Here are suggestions for activities to do in Quebec to brighten up this month of transition before the frenzy of the holiday season.
The warm days are behind us and the fun of Halloween parties is tiptoeing out.
A few pumpkins remain from this mid-autumn period and stand guard on the squares.
What’s on the fall menu? Apart from the darkness that now starts creeping at 4 p.m.? And the Christmas decorations that can wait a little longer? No? Well, here is an article with suggestions of activities for families, or for adults, to do during the month of November.
What to do in November 2021 in Quebec?
Prepare your list
First, for the points hoarders we are, let’s get our shopping list ready in November. This is in anticipation of the many opportunities that will appear on the AIR MILES and Aeroplan portals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday . They’ll take place on November 26 and 29, 2021. A little before and after of course.
So let’s get ready to earn points and miles multiplied on these most lucrative days of the year. And make sure, with a list, you don’t create needs.
Rent a cottage or a yurt
Didn’t manage to book a cottage, a rustic camp or a yurt in the SEPAQ parkslast summer? But there are still places available in November. Get off the beaten path, wear clothes for the season and go for a weekend in the Oka, Bic, Yamaska, Monts-Vallins or Mont Mégantic national parks, to name a few. The booking calendar shows which sites are closed for the season, which ones are already booked and which ones are available. Are you more of a cottage or a yurt person?
If you’re looking for an original way to explore, there’s this eco-responsible floating hotel in the bay of Lake St-François. A recycled container with solar panels, heated floors and a private terrace with a gas fireplace. Are you interested?
A lesser-known activity (in fact, I had no idea it existed) is the popcorn harvest that will take place on November 6 and 7 at the Quinn farm in Notre-Dame-de-l’île-Perrot. This farm also offers photo sessions in their Christmas trees plantation, which can be selected and cut from the end of November. It is also possible to visit the animal barn. You must book.
As if we were there: an immersive exhibition.
In Montreal in November and in Quebec City from December to February, the immersive exhibition “Under the ice” transports us to the Canadian Arctic for 60 minutes. Breathtaking landscapes, encounters with marine mammals and animals of this polar environment, the images of filmmaker Mario Cyr will be presented at Studios Eloize (Old Montreal) and Centre des Congrès (Quebec).
“It’s a unique opportunity to observe the polar bear as if you were there, or to hear the watery wail of ringed and bearded seals.”
Take part in an adventure game
An original way to take a breath of fresh air with family and friends. The Link, adventure games
Using a mobile application and our GPS location, the game invites us to a treasure hunt in one of the 27 undermentioned cities in Quebec. The hunt takes place in the parks and pedestrian areas of :
Celebrating Aboriginal culture
In Quebec City, from November 18 to 21, the First Nations Book Fair will feature performances, poetry lunches, youth activities and more. A great opportunity to deepen our knowledge and build relationships with these communities.
And still in the Quebec City area, why not make a stop at the traditional site Huron-Wendake. Craft making workshops, guided tours (longhouse, smokehouse, sweat lodge), shows, stories and legends, tomahawk throwing (for adults), meals etc. The choice is diverse.
Please note: bookings are required.
Extending the season of Bacchus
Who said that vineyard tours and tastings end at Thanksgiving? If you book, the winemakers still open their doors. Examples:
- in Lac Brome at Léon Courville, winemaker
- At the Bel-Chas estate, in the region of … Bellechasse
To stay in the same theme, are you a budding oenologist or want to become one? See you November 4-6 at the Festival des vins du Saguenay. Workshops, tastings, discoveries, and guests. Register at this address. The event will take place in person with the vaccine passport and virtually.
For the rest of Quebec, the Great Tasting will take place from November 15 to 21 online for all those interested. Webinars, workshops, conferences, demonstrations, tastings (you will have ordered your wines from the SAQ) await you.
Enjoy the film festivals
What better way to enjoy a good movie on a cold and grey day than in a movie theatre? What could be better if, in addition, this film is part of a festival?
Described as very friendly, the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue will show, from October 30th to November4th 2021, more than 150 productions of all kinds from about thirty countries. Short, medium and feature films, animation and fiction are divided into sixteen presentation blocks ranging from $10 to $12.84. And yes, showings will be held at the Théâtre du Cuivre in Rouyn-Noranda.
Montreal will follow suit with its CINEMANIA, from November 2 to 14, 2021 in theatres (Cinémas Impérial, du Musée, du Parc, Beaubien and Théâtre Outremont). and from November 2 to 21, 2021 on the online platform.
Different prices according to different formulas, including the hybrid passport that allows for both in-theatre and at-home viewing.
Try a cooking workshop
We meet with friends or family to learn how to make bagels, cocktails, tapas or a world cuisine meal.
Do you prefer having the chef at home? Transform yourself into a sommelier for a day or opt for a family pastry class? Workshops of 3-6 hours, face-to-face or virtual, costing between $50 and $250.
Here are 5 good addresses. Hurry up, some courses are already sold out and have created waiting lists.
It happens at the Domaine Poissant du Mont St-Hilaire which is open yearround.
Until November 7, daytime or evening rides with an alpaca on a leash are offered. They take place for 45 minutes in a thematic woodland lit up when it is dark. A headlamp or flashlight is suggested.
Then there is the farm visit, which also lasts 45 minutes, and during which you can enter the pens to pet the animals. Finally, we stop at the shop which has some interesting items for sale.
The activity must be booked in advance. There’s no other way to do it.
You’ve probably noticed it. I did not mention all the art and craft lounges and the many Christmas markets. I’ve ommitted some very interesting events that also start in November but I’m saving them for December and its two weeks of holidays. The Christmas theme and the enchantment of the holidays will be omnipresent.
So let’s not sulk about November and what this month, which is not a sad one at all, can offer. Have a good time!
PS. Members outside Quebec! What do you have to add to our list of November activities? Come and talk about it in the Facebook group!