Fall harvest activities in and around Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on September 3, 2020.

Fall is on Montréal’s doorstep, with its crisp light, shorter days and cooler temperatures. Fall is one of the most exciting seasons for its harvest. Dozens of fruit and vegetables mature in the early days of autumn and there’s nothing we love more than spending a day in the country picking our own produce to consume or conserve or hunting down the best spots to enjoy fall’s bounty in Montréal.

Magic Steps Circuit (October 2 to November 1, 2020)

This fall, the Montréal Botanical Garden is reinventing Halloween. Theatre activities, science experiments, and a fun circuit that allows visitors to test their balance and skills are all on the menu of this fun new experience.

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To market!

If you don’t have the chance to get out of town this fall, just head to one of Montréal’s public markets for a visual feast this harvest season. Stalls stacked high with jeweled-toned tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, berries, pumpkins, apples, onions and more are a joy to admire and, of course, taste. Check the markets’ website for seasonal activities.

Labonté de la Pomme - Verger & Miellerie

From apples and pears to pumpkins and plums, pick your own fruit and vegetables at this family-friendly farm. Labonté de la Pomme - Verger & Miellerie is in the beautiful Oka valley about 45 minutes from downtown Montréal. Several children activities, a lunch counter and a gourmet apple shack brunch to eat on site picnic-style or to enjoy at home are all available at Labonté de la Pomme. You can also book one of several packages or a customized group package to make your perfect day trip this fall even better.

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Cabane à pommes Domaine Labranche (September 5 to October 12 / Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Thanksgiving (October 12, 2020), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Domaine Labranche offers several activities for the entire family: a mini-farm and play modules for the kids, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hiking trails, a gourmet shop and a picnic area on site. Tastings of their alcohols made with their very own fruit are also available for a real taste of terroir.

Verger Labonté

Located only 25 minutes from Montréal on Notre-Dame-de-L’île-Perrot, Verger Labonté specializes in apples, pears, pumpkins and squashes. It works with an ecological harvest vision and respect for the environment. On site are several activities, including a playground and a farmyard for the little ones and gigantic corn mazes adapted for different age groups that challenge the participants to complete a mission.

Sunflower fields forever (mid-August to October)

This fall, Domaine Brassicole & Co in Orford is only open for groups and private events. What makes this farm unique is its vast pick-your-own sunflower fields that are gorgeous and make for a beautiful photo op with Mount Orford in the background.

La Fille du Roy

A six-generation family farm in the Montérégie region, La Fille du Roy has a multitude of products for you to pick, from artichokes to ground cherries and a great variety of pumpkins and squashes. There are also many activities on the farm, including a corn maze and a tasting of its delicious products inside a centennial barn!

Cranberry picking (mid-September to mid-October)

Photos of flooded bright crimson cranberry bogs against a limpid blue sky are some of the prettiest harvest images you’ll ever see. Québec is one of the largest producers of the beloved red berry in the world, which you can help harvest until about mid-October. Check out the Notre Canneberge website to find a cranberry-themed activity near you.

La Cabane d’à côté (Thursdays to Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

La Cabane d’à côté has been the talk of the town this summer. Its outstanding seasonally inspired picnics and enchanting grounds have made this unique cabane a hot day trip destination. This fall, the picnic events continue, and it will feature its very own apples and autumn produce. Book your meal before the season is over!

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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