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Autumn is quite possibly the most romantic time of year in Quebec, but the crisp air and changing leaves seem to come and go faster than one can say "câlisse de tabarnak je les ai déjà raté." The best way to enjoy the season fully is a spontaneous day trip to, well, there are almost infinite options.

Here are 15 destinations within three hours of Montreal to add to your fall bucket list. Who says you need to drive for days to make the most of the change of colour in nature?

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Everyone deserves a little 'me time' after a long day of work, but even just a rejuvenating break during an intense shift can help you reset. If you're looking to spoil yourself with some quick relaxation right in the heart of downtown, you can visit the ephemeral Strom Nordic Spa at Montreal's Palais des congrès.

You won't find baths or saunas at this new establishment, but the original treatments can help you shed stress — and at the very least you'll discover some new relaxation techniques.

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The countdown to Halloween has officially begun and if you're already in the mood for some spooky and boozy hangouts with your crew — then Montreal's 132 Bar Vintage is your go-to place.

After a successful preview back in August, the award-winning Black Lagoon pop-up bar will be taking over the refined saloon in Ahuntsic for the whole month of October and you can expect an immersive 5 à 7 in a "creepy-as-hell" atmosphere.

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This is definitely an exciting month for Swifties out there as Taylor Swift is set on releasing her newest album, MIDNIGHTS on October 21 — making this her tenth studio album and third release in only two years. Well, you'll be able to get down to all of Swift's newest songs and of course countless other classics at an upcoming Taylor Swift dance party taking place in Montreal on November 5.

SUPER TASTE MTL is throwing yet another iconic pop party dedicated to Swift herself where you'll be able to enjoy music, visuals and even some surprises.

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If you haven't been to the Arsenal Contemporary Art to experience the immersive Frida Kahlo exhibit yet, this is your last chance: the popular show will close up shop on October 2.

At the time of writing, Montrealers only have this week left to plunge into the universe of perhaps the most iconic Mexican painter of all time.

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Still reeling from Osheaga, ÎleSoniq and LASSO festivities, Montreal is about to buzz to life yet again with the return of POP Montreal. The music festival has officially made its return to the 514 with loads of performances showcasing a diverse selection of artists, film screenings, art exhibitions and workshops.

The festival is taking place from September 28 to October 2 with a lineup of over 400 names including Allison Russell, The Linda Lindas, Maky Lavender, Cymande, Bran Van 3000 and Bibi Club, to name a few.

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Montreal may not have had an official Pride parade this year, but the downtown core will come to life with queer musicians, artists and street performers from October 7 to 9. Carnaval des Couleurs is a celebration of multicultural LGBTQ+ communities and a call to fight both racism and homophobia. You can catch a free show by local DJs, drag stars and circus troupes, or participate in an engaging talk, throughout the weekend at the Quartier des Spectacles, which is hosting the annual festival for the first time.

Street performers at Carnaval des Couleurs.Street performers at Carnaval des Couleurs.@davidwallyrawalia | Instagram

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A massive craft fair that calls itself Montreal's biggest is returning for its fall seasonal edition. Puces POP is a market featuring 75 artisanal and handcraft creators, whose work ranges from body care products to jewelry to shapewear and art.

The event, which is in its 21st year, is a space where local artists can show off and sell their products to a wider market. Some of the items on display are even intended for kids, like woodworker Gabriel Perreault's collection of handmade wooden toys and games.

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A walk through the Montreal Botanical Garden is like stepping into a fantasy world: the paths are winding, the colours are vibrant and the illuminated decor is magical. The Gardens of Light show is more spectacular than ever this year with added interactive and storytelling elements to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Visitors are greeted by a curious howling symphony emanating from a grove near the entrance. The Wolf’s Chorus installation features a series of glowing orbs that participants can speak, sing or bark into and hear what sound like witty comebacks from a pack of ghostly canines. The noise is punctuated with a colorful display of lights that extend to the tree tops, as the concert grows louder and more intense. Watching kids' amazement as they hear their voices echoed in wolf speak is just as entertaining as partaking in the installation yourself.

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Whether you're an experienced Montrealer, a newby in town or just passing through the 514, our city always has tons of fun activities every weekend, even now that the chilly weather is back and the leaves are losing their summer green.

From the iconic Sunday parties at Parc Jean-Drapeau, to comedy shows, themed nights at La Ronde and free stuff to do all over town, it can be difficult to pick where to go.

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Somewhere between fall and winter awaits Quebecers' all-time favourite time of the year: the hockey season! Stadium hot dogs, the excitement of the games, fans dressed in their favourite team's jerseys, and the overwhelming support for the players are just a requirement to have the best time in the bleachers.

If you're also an unrelenting fan of this national sport, you'll probably be interested in the next IGA contest.

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There are plenty of things to do on the surface of Montreal, from parties and festivals to drinking and eating and drinking again. It's a bustling city, and sometimes it can be hard to get away. If you want a break from the noise, try spelunking this deep cavern located right on the island!

The Saint-Léonard Cavern entrance is in the heart of a small park in the north part of Montreal, where relaxing green space gives little hint of the subterranean depths below.

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