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The Best Places to See Fall Colours in Canada
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The Best Places to See Fall Colours in Canada

Stanley Park in British Columbia

What better place to be in Vancouver than by the trees and water – at the same time? Stanley Park in Vancouver is a world-renowned park and one of the most beautiful and popular in all of Canada. Attracting close to 8 million visitors every year, the park gets very busy during the fall season as it is one of the best spots to experience fall foliage. Take a walk around the seawall anytime during October or November and you’ll find plenty of photographers, Instagrammers, nature lovers, and Vancouverites soaking up the crisp and picturesque autumn day right in the heart of the city. 

The Rocky Mountains in Alberta

We all know that the Rocky Mountains get incredibly busy with tourists between June and September, but have you ever considered going in the fall? Without the snow, the mountains and vast landscapes have a little more warmth with hints of green, orange, and yellow peeking through the treetops. The area is much easier to get around than in the summer. The Rockies are breathtaking any time of the year, but just know that booking a trip there in late September, October and November will guarantee you gorgeous fall views from every angle! 

Muskoka in Ontario

Muskoka is a popular summer destination for cottage dwellers and “lake life” lovers, so most crowds tend to leave before the beautiful fall foliage begin to show its true colours. For those who stay, they’re in for a treat. With vacationers having long since returned to their homes in the city, it’s a perfect time and opportunity to take photos. So don’t forget your camera (or phone), because there’s no other place like Muskoka, where the fall colours reflect beautifully over the crystal clear lake. 

Laurentian Mountains in Quebec

Being up in the Laurentian Mountains during the fall is like being in a magical universe. As the days shorten and the nights lengthen, many of the trees exhibit warmer colours, with the changes appearing first in higher elevations and then in the lower elevations. In the Laurentian Mountains, for example, oak trees turn red or brown while red maple becomes a brilliant scarlet and black maple turns into a glowing hue of yellow. No matter how you look at it, there will always be something spectacular about being surrounded by gently falling leaves in Quebec. 

Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia

The fall season is a big deal in Cape Breton, as this spot in Nova Scotia has a whole festival dedicated to this time of year! Known as the Celtic Colours International Festival, this unique event celebrates the traditional culture and heritage of the Island, as well as the fall colours that accompany the various cultural experiences. For nine days in October, you’ll discover hundreds of events and activities, including concerts and farmers’ markets, taking place in communities across the Island. And if nine days is too long, you can always hike the Cabot Trail too! It’s a popular spot to capture the shades of fall while trekking alongside the ocean. 

Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick

This 460-kilometre drive in New Brunswick leads you on a breathtaking voyage along the wild Bay of Fundy coastline. Fundy is home to the world’s highest tides and is surrounded by plenty of natural wildlife, including whales and bears. In the fall, you’ll be in awe by the gorgeous autumn colours, the falling leaves, the small coastal islands, and the fossil-filled mudflats. As you drive up the coast, you’ll be introduced to plenty of other landmarks such as Hopewell Rocks, the sea caves of St. Martins, the bustling city of Saint John, and the lovely resort town of St. Andrews by the Sea. 

Confederation Trail in Prince Edward Island

While Prince Edward Island doesn’t get nearly enough credit as its neighbouring provinces, rumour has it that Canada’s smallest province has some of the longest (and best) fall foliage periods in North America. With moderate climates being tempered by the warm Gulf of St. Lawrence waters, Prince Edward Island, and more specifically, Confederation Trail, attracts a suitable number of visitors each year during the fall season. The 435-kilometre-long trail runs tip-to-tip across Prince Edward Island and explored on foot or bicycle, so you can count on seeing the different shades of red, yellow and orange all around and up close while you’re there. 

Source: The Best Places to See Fall Colors in Canada, Celtic Colours International Festival, Tourism PEI: Confederation Trail,    

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