Mauricie © TQ/G.Norris

What to do in October

In October, nature is the star of the show. Red, orange, vibrant yellow: the autumn colours are the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. Orange is also the colour of pumpkins. This large gourd steals the spotlight at the Halloween events held all across the province. On October 31, the streets will also be overtaken by zombies, ghosts and pirates. Stay safe out there and have fun! Here are a few ideas of what to do.

Little monsters, princesses and zombies on the loose... for Halloween!

In the fall, the main event is Halloween! Every year, this folkloric and traditional pagan holiday from the British Isles and Ireland is celebrated on October 31. Streets, houses, neighbourhoods and entire towns and cities come alive as groups of children (and parents) parade through the streets dressed in wacky costumes, looking for candy. So: trick or treat?

More and more events are held across Québec in honour of the event each year. Some towns, cities and neighbourhoods are so well decorated that people travel to see them. And it’s well worth the trip!

More festivities take place in Québec in October, browse the directory to learn more.

Village hanté © Marc-André Lauzier
© Promenades fantômes

A place for poetry

Several events will take place in October, including the renowned International Festival of Poetry in Trois-Rivières. For 35 years, this event has been drawing and inspiring crowds. There’s poetry everywhere: recited in restaurants and bars, scrawled on the city’s storefronts. There are even workshops where amateur poets let their pens run free in the company of local and international creatives.

Directory of cultural events in October.

FIPTR © Michel Bouvrette, Myriam Lortie et Anthony Ozorai
© The Trustees of the British Museum

An explosion of colours and the dance of the snow geese

It’s THE best time of year to see nature shine. In every region of Québec, the trees will be wearing their finest attire in dazzling shades of red, yellow, and ochre: the perfect setting for a nature adventure! There are a variety of fall festivals to delight visitors until mid-October, when the autumn colours reach their peak.

October is also when the snow geese depart for their southern habitat. For a few days, they stop by in majestic flocks that you can go watch. A sight to see! Enough so that snow geese watching festivals have been created to celebrate their visit.

Here are a few ideas to inspire your autumn nature adventures.

Our tip : check out our colour map showing the changing leaves in different regions. It’s updated every week from late September to the end of October.

Charlevoix © TQ/P.Carbonneau
© TQ/P. Carbonneau

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins on our gourmet routes

It’s peak apple season. The many orchards are bursting with beautiful, perfectly sweet fruit. You’ll also find places to pick your own pumpkins. A piece of advice: go early in the morning to beat the crowds. Our orchards and farms are popular!

While you’re already on the road for a pick-your-own excursion, why not discover one of our gourmet routes and explore the region as well? A treat for the taste buds and the eyes!

Public markets will also be exploding with colours and flavours. It’s time to prepare your stores for the season ahead (whose name we’re still not quite ready to mention).

No car? No problem! The Navette Nature shuttle has recently started offering buses to gourmet destinations (as well as national parks). A great way to see the countryside.

There are even more festivals to attend in October. Browse the directory to learn more.

Mauricie © TQ/Bergeron, Jean-François / Enviro Foto
© Nathalie Photographie