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Fall Colors (Indian Summer) in Quebec

When the days are getting shorter and colder, Quebec's landscapes explode with colors

Fall Colors (Indian Summer)
Fall Colors (Indian Summer)

Fall is one of the best times to discover Quebec's parks, mountain trails and nature in general. The reason is obvious—seasonal coloring of the leaves. But to ensure the most memorable experience and take the most vivid shots, you'd better know when and where to look for the utmost beauty. Read on to find out the details.

When to see fall colors in Quebec

The peak of fall colors coincides with the Indian summer, which usually occurs between mid-September (last two weeks) and mid-October (first two weeks). A large number of maple trees create magic around northern and eastern areas of Quebec. That's why mid-to-late September is the most rewarding timing for a weekend getaway when trees burst with orange, yellow, and green. Still, the Greater Montreal area reaches its color apex in early-to-mid October.

Where to see fall colors in Quebec

To observe this natural metamorphosis, you should leave the city and head in the direction of Mont Tremblant to La Mauricie National Park, the Charlevoix and Beauce regions, the Laurentians, or the Eastern Townships (Victoriaville, Drummondville, and Thetford Mines). These destinations are charming when fall comes around with its warm sunny days and gorgeous shades of gold and red.

Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes

Mont du Lac-des-Cygnes is a 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

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.

Mestachibo trail

If you’re up for a real challenge, try out the Mestachibo trail. It’s beautiful, but it is not for beginners and those who are scared of heights. Yet, vistas from the lookouts are absolutely stunning, especially during the Indian summer.

Montreal to Jonquière train ride

A scenic train ride from Montreal to Jonquière by VIA Rail is a delight any time of year, but especially worth checking out during the peak of fall colors. The 317-mile (510-km) route runs through Quebec's extensive woodlands and overlooks picturesque lakes. You can get this treat for about $45. Find the link to VIA Rail's official website in the External Resources below.

Lastly, while traveling around Quebec, don't miss a chance to visit small villages in the neighborhood and try local cheese and wine. A small tip: take a ski lift to behold all the beauty from up high.

Practical info

When can you view autumn colors in Quebec?

Autumn colors in Quebec can be viewed between mid-September (last two weeks) and mid-October (first two weeks). Tourists should plan a visit between mid-to-late September when trees are covered with orange, yellow and green. Fall colors in the Greater Montreal area peak in early-to-mid October. Show more

Which are the must-visit destinations for fall colors in Quebec?

For the best fall colors in Quebec, visit Charlevoix, Beauce regions, the Laurentians, Mont Tremblant, La Mauricie National Park, and the Eastern Townships (Victoriaville, Drummondville, and Thetford Mines). These destinations have breathtaking views of foothills and valleys, well-maintained trails through the forests, and scenic train rides through Quebec's extensive woodlands. Show more

What is an Indian Summer and how does it impact Quebec's fall colors?

Indian summer is an uncommon period of late autumn with unseasonably warm and dry weather that typically happens in Quebec around mid-to-late September. At this time, a lot of maple trees burst into yellow, red, and orange colors, creating a stunning landscape flushed with fall colors that illuminates Quebec's northern and eastern regions. Show more

What other activities are there besides seeing fall colors in Quebec?

In addition to admiring fall colors, visitors to Quebec can also enjoy local delicacies like cheese and wine. Tourists can take a ski lift for a bird’s-eye view, hike through well-maintained trails likeMont du Lac-des-Cygnes Trail, Mont Chauve, or the difficult Mestachibo Trail. Another exciting capability is taking a VIA Rail scenic train ride from Montreal to Jonquière for around $45. Show more

What is the most suitable means of transport between Montreal and Jonquière in order to capture the beauty of Quebec's fall colors?

A VIA Rail scenic train ride from Montreal to Jonquière is a delightful option during the peak of fall colors. The 317-mile (510-km) journey offers picturesque lake and woodland views. The cost varies according to the time and date of travel but is generally around $45. Additional information and reservations can be made via VIA Rail's official website. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin