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Fall for Montreal in October

As one of the many participants who are meeting in Montréal for the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012), we hope that you will have an opportunity to discover the many attractions that the city has to offer during the fall season.

When the sun goes down, the night lights up
At nightfall, majestic lighting enhances the beauty of the architectural details of buildings that have endured through the centuries. An evening stroll through Old Montréal is an excellent way to stretch your legs after a long day at the conference!

The city is filled with a whirlwind of autumn leaves
In the fall, the trees in Parc du Mont-Royal, the "green gem" of Montréal, turn myriad shades of orange, yellow and red. Federick Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York, also designed the path that winds through Parc du Mont-Royal at the end of the 19th century. And today, Mont-Royal still holds a very special place in the hearts of Montrealers as it provides an oasis for relaxation and an incredible view of downtown.

What can we say about La Fontaine and Maisonneuve parks? The first is a reflection of Montréal's cultural life, boasting public works of art, streams and theatre, all of which enhance the luxurious Victorian homes that surround it; while the second, with its leisure areas and sports facilities, does not take a back seat to its famous neighbours, the Botanical Garden, the Biodome, the Insectarium and the Olympic Stadium.

The magic of lanterns: a feast for the eyes!
At the Botanical Garden, the walkways through the Jardin de Chine are illuminated with 700 Chinese lanterns. Created entirely from silk, these lanterns were designed in Montréal and handmade by artisans in Shanghai. Your photographs and your memories will last forever –guaranteed!

Digital creation and authors' films
Much to the pleasure of movie lovers, the cultural awakening that is the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) will be extended. Movies, video productions, multimedia works, and interactive projects will be featured for 11 days during this one-of-a-kind festival. The FNC is a unique venue where the public and creators alike can explore the most innovative trends in movies and new media. The programming, which is diversified and appealing to everyone, focuses on excellence and the presentation of original works by moviemakers from Québec, Canada and around the world.

Delectable visits to public markets
The fall brings an abundance of produce to Montréal's public markets. The aromas emanating from the Jean-Talon Market, the flavours of the Atwater Market, and the brilliant colours on display at the Maisonneuve Market draw crowds who gather to meet with fruit, vegetable and flower producers. You will also find specialized boutiques at these locations each more inviting than the next, where you can discover specialty items such as spices, oils, cheeses, meats, desserts and local Québec fare. These markets are a must for the foodies among you!

As Halloween approaches, an eerie wind blows through the city!
As the Botanical Garden takes weeks to prepare for the Grand bal des citrouilles, preparations are underway in Old Montréal for the incredible Grande Mascarade Parade. Did you bring your costume?


Sources: Tourisme Montréal, Ville de Montréal, Le Mont-Royal, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Corporation de gestion des marchés publics de Montréal