Parc national du Canada de la Mauricie © TQ/G. Norris

Fall

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 : September 19, 2018
Next update : September 27, 2018

Eastern Townships © TQ/J.-F. Bergeron / Enviro Foto
Île d'Orléans, Québec © TQ/H. Wittenborn

Dazzling hues

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

Fall favourites

  • Golf greens fringed with red
  • The glowing reds of the cranberry harvest in the Centre-du-Québec
  • Tours of the vineyards and cider works
  • The great gathering of the snow geese on the banks of the St. Lawrence
  • Festivals of colour, forest rambles, mushroom hunting in the undergrowth

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.