7 Stunning Spots to Watch the Leaves Change Across Canada
The gorgeous fall foliage that adorns our fair country every year proves that orange really is the new black. Fall in love with falling leaves this autumn at these seven stellar Canadian spots.
Watch the leaves change in Humber Valley, NL
“Leaf peeping” is a major source of economic—and recreational—activity in Canada, ringing especially true in Humber Valley. For a region that survives predominantly on paper and pulp exports, you know trees are hot commodities. But they aren’t just a source of livelihood: The Long Range Mountains, part of the Appalachians, burst with every shade of citrus imaginable. If golf is your sport, enjoy this colourful display at River Course, named Canada’s Best New International Course by Golf magazine.
Watch the leaves change in the Bay of Fundy, NB
Hike or stroll through this natural amusement park of open roads, campgrounds and high tides spanning all the way from the tip of Maine to the edge of Nova Scotia. But you won’t need to paint the town red; Mother Nature does that for you when the leaves are brightest mid-September. Don’t forget to pack binoculars to get a closer look at all 360 species of birds perched in the Bay’s fern and cedar trees.
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Watch the leaves change in Mont Tremblant, QC
From BeaverTails to gondola rides to short-and-sweet cruises along the 7.5-mile Lake Tremblant, you’d think that’s where the Laurentian fun stops. Summer’s party scene and winter’s influx of ski bunnies aside, crisp autumn is an underrated way to experience Mont Tremblant. The crunchy leaves that pepper these quaint, hotel-dotted hills are an attraction all their own. Plus, sitting in a bathing suit, with the foliage surrounding you as you melt into an outdoor Scandinavian bath, proves to be quite the lovely juxtaposition.
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Watch the leaves change in Muskoka, ON
Need evidence that Ontario’s favourite place to go cottaging boasts unparalleled foliage? They have several driving tours dedicated to it, which offer views of various winding roads, waterfalls, historic landmarks like Dr. Norman Bethune’s birthplace, as well as scenic views of the Great Lakes. A modern getaway, the leaves add sentimental value to this pristine retreat.
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Watch the leaves change in Banff, AB
Splayed across the Rocky Mountains, it’s a wonder Monet hadn’t swiped his paintbrush to create one of autumn’s most picturesque attractions, lined with multi-toned birches and willows as far as the eye can see. For a weekend in Banff, treat your family to the Explorer Card, which entitles you to a bird’s eye view of Sulphur Mountain aboard the Banff Gondola (7,486 feet up high, to be exact) and a trip on the Banff Lake Cruise along Lake Minnewaka.
Watch the leaves change in Queen Elizabeth Park
Located in British Columbia, the 130-acre park peppered with a blend of coniferous trees (the woody types that stay green year-round) contrasted against deciduous trees (the chameleon types that lose their leaves when they’ve matured) are about as close as you can get to a rainbow without having to endure a sun shower. The main Quarry Garden, once a massive excavation site, includes a dramatic array of shrubs, flowers and, of course, foliage. The north Quarry Garden offers an Asian-inspired rendition of the sort complete with an arching bridge and stream.
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Watch the leaves change on Confederation Trail, PEI
The fact that it was voted the #1 island in Canada and the US by Travel + Leisure magazine is just one of this maritime gem’s selling points. From September to mid-October, enjoy a theatrical display of ruby reds and pumpkin peaches that grace the trees down the famous Confederation Trail. Make sure to cycle slowly to savour the colours as you travel down this abandoned railway, reimagined as 410 kilometres of bike-friendly paths overlooking rolling hills and charming villages.