Autumn colours at Mont-Tremblant
Changing fall colours…a fascinating phenomenon!
The colour change that happens to leaves in the fall is related to a decrease in light. Trees need sunlight for photosynthesis, the process by which they purify the air. Leaves soak up chorophyll, a substance that gives them their green tint and contributes to the absorption of the sun’s rays.
In the fall, the sun’s rays hit our hemisphere less directly; the lack of light lets the trees know that it’s time to turn dormant for the winter. Less light, so less photosynthesis, and less chlorophyll in the leaves. A type of plug is formed at the base of the leaves, which prevents the circulation of chlorophyll. The leaves then take on their natural shades of red, yellow and orange before dying.
It will take several days of high winds to detach the leaves from their branches and strip the trees bare.
Source: Weather Network
Autumn sets Mont-Tremblant ablaze with vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red. Keep warm during this brisk season by hiking, cycling, going for a workout in nature, or visiting a spa in colourful surroundings reminiscent of an impressionist painting.
Keep an eye on the Colour Index
Decide on the best time to visit Mont-Tremblant by consulting the Colour Index, a quick reference that shows foliage colour change progression.
0% to 40%: Mostly green tones with some orange, yellow and red
50% to 80%: Mostly orange, yellow and red with some green
90% to 100%: Orange, yellow and red tones
When the Index is at 100%, the trees have reached their maximum colour intensity and it’s the ideal time to come and enjoy the beautiful scenery before the leaves fall!