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Montreal Foliage: Top 6 Destinations

Enjoy Fall Colors to the Fullest at These Montreal Fall Foliage Hot Spots


Montreal Fall Foliage: Top 6 Destinations
From mid-September to early November, Montreal's many trees reveal an array of colors which, believe it or not, are present year round. Yellows, oranges and reds are hidden from view in warmer months by the green pigment chlorophyll, a molecule crucial to photosynthesis which begins disappearing from leaves as days grow shorter and temperatures drop. And while you could pick any park, the following Montreal fall foliage destinations are particularly picturesque, if only for the variety of tree species they offer, a mix of shapes and colors you just can't find everywhere.

And don't forget to check the Quebec Fall Foliage Report for details on the best time and location to catch fall colors in full bloom across the province.

1. Mount Royal Cemetery

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Photo © Evelyn Reid
Adjacent Mount Royal Park, Mount Royal Cemetery might be home to the dead, but it's teeming with life, doubling as an arboretum of rare tree species which include Japanese lilacs, crab apple, Kentucky coffee and chestnut trees. You might even spot a hawk or one of the other 145 migrating birds that populate the area. It's simply one of the most beautiful places in Montreal, particularly come fall.

2. Parc Jean-Drapeau's Floralies Gardens

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Philippe Renault / Getty Images
Floralies Gardens' cotton ball treetops and weeping willows are a sight for sore eyes any season and as your humble guide, I feel it's my duty to send you on a walk to one of my favorite places in Montreal any chance I get. Montreal fall foliage season is just the latest excuse.

3. Montreal Botanical Garden

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Photo by Flickr user quinn.anya
Unfortunately, admission to these grounds isn't quite as free as my other recommendations but the Montreal Botanical Garden gives your buck a bang in the fall: its popular annual lanterns event coincides with Montreal's fall foliage season. The lanterns are best viewed at sundown -- it's fun to compare and contrast the lanterns in daylight versus night -- so consider dropping by the Garden's arboretum in the late afternoon for a peaceful stroll before making your way to the main attraction in the Chinese garden.

4. Bois de l'Île Bizard

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Photo © Evelyn Reid
I just love this park! Featuring marshes, swampland, beachfront and woods with some of the tallest trees in Montreal, it's hard to believe this is all within city limits. But if you think Bois de l'Île Bizard is something in the summer, wait until the leaves change colors. It's a bit of trek to get there -- sadly, Montreal public transit is just a few minutes drive shy of opening up one of the city's best parks to the car-less among us -- but it's one drive well worth it. A Montreal fall foliage must-see.

5. Morgan Arboretum

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Photo courtesy of Morgan Arboretum
A forest reserve located on the western tip of the island of Montreal, Morgan Arboretum is home to 330 horticultural species, 40 of which are indigenous to Canada, on protected land at McGill University's Macdonald Campus. The arboretum is used for teaching, research and everyday public enjoyment, with 25 km of walking trails. Note that a small admission fee is required to gain access to the grounds.

6. Bois-de-Liesse Nature Park

Montreal fall foliage destinations include Bois-de-Liesse Park.
Photo by Flickr user Mohammad Afshar
Close to 400 acres of old growth hardwood and silver birch forests surrounded by picturesque streams, don't be surprised if you run into a fox while meandering along Bois-de-Liesse's trails. One of Montreal's best kept secrets.

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