The Québec maritime Blog
Vibrant colours, leaves crackling underfoot, fresh air, abundant harvests… Fall in the maritime regions of Québec appeals to all the senses! This season is synonymous with comfort and offers many opportunities to experience the joys of life, as the members of the Québec maritime team attest to here.
“What I appreciate the most about fall by the sea is seeing the whole landscape change colours—not just the leaves on the trees but also the fields and the mudflats as well as the St. Lawrence, which, depending on its moods and the light, goes from bright blue to steel grey, with tints of jade or darker green… I love it all!”
"My most beautiful fall experience was during my first visit to Gaspésie about 10 years ago. I was driving along the winding roads in Forillon National Park and was soaking up the golden hues contrasting with the vibrant blue sky. It was such an intoxicatingly beautiful experience that I almost forgot I was driving! Since then, I’ve spent my time hunting for fall colours all over the province, but I’ve never found such a majestic atmosphere anywhere else. This is one of many reasons why Gaspésie will always be my favourite place to be in the fall!”
“I love the excitement in public markets in the fall. Strolling through the colourful displays of vegetables, flavourful cheeses, smoked fish and fresh breads always puts me in a good mood and makes my mouth water! I discover new things every time I visit a market and I never tire of meeting the passionate food artisans who worked so hard all summer to offer us these beautiful products!”
“Fall light is magical for photos. No matter where you go, your surroundings will burst with colour! I also love the intoxicating scent of the earth mixed with the leaves that cover the forest floor after a rain shower.”
“This is my favourite time of the year! I love to wrap myself up in a scarf and take a walk in the woods. I never get tired of seeing the trees in such warm and vibrant colors. Every fall, when I cross the Matapédia Valley to visit my family, I marvel at the landscape as if I were witnessing this nature show for the first time.”
“Fall is my favourite time for longer hikes in the forest. In addition to the colours that add to the landscape, the temperatures are milder, there are hardly any bugs, and your chances of observing wild animals are very good, since they’re busy making their final preparations for the winter.”
"What I like about the fall is taking road trips to soak up the scenery, the flamboyant colours of the leaves, and to observe seals basking in the sun before the winter sets in. Since I’ve been going back and forth from Rimouski to Matane for 15 years, I’ll share a secret with you: when you’re driving along the St. Lawrence on Route 132 between Matane-sur-Mer (just west of Matane) and Baie-des-Sables and the tide is low enough that the rocks appear out of the water, you can observe dozens of harbour seals near the shore. Be sure to stop so you can admire them in complete safety!”
“I know I’m not saying anything new, but like all my colleagues, I love this season! For me, fall is a time to slow down and take it easy. It’s the best season to reconnect with the pleasures of life and cook good comfort food. It also marks the beginning of the school year, which has always been a time of renewal for me. Those who know me can tell you: there’s nothing that pleases me more than the smell of a beautiful new notebook and freshly sharpened pencils!”
"There is no doubt that fall is the most beautiful season of the year. The weather is still warm. Plus, this season has a huge advantage for me: the days are getting shorter. Since I’m a stargazer, this means I can spend long hours photographing the night sky without getting too cold. Also, did you know that the heart of the Milky Way is always present in the night sky? And that fall is one of the best times of the year to see the northern lights?"
As you can see, we’ve all fallen in love with fall in our regions! What about you? Please share your fall favourites (or bucket-list items) with us!