One of the best things about fall is the vibrant foliage, as leaves change from green into a rich palette of yellow, ochre, orange, red and burgundy. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of this spectacular show nature puts on every autumn, we’ve got 10 great spots to take in the view.
We asked Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director at Fodor’s Travel, for her recommendations for the best spots across the country to see the leaves change colour this fall.
Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba
Located in eastern Manitoba, this park is an ideal spot to catch the leaves as they change colour. “The park’s closeness to the Ontario border coupled with its miles of hiking trails and golden leaves during the fall season make it a hot spot for fall foliage,” affirms Bowen.
The Rocky Mountains, Alberta
If you’re in Alberta, head to the Rockies to catch the fall foliage in all its glory. “Free of the overwhelming summer crowds, visitors can peacefully enjoy the vibrant colours,” says Bowen. She suggests taking a ride on the Banff Gondola or Jasper Tramway for incredible panoramic views.
Niagara Parkway, Ontario
Plan an early October trip to see the leaves changing along the Niagara Parkway. “The historic parkway follows the beautiful Niagara River, providing breathtaking autumn views stretching from Queenston to Niagara-on-the-lake,” Bowen says.
Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
Hiking is an ideal means of immersing yourself amid the fall foliage, and Bruce Peninsula is one of the best spots in Canada to do it. “Featuring 1,000-year-old trees and miles of hiking trails, the fall foliage viewing from the end of September to the beginning of October is magnificent,” Bowen says of this top spot for catching the changing leaves.
Laurentian Mountains, Quebec
Fall colours surrounding the breathtaking Laurentian Mountains begin to peak the end of September, continuing to mid-to-late October, notes Bowen. These stunning high-altitude, panoramic views culminate in the annual celebration of leaves called Mont Tremblant’s Symphonie des Couleurs.
Eastern Townships, Quebec
If you’re in Quebec and searching for the perfect spot to take in the fall foliage, Bowen suggests this charming spot. “This quaint collection of red-brick villages, tidy Protestant churches and white clapboard farmhouses east of Montreal blazes with spectacular fall foliage from mid-September through mid-October,” she tells us.
Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island
PEI’s Confederation Trail extends almost the complete length of the island and boasts what Bowen describes as “an enchanting medley of rich colour.” The flat surface is perfect for hiking and bicycling if you prefer to see the fall colours while on the move. She suggests staying for the annual Fall Flavours Festival in September, which highlights the season’s bounty.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
Autumn and all it has to offer is celebrated in Cape Breton, so if you’re looking for a diverse vacation spot, this is a great choice, suggests Bowen. “From steep hiking trails and winding-roads drive along the Cabot Trail to the annual Celtic Colours International Festival, Cape Breton brings visitors from around the world to celebrate the fall season,” she says.
Miramichi, New Brunswick
“Celebrated for salmon rivers that reach into rich forests, Miramichi is a land of lumber kings, ghost stories, folklore and festivals,” says Bowen. She adds that the scenic Miramichi River Route (Route 8) is the best place to see fall colours.
Stanley Park, Vancouver
Stanley Park is Vancouver’s first and largest urban park, and because it features scenic views of the surrounding water, mountains, trees and gardens, Bowen says you’re bound to catch some gorgeous fall colours as you stroll the sprawling green space.