Hudson is a town in the county of Vaudreuil, province of Quebec, Canada, about 60 kilometres west of Montreal. It sits on the southern shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, near the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. Although now an easy 45-minute highway drive from Montreal, it was once an isolated village of mainly Scottish and English farmers, and briefly a lakeside cottage getaway. Much of its past can still be seen today, with large, turn-of-the-century homes, pretty lakeside views, tree-lined streets and the English-inspired architecture of the town centre. These features make it a popular daytrip for Montrealers, particularly in the summer.
From the island of Montreal, take Autoroute 40 westbound. The most scenic route is to get off at Exit 35, turn right at Avenue Saint-Charles, and turn right at Chemin-de-l'Anse. This will take you along the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains (Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes) until you get to Hudson, at which point the name of the street will change to "Main". Drive another 4 km along Main road to get to the centre of town. The trip from downtown Montreal takes about 45 minutes (except during Montreal's rush hour, when it will often take 90 min).
From Ottawa, take Highway 417 eastbound. At the Quebec border, the highway changes its name to Autoroute 40. Get off at exit 22, turn left on Côte-St-Charles. At the end of Côte-St-Charles, turn right on Main. Drive 1 km to get to the town centre. The trip takes about 90 minutes.
Public transport for Hudson is mainly designed to get people to Montreal in the morning and back in the evening. It is currently not possible to reach Hudson for a daytrip using only trains and busses, you would need to stay overnight.
There are two ways to get from downtown Montreal to Hudson directly:
You can also get to Hudson by taking Montreal's public transit to:
See CIT La Presqu'ile's website to double-check fares and schedule information (French only).
From Ottawa, there is one bus to Montreal, which stops in Hudson and other small towns along the way on request. It leaves at noon.
A ferry operates during most of the spring, all of summer, and most of autumn taking cars, people and bikes from Oka to Hudson across the Lake of Two Mountains. It leaves from Main Road, just east of Bellevue Street.schedule In the winter, the lake freezes over, and it is sometimes possible to drive over the ice across the lake from the ferry terminal to Oka (depending on weather conditions and ice thickness).
The town centre is concentrated on Main Road. The centre of town can be traversed by car in two minutes. Driving the whole 20 km route of Main Road (which continues as Chemin de l'Anse in neighbouring towns) can be quite scenic, with views of large country houses, farms, trees, and the Lake of Two Mountains.
Although Main Road/Chemin de l'Anse is quite narrow, one can often find groups of cyclists riding along this scenic route on summer weekends. Be aware that the north-south streets off of Main Road (Bellevue, Cameron, and Côte-Saint-Charles Streets) have very steep inclines at some parts.
Hudson is a small town; the town centre can be crossed by foot in 20 min. Summertime is the best time to do this; in the winter, the cold and the wind make walking unpleasant.
The town's architecture is quite distinct from most towns in the greater Montreal area. Some buildings date back to the beginning of the 1900s, while the new buildings have tried to copy some of the older building's features.
Most people who come to Hudson take a drive down Main Road to see the old houses, foliage and lakeviews. This is popular in the summer but perhaps best done in October, when the leaves turn fall colours.
For such a small town, Hudson has a large number of antiques and arts and crafts shops. Almost half of the town's businesses are devoted to this. Aside from Finnegan's market, you can find many of these shops as you stroll down Main Road.
There are three bars in town:
SleepBeds and breakfasts are probably the best option for spending the night in Hudson. There are many old houses with retired owners who have turned a room or two into B&Bs. A Google search should turn up quite a few.