How To Enjoy Fall During Your Stay In Montreal
Today, we’ll be looking at what lies beyond the Island to give you a sense of adventure during your stay in Montreal. With wonderful fall weather and the spectacular colors of the autumn leaves lighting up the landscape, this time of year is a great time to explore the countryside around Montreal. Many Montrealers own cottages or cabins for country escapes. This allows them to get out of town for weekends away with family or friends. Hiking and biking in the fresh air are popular activities. There are also plenty of lovely places to rent. From spacious cabins to chic country houses, as well as some very luxurious hotels and spas. Here’s some great places to check out for a real treat.
One of the most popular areas for weekends away is Mont Tremblant and the magnificent mountains of the Laurentians. If you’re here in Montreal, it’s definitely worth the visit. If you get the timing right, you see mile upon mile of spectacular colours changing as you travel northwards. Foliage Report Maps are useful, so you can see what stage the leaves have reached in particular areas, as the weather makes a huge difference. Canadian Thanksgiving (this year on Monday October 9th) is a very popular weekend to get away. As the weather becomes more unpredictable later in October, so prepare for heavy traffic that weekend. If you don’t have time for a whole weekend away, or don’t want to drive, you could take a day trip by coach from Central Montreal.
There are many beautiful villages between Montreal and Mont Tremblant that welcome weekenders and tourists. One of the most popular is Saint-Agathe-des-Monts, where you can take a boat cruise on the lake, Lac des Sables. The picturesque area became popular with wealthy people at the end of the 19th century. You can see some of the stylish houses they built on the lakeshore to take advantage of the gorgeous views. The little town has several charming restaurants and cafés, as well as offering activities like horse riding and fishing.
Mont Tremblant itself is a busy four-seasons resort with restaurants and boutiques, farmers’ market stalls, and music at lunchtimes at weekends until October 15th. There are two cable cars to take you up to see stunning views across the Laurentians. You can choose the difficulty of your trails. Golf and mountain biking are popular at this time of year. On the nearby lakes, paddle boarding and canoeing as well. For relaxation, spas like the Scandinavian Spa are a wonderful way to unwind after an invigorating hike, or to de-stress after a busy week at work.
Another popular area for weekend getaways is the Eastern Townships, in the region around the historic city of Sherbrooke. With rolling hills and quaint village centres, the Townships are popular with Montreal families. The Townships have a great sense of community, with good restaurants, spas, and arts outdoor activities. This time of year is the grape harvest, and many people like to explore the Wine Route and visit the region’s vineyards, for grape pressing and wine tasting events. Good food is celebrated too – with local produce on sale, and plenty to taste at Knowlton’s Brome Duck Festival on September 23rd-24th.
Montreal itself has some excellent spas, so if you don’t have time to get out of the city, but would like a break on the water, Bota Bota s a Nordic-style spa set on a riverboat, in the historic Old Port. For a tiny taste of nature, not far from Sherbrooke metro, is the pretty Parc Lafontaine, where on Sunday 24th September, 12pm-1:30pm, you can enjoy the last of the Parisian Sundays for the year – brunch accompanied by traditional accordion music, on the terrace by the water.
We hope this guide has been helpful. As you can see, there’s tons that await during your stay in Montreal!