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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hi everyone,

I'm heading off to Canada at the end of Sept/start of October for two weeks, and I'm getting really excited. Autumn is by far my favourite time of year and, if I can, I try to be somewhere where the colours turn pretty dramatically.

I'm going to be in the Banff/Jasper area for sure, and if things go to plan, training across the country to Montreal and back down to NYC.

Just wondering if anyone can tell me of their experiences in Canada around this time of year, along with any Must Sees/Must Dos while I'm there.

Thanks a lot! :)

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

September is beautiful just north of Montreal. If you head up to Mont Tremblant or thereabouts, the leaves change colours on the trees in mid-to-late September (way before they do down here).

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

I have been to Canada twice, but it was just slightly earlier. Beginning of September in the Toronto to Detroit area, when it was still warm to very warm. No autumn colours that time.
And last year a bit later (something like 12-24 th. of September) in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Beautiful with nice and warm weather most of the times, but several days with just 12 or 13 degrees and pretty stormy.
Still not that much autumn colours, it seems that later on in October and even November (early) is better, depending on how far north or south you go.

I found it relatively quiet this time of year, meaning that you don't need to book anything in advance regarding transport, lodging or whatever more comes to mind.

Enjoy!

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Ooh- found this slideshow of Tremblant in September.

Michael is right--the leaves don't change in the cities 'till October or so. But Tremblant is far enough north that everything changes weeks earlier.

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Thanks guys! That slide show is doing wonders from my fed-up-at-work-ness. Thanks T! :)

Actually, after talking to my brother last night, I'm informed that Banff is "evergreen" so I mightn't be getting to see exactly the colours I'd like.

So, there's only one solution - a seperate trip to Montreal and Tremblant in late October/early November.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

The trees will be bare by mid-October in Tremblant... but there's plenty more to do here! Come before Nov. 6th, if you can, so we can take you around! :)

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Cool - there's an Irish holiday (I'm on Irish hols even though I'm here in the States) coming up on October 27th, so I might try and come up to Montreal that weekend - fingers crossed!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

I mowed the lawn this afternoon - but the trees are still green. Guess that means no Ev visiting this weekend...

Isa now returns this thread to the Canadian "lovefest" revolving around trees. (Just pokin' fun, Ev - because I can. Heehee!) ;)

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Okay, I'm weird...I have a thing about trees...now if only I could get that excited about men, everything would be sweet

I'm really hoping that you'll have me at some point Isa. I wish I was important enough to get more vacation time at work. :(

I'm planning some holidays again earlier next year, so hopefully might come to Chicago then and terrorise you and Beerman for a bit. I might even bring you a present.....something to plant maybe ...

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting samsara2

Okay, I'm weird...I have a thing about trees...now if only I could get that excited about men, everything would be sweet

This old guy had a thing with trees as well