A spectacular flight on the horizon
Parc national du Canada de la Mauricie © TQ/G. Norris
The enchantment of colours
Fall in Québec sweeps in with a burst of colour, aroma and flavour. As September draws to a close, the forests don fiery hues as the leaves turn their characteristic reds, yellows and oranges. Vines and orchards are laden with fruit, while clouds of snow geese fill the skies in a spectacular pre-Christmas pageant. With its dry, crisp air and brilliant blue skies, fall is the perfect time for long rambles through the hills and leisurely bike rides along country roads.
Fall Foliage Map
Last update : November 1, 2018
Next update : September 2019
Eastern Townships © TQ/J.-F. Bergeron / Enviro Foto
Île d'Orléans, Québec © TQ/H. Wittenborn
The changing of the leaves each fall is due not so much to the cooler temperatures as to the decreased light resulting from shorter days. In the maple tree, the accumulation of sugar in the sap is what accounts for the brilliant red of the leaves, whose hue varies depending on the soil composition.
Dressing for fall
In fall, you’ll want to have warm clothing made of materials like wool and polar fleece. Any windy, rainy days will call for a windbreaker or rain jacket and an umbrella. It’s always better to layer so you can tailor your outfit to the weather instead of ending up dressed too warmly. The cool fall air can be humid, so a scarf and gloves will help you stay warm. For hikes, we recommend wool socks and a good pair of waterproof shoes or hiking boots.
La Mauricie National Park © TQ/Bartlett, Jeff
Indian summer, a term used to describe a string of uncommonly warm and sunny days in the fall, can occur anytime between early October and mid-November.