Montreal is an eclectic city of people, food, and events. It is a remarkable destination that attracts millions of tourists each year from all corners of the globe. In 2017, Montreal lured 11.1 million travellers to its hotels, cafes, bars, festivals and other great venues.
The city is one of the most lively in all of North America and truly comes to life in the fall when cool winds blow across its streets and the leaves turn from green to golden yellow.
It’s one of the most popular touristic seasons of the year and hotel rooms are scarce. There is so much to see and do in the fall, it can be a little overwhelming. If you need a little help deciding what to do, these are some of the top things to experience in Montreal this fall.
Gardens of Light
Gardens of Light is a unique event that takes place from September 6 to October 31. The festival sees three gardens inside the Montreal Botanical Gardens lit with colourful lights. Visitors will hear enchanting music as they stroll around the gardens in the crisp Montreal air.
The highlight of the Gardens of Light is the Chinese Garden, which is illuminated by traditional Chinese lanterns. Visitors can explore the Japanese and First Nations Gardens as well.
Hike Mount Royal
Situated just west of Downtown Montreal, you will find Mount Royal, a small mountain that overlooks the French-speaking city.
Mount Royal welcomes hikers, joggers, and cyclists during the fall and shows off its splendid fall colours for all to see. The foliage around Mount Royal is at its best from the beginning of October until the middle of November.
Cinemania Francophone Film Festival
The Cinemania Francophone Film Festival, or French Film Festival, kicks off November 7 and runs until November 17. This year’s event will mark the 25th anniversary of the French Film Festival.
Each year, the festival gives English viewers the chance to see some of the best French-language films. All of the films shown at the festival are in French with English subtitles.
Festival-goers can experience films throughout the day as showings begin at 9 am and carry on until 11 pm. It is a great way to learn more about the French side of Montreal.
Montreal loves Halloween and Fright Fest is the city’s ode to the scary holiday. Each year, La Ronde Park receives a makeover for Fright Fest as vampires, zombies, and other monsters come to life.
Visitors will not only find scary ghouls at Fright Fest, but over 40 rides, attractions, and haunted houses to scare the pants off of people of all ages. Fright Fest runs from October 5 to October 27.
Parc-Nature Du Bois-De-Liesse
Situated in the northwestern region of Montreal, visitors flock to Parc-Nature Du Bois-De-Liesse throughout the year to experience fresh air and bright sunlight. The park is at its best in fall when the foliage turns to golden yellow and orange.
Birdwatching is a favourite pastime in Parc-Nature Du Bois-De-Liesse and visitors can spot unique wildlife only found inside its borders. There are also a variety of activities families, couples, or individuals can experience from hiking to fishing.
Montreal is a beautiful city that shows off even more in the fall. You will find an assortment of exciting activities from outdoor adventures to unique festivals. When the weather turns cold, Montreal is pure gold.