I must confess, I’m not a huge fan of summer weather. It’s way too hot to go for hikes and don’t even think about going to spend the day walking around exploring a new town because you’ll be getting ‘chub rub’ in no time. When fall weather finally pokes its head out, I’m at my happiest. With the leaves changing into vibrant colors that paint the landscapes and with pumpkin everything all over the place, fall truly is a special time of year and Quebec is one of the best places to spend an autumn’s day at. There are an abundance of gorgeous places to visit in Quebec but here are the cutest villages that offer the best activities and views for a day of exploring and breathing in that crisp, fall air.
Found in the Eastern Townships region of the province, Sutton is home to an abundance of hiking trails, breweries, quaint little shops, and the one of a kind Velo Volant, a biking experience where you are suspended in the air above the forest. For the perfect fall day spent in this adorable town, be sure to plan your trip around the dates for the fall festival. This festival runs on weekends only and offers visitors the chance to experience the splendor of the Eastern Townships during the fall season. Activities at the festival include chairlift rides up the mountain, guided hikes through the Parc D’environment Naturel de Sutton, as well as food trucks and shops to discover at the base of the mountain.
I may be a bit biased on this one as I’ve just returned from here a couple of weeks ago but Mont Tremblant is one of the top prettiest places in Quebec. Spending the weekend away in the pedestrian village of Mont Tremblant, nestled into the mountainous landscape of the Laurentians, is the perfect way to experience fall at it’s finest. While there are tons of things to do and places to see in the village, taking the panoramic gondola to the top of the mountain is a must do. While the views atop the mountain are break taking, when the leaves are turning bright red and orange and the air is a bit crisp and chilly, it makes those views that much more amazing to witness especially paired with the colored roof tops of the buildings in the village that pop against the landscape.
This small town in the Monteregie area, could very well be considered the apple capital of Quebec. Rougemont is very well known for its abundance of apple orchards and with that being said its a no brainer as to why this cute little town should be on your ‘must visit’ list. Not only are there apple orchards for as far as the eye can see, there are also multiple farms where squash and pumpkin picking is possible. There are also great hiking trails in the area, which will allow you to catch a glimpse of the stunning fall colors Rougemont has to offer.
This tiny village was founded in 1897 at the North end of the Lake Massawippi. North Hatley has found itself on the list of Quebec’s most beautiful villages and is loved by tourists for its stunning landscapes, architecture, and the village center filled with adorable little shops and cafes. Witness spectacular views of the fall colors of the mountains and the trees reflecting off the lake while standing on the famous bridge found in downtown North Hatley.
Known for being one of the best places to go whale watching in Quebec, Tadoussac is also a great place to spend a fall day. Tadoussac throws two different events during the fall months which attracts hundreds of tourists, the first being the migratory bird festival in September and then the month long gastronomic food festival beginning in October. Aside from the festivals, just the fall colors alone are enough to make you want to make the trip to this place with the changing colors of the surrounding forests reflecting perfectly off the color of the water surrounding the village which creates some stunning landscapes and views.
Another gem of a destination found in the Laurentians, is Morin Heights. This old time village is known primarily for being a ski lover’s destination, it is also a mecca for fall activities and vibrant, autumn colors. One of the most loved and popular activities Morin Heights has to offer is the Aerobic Corridor, a 58 kilometer trail that visitors can stroll along to admire the golden, fall colors.
Found right alongside the American border, Stanstead is a gorgeous village to visit regardless of the season. Since the town is so old, having been founded in the 1790’s, the town center is filled with old, historic houses and buildings. The historic element of Stanstead makes it the perfect place to discover this fall, not only for the history but also for all of the colors that this season brings to the village.
L’Anse Saint Jean
Tucked away in the bay of the Saguenay Fjord lies the village of L’Anse Saint Jean. The village offers breath taking views as well as an abundance of activities ranging from horseback riding and hiking to ice fishing in the winter and kayaking in the ocean. In October, there is also a yearly art symposium dedicated to showcasing art from locals but also to put the beautiful season of fall on display.
From leaf peeping and apple picking to hiking trails galore and historic buildings to admire, Frelighsburg is the place to be this fall. Though this small village in the Eastern Townships lacks in size, it makes up for with things to see and do. Spend an autumn day exploring this adorable little village to witness the blazing reds and oranges of the fall foliage. Frelighsburg is also the home of the massive Mount Pinnacle, the place to be if you’re a hiker or just someone who can appreciate a bit of nature every now and again. Hiking to the top of this mountain will allow you to witness stunning landscapes, vibrant colors, and you’ll even be able to catch a glimpse into Vermont just across the border.