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10 places in Canada with the most breathtaking fall colours

Fall in Canada is nearly here with it colder weather, pumpkin-spice and exceedingly breathtaking natural beauty. Every year we look forward to the reappearance of Canada's stunning, multicoloured landscapes.

Mid-September to October is the perfect time to do a bit of outdoor exploring if you don't want to miss the bright reds and yellows. So get outside before winter comes a-knocking and take in all this colourful season has to offer. 

Here are some places across Canada with some seriously breathtaking fall foliage.

Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

With more than 50 picturesque lakes and the stunning La Cloche Mountains, there's no wonder the Group of Seven painters were so inspired here. Although pretty all year round, the park is definitely most breathtaking once the leaves start changing colour.

Goldstream Provincial Park, British Columbia

Located just outside Victoria, this park is home to an old-growth temperate rainforest and some of the most beautiful fall foliage on Vancouver Island. Every October there is also an annual salmon run, during which time thousands of fish return to the Goldstream River. 

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Saskatchewan

This park straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary making it the only interprovincial park in the country. It boasts lush forest, prairie land and towering hills that will bring you up to the highest point in Saskatchewan. The views get even better with a bit of colour. 

Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba 

The green forests in this national park turn to shades of magnificent gold in the fall. There's also a chance you'll spot some wildlife. Moose, bison, elk and black bears are just some of the animals that call this park home.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

Found on Cape Breton Island, this national park simply can't be beat, especially when it comes to fall views. The Cabot Trail scenic highway follows the coast and offers sweeping ocean views. The vast Cape Breton Plateau contains hills, river canyons, valleys and forests to explore. 

Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon

At this park in the Yukon, you can watch the northern lights, climb rugged mountain peaks and take in incredible views of hills painted in red and yellow. Keep in mind that camping is the only option if you want to stay overnight. Dawson City is the nearest community, about an hour away.

La Mauricie National Park, Quebec

This park is home to the world-renowned Laurentian Mountains that are among the most popular destinations for leaf peepers. Visit in late September and you'll see the rolling hills ablaze with bright fall hues. There are also over 150 lakes of various sizes throughout the park.

Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba

Situated not far from Winnipeg, this picturesque provincial park boasts some of the best fall foliage in Manitoba. Walk the nine-kilometre Pine Point Trail for some of the best views of the colourful forest. 

Banff National Park, Alberta

The larches that change from a green to a brilliant yellow in fall set against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains is a sight like no other. If you visit Larch Valley in this beloved national park around the end of September, you'll be able to view them at their most vibrant. 

Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario 

Another of the Group of Seven's favourites, Algonquin is easily one of the most beloved parks in Ontario. The fall colours alone make the park worthwhile, especially if you time it right to catch the spectacular colours from mid-September to mid-October. 

Remember to check travel restrictions before travelling within Canada this fall as COVID-19 remains a threat and mandatory quarantines may still apply in some provinces. 

Lead photo by

onthecoastns at Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia


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