The leaves are falling. Cooler weather is settling in. Fall invites us to take the opportunity to slow down in a colourful atmosphere where relaxation comes easy. Leave your daily cares behind for more tranquility. Whether you’re looking for an evening around the fire or just a moment to yourself, these suggestions are sure to inspire you on your quest for relaxation.

A quiet monastic retreat

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For those who feel a call to seek out inner peace, the Augustinian Monastery offers accommodations for a spiritual retreat in the heart of Québec City. Several packages including a silent breakfast at Le Vivoir will bring you closer to your inner self. Yoga and Qi Gong workshops as well as a visit to the archives and the artifacts museum are other things to do on site. Visitors can also opt to stay only for the day.

An exceptional Nordic spa for fall

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Imagine being lulled by the swirling water while perched on a mountainside from where you can admire a pristine landscape. This is the thermal experience that awaits you at the GEOS SPA at the Sacacomie Hotel in Mauricie. Its hot and cold baths, small indoor pool and glassed-in relaxation room all present an view of Sacacomie Lake and the surrounding nature. This makes it a relaxing and amazing place to enjoy invigorating fall weather.

A meditation in the heart of the forest

If you have a passion for yoga, treat yourself to an escape that suits your taste. Located in the Eastern Townships, Auberge Yoga Salamandre is a place focused on nature and well-being. Take a light stroll to one of the many platforms along the river, where you can set up your mat or cushion to meditate. A massage cabin in the woods, an indoor relaxation room and bright rooms will satisfy visitors looking for a relaxing vacation.

Glamping, or how to unwind in the great outdoors

Anyone who loves the forest and hiking will fall under the spell of the comfortable, unusual lodging at Momentôm Refuges Nature in Charlevoix. These cozy mini-cabins are designed to look like prospector tents and fully equipped and heated. Offering a magnificent view of the lush forest, these units are equipped with a terrace with a private hot tub and a campfire pit. An outdoor library and two reading areas are also installed on site. Talk about a luxurious and romantic glamping spot!

The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal: a must-see!

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Located on Place d'Armes in Old Montréal and renowned for its grandiose architecture, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal is the first Gothic Revival style church in Canada. Discover a majestic interior, sculpted, painted and decorated with gold leaf. The Basilica is also at the heart of many cultural activities appreciated by pilgrims and tourists alike. Don't miss the renewed experience of the AURA show, a production of the Moment Factory studio that combines sound, lights and multimedia techniques.

Discover the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau

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To combine nature and history, the Mackenzie King Estate is a must-see destination. A true jewel at Gatineau Park, this country estate belonged to former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. The Waterfall and Lauriault trails form a popular hiking loop and dogs are allowed on a leash. Beautiful gardens and historic ruins make the estate a beautiful and unique site. You're sure to fall in love with the place!

Discover the past and present of Grosse-Île

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Grosse-Île served as a quarantine station from 1832 to 1937 for the port of Quebec. It was, at the time, the main entrance for immigrants to Canada. A visit to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site allows you to better understand its importance in the history of the country and to discover its unique past. Visitors will get a sense of the troubling experience of immigrants who sailed in hope of a better future. Ships from Croisières Lachance take visitors to this exceptional site.

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