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Best time to travel to Quebec

Fall Colors (Indian Summer)

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

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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 details.

When to see fall colors in Quebec

The peak of fall colors coincides with the Indian summer, which usually occurs between mid-September (two last weeks) and mid-October (two first 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 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, experience 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 worthy 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.