Canada is well known for its beautiful countryside and landscapes. One of the best times to visit is in the fall when the leaves on the trees start to change colors. The sight is something to behold and in many areas it’s simply breathtaking. These are some of the top locations to visit in Canada once the summer ends and before the long, cold winter begins.
1. Prince Edward Island
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This eastern, coastal province features an array of colourful trees in its numerous forests. The climate on the island is pretty moderate due to the water temperatures from the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This means the fall season is one of the longest and most comfortable on this adventurous little island.
2. Whistler, British Columbia
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Visiting Whistler in the fall is always a good idea even though it’s known as one of the world’s top ski resorts. Visitors in the autumn can view the changing of the leaves before the ski crowds show up in the winter. If you’re hoping to get a good look at some stunning fall colors on the trees then you will want to visit in October.
3. Niagara Region, Ontario
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Ontario’s Niagara Region features the famous waterfalls as well as the charming village of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The drive down the Niagara Parkway has often been referred to as one of the prettiest in the world. The road takes you from the falls and along the Niagara River to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The village is filled with charming shops, inns, and restaurants and is famous for its ice wines.
4. The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
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The famous Cabot Trail in the eastern province of Nova Scotia winds around the north shore of the beautiful Cape Breton Island. It’s one of the most picturesque routes on the globe and is second to none once the leaves start to change color in the fall. The best time to visit to see the spectacular colors is from late September to early October.
5. Mont Tremblant, Quebec
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Like Whistler, B.C., this is another location that’s famous for its skiing. However, it’s just as beautiful the rest of the year, especially in the colourful fall months. It’s an ideal spot for hiking, camping, golfing, and horseback riding in the majestic Laurentian Mountains.
6. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
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British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is one of Canada’s most scenic and popular destinations at any time of the year. The fall is a great time to visit, especially the vineyards, as the grapes ripen on the vines and the colors in the region are simply amazing when the trees start to turn.
7. The Rocky Mountains, Alberta
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Alberta’s Rocky Mountains offer some of the most incredible colors each fall. The views are exceptional from many points in the mountains, especially by the end of September. The weather may be a bit cooler by then, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy the great outdoors.
8. The Rideau Canal, Ontario
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The Rideau Canal offers some breathtaking views of the colourful fall scenery. You’ll find some picturesque villages along the waterway where you can soak in the nation’s heritage.
9. Muskoka, Ontario
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The area around the town of Muskoka in Ontario is filled with beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and forests. It offers some excellent scenery in the fall when the trees turn into a kaleidoscope of colors. The region stretches from Georgian Bay all the way to Algonquin Park.
10. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
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Algonquin Park is one of Ontario’s most popular wilderness areas. It’s an ideal location for camping, hiking, and canoeing etc. It’s filled with amazing wildlife, lakes, ponds, and forests. When the fall comes the trees display gorgeous shades of yellows, oranges, reds, greens, and browns.