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5 Spots Super Close To Montreal To Check Out Fall Leaves This Weekend

Bring on the colours.

09/29/2017 14:36 EDT | Updated 09/30/2017 13:25 EDT
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The beauty of Autumn colors, as seen in the surroundings of Île aux pins (Pine Island), in La Mauricie National Park situated near Shawinigan, Quebec.

Sure, Montreal might just be coming out of a massive September heatwave, but that hasn't stopped the leaves from changing colour — or the droves of people planning to visit said leaves from hitting the road to do so.

It's well-known that Quebec has some of the most gorgeous fall foliage in Canada, and now (end of September/beginning of October) is the exact right time to check it out.

Whether you want to make a whole weekend out of it or a simple daytrip, there are so many places near Montreal that offer up beneficial forest bathing opportunities (yes, this is a thing, check out the link).

To figure out where to go, we consulted the very helpful Fall Foliage map from Tourisme Quebec to get the most of those unendingly delightful orange, yellow and yes, green leaves. But it's being constantly updated, so if this weekend isn't the best time, check it out next week (and the week after) for ideal spots to leaf peep.

Sutton, Eastern Townships

Distance from Montreal: Approximately 1.5 hours

Path to wander: Take advantage of the area's Fall Festival and get on a guided walk of Parc d'environnement naturel de Sutton's 52 kilometres of hiking trails.

Other things to do there: Check out Au Diable Vert, station de montagne, the ridiculously charming wilderness resort that has places like treehouses (actual treehouses) to stay in.

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

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Distance from Montreal: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes

Path to wander: Any of the trails that get you to one of the three summits in order to fully take in the view. They've also recently opened the Franceville portion in the north-west part of the park, which overlooks the valley of the Ruisseau de la Montagne.

Other things to do there: The Observatoire Astronomique du Mont-Mégantic is open to visitors who want a guided tour of the facilities during the day, and a more extensive impression of the night sky in the evenings. For 2017, those nighttime events start at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Victoriaville

Distance from Montreal: Approximately 2 hours

Path to wander: There are 10 kilometres worth of hikes on and around Mont Arthabaska, with a range of difficulty levels.

Other things to do there: This weekend to next, the Balade Gourmande is on, a tasting tour of a huge variety of food producers of every sort in this agricultural region. Give us all the cheese.

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Distance from Montreal: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes

Path to wander: La Mauricie National Park is the place to go, and it has a very well-organized website to point you in the right direction for the kind of hike you're looking for.

Other things to do there: A museum dedicated to the paper industry might sound a little boring at first, but Boréalis is anything but, thanks to its innovative exhibits and super cool tunnels.

Mont Tremblant

Distance from Montreal: Approximately 1.5 hours

Path to wander: Travel site Leavetown has a great list of hikes in and around Mont Tremblant that suit different timelines and skill levels.

Other things to do there: What isn't there to do in Mont Tremblant? Though we think the options for ziplining seem pretty stellar, especially considering the views you'll get of the leaves. TremblantActivities.com has put together an excellent chart comparing the area's offerings.

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