It's getting darker earlier, the leaves are changing and people are flocking to their local Starbucks. That can only mean one thing: it's pumpkin-spice season.
October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, the nation's unofficial holiday for your favourite harvest fruit (yes, fruit — they're not vegetables!).
From carving your own jack o' lantern to touring a pumpkin patch with a Starbucks PSL in hand, here's how you can celebrate National Pumpkin Day across Montreal.
Treat Yourself To A Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte
Last year, Starbucks made an average of more than 50,000 Pumpkin Spice Lattes every day at locations across Montreal during the fall season — this flavour has become a signal of the season and an iconic tradition for nearly two decades. More than that, it's become a cultural phenomenon.
If there's any day to enjoy a PSL, it's today!
Tour A Pumpkin Patch
Strolling through a pumpkin patch with a PSL in hand (hot or iced, whatever the weather calls for) is arguably the most iconic way to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. Bring your pals along for a photoshoot in your coziest knits.
Check out Ferme Marineau — there's bowling (with gourds as pins), a pumpkin house, "straw lounges" and more. Admission is $4 for ages 4 and up.
Try A New Starbucks Pumpkin Menu Item
Sweetened with vanilla syrup, topped with a pumpkin cream cold foam and dusted with pumpkin spice topping, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (PCCB) is the perfect drink for anyone craving caffeine and the subtle flavours of fall. Pair it with a Pumpkin Scone, Pumpkin Loaf or Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin. You can't go wrong with these seasonal favourites.
Customize Your Fave Fall Beverage
If you're in the mood to get creative — or you're nutty for milk alternatives — try customizing your order. Give the Oat Honey Latte a try, top your Chai Tea Latte with Pumpkin Cream or indulge in the flavours of fall by adding some cinnamon dolce syrup to steamed apple juice.
Educate Yourself On The History Of The PSL
Did you know that the PSL — Starbucks' most popular seasonal beverage of all time — was almost named the "Fall Harvest Latte?" Born in 2003 at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, Washington, the original PSL was only available in 100 locations. When testing out the initial recipe, the Starbucks research and development team poured signature espresso shots on top of real pumpkin pies.
Carve Or Decorate A Pumpkin
Alright, so you've picked the ultimate pumpkin — now it's time to decorate. Carve it into a jack-o'-lantern or jazz it up with paint (perhaps with the help of some Pinterest inspiration). Add to the ambiance by playing a scary movie in the background and sipping on a PSL.
Find Out Where You Fall On The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter
So, how much do you actually love pumpkin? The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter can judge just how pumped for pumpkins you really are. Take the fun and quirky personality quiz to find out if you're a part-time pumpkin partaker, secret pumpkin admirer, pumpkin spice specialist or head of the pumpkin heads.
It just makes sense to honour today with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. After all, it is the harbinger of the fall season. Happy National Pumpkin Day! Now go out and get celebrating — your PSL awaits.
To learn more about the history of the PSL, check out the Starbucks website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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Hockey season is officially here, and for Montreal Canadiens fans, that amounts to a whole lot of happiness.
After a season (and then some) of cheering on their team from afar, Habs fans are eager to finally experience the thrill of watching the Canadiens like they used to — in bars, with friends and, most of all, at the Bell Centre.
With Habs fans being renowned for their passion and excitement, it's no surprise that Molson Export, the official beer of the Montreal Canadiens, wants to kick off the season in high gear.
That's why Molson Export is giving Montrealers even more reason to celebrate this hockey season with the Molson Hall of Fan: a shrine to celebrate hockey's real MVPs — the fans — right inside the arena itself.
Chosen nominees will have their names featured on a banner in the Bell Centre's Molson Ex Zone, enshrining their passion and commitment to the Habs. Just imagine being front-and-centre with your name among fellow fans proudly on display. It'll be an unforgettable moment!
Those selected for the Molson Hall of Fan will also receive a special delivery from Montreal Canadiens alumni to announce their induction. Plus, selectees will get to view the game from a specialty suite on the night of the official induction ceremony. Talk about a total package.
Whether you're a season-ticket holder or attending your very first game, you have the chance to be inducted into the Molson Hall of Fan. All you have to do is tell Molson why you deserve it.
To apply to the Molson Hall of Fan, follow the instructions on the official website. If you're chosen, your passion for the Habs will be displayed in the Bell Centre for everyone to see — yet another reason to get hyped for the 2021 Habs hockey season.
