October may be one of the loveliest months to visit Montreal. The summer crowds have long gone, but there is still some bustle to the streets of Old Montreal before the severe winter cold hits.
For a city famous for its festivals, Montreal has a bit of down time in October. The second Monday of October is Thanksgiving in Canada, so banks and most stores will be closed, but you can expect crowds of locals and tourists that particular weekend.
This slower October pace may be a good thing for tourists who don't mind the lull and can score some nice deals on flights and hotels during fall shoulder season. Plus, Montreal is a thriving city no matter whether there's a festival on or not.
Throughout the fall in Montreal, the weather is lovely—no longer hot and humid, yet not too cold. Temperatures rarely dip below zero, but you'll want to bring a warm jacket, as more often than not, the temperature won't reach double digits. The average temperature in October is 48 degrees. The average high in October is 57 degrees, and the average low is 39 degrees. Visitors can expect rain about 10 out of 31 days in October. Meanwhile, Montreal weather in September is noticeably warmer (and the city is busier), whereas November is on the colder side with more snowfall.
Packing for Montreal in October
Travelers who plan to visit Montreal in October should be prepared for a variety of temperatures.
Pack clothing that can be layered, such as long sleeve shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and long pants. Evenings can get very chilly so be make sure to wear a heavy fleece or light down jacket over your outfit. You should also bring closed-toed shoes, sneakers or walking shoes, and boots for women.
If the forecast predicts rain or snow, consider packing an umbrella, waterproof coat, warm hat, and gloves.
Perks of Visiting Montreal in October
The autumn foliage is one of Canada's most beautiful natural attractions. Some of the best places around the city to see the colorful leaves include: Mount Royal Park, the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Morgan Arboretum, the 400-acre Bois-de-Liesse Park, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Bois de l'Île Bizard, and Parc Angrignon.
Montreal Events in October
There are endless things to do in Montreal year-round. The city hosts many festivals in October as well as concerts and museum exhibits. Save time to check out the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which brings audiences the most beautiful new Black films, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues. The Magic of Lanterns in September and October highlights hundreds of handmade silk lanterns from China. Black & Blue is a primarily gay celebration but is non-discriminatory and includes men and women, straight and gay. Finally, the city's National Hockey League Team, the Montreal Canadiens, start their season at the end of September, and their games are open to the public.