Amazing Autumn Leaves – where to stroll before the snow comes

October 31, 2014
Old Montreal in autumn, Quebec, Canada


We say it every year – Montreal in the fall is so beautiful, it’s a pity the season’s so short! With the first snow of the year just over the horizon, we wanted to inspire you to get out and kick around in the gorgeous autumn leaves. Bundle up, grab a coffee to go, and take a stroll!


Mont Royal: Not so much a mountain as a large hill, the gently sloping path up montreal’s most famous landmark is the perfect place to leave the city behind and soak up the season’s colours. And if you get a little chilly, there’s a small cafe with hot drinks at the top!


Ile Saint-Helen: Best known for its Formula One track, this island (accessible by car or on the yellow metro line) and the park that takes up most of the land (Jean Drapeau) is full of photo-worthy foliage. if you’re a fan of culture and history, you can also pop in to the Stewart Museum, housed in the Arsenal of the British military depot on the island.

Lachine Canal:
if you can get your hands on a bike for this one, it’s definitely worth it (the city-wide bike-sharing system, Bixi, is still in operation for a few more weeks!). Start at the Science Museum in the Old port, and cycle west along the Canal, a designated national historic site. Take in the old locks, bridges and factories, crunch through the fallen leaves, then finish at the Atwater Market with a hot chocolate and a warm, flaky croissant. It’s history, nature, and delicious eats all rolled into one!