To learn more about how you can be inducted in the Molson Hall of Fan, visit Molson Export's website or follow Molson Export on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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They've got the perfect chocolate flavour combo for every fall craving.
It's fall in Montreal — often a blissful, cozy and heart-warming time of year. If you've been in the city during this season before, you know it means gorgeous changing leaves, crisp air, apple-picking and — maybe best of all — comforting treats that warms you from the inside out.
If you're craving something sweet, grab your pals, family or that special someone and head to Chocolats Favoris for a drink to match the season: hot chocolate!
The hot chocolates at Chocolats Favoris are like none other in the city. With 12 flavours available, this famous chocolate shop doesn't hold back when it comes to decadence.
If you're struggling to choose just one, Chocolats Favoris will even let you combine two flavours. Pair S'mores with Original Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel with Tanzania 75%, Dulce de Leche with Hazelnut Praline or Dark Salted Caramel, and more.
There really is something for every chocolate lover. Topped off with whipped cream or chocolate mousse, a decadent and customized hot chocolate is just the thing to warm you up as the days cool down.
Each month, Chocolats Favoris introduces adventurous flavours too, but they're only available for a short time. If you're a dark chocolate and caramel fan, you should try the limited-edition Dark Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
For those who can't get enough of chocolate's bitter side, Chocolats Favoris has the Tanzania 75% flavour, which is made with 75% cocoa. There's also the Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate, for a dark and sweet classic.
As well as next-level Hot Chocolate, Chocolats Favoris also serves customized desserts like the Affogato — a shot of espresso poured over the soft-serve ice-cream flavour of your choice. Want more? Try the Kooky version, which is topped with the chocolate of your choice and perfectly matched gourmet add-ons.
However, you and your crew spend your free time in the city this season — be it lounging in Parc La Fontaine, hiking Mont-Royal or browsing the Old Port — you'll be glad you made Chocolats Favoris a part of your ultimate autumn day.
Chocolats Favoris' Decadent Hot Chocolate Menu
Address: Various locations
Details: Level up your hot chocolate game at Chocolat Favoris with 12 different chocolate flavours to choose from (and the option to combine flavours) plus gourmet add-ons.
Warm up this fall season with Chocolats Favoris. To see what's on the menu, check out their website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
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There's no better time to take stock of your career goals and personal aspirations than the present. This past year has likely made you stop and take a minute to think about what matters to you - and for many, well-being and job satisfaction are topping that list.
When you're on the job hunt, it's important to look for an employer who ticks all of your boxes. This could mean a company that shares your values, promotes inclusion and diversity, offers potential for growth, provides a comprehensive salary and benefits package, and has a flexible work environment you'd enjoy being in. All of this is possible at TD.
Over a thousand opportunities are available right now for a range of positions across Canada, including Customer Account Specialists and Contact Centre Representatives. TD provides on-the-job training in addition to growth opportunities intended to help make for a lasting career.
TD is looking for caring colleagues for its Contact Centre to help Canadian customers with their financial questions. With the TD Contact Centre experiencing serious growth, now is the perfect time to apply to join the team.
If you're looking for a new challenge or are seeking lasting career success, consider applying for one of the many openings at TD. If you aren't convinced just yet, these are six reasons why you should send along that resume.
TD provides consistent opportunities for professional development. Team members are set up for success with a comprehensive onboarding program, internal career fairs, job shadowing opportunities, speed-mentoring events and ongoing coaching.
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The TD culture is built on respect — one that includes people from all backgrounds, levels of experience and abilities. TD talks the talk and walks the walk when it comes to removing barriers and fostering inclusion. And TD has the recognition to back up these claims: for the past three years, they've made Canada's Best Diversity Employers list.
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Access To Continuous Learning Opportunities
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TD is serious about team-member satisfaction and well-being; the focus isn't solely on how you can contribute to TD, but how they can contribute to your life too. TD ensures its people come first by providing staff with well-being support and resources, flexible work options, programs designed to support re-entry into the workforce, a medical and dental benefits package and more.
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TD supports over 6,000 community organizations across North America and the United Kingdom, donating millions each year to charitable causes. As an employee of TD, you can help drive change by working with local initiatives in your community. At TD, volunteering time, skills and resources are strongly encouraged.
