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5 of the Best Places for Fall in Montreal

Montreal, while undeniably a charming and beautiful city year round, is absolutely breaktaking in the fall. Accompanying the gorgeous fall foliage are endless activities to discover around the city. Be sure to take advantage of these wonderful spots to enjoy autumn before it gets too cold!  

 

1. Atwater Market 

Hop on the metro and take a trip to one of the cutest markets in Montreal: Atwater Market, a market hall located in the Saint-Henri area near the Lachine Canal. Filled with brightly colored pumpkins, squash, berries, veggies, and lots of other types of fresh harvest produce, Atwater Market is the perfect day trip location to pick out some seasonal produce and take cute pictures! 

Location: 138 Atwater Avenue, Montréal, Québec H4C 2H6, Corner of Notre-Dame and Atwater

2. Montreal Botanical Gardens “Lantern Festival”

This fall, The “Gardens Of Light” festival at the Montreal Botanical Gardens will feature three magical, illuminated gardens: The Chinese Garden, The First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden. Each garden leads visitors along a meditative illuminated path inspired by the seasons. These colourful light installations are available to see from September 6th and October 31st from 6pm to 10pm, so book your visit before it’s too late!

Location: Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est  Montréal, QC Canada H1X 2B2 

3. Oktoberfest Montreal

While you’re probably familiar with Oktoberfest in Germany, did you know that Montreal hosts its own Oktoberfest right here in the city? On September 20th, enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest night with Bavarian music, live dancing, and lots of authentic German food and drinks! The festival will be hosted in Jetée Alexandra, a location that offers magnificent views of the river and the City of Montreal.

Location: Alexandra Pier, 200 de la Commune St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 4B2

4. Cafes which serve Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Fall isn’t complete without pumpkin spice lattes and there are numerous cafes around the city which offer a cozy spot to sit, study, and sip your seasonal drink! One of my personal favorites is Tommy Café in Old Montreal, which has a fresh and delicious pumpkin spice latte as their October “latte flavour of the month.”

Location: 200 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H2Y 1T3

5. Mont Royal Park

Last but not least, you can’t truly experience a Montreal fall without hiking Mont Royal Park to take in the magnificent fall foliage. With over 200 hectares of natural beauty, the park features hiking, walking, and biking trails in addition to spots to boat, picnic, birdwatch, and soak up the sun!

Location: 1260 Remembrance Rd, Montreal, QC H3H 1A2

Sources:

https://www.marchespublics-mtl.com/en/marches/atwater-market/

http://calendrier.espacepourlavie.ca/gardens-of-light 

http://oktoberfestmtl.com/#event

https://www.mtl.org/en/what-to-do/activities/mount-royal-park

 

Maddy Evans

McGill '22

Maddy is a freshman at McGill University, where she is pursuing a major in Political Science and a double minor in Spanish and Arabic. Originally from Connecticut, you can find Maddy traveling around the world with her camera and journal in hand. When in Montreal, she will most definitely be studying in a coffee shop, wandering through an art museum, or exploring the city!
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