Canada has breathtaking natural scenery and, at this time of year, a kaleidoscope of color happens across our nation’s forests.
Here are five areas to view the fall foliage at its best across Canada from west to east:
1. Beautiful British Columbia’s capital city Victoria features the Butchart Japanese Gardens lined with Japanese maple trees. From September to late November the trees take on a russet red and golden hue and create a perfect backdrop for the other colors in the gardens. The Gardens have been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada making them a must see.
2. The Rocky Mountains of Alberta have to be on this list! In September, the Rockies experience semi-warm, dry days making it comfortable weather for leaf-viewing. The Alpine trees take on a dazzling red hue making the mountains feel warm and cozy. Lake Louise and Tunnel Mountain near Banff National Park are highly recommended. The sparkling blue water of the lake provides a beautiful contrast to the trees and the mountains create the perfect nook for you to nestle into.
3. Algonquin Park is notably one of the most popular provincial parks in the province of Ontario, conveniently located near Toronto. The park is extremely large in area and offers an array of choices to explore from forests to lakes and rivers. The park is best explored by foot or kayak/canoe for optimal tree-viewing. September to early December features the best, brightest display of colors. Maple trees and Aspens shine during this time. The Algonquin Fall Color Report can help you choose viewing spots and give you a more accurate depiction of color activity.
4. Quebec’s rural areas come alive with color each fall, particularly the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Canyon Ste-Anne. At Mont-Sainte-Anne you can experience the Great Color Adventure, an autumnal event featuring 145 kilometers of mountain bike trails, cross- country, hiking trails, games, fall-themed events and more. The spectacular Canyon is best viewed from three suspension bridges that reach heights of up to 60 meters above the gorge.
5. You can’t mention the west coast without paying homage to the east! The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia provides one of the world’s most beautiful autumnal drives. The serpentine roads wind around Cape Breton’s northern shore and opens up to show stunning crimsons, oranges, and golds. Peak viewing time is the month of October as the changing leaves cover the rolling hills like a warm-toned blanket. You can consult the Nova Scotia Fall Foliage Report for a detailed color itinerary and optimal viewing times.