Gardens of Light (September 3 to October 31, 2021)
This fall, the Montréal Botanical Garden is bringing back their Gardens of Light event. Let yourself be guided by the moonlight through the Japanese, First Nations and Chinese gardens with this new immersive and sensory.
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.
Cabane à pommes Domaine Labranche (Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 4 to October 11 and Thanksgiving Monday (October 11, 2021), 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.
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.
Discover the mountain
Can’t get a little nature break from this city this fall? No problem! We’ve got an entire mountain to discover right here in the middle of Montréal. Sign up for one of the several guided walks that will take you on a fiery stroll to see the fall colours on our very own Mont-Royal.
La Fille du Roy (Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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 wood-burning pizza oven cooking delicious pies on weekends.
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.