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Fall means cozy knits and pumpkin-patch photo shoots. Throw on that burgundy lipstick, a scrunchy and some bronzer to keep the illusion of your summer glow for as long as possible.
Whatever you're in the market for, L'Oréal's annual Beauty Outlet Warehouse Sale is back in Montreal now until December 6. There'll be unmissable discounts (ranging from 40% to 80%) on brands like Urban Decay, NYX, Maybelline, Pureology and Redken.
The Beauty Outlet Warehouse Sale, which takes place only twice a year, offers everything you could need to update your beauty regimen. If you're into skincare, you'll find brands like Kiehl's, Vichy, and — TikTok's cult favourite — CeraVe, to name just a few. With the winter season coming up (hello dry skin, my old friend), now is definitely the time to stock up on moisturizer and gentle face washes.
Plus, there are a ton of fragrances from L'Oréal's luxury brands, like YSL and Lancome. Cop a new fave scent for yourself and another one as a gift for your bestie. Who says October is too early to start holiday shopping?
With the stellar discounts on skincare, haircare, makeup and fragrances, the Beauty Outlet Warehouse Sale makes it easy to feel good about treating yourself. Plus, whatever you buy minimizes product destruction.
Narcity readers can visit the official L'Oréal Beauty Outlet website to sign up and receive an invitation to this exclusive event.
L'Oréal Beauty Warehouse Sale
When: From October 23 to December 6
Where: 7215, Rte. Transcanadienne, Saint-Laurent, QC
Details: Snag L'Oréal products from brands like Vichy, Maybelline, Armani, NYX, YSL and more at discounts of 40% to 80% off. Registration is essential.
Thrift stores, art galleries, hidden alleyways and more!
It's that time of year again where you can wave goodbye to Montreal's construction and look forward to nothing but beautiful foliage and the calming sounds of nature on the open road.
If you're seeking relaxing vibes, good food and the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, consider putting Ontario's picturesque towns — and one in particular — on your fall road-trip list.
Kingston is a small, vibrant city that's just a three-hour drive from Montreal and a stone's throw from Thousand Islands National Park. Here, you'll find historic sites, unique dining experiences, art galleries, charming boutiques and even hidden alleyways containing antique markets and delightful patios. And because everything is within just a few blocks of each other, it's all walkable.
When it comes to finding a place to rest your head for the night, Kingston has plenty to offer, from endearing historic inns to classic hotels. There are various packages available, and you have the option to enhance your visit with culinary or outdoor experiences, vineyard or brewery tours and shopping excursions.
Right now, Kingston is offering travellers a $100 VISA gift card when they book a qualifying two-night package. If you're ready to start planning your trip, check out this three-day itinerary designed to help you make the most of your visit to Kingston.
Day 1: Out & About
Grab A Bite To Eat
Address: 203 Wellington St., Kingston, ON (Sally's); 326 King St E., Kingston, ON (Harmony Flavours)
Why You Need To Go: Fuel up for your big day with a delicious lunch at Sally's Roti Shop. This local favourite is known for its authentic Caribbean roti wraps, made by Sally herself. Inspired by her mum's recipes from her childhood in Trinidad, Sally offers fillings like jerk chicken and curry eggplant and spinach.
Alternatively, head to Harmony Flavours to pick up a sandwich made on fresh focaccia or a charcuterie tray. This gourmet food store offers local Ontario and Quebec artisanal foods (perfect for picnics!).
Take A Tour Through The City On E-Bike
Price: $19.95 per hour (cheaper rates for longer rentals available)
Address: 25 Fort Henry Dr., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Why walk when you can e-bike? Enjoy the thrill of exploring a brand-new area while doing good for the environment too. Locally owned i-Cycle Electric Bike Co offers e-bike rentals starting around $20 for the first hour, and the longer you rent, the more you save (full-day rentals are $69.95).
Once you're set up with your ride, head off on a self-guided tour of Kingston — from the downtown waterfront trail to the Barriefield Village and Fort Henry area.
Take A Trolley Tour & Learn About Kingston's History
Address: 248 Ontario St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: The best way to see Kingston in a short amount of time is by booking a tour with the Kingston Trolley. You can get a great overview of the city while taking in historic sites and visitor attractions in the downtown core and along the waterfront. Just sit back, relax and let the tour guide fill you in on over 300 years of Kingston's history.
