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 its festivals, Montreal has a bit of down time in October, but that may be a good thing for tourists who don't mind the lull and can score some nice deals on flights and hotels during this time.
Plus, Montreal is a thriving city no matter whether there's a festival on or not.
October in Montreal is similar, climate-wise, to New York City, but a bit chillier. 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. October is also a prime time to see the fall foliage.
What to Pack 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.
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 and warm hat.
Perks of Visiting Montreal in October
The main perk is the lovely weather — no longer hot and humid and not yet cold. Many outdoor activities can still be enjoyed comfortably with just a little extra clothing.
Travelers will also notice that the autumn foliage is one of Canada's most beautiful natural attractions. The best part? Fewer tourists mean more travel and hotel deals during the fall shoulder season.
What to Know About Montreal in October
The second Monday of October is Thanksgiving in Canada. Banks and most stores will be closed, but you can expect crowds of locals and tourists that weekend. Evenings can get very chilly so be prepared when you pack. A heavy fleece or light down jacket is a good idea, as is bringing lots of layers.
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.