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Hikers looking out at fall foliage.

Hikers looking out at fall foliage.

Fall hiking seems to be just another one of those quintessential Canadian activities. What better way to help you make the most of your cross-Canada travel bucket list? Not only is hiking affordable, but from coast to coast Canada boasts some truly incredible trails whose views really peak in the fall.

So, dig out those sweaters, vests and boots because here are iconic fall hikes from each province to get you excited for the season.

BC: Paradise Meadows Trail 

Price: Starting from $10 per person if you camp

Location: Strathcona Provincial Park, BC

Why You Need To Go: The easy boardwalk trail is wheelchair accessible and takes approximately 45 minutes to do, making this a perfect way to take in some fall colours without committing to an entire day.

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Alberta: Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail 

Price: $10.50 for entry to the park

Location: Banff National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: This super easy hike will give you picture-perfect views of the gorgeous Moraine Lake. Toss in some crisp fall air and you have an idyllic autumn afternoon activity.

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Nova Scotia: Skyline Trail (Cabot Trail)

Price: $8.50 for entry to the park

Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park, NS

Why You Need To Go: Every Canadian needs to see the world-famous Cabot Trail at least once, and it's extra stunning in the fall!

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Manitoba: Top Of The World Trail

Price: Starting at $11.55 per vehicle

Location: Whiteshell Provincial Park, MB

Why You Need To Go: The 4-kilometre hike will bring you to a fantastic lookout where you can enjoy views of the surrounding forest and Falcon Lake.

Newfoundland and Labrador: Corner Brook Stream Trail

Price: Free

Location: Corner Brook, NL

Why You Need To Go: It's a beautiful walk that will take you past a waterfall, and what goes better with fall colours than a waterfall?

Ontario: Bruce Trails  

Price: Free

Location: Grimsby, ON

Why You Need To Go: Here, you can enjoy some of the best panoramic views in the Niagara area, only made better by red and gold colouring.

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PEI: Confederation Trail

Price: Free

Location: Confederation Trail, PE

Why You Need To Go: This massive trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and crosses the entire island. P.E.I. may be best known as a summer hotspot, but the Confederation Trail sure knows how to show off the island's autumn side.

Saskatchewan: Anglin Lake Trails

Price: $10 per vehicle

Location: Great Blue Heron Provincial Park, SK

Why You Need To Go: This peaceful hiking trail will lead you to spectacular views of the lakes and colourful fall leaves — views like this show off that the prairie province is not all boring flatlands.

Quebec: King Mountain Trail

Price: Free

Location: Gatineau Park, Chelsea, QC

Why You Need To Go: From the cliff lookout, you can enjoy magnificent views of the fall landscape.

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New Brunswick: Mount Carleton Trail

Price: $10 per vehicle

Location: Mount Carleton Provincial Park, Saint-Quentin, NB

Why You Need To Go: The all-day hike will take you to the highest point in New Brunswick, where you can enjoy spectacular forest views from this maritime province.

Happy hiking!

This article has been updated since it was originally published on September 19, 2019.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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