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Indian summer, a term used to describe a string of warm, sunny days in the fall, generally occurs between early October and mid-November.

The four seasons

Colourful Québec!


Explore the four corners of Québec from four different perspectives: summer, fall, winter and spring. Bask under the sun’s summer rays, feast your eyes on fall’s vivid hues, revel in the white delight that is winter or get caught up in spring fever. Four spectacular seasons in which to fall in love with Québec!

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Autumn

Intoxicating hues, invigorating temperatures!

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Autumn, that transitional season running from September to November, is heralded by an explosion of colours, aromas and flavours. As September draws to a close, the forests draw on their fiery cloaks, dazzling one and all with their brilliant reds, yellows and oranges. All around, vines and orchards are ripe with fruit, and clouds of snow geese fill the skies in a pre-Christmas pageant!


A multi-shaded season


The map below illustrates the progress of fall’s changing foliage in a number of select locations, sites or sectors of southern Québec. This coloration varies not only according to plant species, but also to geographic location—particularly latitude—and sunlight. The wind and rain can strike often and abruptly, stripping trees of their foliage and dramatically changing the look of autumn, particularly towards the end of the season. Please note that these estimates cannot be guaranteed.

Last update : September 25.

Colourful activities

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For active individuals, fall is the ideal season for exploring the countryside on foot or by bike. For those seeking to be entertained, festivals bearing colourful monikers abound in many regions of Québec. These events revolve around outdoor activities, such as hiking and chair lift rides, and often feature a cultural component.

Gourmet excursions

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The apple harvest provides the perfect excuse for setting off on an adventure that’s delicious from so many perspectives. Picking your own apples, savouring a picnic and sampling all kinds of goodies as you roam the orchards that dot the Montérégie, Eastern Townships and Laurentides regions are the ingredients for a fabulous fall day. For a truly colourful and flavourful excursion, head out to Centre-du-Québec and take in the fascinating cranberry harvest.

Cheers!

Parc national du Mont-Tremblant, Laurentides

What could be more delightful than happening upon pretty vine-strewn hills as you enjoy a drive through the southern Québec countryside. You’re bound to think you’ve arrived in Europe! Our grape growers produce an astonishing variety of wines and would like nothing more than to have you sample them on site. Not to be outdone, mead, liqueurs and cider—particularly Québec’s highly regarded ice cider—also claim their share of admirers!span>

The return of the snow geese

Dunham, Cantons-de-l'Est

On their way from the Far North, tens of thousands of snow geese touch down briefly on the banks of the St. Lawrence before continuing on to their wintering grounds on the east coast of the U.S. It’s near-impossible to describe the sight of this many birds, on the ground or in full flight, or the din of their calls—you have to experience it for yourself!

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