Touring Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue

by - October 11, 2018

There is no better way to welcome Autumn than a day trip to a small cozy village nearby. Luckily, the city of Montreal is surrounded by numerous quaint towns, therefore If you ever feel you need a break from the city life and seeking to walk amidst some greenery, than I recommend going to Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue for the day. 

This cute gem is located a 45 mins drive from Montreal. You can also take the train to the area, however it will take 1 hr 30 mins. I only recommend going for a day trip, that is enough time to enjoy the boutiques, restaurants and the scenery. 

Before checking out the small shops and restaurants of the village, we headed to the Morgan Arboretum for a promenade on the trails. The arboretum is 245 hectares of forested reserve and is open daily throughout the year to visitors who can walk and ski its trails. It's a perfect location to celebrate the glorious colors of Fall.

In addition to Quebec's native trees, the arboretum property supports 18 collections of trees and shrubs, from across the world. The Arboretum is also home to 30 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 170 species of birds.

If you want to practice landscape and nature photography than the Morgan Arboretum is a place to visit. 

We actually encountered a baby deer during our hike, they are hard to photograph, so be prepared! 

After our hike, we headed on Ste-Anne street, which is the main strip where everything is located. In terms of shopping, there was not much to see, most boutiques had bohemian style of clothing available, nothing memorable and on trend of course. 

Unfortunately, the thrift shop was closed for the long weekend. I always like to visit thrift stores in small towns, often times, items from old estates of deceased villagers wind up there. If you are lucky you can come across valuable family heirlooms.

All that walking worked up our appetites, so it was time to eat. Olé Tapas had the best reviews on google so we decided to have lunch there. The tapas were authentic and fresh, it's as if we were dining in Spain. 

The owner kindly came to greet us and gave us a background on his Spanish roots and the delicacies he offers. I strongly recommend to eat at this place when visiting Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, most of the other restaurants had low ratings.

Delicious Sangria, freshly made. 

After lunch, we sat down by the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal to take in the scenery. If you plan to stay longer you can also board a boat for the evening or have dinner by the pier. More info here

There is also an ecomuseum zoo to visit in the area. 

Before going home, we were on the prowl for some dessert at Café au bout de l'Isle

Ending our day trip with some delish carrot cake, it's a must if you go to Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue. 

Happy Autumn! 

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  1. wonderful post dear, thanks for sharing, xo

  2. What a lovely day trip and way of welcoming in this lovely new season! Oh, and of course no day trip is complete without a delicious slice of cake haha - yum!! x

  3. Such a beautiful trip. Nature looks amazing and your photos are so wonderful. Also food looks so delicious. Thank you so sharing.

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  4. These photographs are all absolutely stunning! I'm loving the sharp bursts of colour a lot.

    Have a great week :)
    Amy x Wandering Everywhere

  5. I love some fresh made sangria so any restaurant that offers it is a plus in my book. The town looks quaint but has a lot of special attractions.

  6. wow lovely photos!!

  7. Wow, amazing views and so relaxing, dear!
    Mónica Sors

  8. Good read and appreciate for sharing this.

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