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.

The update of the Fall Foliage Map is done every Thursday.
Last update: September 21, 2017

Fall Foliage Map

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.

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.