11 things to do in Montreal in fall

We may be saying goodbye to those blissful summer nights, but all is not lost. There are still tons of things to do in Montreal before the falling leaves turn to falling snow. Here are some of the coolest activities to occupy your time this fall.

Verger Labonté

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2291, boul Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l'île-Perrot, QC J7V 8P4

Apple picking is one fall activity that’s fun for just about anyone. Nothing beats a day in the sun picking your own apples, and then enjoying some out-of-this-world apple desserts. This farm has apple trees galore, animals for the children to see, playgrounds, and even giant corn mazes.

Parc du Mont-Royal

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1196 voie Camillien-Houde, Montréal, QC H3H 1A1

Watching the leaves change colour and cover the ground at this majestic park is an activity anyone can do and everyone will enjoy. With a fantastic view of the city in a peaceful and serene atmosphere, you’ll fall in love with autumn.

Botanical Garden

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4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2

For the last 20 years, this intricate Chinese Lantern display has been preserving Asian traditions in Montreal every fall. From September through to November, the Gardens of Light can be visited at the city’s famed Botanical Gardens. Year after year, more and more people come in to witness this most impressive display.

Montreal Zombie Walk

Nearly 10,000 people gather for this apocalyptic-style event, featuring elaborate costumes of the undead. Definitely not for the faint of heart, this spooky event has become synonymous with Halloween in the city. And every year, more and more people are joining the fun. Whether you want to dress up, or simply take a peek at what the world might look like if zombies really did take over, it’s an interesting way to spend a fall day, at the end of October, in Montreal.

Halls d'Expositions de la Place Bonaventure

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800 de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1K6

For dog owners and dog lovers alike, this is the perfect fall activity! In addition to dogs, you’ll see cats, birds, reptiles, and more. Plus there are loads of games and activities for kids so the whole family can enjoy this outing in early November.

Place Bonaventure Exhibition Halls

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240-800, rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H5A 1K6

Is there any better way to spend the day than by sampling wines from over 20 different countries? This annual show allows visitors to sample, learn about, and purchase unique wines from all across the globe. If you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur, you won’t want to miss this early November event.

Parc Six Flags Montréal Inc

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22, ch MacDonald, Montréal, QC H3C 6A3

If you’re looking for an October-worthy scare, a visit to the city’s amusement park is definitely in order. For the entire month, the park is transformed into the scariest of places with haunted houses, zombies, monsters, and loads more for Fright Fest. The annual event takes place every night in October and is meant for those who can handle the most frightening of places!

Bonsecours Market

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350, rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1H2

Your inner fashionista will be forever grateful if you attend this annual event in October. Choose from designer goods, all made by local designers, with prices between 50 percent and 80 percent off retail. What better way to kick off a new season than with a new wardrobe?

Montreal Canadiens / Bell Centre

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1909, ave des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montreal, QC H4B 5E8

Fall may mean cooler weather in Montreal but it also means the return of the country’s favourite sport. Pre-season games begin in September and regular season games begin in October. A trip to a Canadiens game is a must for getting into the fall spirit and a true Montreal experience.

Local Montreal Tours

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555 local 200 rue de Gaspé, Montréal, QC H2T 2A3

If there’s one thing you can count on Montreal for, it’s good food. When it seems like summer activities are winding down, you’ll find that this food tour company has lots to offer in the autumn. Book your Mile End or Old Port food tour – you can even book a private option! – and get to know some of the best restaurants in the area. Sampling good food and savouring Montreal’s culinary delights is a great way to spend just about any season.

Dolce Vita

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5670 Jarry Street E, St-Leonard, QC

This mouth-watering pretzel bakery is releasing a cinnamon, apple crumble pretzel that is literally the perfect combination of autumn, salty and sweet, and deliciousness – all rolled into one! Visit their Instagram page for an up-close picture of this decadent dessert, which is quite possibly the only thing that makes the end of summer bearable.

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