Enjoy The Best Of The Fall Season In Montreal
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Montreal and there are some great places to go “leaf-peeping”. Watch as the spectacular colours of the leaves as they turn from green, to gold, to red, and brown. The colours start to change in mid-September, and the show is usually all over by late October. The weather at this time of year is perfect for sightseeing and exploring the city. Let’s take a look at what you can do!
NORTH – MONT ROYAL
Mont-Royal park is one of the best places to enjoy the autumn. It offers plenty of trails to wander and gorgeous views across the city. If you are feeling energetic, you can walk up to the top of Rue Peel. Join the joggers and power-walkers pounding their way up the winding steps to the Mont Royal Chalet and viewpoint. For an easier way up, there’s a public parking lot on the Chemin Remembrance. You’ll find it on the north side, between the park and the cemetery. Otherwise, the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus has two stops in the park, or the 80 Bus from Place Des Arts goes straight up Park Avenue, and the 11 leaves from close to the Mont-Royal metro station.
SOUTH – OLD MONTREAL AND SQUARE-VICTORIA
There are many Fully Furnished Apartment units found in the heart of the city. The Old Montreal has lovely gardens alongside the railway tracks, with plenty of things to do. To learn about Montreal’s history, try the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, where you can see evidence of the city’s earliest buildings as archaeological remains. There’s the Montreal Science Centre, with lots of interactive exhibits for youngsters to enjoy, as well as activities like boat cruises along the river. For shopping, the Bonsecours Market – recognizable by its shiny silver dome – houses boutiques selling locally made clothes, artworks, and souvenirs. Place Jacques Cartier is a pretty square, popular with tourists. The restaurants, cafés, and bars there cater to the day trippers, so for something more upmarket, try the restaurants around McGill street, near Square Victoria metro – Le Local, Holder, or Helena are just three of the many good ones in the area.
EAST – WONDROUS NIGHTS
If you have a little more time to spare, there are great views of the skyline, and the mountain, across the river from Parc Jean Drapeau. It’s a short drive over the Jacques Cartier bridge, a quick ride by metro (yellow line, change at Berri-Uqam), or for a more leisurely journey, at weekends until October 9th, there are “navettes” – a water-shuttle service from pier Jacques Cartier in the Old Port.
At the Olympic Park (paid parking lot, or green line metro to Pie IX – pronounced “pea nerf”), are the wonderful Botanical Gardens. The admission charge is well worth it. If you have a couple of hours, take the opportunity to walk amongst the lovingly cultivated flowers, shrubs, and trees. For an unusual perspective, wait until after sunset to see the Gardens of Light – the Chinese, Japanese, and First Nations gardens enchantingly illuminated (evenings to October 8th, open until 9pm weekdays, 10pm Fridays and Saturdays).
WEST- MUSEUMS AND CELEBRATIONS
While strolling around downtown, you might see the artworks in the “Open Air Peace Museum” on Rue Sherbrooke, between the McCord and Fine Arts Museums, or look up to see the Cité Mémoire projections on various buildings in the evenings that tell stories from Montreal’s past.
We hope this guide has been helpful. As you can see, there’s tons that await beyond your doors.