November in Montreal: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal in winter.
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Montreal, Canada is enjoyable to visit year around. There are amazing winter events and festivals and plenty of indoor things to do when the weather gets frigid. November is a transitional season. Temperatures can be cold in Montreal in November, but not necessarily unpleasant, especially if you pack warm clothing and are prepared. November can often bring rain, snow, and freezing temperatures but the weather varies from day to day. You may get one of those special warm fall days followed by a cool down with snow flurries.

Many of the things you'll want to do, like attend one of the major film festivals, in Montreal in November will be indoors. In the evenings when the weather is milder, take in the popular Gardens of Light at Montreal's Botanical Gardens with amazing lighted lantern sculptures and themed gardens to wander.

Montreal Weather in November

By the end of the month, daylight hours will have decreased to nine hours with sunset occurring shortly after 4 p.m. On the plus side, out of those daylight hours, expect an average of five hours of sun per day. Humidity measures about 79 percent.

  • Average November temperature: 7 C/45 F
  • November average high: 11 C/52 F
  • November average low: 1 C/30 F

Visitors can expect rain about 10 out of 30 days in November. November is also a windy month and the wind chill makes it seem colder.

What to Pack

Visitors to Montreal in November should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Pack clothing that can be layered. It is likely Montreal will have snow and freezing cold temperatures, at least part of the time. Fill your suitcase with:

  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Heavy winter coat
  • Medium weight jacket
  • Snow or waterproof rain pants
  • Long pants
  • Closed-toe, comfortable shoes and warm socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Gloves and neck scarf
  • Warm hat

November Events in Montreal

There's much to do in Montreal that will be inside where it's warm. Montreal is home to some world-class museums ranging from fine art to the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of archaeology and history. Toward the end of November, Montreal will be decorating for the holidays. Get some shopping done and benefit a local charity at the Montreal Nutcracker Market.

In downtown Montreal, you can spend the day shopping, dining, and visiting some of the smaller more unique museums. Many of the museums have special exhibits and events in November and Montreal has some large annual events that provide even more good reasons for you to visit at this chilly time of year.

  • Santa Claus Parade: This is a very popular event attracting over 300,000 people to Montreal's downtown. The parade, with over 20 impressive floats. proceeds along St. Catherine Street beginning at 11 am. Children can meet Santa after the parade.
  • Cinemania Film Festival: The Festival showcases quality French-language feature films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, and other French-speaking regions. All films have English subtitles.
  • Montreal Documentary Festival: This is a10-day festival highlighting creative documentary filmmaking. The event includes programming for families.
  • MTLàTABLE: Dine around Montreal with a special restaurant week. It's an ideal time for experiencing Montreal's delicious and diverse restaurant scene. Over two weeks, more than 150 Montréal restaurants offer 3-course fixed-price table d’hôte menus at reasonable prices.
  • La Grande Dégustation de Montréal: Wine and spirits lovers will enjoy this tasting event where 200 wine producers, distillers, and brewers bring their products to share and promote. Each year they feature a different wine region.
  • Metropolitan Orchestra of Montreal: The performance season runs through November. The orchestra season includes a series of "music and the movies" events as well as special themed series of concerts which vary from year to year.
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