The best ways to experience the colours of fall with your family at the Lake!

An unpredictable season in all regions of Quebec, including Lac-Saint-Jean, fall is not always considered to be a favourable time for vacation. This period is generally distinguished by cooler temperatures and, more importantly, by a colourful landscape. From mid-September to the end of October, you can admire a natural setting with magical charm.

Discover Lac-Saint-Jean in autumn

Main attractions to enjoy fall colours at the Lake

If you are planning a family road trip to explore the colours of fall in Lac-Saint-Jean, we present in this blog the stops that will allow you to admire the flamboyant colours of the foliage of this season, while offering you unforgettable moments with the family.

Val-Jalbert Historical village

Whether admiring the Ouiatchouan Falls, strolling the trails of the brand new La Dompe site, or climbing the 764 steps leading to the two waterfalls, the Val-Jalbert Historical Village offers a simply breathtaking fall spectacle!

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Saint-Antoine Hermitage

L’Ermitage Saint-Antoine in Lac-Bouchette is both a spiritual and family site where you can come back to peace and quiet and recharge your batteries. To enjoy a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful fall scenery in Lac-Saint-Jean, climb the 25-metre tall Saint-Antoine tower.

What to do after a visit to the Hermitage?]

The Saint-Félicien Wild Zoo

Admire the gems of autumn at the Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien. Throughout an enchanting setting filled with dazzling colours, you will discover the fauna of the Boreal region in a completely different way, which is quietly preparing for the winter season.

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Trou de la fée Cave Park

No matter which path you take, the Trou de la fée Cave Park will enchant you with its richly coloured nature. For the more adventurous, why not zip-line over the Grand Canyon? This adrenaline-filled experience will make you enjoy fall in a simply amazing way!

What to do after your visit to the cave?

Amerindian Museum of Mashteuiatsh

At the Musée amérindien de Mashteuiatsh, you can learn about Native culture while enjoying the colours of fall. The “Nuhtshimitsh, In the Forest” exhibition is an outdoor journey that will transport you to the boreal forest where you will discover the inseparable links woven between the Pekuakamiulnuatsh and Mother Earth.

What to do after a visit to the Amerindian Museum?

Activities to fully experience autumn at the Lake

Fall is the shortest season of the year, so it's time to get out and enjoy the blazing foliage of the trees and the warmth of the sun. Here are some activities to break up the routine and allow you to enjoy the spectacle of fall colours!

Hiking: the best way to experience fall

What better way to discover the wonders of the forest than by walking its trails? Hiking through the forest will allow you to better appreciate foliage colours as well as the pure and fresh air of autumn. It's the best way to live in the moment!

In Lac-Saint-Jean, experts and beginners alike will be served:

  • Ouiatchouan Trail: For intermediates and experienced. This trail runs along the Ouiatchouan River for a distance of 30 km, between Val-Jalbert and Lac-Bouchette, and offers several viewpoints from which you can admire the beauty of Lac Saint-Jean and its tributaries. Depending on your level, the trail also offers a 20 km hike and a 10 km hike. Access fees required.
  • Ermitage Saint-Antoine: Encouraged for family walks. The flâneur trail offers 7 km of landscaped path allowing you to admire the beauty of autumn in all its serenity. Free access.
  • Tobo-Ski Club: Encouraged for family outings. The site offers trails accessible for walking or running. Access fees required.
  • Trou de la fée cave park: A must for family outings. In addition to its 6 km of hiking trails in the forest, take advantage of the footbridges anchored to the rock above the Métabetchouane River. Access fees to the site required.

Hunting and fishing

The Lac-Saint-Jean region not only offers a pleasant landscape, but also activities that are sporty and relaxing, such as hunting and fishing. The ZEC la Lièvre and Ashuapmushuan Wildlife Reserve are two of the best places for these types of activities.

Mountain biking and the Véloroute des Bleuets

The Saint-Félicien Tobo-Ski Club opens its doors to you for colourful sensations! Discover a huge playground suitable for both adults and children. The mountain bike trails are 60 km long.

If you opt for the Véloroute des Bleuets, know that it is accessible until mid-October and that it offers a completely different view of autumn.

Wildlife observation

The forest in autumn offers a superbly colourful spectacle with subtle sun rays sneaking through the leaves and trees. But that's not all! Under all these colours hides a wild fauna where a completely different spectacle awaits you.

The black bear is one of those animals that inhabit the boreal forest of Lac-Saint-Jean. Aventure Lac Saint-Jean takes you to the heart of the wild forest to observe black bears. This excursion guided by a passionate professional will give you a unique experience.

Do you know the flying squirrel? This particular small mammal is one of two species of flying squirrel that are found in North America. Québec Photogravie offers the opportunity to observe them from the top of its tower. Nestled well above the trees, you will be treated to a high-flying show in a most magnificent fall setting.

Pick your own

U-pick is also a wonderful way to enjoy fall, but you have to hurry! The 1er rang produce farm in Roberval opens its doors for squash and pumpkin picking. It's time to stock up for Halloween!

Looking for a unique experience? Become a winemaker for a day at Vignoble La Bonté Divigne. This activity, open to the general public, is held the last two weeks of September.

Consult the pick-your-own calendar


To ensure a safe visit, specific measures have been put in place by the various tourist attractions. However, it is possible that some of their activities or services have been suspended due to restrictive public health standards. Before making a reservation, contact the tourist site by phone or consult their website.