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

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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 and sends everyone indoors.

The autumn foliage is one of Canada's most beautiful natural attractions and October is a great time to go leaf peeping in Montreal. 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 Weather in October

Throughout the fall in Montreal, the weather is lovely—no longer hot and humid, yet not too cold. The average temperature in October is 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius). The average high in October is 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). Visitors can expect rain about 10 out of 31 days in October though the amount of rain gets smaller as the month progresses, and there isn't a high likelihood of intense storms. Meanwhile, Montreal weather in September is noticeably warmer (and the city is busier), whereas November is on the colder side with more snowfall.

What to Pack

Travelers who plan to visit Montreal in October should be prepared for a variety of temperatures, since it can be comfortable during the day, but downright cold in the evening.

Pack clothing that can be easily 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. A scarf may also come in handy.

You should also bring closed-toed shoes, sneakers or walking shoes, and a pair of boots. If the forecast predicts rain or snow during your trip, consider packing an umbrella, waterproof coat, warm hat, and gloves.

October Events in Montreal

There are endless things to do in Montreal year-round and the city hosts many festivals in October as well as concerts and museum exhibits.

  • Save time during your trip to check out the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which brings audiences the latest long and short-form films by, for, and about Black people, while creating a space to debate major cultural, social, and socio-economic issues. 
  • Every year from September through October, the Montreal Botanic Garden puts on Gardens of Light. The First Nations, Chinese, and Japanese Gardens are all lit with culturally relevant displays. Marvel at an illuminated sacred tree, dozens of Chinese lanterns in unique shapes, and an illuminated path inspired by the seasons.
  • Black & Blue is a massive party geared primarily towards an LGBTQ audience, but is non-discriminatory and is inclusive of everyone, 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. Tickets may go fast, so to stay on the safe side, purchase them well in advance.

October Travel Tips

Before you jet off to Montreal, make sure to plan ahead in order to have a seamless trip.

  • 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 the fall shoulder season.
  • Canada does celebrate Halloween—so pack a costume or shop for one in the city—and take part in activities, such as visiting a local farm for pumpkin picking or other spooky events like joining an urban Zombie walk.
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