3 Exciting Plan Ideas for Thanksgiving Weekend!

Leyla Alvarez

Thanksgiving means a long weekend full of things to do from October 9 to 12. At Layman Transport, we’d like to hunt for the best spots and find the most thrilling activities for you and your loved ones to do this fall season.

Fall has finally arrived at Montreal’s doorstep! 

Along with the changing season, the cooler temperatures and the trees that provide us with their own colourful display also comes Canadian Thanksgiving, or as we know it in Québec, Action de grâce, to highlight the end and the success of the harvests. 

Dozens of fruit and vegetables mature in the early days of autumn; however, Thanksgiving is no longer limited to farming activities today but has become an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate their overall well-being. 

Thanksgiving also means a long weekend full of things to do from October 9 to 12. 

At Layman Transport, we’d like to hunt for the best spots and find the most thrilling activities for you and your loved ones to do this fall season. 

Renting a vehicle can be relatively safe if the proper precautions are taken; this way you can safely enjoy the best of the season whenever you travel. 

We highly suggest you make a reservation or purchase your tickets online for indoor spaces ahead of time to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

1. Harvest season activities 

This year, taking part in outdoor activities is even more important as families have spent so much time confined to their homes and Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to take a day trip dedicated to harvest season activities. 

Le Verger Labonté is only 25 minutes away from Montreal on Notre-Dame-de-L’île-Perrot and this eco-responsible orchard offers several activities for all. Pick-your-own apples, visit the mini-farm, have fun at the playground and wander through the corn mazes. You can even bring your own picnic to enjoy the day with your family. 

Situated less than 30 minutes from Montreal, Domaine Labranche is an apple shack (September to October), orchard and vineyard. This place has a lot to offer visitors: a mini-farm and play modules for the kids, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, hiking trails, a gourmet shop and also has an on-site picnic area. 

Hop on our 14 passengers van is the perfect fit for outdoor activities like hockey games, families traveling with children, in-city transits or interurban shuttles. 

2. Quick trip in nature 

Sure, beaches in the summer and skiing in the winter are great, but nothing beats a hike outside in the fall as you gaze at the absolute beauty of red, gold and orange leaves.  

Go on a short journey on the top of the Calvaire d’Oka trail and experience the spectacular outdoor setting with a pleasant outlook on Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Adirondacks. 

During a few weeks in the autumn season, Mont-Royal Hill also has an exceptional view where you can see various shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown coming from trees in Montreal and at night you can see the city that lights up! 

There is nothing better than the beauty of nature to recharge your batteries! 

 3. Farmer’s market outing 

If you don’t have the chance to get out of town this fall, just head to the Atwater Market or the Farmer’s markets in Jean-Talon hold local produces: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, berries, pumpkins, apples, onions and more so you can cook some heart-warming meals on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are planning an important event gathering in Montreal, you can always count on Layman Transport for your transportation needs. Hire our luxurious 56 seaters Coach Bus to maintain 2 meters distance in between each guest aboard or 48 seaters School Bus if you’re looking for a budget-friendly ride.

We are aware that you might have some concerns when it comes to traveling but Layman Transport wants to keep you informed as to the proactive steps we are taking in relation to the Coronavirus. As a leading company in transportation, our focus remains on the health and safety of our passengers and team members, to ensure we exceed standards and your expectations on our services. Our team is closely monitoring updates and reports provided by federal, state and local government sites including the Public Health Agency of Canada. Based on what has been communicated, we have implemented the following preventative measures:  

  • Maximum capacity of buses will be reduced by 50%; On a vehicle of 56 people, only 28 people are allowed. 
  • One passenger will occupy two seats in order to maintain 2m of distance in between passengers as well as the driver during the boarding process.  
  • Wearing a mask is required throughout the trip.  
  • Hand disinfection is mandatory before boarding. 
  • While en route with passengers, all efforts will be made to allow as much fresh air as possible into the bus. 
  • All our vehicles are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before and after each trip. 
  • We have been and will continue to wash and wipe down all of our vehicles on a daily basis.  
  • Disinfectant wipes will be placed on all vehicles so that high traffic areas, hand rails and hard surfaces can be wiped down regularly. 
  • Disinfectant wipes will be made available in common work areas in every depot and office so that all door knobs, and hard surfaces can be wiped down regularly. 
  • We are providing individual hand sanitizers to all of our employees. 
  • Our drivers undergo a COVID-19 test every 15 days, and respect the precautions to be taken. 
  • We are providing individual hand sanitizers to all of our employees.   

It also details what each individual can do to prevent his or her own exposure to COVID-19, which we include below for immediate reference: 

  • Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms. 
  • Wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. 
  • Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through contact, change your regular greeting. Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses. 
  • Practice frequent hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette.  

We will continue to be vigilant in our actions to ensure the safe travel of our employees and passengers. 

On behalf of Layman Transport, we would like to wish you a lovely Thanksgiving and a joyous fall season. We are grateful for the pleasure of serving you and meeting your transportation needs. 

Send us the details of your trip and let our team take care of the rest. Get your quote right now and we will get back to you shortly! 


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