Best Places to View The Fall Colours From Montreal

September 23, 2014

October is prime time for leaf viewing, leaf peeping, or whatever you may call it! But, by every name it is gorgeous and draws tens of thousands of visitors every year to the Quebec region, just to take in nature’s breathtaking displays of reds, oranges and yellows. If you’re considering visiting Quebec to see the leaves turn this autumn, Montreal is the perfect city to make home base.

With lots of affordable hotels, extended stay hotels and suite hotels to choose from, you’ll also be pleased to find great rates during the autumn season. With Montreal’s proximity to the numerous places and routes to enjoy the fall extravaganza, booking your extended stay hotel in the city will allow you to travel to the best locations based on this leaf season’s hot spots. If you’re visiting Montreal read our article to discover the best places to view the changing colours:

Mont Royal Park

If you don’t get the chance to head outside of the city, don’t worry; there are many great places within Montreal to check out the fall colours. Mont Royal is a favorite due to its extensive trails and paths. For easy access, use the #11 Bus (east or westbound). You can also walk up from downtown, use the path from the Park Avenue Cartier Monument or try the escarpment trail on the eastern slope. Other areas within Montreal that are great for leaf watching include:

  • Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery
  • Mont Royal Cemetery
  • Parks Jean Drapeau, Maisonneuve and Angrignon

Mont St. Hilaire

Located just east of Montreal, Mont St. Hilaire is a perfect choice to take in the autumn season. Not only will you find breathtaking vistas, you’ll also discover numerous apple orchards and farmland that add to the country charm. Mont St. Hilaire is also a nature reserve, with the western part open to the public for hiking and cross-country skiing, for a small fee. To get there from Montreal, head to the south shore, take the 20 east, exit on Route 229 and head to Beloeil. Once you reach Beloeil you take Route 116 across the bridge, turn right on Fortier, then left on Chemin de la Montagne and head to Gault Nature Reserve. Enjoy!

Other similar areas just outside the city include:

  • Mont Tremblant (north)
  • Laurentians (north)
  • Mont St. Bruno, Mont Rougemont and Mont Saint-Gregoire (southeast)

Monteregie Cider Route

The province of Quebec has long been known for its amazing apples. Travel the scenic Cider Route and taste the best our orchards have to offer! Diverse and rich, the cider industry is alive and well, waiting for your taste buds to arrive. Take in the beautiful fall scenery while sampling delicious and unique local ciders and produce. To find out more take a look at the Cider Route map.

Quebec Wine Route

Surprising to some, Quebec is ripe with grape orchards and wineries. Travel the popular wine route through the Eastern Townships region to sample some of the delicious local wines while taking in some of the best country for viewing fall’s spectacular colours. Some popular towns in this area with great colours (and wines) include Bromont, Dunham, Freighlisburg, Lac Brome and Magog. Take a look at the interactive route map for more information.


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