I learned a lot, primarily that the leaves change based on diminished daylight hours, not the dropping temperatures, and Simon walked me through when the peak of fall colours generally burst to life in Quebec.
He had suggested that the last weekend of September and the first weekend of October were often the peak of fall colours, and this window is especially good to potentially head out of the city up north where the landscape is completely arresting.
Well, it turns out that Simon and I had it almost spot on, as Quebec Original is now showing that a handful of regions in Quebec are officially at Peak fall colours, while the majority of the rest of the province is right near peak or coming up on the mid-point.
The map below, provided by Quebec Original, shows the regions of Quebec that are popular tourist destinations or great places to get outdoors and appreciate the fall foliage.
It's evident that here in Montreal were still in the early phase, along with Ottawa and the greater regions of Montérégie and most parts of the Laurentians.
Three regions that are at their peak include Parc regional Montagne du Diable in the Laurentians, Parc regional du Massif du Sud in the Chauière-Appalaches region, and Parc national du Mont-Mégantic in the Eastern Townships.
That gives you a pretty solid spread of options in terms of where you could go if you'd like to take in some fall foliage this weekend. You can head north to Montagne du Diable, southeast to Mont-Mégantic or much farther east to Massif du Sud.
Regardless of where you plan your road trip to, taking a peak at this little map before you go is never a bad idea. You'll be able to get a better sense of what the scenery is going to look like before you get to where you're headed, or you can even plan your trip based on the info provided by the map.