Fall Festivities

By Shaun Lalani

Sweater weather and hot cocoa season is finally upon us! But so are midterms. If you find yourself short on time and have no clue as to what pumpkin season brings, worry not, because the Ledger’s got your back. Here’s five awesome things you can do to this month to ensure the only thing fall-ing is your stress.

LARPing on Mont-Royal

Whimsical. Eccentric. Geeky. Regardless of how people describe them, for Montreal’s spirited band of role-playing misfits, Autumn is LARP season. For the uninitiated, Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is the physical equivalent of a DnD game where participants play-out a fantastical character in a fictional world, complete with epic battles and perilous quests. It’s great fun and an amazing way to meet people. All you need is a vivid imagination and some epic gymnastic moves. For more information, you can check out Guerriers de la Montagne’s website.

Alpaca Walking

Ever see one of those mini-horses which sometimes like to spit on things? Well now you can walk them! Montreal’s Verger Champêtre is offering visitors an opportunity to walk the furry little munchkins through a beautiful, breezy orchard. There’s also pies, farms, and petting zoos on offer for as little as a five-dollar admission fee. It’s an hour drive away and full of love! You can find out more about this activity here!

Apple Picking

Forget going to the farmer’s market, you can now pick the freshest produce straight from the source. Apple-picking is a great way to spend time with your loved ones and get some pictures for the ‘gram. The colorful leaves and fresh autumn breath serves as the perfect antidote for those looking to escape the hectic city lifestyle, even if it’s just for a day. The best part, you get to take home all those juicy apples you so meticulously picked! You can find out more about this activity here!

Gardens of Light

Lanterns and lore await at Montreal’s exquisite Gardens of Light! Every year, from the 6th of September to 31st of October, Montreal’s Botanical Gardens light up the horizon with a dazzling array of neon lights and multi-colored lamps. The attraction delves into a rich telling of Chinese mythology, a tribute to the city’s many Asian residents. Each lantern is artisanally-crafted in Shanghai and coupled with the other stunning decor lighting up the attraction, takes over a month of preparation to set up. Boasting upwards of 700 lanterns and an authentic dosage of Chinese music and culture, it presents an opportune moment for you to be lost in awe and wonder. You can find out more about this activity here!

Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

Come October 9th, Montreal will bid welcome to 160,000 tourists who wish to partake in the cities enriching cultural vibe. You could be one of these movie enthusiasts! Over a ten-day period, the world-famous festival brings aficionados of contemporary French and English cinema together in its dreamy victorian-era theatres. For many cineastes, the festival is a zesty viewing of intriguing themes and provocative art through the lens of some of the world’s premier independent movie makers. The festival, along with tasty street food and alleyway acts, lifts the veil surrounding the city’s hip and diverse history and offers an enriching cultural experience to the public. You can find out more about this activity here!