Hill, the National War Memorial, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are a must. Yoga is regularly practiced on Parliament’s front lawn, so join in. Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, go to Fauna for its halibut with squid ink risotto cake, or Salt for its Atlantic salmon poached in a brown butter with buttermilk fennel.
Pro tip: Ottawa is the best place to be on Canada Day. Celebrate this July 1st by heading Downtown, where streets will be blocked off for the event. Passed years have included performances by Marianas Trench and Serena Ryder. Watch the acrobats, have some good Canadian brews, eat a BeaverTail, and gasp at the fireworks.