10 great ways to have fun this fall

Featured Getaways, September 11, 2023 2023-09-11
Royal Laurentien Royal Laurentien © André Chevrier

September is a wonderful month, with sunny days aplenty and the weather still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. This means you can either choose to keep doing your favourite summer activities, or get some fall vibes going as the leaves change colour. That’s what’s great about this time of year: you really can have the best of both worlds! Here are a few ideas for maximum fun this fall!

Fiddler Lake Resort
Fiddler Lake Resort

Rent a cottage for the weekend

If you’re looking to enjoy the best of the Laurentians as a family, as a couple or with friends, nothing quite compares to a stay at a luxurious cottage! Located steps away from the Saint-Sauveur Valley, the Fiddler Lake Resort offers comfortable, well-equipped log cabins for a peaceful place to recharge your batteries.

A little further north, on the shores of Lake Superior, merely 15 minutes from Mont-Tremblant, RCNT Chalets has close to 30 contemporary- and rustic-style cottages to choose from, depending on what your heart desires! Enjoy the region’s many activities while soaking up the nature-inspired, calm lifestyle.

Combine relaxation, luxury and exquisite food

Treat yourself to a unique experience with a stay at Estérel Resort. Take a moment to relax around the fireplace in your spacious suite, before taking relaxation to the next level at Lido Thermal, the on-site four-season Nordic spa. You can also explore the surrounding trails on foot or on two wheels, and indulge at one of the resort’s three excellent restaurants and wine cellar!

Enjoy a ton of activities in Mont-Tremblant

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Mont-Tremblant during the foliage season: golf, hiking and panoramic gondola rides are just a few examples of what you could do! When staying at the Microtel Inn & Suites Mont-Tremblant, you’ll be close to it all and can enjoy the heated indoor pool with waterslide as well as the outdoor hot tub. And if you’re travelling with a pet, the hotel has rooms designed to welcome your furry friend!

Estérel Resort
Estérel Resort. Photo credit: Charles-Etienne-Desrochers
Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke
Photo credit: Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Sciences

Plan things to do with the kids

Even once school starts, nothing says you can’t get away for a weekend and spend quality time as a family. Surrounded by a peaceful landscape and splendid views of Mount Orford ablaze in fall’s fiery colours, Hotel Chéribourg combines relaxation, good food and the great outdoors for a memorable stay. There’s even a playroom and an indoor pool, which will be a hit with your little ones! The hotel also offers a range of packages with accommodations, meals and activities.

Calling all budding scientists! Don’t miss AlterAnima, an unexpected encounter with taxidermied animals, and Terra Mutantès, a multi-sensory show exposing how our planet has changed over the last 400 million years, at the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Sciences. Temporary exhibits on various scientific themes and numerous family activities are also on display.

Stay at the foot of Mount Sutton

Located on a 150-acre property covered with brightly coloured maple trees at this time of year, Hotel Horizon is the ideal place for your fall adventures. Do you fancy a hike, a mountain bike ride or a moment of relaxation at the spa, complete with a heated indoor pool, sauna and Finnish bath? Once you’ve arrived, you’ll have everything you need to create an idyllic getaway!

Relax at Montreal’s Old Port

On top of its water circuit, massages and treatments, the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l'eau floating spa is offering fall workshops to help you feel your best and enjoy the benefits of the thermal cycle. This is a great opportunity to discover the Essentrics method, learn about Pilates and master new breathing techniques. There’s even a workshop targeted to teens to help them learn about relaxation!

Witness an extraordinary multimedia show

The AURA Experience at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica transports you into a captivating visual and musical universe projected onto the sublime canvas that is the neo-Gothic architecture of this holy site. The basilica’s rich heritage is unveiled through illuminated stations highlighting its architectural beauty and an immersive performance driven by spellbinding orchestral music.

Improve your tee shots in a magical setting

Blending harmoniously into its surroundings, the Royal Laurentien golf course is the ideal place to play a perfect round against the enchanting fall backdrop of the Laurentians. Consider extending your stay by renting one of the resort’s chalets and enjoy the many activities on offer in the area.

AURA à la basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal. Moment Factory
The AURA Experience at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Photo credit: Moment Factory
Découvrir Granby à vélo
Explore Granby by bike and stay overnight in the region at Hotel Castel

Explore Granby by bike

With its L’Estriade network consisting of nearly 100 km of bike paths lined with attractions, the Granby region is a favourite among cyclists of all levels. Looking for the perfect home base as you explore the area on two wheels? Hotel Castel offers a package tailored to cyclists, including a cycling map of the region and a three-course dinner at Pub Le Parloir to fill up after your ride!

Go leaf peeping at the top of a mountain

Mont-Rigaud transforms into a real-life painting when the leaves start turning. During Color Weekends, on October 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15, take the chairlift to the summit for spectacular panoramic views. Spend more time in this vivid setting by exploring the mountaintop on foot before heading back down. A food truck, barbecue and music await you!

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