When the leaves begin to change in Montreal, Quebec, you want to be there. Arriving in mid-September will bring you the start of this seasonal display, while early October brings you the peak of the colors. An awesome fall trip in an RV to Montreal will also take you up through New York State where you will catch some fall foliage as well. Interstate 87 will take you right where you want to go.
There are a number of places in this Canadian city where you can enjoy autumn’s brilliant hues. For instance, Mount Royal Cemetery is a rural garden with shrubs, fruit trees and some wildlife. A serene spot for reflection and solitude, these gardens are an inspiration, particularly with the autumn beauty to enjoy.
One place you won’t want to miss on your trip is the Montreal Botanical Garden with its greenhouses and gardens. The themed gardens are enough to amaze and thrill any visitor, but wait until you see the exhibition greenhouses. You will be surprised at how many tropical food plants there are when you tour the Tropical Food Plants Greenhouse. See what the private gardens were like in the Ming Dynasty when you walk through the Chinese Garden.
Visiting the Morgan Arboretum you’ll discover autumn leaf displays that will truly let you know that this is the season to come to Montreal. The many species of trees include maples, oaks, birches and many other varieties which will change color. This forested reserve is the perfect place to walk and watch the wildlife, with thirty species of mammals and twenty species of amphibians and reptiles. Bird watchers can get their fill of bird watching too, since this is the home base of many birds who winter here as well as a stopover for those who fly south about now.
With more than 490 acres of trees, the Bois de l’Île Bizard Park presents a striking picture in the fall. The boardwalks take you over the marshes and you can enter the dense wooded areas with beech trees, sugar maples and cedars. This park contains a wonderful beach called Pointe-aux-Carrières where it is fun to sit and watch the sun go down. While you are here, you will likely spot some beavers, Canada geese flying overhead and turtles sunning themselves on rocks.
Two more places to stop while in Montreal include the Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Floralies Gardens with all sorts of trees showing off their marvelous colors and Biodôme De Montréal – Space For Life for a change of pace. As you tour the Montreal Biodôme, you will find four very different ecosystems, each with its own species of plants and animals. Your guide will lead you through a rainforest, maple forest and underwater views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence as well as into the cold lands of the Sub-Antarctic Islands. This is more than you expected! A visit to Montreal always exceeds a person’s dreams!