Close your eyes and imagine the scene: endless landscapes shining in lush yellow, orange and red tones which take your breath away. It could only be an ‘Indian Summer’! The autumn months see a veritable colour explosion in the forests carpeting the north-eastern corner of North America. In today’s blog, we’ve put together some of the loveliest spots in the Province of Québec, so you can feast your eyes on these amazing views.
ONE THING’S FOR SURE: IF YOU LIKE AUTUMN, YOU’LL LOVE AN INDIAN SUMMER!
The best time to explore the Canadian Province of Québec is without a doubt in the autumn. And anyone who has already experienced what is known as the ‘Indian Summer’ is likely to enthuse loudly: around this time of year, the sky is still clear and blue, and the leaves on the trees in the mixed forests change into a vast array of different natural shades. The area around the St. Lawrence River and along the border with the United States is particularly good for admiring the Indian Summer in all its glory. Believe us: you’ve never seen a natural spectacle quite like it!
WHERE THE INDIAN SUMMER IS AT ITS LOVELIEST IN THE PROVINCE OF QUÈBEC
We recommend the city of Montreal as the starting-point for your colourful road trip through the Province of Québec. This major city achieves an inspired balance between tradition and the avant-garde, the elegance of the Old World and the dynamism of the New World.
#1 MOUNT ROYAL
The Indian Summer is best enjoyed well away from the big cities, of course, but autumn also leaves behind some uniquely beautiful traces in major centres such as Montreal. Mount Royal offers incomparable views down onto the city, which seem to gleam in all those autumnal hues. Montreal will always be worth a visit, but come here during autumn, and you get an immediate impression of just how strongly life here is shaped by the season, and nature itself.
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#2 JACQUES-CARTIER NATIONAL PARK
Not far from Québec City, is Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, home to a vast, mesmerising mountain plateau traversed by deep valleys. The national park also houses one of the province’s loveliest glacial valleys, the Vallée de la Jacques-Cartier. You can marvel at the Indian Summer not just while out hiking or cycling, but also from the water. There is a wide range of different tours available by canoe, kayak or dinghy on the Jacques-Cartier River, where you can drink in the intense spectrum of colours.
#3 SAGUENAY FJORD NATIONAL PARK
Another fantastic place to experience the Indian Summer up close and personal in Québec is Saguenay Fjord National Park. The park is distinguished by its countless small bays, steep walls and dizzyingly high cliffs. Whatever you do, be sure to take the time to hike along the Saguenay River. In the Baie-Éternité sector, you can enjoy a climb along the cliffs, looking down on the park from a great height and revelling in the interplay of colours in the leaves stretching way beyond the horizon. You certainly won’t regret all that effort: the view out across the Bay of Saguenay Fjord just has to be seen to be believed.
#4 LAURENTIAN MOUNTAINS
Many people will tell you that the loveliest Indian Summers of all are to be found while exploring the Laurentian Mountains, north of Montreal. And those many people would be right. The huge area along the banks of the Ottawa River and St. Lawrence River is home to forests of magnificent sugar maple trees, creating an incredible carpet of colour. There’s plenty to do for hiking fans too, thanks to the hiking paths snaking their way through the mountains.
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