Autumn enchants with cooler climes, new beginnings and magical colours.
Newfound energy and ideal weather make for a never-ending succession of events that dazzle the eyes and tempt the taste buds!
The irrepressible creativity of Montréal’s artists generates fresh new happenings in theatres, cinemas and museums, not to mention CD releases and onstage performances. Autumn’s harvest has public markets bursting with flavour and cultural events brimming with surprises. The rush to be first in line, to miss out on nothing, is palpable, infectious, intoxicating!
Take the singular extravagance that is Halloween: it starts with the Grand Pumpkin Ball in the Botanical Garden and is followed by the colourful Grande Mascarade in Old Montréal, featuring an otherworldly cortège down cobblestone streets.
One of the year’s most popular celebrations, it spills over into the city’s many neighbourhoods, which don special decorations for the occasion. Monsters, ghosts, the living dead and all manner of ghoulish characters take to the streets, the metro, even offices and businesses. Delightfully creepy… as are the unconventional celebrations in the city’s bars, transformed for the event!
Fall is also a fantastic time to take advantage of cooler climes and explore Montréal from a completely different angle. Indulge in an evening walking tour and admire the illuminated architectural splendour of the Old City. Enjoy a harbour cruise or hop a ferry to Île Sainte-Hélène, located in the middle of the majestic St. Lawrence River.
The hush of autumn is also perfect for exploring the trails of Mount Royal Park, an immense urban oasis of green which comes alive with colour as the season changes. Parc La Fontaine and Parc Maisonneuve burst into a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and oranges during this magical time of year.
Revived and rejuvenated, you can savour a meal fit for royalty in a renowned eatery, enjoy a quiet evening in a bistro, or step out to one of the country’s trendiest nightlife scenes.