Canada is the premier destination to witness a spectacular fall season. What better place than Montreal to explore the wilderness outside the city during the day, and then be part of the exciting nightlife at night? Enjoy the natural beauty, an incredible range of vibrant colors, and delicious seasonal flavors of the pre-winter season. Then, party like winter was never coming.
During the charming autumn months, my typical weekend would start at Parc Oméga, in Montebello, only a few miles away from Montreal. The park is a true wildlife sanctuary. All the creatures wander around freely and you can stop your car anytime to feed them with carrots. Don’t come without these snacks or you would miss all the cuteness. Ladies, make sure to stay away from the male stags as this is also rut season! The encounter with wolves and bears is a pretty amazing experience, however, this is the only place where a fence will keep you safe from the unpredictable beasts. They are not all teddy bears and huggable dogs.
After a morning/afternoon spent in the loving arms of Mother Nature, it is time to dive into the local culture and have a taste of our beloved Belle Province: the sugar shack. Even though maple sugar season is not until March, you can still pig out on every single typical treat the Sucrerie de la Montagne has to offer. Meat pie, pea soup, soufflé omelet, and, my all-time favorite, crispy pork rinds. Best of all, everything is sprinkled with homemade maple syrup. Plus, local musicians play traditional Canadian songs while you enjoy your meal. Trust me, it is the best way to feel like a true Quebecer.
As Halloween approaches, every house you pass by is decorated with jack-o’-lanterns, bogeymen, spider webs, and skeletons. I love wandering around the residential parts of the city at this time of year. I usually end up hiking one of the many trails that crosses the Mount Royal Park until I reach the top of ‘The Mountain’. From the belvedere, admire the magnificent views of the skyline. If I am feeling lazy, I just go to the Atwater Market to pick up some funky pumpkins before taking a stroll along the Lachine Canal. A classic Sunday afternoon.
Why stop there? If you enjoyed your Montreal experience, you should definitely extend your stay and explore some of the best Quebec hidden gems. Stay tuned, I also have another story about Christmas time in Canada…