Visitors tend to come to Montreal in the summer, where beautiful sunny days make for blissful walks through the Old Town and festivals and activities are seemingly endless. Fall is a quiet time of year and tourists are fewer as the long summer days give way to the darker, winter weather. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s all over for the year. Not in this vibrant city! There isn’t a bad time to visit Montreal and there are plenty of things happening in every season. Throw on a scarf and some boots and take in everything this city can give the fall visitor. Check out these things to see and do in November.
Although it does end in early November (running from September 5th to November 2nd), you can still catch the Gardens of Light if you act quickly. The Chinese and Japanese gardens at the Montreal Botanical Gardens are lit up with traditional coloured lanterns at dusk. Avoid large weekend crowds for an idyllic look at this magical event.
From October until late January The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is holding an exhibit called “Impressionism to Expressionism”, containing over over 200 paintings, drawings and prints from 1900-1914. Van Gough Gauguin and Kadinsky are among the major artists on display.
Running from October 30 to November 9, over 100 restaurants are participating in the Taste Montreal event. Cooking classes, culinary tours, wine tastings and workshops are held around the city, while participating restaurants prepare affordable 3-course menus for diners to sample. Use it as an opportunity to try those restaurants your budget doesn’t stretch to at other times of the year.
The French Film Festival is held between November 06th and 16th. A celebration of French language films, the festival is dedicated to recently-produced French content. Don’t worry if your French is a little rusty, it’s all subtitled in English so that everyone can appreciate the art of French cinema. Oh la la!
Held annually each November, visit the Nutcracker Market to get into the Christmas spirit. The market sells jewellery, handmade trinkets, homewares, gifts and more, with 10% of profits going to the Nutcracker Fund for Children. Over 20,000 people are expected to visit the market between November 27th and December 07th.
Souk@Sat is an annual market held in late November. The market brings together 60 local artists who sell designer clothes, accessories, décor, jewellery, CDS, toys and unique art under one roof in a Middle Eastern-style souk. It’s only on for four days, so get in quickly.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of what one can experience in Montreal in November. Check Go Montreal for more ideas – you are guaranteed to never get bored!