Autumn in Quebec is like stepping into a painting — vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds fill the landscape as if Mother Nature decided to roll out her finest carpet. Sure, the classic New England fall gets all the love (hey, you can check out what they offer [here], but let’s not skip on fall in Quebec. Here are some of my favourite best day-trip spots you can venture to from Montreal without burning a hole in your pocket. Let’s dive right in!
The Magic of Mont Tremblant
Time From Montreal: 2 hours
Budget Factor: Moderate
- Gondola rides
- Food tours
If you’re a sucker for postcard-perfect views, Mont Tremblant is your go-to place. You can hop on a gondola that takes you up the mountains for panoramic views that’ll make your Instagram followers drool. For the foodies among us, some cafes and bistros offer pumpkin and apple-flavoured everything!
The Charm of the Eastern Townships
Time From Montreal: 1.5 hours
Budget Factor: Low
- Wine tasting
- Picking apples
When you arrive in the Eastern Townships, you’ll be greeted by rolling hills and picturesque farmlands. This area is famous for its wineries and orchards, so you can get your sip and pick on. I spent an afternoon here, and it felt like I was in a French countryside painting. You can learn more about the wine routes and other activities at [Bonjour Quebec](https://www.bonjourquebec.com/en-ca/explore/seasons/fall).
The Wonder of Laurentides
Time From Montreal: 1 hour
Budget Factor: Low
- Horseback riding
- Nature walks
Imagine paddling in a kayak with a backdrop of blazing orange and yellow trees! Laurentides is stunning and super close to Montreal, making it perfect for a spontaneous day trip.
The Majesty of Fall in Quebec City
Time From Montreal: 2.5 hours
Budget Factor: Moderate to High
- Exploring historic sites
- Café hopping
- Shopping for unique antiques
Quebec City is like a time capsule of cobblestone streets and historic beauty. But when fall hits, oh man, it’s like stepping into a real-life fairytale. Although it’s a bit longer drive, it’s worth every minute and cent. Personally. I prefer to make this a weekend trip.
Quick Tips for Fall In Quebec Leaf Peeping
- Timing is Key: The leaves usually change from late September to late October, but keep an eye on weather forecasts.
- Dress in Layers: Fall weather can be unpredictable.
- Pack Snacks: Apple cider, anyone?
- Capture the Moments: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone!