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.
After months of work, the new District Gourmand — a chic, modern space in the West Island— is finally ready for you to explore at
CF Fairview Pointe Claire.
Nine new restaurants are now open at the District Gourmand: A&W, Rock'N Deli, Souvlaki Bar, Manchu Wok, Thaï Express, Koryo, Bento Sushi, Poulet Rouge and Real Fruit Bubble Tea.
More restaurants will be opening in September, including Boustan, Place Tevere and Torino Grill, as well as four dine-in restaurants — three of which have outside entrances and terrasses opening later this year.
Located in the West Island's largest shopping centre, the District Gourmand is sure to become the go-to destination for those looking for a delicious way to refuel after a busy day of shopping.
Tommy Café + Apéro, a coffee shop-restaurant and neighbourhood bar with stunning modern design and Victorian architecture, is also a part of the new District Gourmand. The café is open seven days a week and boasts a variety of coffees, pastries, snacks and drinks perfect for on-the-go shoppers or those who want a quick break.
If seafood is more your thing, then you might love Lucille's Oyster Dive, where you can sink your teeth into a lobster roll, fish and chips or some oysters. It's an ideal spot for fish-loving foodies.
With two more restaurants to be announced in the coming weeks, District Gourmand will offer a variety of cuisines to delight even the pickiest of eaters.
To help manage food waste,
CF Fairview Pointe Claire has partnered with Solucycle, a Quebec company that converts food waste into biogas, which is then turned into renewable natural gas. The goal of the partnership is to make Montrealers' dining experience as environmentally friendly as possible.
The District Gourmand is part of the shopping centre's massive modernization plan, which will also see the opening of the first Simons store in the West Island in spring 2022. You'll find it where the old Sears store used to be: at the west end of the building on both the second and third floors.
Frequent shoppers will also notice this fall that Fairview's former second-floor food court will be renovated to house Dollarama and Linen Chest. The mall's usual stores like Aritzia, Apple, Lululemon, H&M, Sports Experts, Zara and Hudson's Bay will still be easily accessible.
The next time you're out shopping at
CF Fairview Pointe Claire, don't forget to stop by the District Gourmand to check out the completely revamped space and refuel at the new restaurants and cafés.
To learn more about the District Gourmand, check out CF Fairview Pointe Claire's website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Quebec.
Team Canada has just announced its roster for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and 58 Quebecers are heading to the Games to make the country proud, according to a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.
From experienced medal winners to first-time Olympians, the Quebec athletes on Team Canada have every chance to bring home some gold.
Having locked in plans with his friends to help with the proposal on July 2 and without expecting the Canadiens to still be in the playoffs, McCooeye planned to decorate a beach near the Pointe-Claire windmill with thousands of LED lights and pop the question.
But the Canadiens' playoff winning streak proved inconvenient to his plan because much like the rest of the city, the couple were gripped with Habs fever.
"My proposal plan was virtually out the window at this point, and I really considered changing the date and plan entirely," said McCooeye.
"I was scrambling and freaking out, trying to think of a way to watch the game and also pull off my proposal on the originally intended date and time."
So, he thought, "what if I convinced her that there was a projected broadcast of the game at the Pointe-Claire windmill, which was right beside the spot of beach where I was going to propose?"
In order for his plan to work, McCooeye first had to photoshop an Instagram post that claimed that the windmill was hosting a screening of a Stanley Cup Final game.
"If she was to see MTL Blog saying that there was a game being broadcast at the Pointe-Claire windmill, that would probably convince her," he said.
"Come Friday, the plan was in motion."
McCooeye enlisted their group of friends and even a waiter at a bar for the adorably elaborate ruse. In the end, he pulled it off masterfully.
"We walked towards the windmill, and on our way, we arrived at the entrance to the hidden beach where I was going to propose," he said.
"At that point, she said something to the effect of 'pretty cool that MTL Blog posted about this.' I [...] responded 'oh, you mean that MTL Blog post that you knew was fake and you scrolled through your Instagram to check? Because you might have been right about that.'"