by Julia Gabriel

September and October in Quebec is all about the riot of colors that comes with the changing of the seasons. 

From reds, to gold to brown the river valley along the St Lawrence and beyond is truly a sight to behold.  It’s so beautiful to behold that you can even take a cruise to enjoy the view.

Happy Autumn! Fall foliage in Quebec is just outstanding; here are some things to do this fall:

If cruising isn’t your scene, pack a picnic lunch and head down to the river or one of the two beautiful waterfalls in the Quebec City region and enjoy the sights and scents of fall.  My favourite place to head as soon as the leaves are changing is the Parc des Chutes-de-la-Chaudière.  It’s a nice walk that you can gear towards different fitness levels.  Stay at the top of the falls and enjoy the scenery looking out towards Quebec City or venture down one of the many trails, one of which crosses a suspension bridge, to reach the base of the falls.

Or head over to Le Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and enjoy the 83 m high waterfall that dominates the landscape.  You can discover the falls by taking the stairs or cable car to the top, then dine at the gourmet restaurant at the top.  There is a daily rate for access to this park, unlike the Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, but these falls that are the highest in the province of Quebec and 30 m (98 ft.) higher than Niagara Falls are sure to please.

If you are into short and feature films then the Festival du cinema de la Ville de Quebec is not to be missed.   It features over 100 short films and features from the around the world, that are screened in various downtown Québec City venues.  Head down to Place d’Youville to take advantage of free activities and interactive installations geared to young filmmakers and the general public.  Pick up your tickets online, on site or over the phone.  The festival runs until September 23, 2012.

Happy Fall!

c Julia Gabriel

Photos: Julia Gabriel


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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