5 ways to make the most of Labour Day weekend 2017:  return refreshed and ready for anything

Labour Day. It’s that gust of cool air reminding us that fall is just around the bend. It smells like farmland brimming with delicious produce. Apples waiting to be picked. The corn harvest. The annual transition between summer and fall is often initiated by the roll-through of Labour Day weekend and all it holds. For some, it’s time for that last prolonged sunbathing session—but don’t despair because September is usually still blessed with summer weather! For others, it’s the bridge between camping trips and back-to-school. So, what’s the best way to make the most of this final frontier holiday? Here are 5 ideas:

1.Brome Fair, now in its 161st year is a yearly highlight for tourists and Brome locals alike. The tiny village of Brome, population 250 (located an hour and a half from Montreal) grows to over 40,000 people over the four-day fair, which runs from September 1 to 4 this year. Enjoy the wholesome delights of a bona fide country fair with real history. From competitions for the best produce and livestock, to performances by talented local entertainers, to adrenaline-jerking carnival-style rides, the family fun starts early, ends late, and comes in many forms! Residents say “all roads lead to Brome on Labour Day weekend,” and it’s no wonder!

2. Could you use a good swim? Haven’t gotten in the water enough this season? While Montreal isn’t exactly known for its beaches, there do exist off-island shorelines—4, to be precise. So, if it’s hot and sunny this Labour Day weekend, pack a picnic, hop into your car, and don’t forget your shades. It’ll be a short trip and you won’t regret the effort when you’re sunning in the sand and snacking on strawberries. If you’re from outside of Montreal and are planning a city getaway with that extra delicious Monday tacked onto your weekend, consider Old Montreal’s top-rated hotels.

3. Apple picking season, which starts in mid-August and runs till Halloween-time, is very popular in this province, and among Montrealers in particular. Every year, dozens of orchards welcome the public to come take their best pick. If you’re leaving from Montreal and love a nice drive but don’t want to get stuck in traffic with all the other hungry apple-lovers, pick from this list of juicy apple orchards, all within an hour of the city. There really is something soul-soothing about driving to the country to collect fruit for that first pie.

4. Taste some palate-loving new wines at the Bordeaux Wine Festival in Québec City’s fabulous, history-rich Old Port from August 31 to September 3. Prepare to be charmed by delectable combinations of Bordeaux wines and the finest Québec cuisine! Your taste buds will thank you. Also enjoy a variety of workshops, gourmet demonstrations, and lots more.

5. Why not go tubing down Jacques Cartier River at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, a provincial park located in a stunning glacier valley? Just half an hour from Québec City, you’ll be positively enchanted by the mountainous plateau and deep valleys. This is the perfect location to refresh and inspire yourself in mind-blowing natural surroundings. There is also over 100 km of hiking trails to jog your imagination.

Happy Labour Day weekend from all of us at Boostmi! Drive safe and keep on truckin’!