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6 Reasons to Visit Montréal This Fall

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The weather may be cooling down but that never stops Montréal from bringing its A game. From beautiful scenery to culinary experiences like no other, a list of reasons that Montréal should be your number one destinations this autumn.

The Weather is Perfect
Despite what many think, Canadian cities aren’t in the throes of polar vortexes year round. Summers, especially in spots like Montréal, can be downright scorching. While it’s true that winters in La Belle Province tend to be pretty harsh, fall is that sweet spot when the meteorological stars align and things tend to be pretty darn perfect. Cooler temperatures require sweaters (not parkas) and make for perfect city strolling weather.

There Are Less People
Typically, summer is when Montréal is truly hopping. The Jazz Festival, Just For Laughs and massive music festivals all draw impressive crowds and add some pretty amazing energy to the city. That being said, it can be hard to appreciate the finer things when you’re immersed in a 24/7 party. In the fall, things are decidedly calmer and there’s a lot more room to explore and enjoy.

The Restaurants
There’s nothing better than capping off a long day of exploring a new city by sitting down to a sumptuous meal. Bonus points of said meal is one of the best you’ve ever had. Restaurants like Au Pied de Cochon are perfect if you want to treat yourself to a truly unforgettable dining experience. Try La Colombe for a perfectly intimate setting and a BYO wine policy. Schwartz’s is a legendary lunch spot that must absolutely not be missed and you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t go to Beauty’s for Sunday brunch.

The Museums
The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal… these are just a few of the amazing arts and culture hotspots the city has to offer. Because it’s not longer high tourist season, you won’t have to contend with crowds which means you can take your time to take in the art for as long as you’d like. Fancy something a little more unusual? Be sure to visit the Biodome, Insectarium, Planetarium, and Botanical Gardens, all part of the Espace Pour La Vie.

The Hotels
Montréall has some amazing hotels. Take your pick from the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (where John and Yoko held their famous bed-in), the W (housed in a historic former bank), Hotel Le Germain, the Ritz-Carlton, Le Saint-Sulpice… the list goes on (and on). Less tourists means more rooms are available, allowing you to choose accommodations to suit your mood.

Old Montreal
If you haven’t been to Old Montréal, you’re missing out. Cobblestone streets lined with incredible restaurants, galleries, and shops are a pedestrian’s paradise that is even more beautiful in the autumn months. Evening lighting tours showcase the beautiful architecture and provide the ideal setting for an after-dinner stroll. During the day, you are steps away from the port where you can take in changing leaves, check out the impressive Notre Dame, or just sit by the water and soak it all up. For night owls, spots like 2 Pierrots are the perfect place to grab a pint (local craft brews are amazing) and enjoy some local singer-songwriter talent.

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