As autumn quietly wakes up and shakes its leaves, we’re treated to a technicolour spectacular of greens, reds, and golds across the country. Next to sinking into oversized knit sweaters, sipping on autumnal beverages, and feeling cozy overall, watching the fall leaves change colour is one of the best things about the end of summer. And it all happens in the blink of an eye! Be sure to check out our top 5 places in Canada to see the fall colours change.
Stanley Park, BC
Stanley Park is one of the most stunning places to watch the leaves shift from cool greens to warm golds and reds. Stanley Park is home to half a million trees, some hundreds of years old, and standing as tall as 250 feet. Walk through the park’s trails of red cedar, Douglas fir, and maple trees, or find great views from Prospect Point. The best time to see them is in October and November when fall colours are at their peak in BC.
The Rockies are a spectacular sight to behold in the autumn. Sub-alpine larch and aspen trees speckle this epic mountain range with warm reds and yellows, especially in September and October. Check out the views from Banff National Park, Lake Louise, or Johnston Canyon, which has beautiful waterfalls and limestone cliffs.
Autumn in Algonquin, Canada’s oldest national park, is breathtaking. The endless foliage changes like a kaleidoscope from mid-September to mid-October. The sugar and red maples put on their visual spectacle, followed by a beautiful show of red oaks, aspens, and tamaracks in October.
Thousand Islands National Park is a hidden gem and the perfect picturesque spot for fall leaf-viewing. Right along the St. Lawrence River, about 60 km west of Kingston, are granite islands lush with trees and wildlife. Hike to the lookout at Landon Bay during September and October, the best times of year to see the fall foliage, and catch one of the many fall fairs.
Prince Edward Island has one of the longest autumns in northeastern North America. The Confederation Trail is a 470 km trail developed in the ‘90s after the original railway was eventually abandoned. Nearly every spot on the trail will provide a show-stopping view of autumnal shades. View on foot, or on bike.