To observe this natural metamorphosis, you should leave the city and head in the direction of Mont Tremblant to the Charlevoix and Beauce regions, the Laurentians, or the Eastern Townships (Victoriaville, Drummondville, and Thetford Mines). These destinations are charming when autumn comes with its warm sunny days and gorgeous shades of gold and red. The Indian summer usually occurs between mid-September and late October.
Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes is another beautiful, well-maintained trail to feel the fall spirit. It is situated in the Grands-Jardins National Park and starts at the visitor center. When the sky becomes clear, the views of foothills and valleys become breathtaking. However, even in foggy weather, the trail can be excellent.
Mont Chauve track near Sherbrooke is about 6 miles (10 km) long, which makes it perfect for a day trip. It represents a 4-hour hike up and down through the forest. Several viewpoints on the way show each side of the mountain. Picnic benches invite you for an unforgettable lunch in the thick of fall.
If you’re up for a real challenge, experience the Mestachibo trail. It’s beautiful, but it is not for beginners and those who are scared of heights. However, vistas from the lookouts are absolutely stunning, especially during the Indian summer.
A large number of maple trees create magic around Quebec. That's why mid-September is perfect timing for a weekend getaway when trees burst with orange, yellow, and green. While traveling, don't miss a chance to visit small villages and try local cheese and wine. Or take a ski lift to see the beauty from up high.