Quebec Autumn Leaf: When to Go, What to Do When You Get There
Pageview is a big business in Quebec, Vermont and New York. Prices are jumping in a cute little inn and you can go knitting and fishing with sweaters. Lay out and make some plans using this handy Tourism Québec map, which tracks the progress of page exchanges throughout the province and is updated frequently: quebecoriginal.com/en-ca/discover/seasons-in-quebec/fall.
Find the lake. The main goal of the fall is to post something sweet to Instagram. Quebec has a million lakes, each one reflecting the color of the trees. It is so picturesque that you are likely to lose your breath.
Get lost. Drive into the mountains to surround you with color. Get off the road - especially when it's a busy weekend - and lower your windows. Instead of using the map, just swing it or use the Magic Eight Ball to select directions until you find a narrow, winding country road painted with a kaleidoscope. Get out of the car for a moment and hike or bike. Bring some snacks, but you also have cash for tea stands and country markets that serve apple donuts and hot cider.
Dive in. In general, it is not a good idea to walk in the woods unintentionally, especially in the mountains, where cell phone reception may not be great. But there are dozens of municipal, state, and Quebec SEPAQ parks that not only offer activities throughout the year, but are also dense forests - meaning you can make a big pile of old leaves yourself and jump in. Throw them as high as possible and let them rain over you. This may be the best feeling in the world.
Here is a selection of fall festivals within a two-hour drive of Montreal. For a longer list, visit Quebec Tourism at quebecoriginal.com. These festivals run through weekends until October 14 and are generally a mix of free and paid activities. You can get full information on their website.
Mont Sutton Autumn Festival. Find a free kids activities kit, plus outdoor concerts, a nature photo exhibition, and paid activities including bird-eye view bird lifts and regional wine tastings. 61 Vaher St., Sutton. montsutton.com
La Flambée des couleurs Magog-Orford. Of course the winner of the festival's best name. There are several sites where you can enjoy flambée workshops, inflatables, exhibitions and SEPAQ's 'paradise corner'. 4380 Parc Rd, Orford. laflambeedescouleurs.com
Owl's head colored. Speaking of the best names, Lake Memphremagog is a joy to say and visit. Feel the dozens of shorelines under your feet or go for a chairlift for some perspective. Guests will also find music, antiques, handicrafts and games. 40 Mont Owl's Head Rd, Potton. owlshead.com
Gleason en Couleurs. The city of Tingwick promises a feast for the eyes and stomach. It is free for all family members and a couple of paid events for those who want a little more. 280 Mont Gleason Rd., Tingwick. montgleason.ca
Festival Saint Couleurs de Val Saint-Côme. Hey, what about a helicopter? Or, keep your feet on the ground with some yoga, art workshops, face painting, and more. 501 Val St-Côme St., Saint-Côme. valsaintcome.com
Symphonie des Couleurs. "Birds between mushrooms and edible forest." Well, that's intriguing, isn't it? The Saint-Donat program has a lot to eat, but the city allows for many other social activities. 536 Principale St., Saint-Donat. symphoniedescouleurs.com
Sommet Saint-Sauveur Fun Fest. This festival will run a little longer than the others until October 27 and will host the F.U.N. Park. There is also a mini farm and mini golf. 350 St-Denis Ave., Saint-Sauveur. sommets.com/et/fun-fest
Festival des couleurs de Rigaud. Rigaudis highlights Escapade tracks and fresh local produce, but so does public transportation: Côte-Vertu Metro Station offers $ 7.25 transit and a free shuttle so visitors can see all the festival sites. 5 Pagé St., Rigaud. festivaldescouleurs.com
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