Fall Activities in Montreal – 7 fun things to do!
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Quebec. To fully enjoy it, here are 7 ideas of fall activities to discover in Montreal and its surroundings.
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1. Observe the magnificent fall colors in Mount Royal Park
One of the most beautiful places to enjoy fall in Montreal is Mount Royal Park. From the Plateau-Mont-Royal district, you can take the 11 bus that takes you to Beaver Lake. In the fall, the trees around the lake are sublime and will surely satisfy your desire for fall colors!
Then, to have a high view of Montreal, we recommend two points of view:
- The Kondiaronk lookout, which is located towards the Mount Royal Observatory. It offers a view of downtown Montreal with the Mont-Royal forest in the foreground. This belvedere is very popular, so we recommend that you go there during the week or on weekends at sunrise.
- The Summit Circle lookout, a little less known, is located on the Westmount side of the city and is accessible in about 35 minutes on foot from the Atwater metro station. Here is the itinerary to get to the Summit Circle lookout.
2. Visit Westmount
After your stop at the Summit Circle lookout, take the opportunity to discover the city of Westmount! Many visitors think that Westmount is a neighbourhood of Montreal but it is in fact a city in its own right. Beyond the magnificent Victorian houses, don’t miss King George Park, the greenhouses adjoining Victoria Hall, City Hall and the library. The latter is splendid, with its red stones and its tower, it seems to come straight out of the Harry Potter movie!
You will have understood it, Westmount and its English charm is the perfect place to enjoy the fall, without going miles.
3. Buying pumpkins at the Atwater Public Market
The Atwater market is located very close to downtown Montreal. Its beautiful art deco architecture has earned it a place among the most beautiful buildings in Montreal! Every fall, the stalls are filled with gourds, including beautiful pumpkins just waiting to be bought and decorated for Halloween.
4. Participate in a Halloween decorated pumpkin contest
One of the fall activities that appeals to both young and old is of course pumpkin decorating! Every year, we get together with family and friends to prepare our beautiful pumpkins for Halloween. This year, the Montreal Botanical Garden is organizing a virtual contest of decorated pumpkins. You have until October 16 to register in one of the 5 categories of the contest. It’s up to you!
5. Picking apples in the Laurentians
Take your car (char) towards the Labonté de la Pomme, which is located 45 minutes from Montreal, in the Oka Valley. This family farm offers u-pickers of 25 varieties of fruit, including apples. And what we particularly like about Labonté de la Pomme is that they use sustainable and eco-responsible farming practices. Fruits and vegetables are therefore processed naturally, without pesticides.
If picking makes you hungry, don’t miss their “Cabane à Pommes” (apple shack) located in the heart of the orchard! Nathalie and her husband (the owners), have chosen to revisit the concept of the sugar shack and to propose a gourmet formula around apples. They also use other local products such as Oka cheese, honey from their beehives and maple syrup. And all their good products are cooked in an antique wood-fired open-air oven, fuelled by apple wood: flavors guaranteed!
6. Fill up on color in national parks
One of our favorite fall activities in Montreal is of course the fall color hunt and there is nothing like hiking to enjoy it! Here is a small non-exhaustive list of national parks, close to Montreal, where you can hike and observe the fall colors:
- Mount Orford National Park, Eastern Townships
- Mont Tremblant National Park, Laurentians
- and finally La Mauricie National Park, located in the region of the same name.
7. Discover the magic of Illumi in Laval
Illumi is a night drive that invites young and old to daydream… This new route of the Féerie de Lumières offers 9 new universes for a total of 18 fantastic paintings. So you can drive safely in your car and take a lot of sights on 3 kilometers. And if you go before November 5th, you can even enjoy a special Halloween touch!