So now that you've been drinking and eating all things pumpkin spice for the last month, it's time to head to the source and get your hands around an actual pumpkin. October is a great time to bake warm pumpkin pies as well as carve up some Jack-O'-Lanterns to get in the spirit of Halloween.
Instead of just heading down to your local grocery store and grabbing a pumpkin someone else picked, why not take the opportunity to get out of the city, enjoy the fall foliage, and pick your own. And if that's not option, you could always check out the Pumpkin Festival happening at a farmer's market near you.
So put these amazing fall destinations in your back pocket. And, one fall day, you can simply get in your car and drive off on an adventure.
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Just across the river from Ottawa, you'll find Gatineau. It's home to Gatineau Park which — with its beautiful trees, hiking trails and famous Pink Lake — cannot be missed, especially as the leaves change colour. If you've had enough nature, you'll find plenty of other things to do from visiting The Canadian Museum of Civilization to eating at amazing local restaurants.
Why You Need To Go: This city in the Eastern Townships is a favourite for visitors because it has a little bit of everything: Lake Memphremagog, a mountainous backdrop, and a lively downtown. Parc national du Mont-Orford is just an 11-minute drive from town and it offers stunning trails where you can appreciate the fall foliage.
Why You Need To Go: Hear Ontario, and most people think of Toronto or Ottawa. But Kingston is a quaint yet lively waterfront city that deserves your consideration. From the majestic architecture (check out City Hall) to the historic Fort Henry site and Queen's University, there's a lot to explore. Martello Alley, an art-themed alleyway representing numerous local artists, should also be on your to-do list.
Why You Need To Go: The Vignoble Riviere du Chene is one of the province's most popular wineries for a reason. Not only do they have incredible wine, but the vineyard itself looks like a work of art in itself. Nestled in the charming Quebec countryside, this place will take your breath away.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
Attend A 3-Day-Long Outdoor Music Festival
You know them as Osheaga, ÎleSoniq, Francofolies, Jazz Fest, Heavy MTL, and by plenty of other names.
The Montreal music festival is a ubiquitous summer activity that we'll definitely miss in summer 2021 but come summer 2022, it's gonna go OFF.
Break Out In Song With A Bunch Of Strangers On The Yellow Line After Said Festival
Remember the days when we all willingly crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in a sweaty metro car, exhausted but still with enough energy to break into song with a bunch of strangers?
Yeah, I miss that too!
Have A Picnic At A Local Park
People flock to Montreal parks like La Fontaine and Jeanne-Mance pretty much as soon as the snow melts to get together with friends and enjoy the simple pleasures of a picnic and day drinking.
And if this year has proved anything, it's that Montrealers are going to picnic no matter how many dystopian police van loudspeakers and aggressive bike cops are thrown at them.
Rent A BIXI
The BIXI is not only something that makes all Montreal car owners want to scream about parking spots — it's a convenient, speedy, and efficient way to get from point A to point B if you don't have a car.
Make sure to wear a helmet!
Drink On A Terrasse
Even though we haven't been able to do this in a while, this is perhaps the most popular and iconic way to enjoy a summer day.
Bonus points if you and three friends tackle several pitchers of mimosa at your 11 a.m. brunch.
Attend A Protest
"Dans la rue, avec nous!"
No matter what you're protesting about, it's your inalienable right as a Montrealer to take to the streets and complain en masse.
Smoke Weed On Your Balcony*
This activity was a little more daring when weed wasn't legal but to be fair, legality has never stopped some Montrealers from going out on their balconies to burn one down on warm summer evenings.
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