Photo cred - Joshua McRae
Fall, while incredibly beautiful and alive with colour, can get a little too cold to simply stroll about and witness the season's beauty on foot. This weekend aside, enjoying fall in Montreal is best done with plenty of layers, or, if you have the option, in the comfort of a car.
Pedestrians and cyclists may cry blasphemy, but there are certain spots and roads in Montreal where the view is best enjoyed while riding in your car, especially during autumn. We're definitely not an authority on driving in the city, so that's why we got all the help from MontrealRacing.com on this post. Experts in cruising around Montreal, the folks at MontrealRacing.com have compiled a legit list of 10 scenic fall drives close to Montreal to enjoy.
If you are passing though Oka, Chemain des Collines offers a nice detour to Hwy 344 and has absolutely beautiful scenery.
Auberge des Gallant, Mont Rigaud
Take exit 17 off Hwy 40 west and turn left (south) on route 201. Turn right on Chemain Saint-Henri and follow the road all the way to Auberge des Gallant.
Cap St-Jacques, Pierrefonds
The drive from Cap St-Jaques along Gouin which then turns into Chemain Senneville will take you past some of the biggest mansions on the island.
Route 327 from Lachute to Arundel is absolutely beautiful in the fall.
Take boul St-Charles north from Vaudreuil to Chemin de l’Anse which runs along the lakeshore and into Hudson. The Oka ferry is always a pleasurable experience provided you are in no rush.
Sunnyside Avenue, Chemin Belvédère, Westmount
You’ll find these roads west of Chemin de la Cote des Neiges. The locals probably don’t want the traffic but the scenery and homes are spectacular. There is even a second Mount Royal lookout on Summit Circle but the city has closed it to parking.
Lakeshore Boulevard, Dorval to Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue
This is a nice drive in both daylight and night time hours. Start at Dorval Avenue and end up in the historic Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue village.
Montebello to St-Jovite
This is one of the farther drives on the list but well worth it, especially in the fall.
Hwy 364 from Morin Heights to Huberdeau is another route tailored for fall driving.
Mount Royal Lookout
This classic Montreal sightseeing drive is known by everyone of all generations. It also has the added value of being equally as beautiful at night as it is during the day.