Grab your favourite sweater and a pumpkin spiced latte! Fall season is just around the corner and there’s no time like the present to start planning. If you’ve been dreaming of getaways in Canada, look no further because this country is jam-packed with stunning places to enjoy the golden season.

It’s almost autumn in Canada and that means one thing — foliage!

When September rolls around, and the leaves begin to change, the country transforms into a nature lover's paradise.

The trees come alive in every shade of red, pink, orange, gold, and yellow imaginable, and there’s no better time to get out there and start exploring.

Across the country there are so many incredible places to embrace the colours of the fall season, from the Maritimes to the Rockies and beyond.

The impressive colours can be experienced on scenic drives, easy hikes or from the comfort of a cozy hotel room. All you've got to do is find them!

Whether you associate fall with Halloween, pumpkin-picking, extraordinary scenery or flavoured lattes, there’s so many ways to celebrate the season in Canada.

If you need a sprinkle of inspiration, here's a cinnamon-flavoured taste of what could be on your 2020 bucket list ...

Cape Breton Island

When: September - October

Location: Cape Breton Island, NS

Why You Need To Go: This Nova Scotia island is the perfect place to fall in love with fall. The Cabot Trail is described as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world, an experience made even more extraordinary by the seasonal colours. The foliage is so bright you'll feel like you're living in a storybook.

Gatineau Park

When: Mid September - Late October

Location: Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: If you’re looking for sugar maple trees, Quebec has got you covered. The province has tons of trees that come alive in the fall season but nowhere quite explodes with colour like Gatineau Park. From September onwards this region is a real feast for the eyes — you won’t be able to put your camera down!


Niagara-on-the-Lake

When: Late September - Mid October

Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: Niagara is a wonderful place to embrace the beauty of a new season. Specifically, when the trees turn gold and orange! If you like a little vino with your view, you can sip at one of the region’s many wineries while enjoying the colours. The falls are equally beautiful at this time of year if you want to explore even more.


The Rocky Mountains & Beyond

When: September - October

Location: Banff National Park & Jasper National Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: Perhaps unsurprisingly, Alberta’s national parks are as mesmerizing in the fall as they are the rest of the year-round.  Temperatures are still pretty pleasant, so you can hike and explore before the winter weather rolls in. Could it get much better than crisp trees with the Rockies as a backdrop?


Prince Edward Island

When: Mid September - Late October

Location: PEI

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous province knows how to celebrate the season. They’ve even got a whole festival dedicated specifically to the flavours of fall! The temperate climate in PEI means the fall season lasts longer than other areas, so you can enjoy the magical colours until as late as November.


Downey's Farm

When: September - October

Location: Downey's Farm, Caledon, ON

Why You Need To Go: This whopping 215-acre farm has been around for decades. If pumpkin-picking is your favourite seasonal activity, this place has got you covered. It’s going to be a little smaller and quieter than usual this year, but you’ll still be able to pose with a pumpkin and feel all those fall vibes.


Riding Mountain National Park

When: Early September - Mid October

Location: Riding Mountain National Park, MB

Why You Need To Go: If you’d like a little wildlife with your foliage, this place is perfect. Covering around 3,000 square kilometres of hills and forest, you’ll be able to enjoy life-affirming views in all directions. If the seasonal colours weren't enough, you’ll have a chance of spotting moose, elk, black bears and even wolves. 

Keep up to date with the park's COVID-19 reopening plan here.


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 trip.


 

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