Face masks are required on the trolley and reservations are required (the hop-on hop-off service isn't available in 2021 but is returning in 2022).
Enjoy Some Spooky Fall Activities
Price: Up to $24.99
Address: 200 Ontario St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: If you're in for a scare, you can join the Haunted Walk of Kingston for a tour through the city's historic (and possibly haunted) buildings and alleyways. Follow the light of your guide's lantern as they lead you on your ghostly walk and tell stories about Kingston's famously haunted courtyard, hidden burial grounds, grave robbing and more.
Not everything has to be scary if you're not up for it though. With impressive light displays, Pumpkinferno is the perfect Halloween activity for those who prefer to steer clear of the creepier side of Halloween.
Day 2: History & Art
Brunch It Up
Address: 44 Princess St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Downtown Kingston has a bunch of breakfast and brunch spots to stop for a bite to eat. Pan Chancho Bakery and Café caters to both early birds and late risers, serving brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.
A popular dish is the El Chancho, which features chorizo, two kinds of bacon, eggs, roasted corn salad, potatoes and brioche. Is your mouth watering yet? Many of the dishes here can be made gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.
Explore A Former Maximum-Security Prison
Price: From $40
Address: 560 King St. W., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Kingston Penitentiary opened in the 1830s and is Canada's oldest maximum-security prison. If the stories behind the forbidden walls intrigue you, you won't want to miss a guided tour. Your tour guide will walk you through the prison and tell the tales of prison breaks, infamous inmates and more.
If you love movie and TV trivia, you can sign up for the 90-minute Film Tour that explores the history of filmmaking at the penitentiary — TV shows like Murdoch Mysteries and Alias Grace have been filmed here.
Visit The Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Address: 36 University Ave., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Art aficionados will love this stop on the Kingston itinerary. Better known as just "Agnes," the Art Centre at Queen's University has collections spanning Indigenous art, contemporary art, and historical art from Canada, Africa and Europe (including four Rembrandts).
New works are being exhibited all the time at Agnes, so don't miss your chance to see some great artwork from Canada and around the world.
Day 3: Unique Finds
Explore Kingston's Thrift Shops
Price: Prices vary
Address: 338 Princess St., Kingston, ON (What'll I Wear); 165 Princess St., Kingston, ON (YGK Thrift); 39 Montreal St., Kingston, ON (Montreal Street Collective)
Why You Need To Go: Thrifting during autumn is an opportunity to start switching up your wardrobe for the seasons to come. Plus, you might find a few hidden treasures you can take home with you to Montreal.
What'll I Wear is the ideal place to find vintage clothing and accessories in Kingston. You can also score some awesome wigs just in time for Halloween. Other notable mentions include YGK Thrift and Montreal Street Collective.
Explore The Local Arts Scene At Martello Alley
Price: Prices vary
Address: 203B Wellington St., Kingston, ON
Why You Need To Go: Step up your thrifting and head over to Martello Alley. Here, at Ontario's only alleyway art gallery, you'll come across tons of locally made arts and crafts to admire and purchase.
Nearby, there is also Antique Alley, which features antique furniture, clothing, toys, books, vintage jewelry and memorabilia.
Wrap Up Your Road Trip With Local, Organic & Sustainable Nibbles
Address: 103/171 Wellington St., Kingston, ON (The Everly); 286 Princess St., Kingston, ON (Miss Bao)
Why You Need To Go: To finish off your short-but-sweet getaway, grab dinner at one of many Kingston restaurants. Sustainable and stylish, The Everly works with farmers and producers to create a rotating menu of seasonal dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Another great place to eat is Miss Bao Restaurant + Cocktail Bar, an Asian fusion restaurant that's committed to being Kingston's first zero-waste restaurant.
Before you head off on your trip, it's important to note that, as of September 22, Ontario's vaccine passport regulations require you to show proof of vaccination when eating indoors. This doesn't apply to takeout or patio services.
Kingston has a little something for everyone, from exciting outdoor experiences and delicious dining to thrift shopping and fun fall activities (spooky or not). If you're looking for a not-too-far escape from Montreal, you'll be pleased to discover what Kingston has to offer.
For more information on planning your trip to Kingston, check out the city's official website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.
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.
In Ontario, a vaccine passport is required to access some events, services and businesses, including restaurants and bars.