5 reasons why autumn is the best time to visit Montreal

Canada’s second largest city will be blooming with golden leaves and lower prices during the fall. As the summer crowds go down from September, likewise so do Montreal’s hostel rates, making it the perfect time to explore the ‘City of Mary’ on a budget.

Montreal city
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Travellers arriving from September will discover why it’s the perfect time to enjoy the city’s nightspots and traditional French cafes. Autumn vacations are always popular with budget travellers as flights are lower and hostels are cheaper too!

If you’re thinking of going travelling in Canada, then here’s five reasons why autumn is the best time to visit Montreal.

  1. Go up the Mount Royal

Mount Royal
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Montreal’s much-loved park offers visitors breathtaking views of the city. Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who created New York City’s Central Park, Mount Royal (Mont Royal) has a series of networked paths that will lead you towards dense woodland. Visitors can also go hiking, cycling or have a gourmet picnic at the summit.

  1. Book a budget food tour

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Image by Yelp Inc. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Montreal is a city that takes food very seriously and here you can enjoy the best French cuisine outside of France. There are numerous gastronomic food tours you can enjoy in the French colonial quarter, which is renowned for its romantic street cafes and bistro restaurants.

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Image by Kodjo (Flickr/Creative Commons)

If you’re running low on funds, then you can always eat cheap in Montreal. Make sure you stock up on smoked meat sandwiches and poutine, which comprises of French fries, curds, cheese and gravy. Afterwards you can walk off your meal and enjoy the dramatic sunsets at the Old Port.

  1. Explore the Old Port on foot

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Image by Michael Vesia (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Soak up the Quebecan lifestyle and take in the autumnal delights of Montreal’s old town. Stroll along the cobbled streets and find out more about the history that shaped the historic Canadian city. On foot you can explore the Place d’Armes, Place Royale, and Place Jacques-Cartier and enjoy all the public artworks on display.

You can also check out the lavish architecture of the city’s three courthouses, the Château Ramezay and Bonsecours Market.

  1. Visit the Basilique Notre-Dame

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Image by Mike Schaffner (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica is one of the highlights of any trip to Canada. The magnificent Neo-Gothic church is big enough to hold 4,000 worshipers and is a breathtaking experience. It has inspired visitors of all faiths (and none) since the early nineteenth century.

  1. Hostels are cheaper in the autumn

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If you want to enjoy Montreal on holiday, then book a hostel this autumn and you’ll stay in the heart of the city centre at budget rates. Always an excellent time to travel, Montreal will be much cheaper than if you visit during the summer months.

Find out more where you can stay here and save a fortune on your next trip to Quebec!

*Header image by Raymond Adriano (Flickr/Creative Commons)