I’m almost home to Tasmania, but with some time to fill in at Sydney airport I get to share more Quebec colourfulness with you! Ha!
This was from the day I arrived in @Montreal a couple of weeks ago. An evening stroll around the Old Port and Bonsecours Basin was the perfect antidote for time spent on the long journey from Australia to Canada. A trip totally worthwhile!
@tourismequebec #quebecoriginal #mtlmoments #explorecanada @explorecanada #couleursqc (at Bonsecours Market)
I practically had an Instagasm when @mtlinpictures and I found this rainbow coloured autumnal grove at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.
And isn’t it lovely that people dress to match the foliage haha!
The colours here are just crazy. Actually, I’d say totes cray cray.
The gardens are beautiful, and worth a visit any time of the year (I’m guessing the tropical plants conservatory is popular in winter!).
@tourismequebec @montreal #quebecoriginal #mtlmoments #couleursqc @explorecanada #explorecanada (at Montreal Botanical Garden)
One tree, an amazing mix of colours! Every branch of this tree at the Montreal Botanical Gardens was a different colour - I’ve never seen such a sight!
Wandering the gardens is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, and with @mtlinpictures we did just that.
I know that soon the colours will fade then fall, but for now they’re looking gorgeous and worth chasing.
@tourismequebec #couleursqc #quebecoriginal @montreal #mtlmoments #explorecanada @explorecanada (at Montreal Botanical Garden)
Would anyone mind if I stuffed my suitcase full with the colours of Quebec?
I just want to sit here amongst the beautiful leaves and make time stand still! Right after I throw another armful in the air, of course 😂🍂🍁
I’m spending my last few hours in @Montreal being a tourist, just soaking up the beautiful colours and city vibe before starting my journey home to Tasmania later tonight.
I think there’s still time for another roll through some leaves haha! If you need me I’ll be the crazy person mesmerised by all the pretty colours, possibly talking to a squirrel 😂
@tourismequebec #couleursqc #quebecoriginal #explorecanada #explorecanada #mtlmoments (at Montreal Botanical Garden)
An unexpected delight tonight, when @mtlinpictures took me to the beautiful @montreal Botanical Gardens.
As well as impressive fall colours and wonderfully maintained specimens, the park is currently shining bright after dark with the ‘Garden of Light’ lantern festival in the Chinese Garden.
Hundreds of lanterns, lovingly handmade in all shapes and sizes, from traditional to animal, adorn the gardens, and the centrepiece would have to be the flotilla of ships under sail. It was certainly my favourite lantern, or lanterns!
Open until November2.
@tourismequebec #quebecoriginal #mtlmoments @explorecanada #explorecanada #couleursqc (at Montreal Botanical Garden)
After ten days enjoying the gorgeous colours of fall/autumn in @tourismequebec, from @Montreal to Quebec City (@quebecregion) Mauricie (@tourismemauricie) and Tadoussac, it seems today we found the source of all that picturesque goodness!
I spent the afternoon with local grammer Martin @mtlinpictures who took me to the Jardin botanique de Montréal, the Botanical Gardens, where we explored everything from Japanese and Chinese inspired gardens to conservatories filled with tropical and desert plants.
But it was this grove of autumnal epicness that really caught my eye - it’s all the colours I’ve been finding in Quebec, nicely packaged into one amazing scene!
I’m at the end of my visit to Quebec, and I’ll be very sad to leave later tomorrow. The people I’ve met have been incredibly welcoming, and patient with my complete lack of French-speaking abilities - and tolerant of my butchering of their language when I attempt the simplest of words!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this colourful journey through #Quebec too - I really really hope so because there’s more pictures to come! Ha!
#mtlmoments #quebecoriginal #explorecanada @explorecanada (at Montreal Botanical Garden)
Strolling the wooded paths of @montreal’s Mont Royal, the 280ha hilly park in the heart of the island, you feel a hundred miles from the bustling city of a couple of million people which surrounds it.
Green spaces like this provide an escape for the locals - both human and animals - providing a cherished dose of nature and refreshing boost of life.
There’s also a cemetery, which I guess contradicts my ‘boost of life’ point, but hey, at least it’s often quiet. And there’s always stories and history to discover there too.
@tourismequebec #couleursqc #quebecoriginal #mtlmoments @explorecanada #explorecanada (at Parc du Mont-Royal)
Good morning, @Montreal! Your skies may be grey but your trees are radiating beautifully!
The view from the terrace of the Chalet du Mont-Royal is a popular spot on the ‘mountain’, with a panoramic vista of downtown Montreal, especially with such wonderful fall colours.
There’s heaps of trails for running/walking all over the hills, and although it was raining during our visit it was clear the locals didn’t mind, with people out enjoying the natural haven right in the heart of the city.
@tourismequebec #couleursqc #quebecoriginal #mtlmoments (at Chalet du Mont-Royal)
A snippet of the past few days exploring Quebec with @angiephotograph and @saltcreekvalley.
We’ve covered some territory, from Montreal through Quebec City to Tadoussac, with the changing season giving us a tremendously colourful show, plus the minke whales and belugas of the St Lawrence giving us a wonderful sense of awe.
I’ve got a couple more nights in Montreal to enjoy, but Angie and John head home in the morning. It’s been awesome to see them again, and to travel this beautiful province together. I’ve only seen them three times in fourteen years, so this week is very special to us.
@tourismequebec #couleursqc #quebecregion @explorecanada (at Hôtel Delta Montréal)
Île d’Orléans (Orleans Island) is looking incredibly beautiful with a blanket of autumn colours.
The island, just a few minutes out of Quebec City in the middle of the St Lawrence River, is a wonderful microcosm of French Canadian life, with cute villages and tasty fresh produce.
I was excited to show @angiephotograph and @saltcreekvalley some places I saw in winter - it was gorgeous then so with colour would be even prettier!
Today we explored the northern end of the 34km long island, and later made our way back to Montreal. It’s a whirlwind trip, but every turn is more beautiful than the last.
@tourismequebec @quebecregion #couleursqc #quebecoriginal #quebecregion (at Ste-Pétronille)