While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees are painted in vibrant shades of red, yellows and oranges. The sight is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The brilliance of the fall foliage is one of the best reasons to travel in the autumn.
Here is a list of the best places in Canada, from the west coast all the way to the east coast, to see fall foliage:
- Rocky Mountains in Jasper and Banff: The view of the majestic mountains alone make the trip to the Rocky Mountains worthwhile, but the towns of Jasper and Banff come alive with the breathtaking views of yellow and gold leaves of aspens and spruces from late September to October. A top favourite place for Canadians to go hiking, camping and canoeing!
- Butchart Gardens in Victoria: The Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. It’s a gardener’s paradise! At 135 acres, there are 5 spectacular gardens to enjoy. The Japanese Gardens with reds, yellows and oranges of the maple trees being especially striking in the fall. Peak viewing times are in October and November.
- Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba: The 2 729 sq. km Whiteshell Provincial Park is best known for its abundance of golden-yellow ash trees and beautiful lakes and rivers. It is one of the most picturesque places in the province, especially for hiking and boating. As the park is close to the Ontario border, it’s definitely worth the drive for Ontarians! Visit in late September to October.
- Algonquin Park, Nipissing, Ontario: This 7 725 sq km park is a popular fall tourist attraction for hiking and canoeing. Visitors will be treated to colourful maple trees, aspens, tamarack and red oaks in vibrant shades of yellow and oranges. Canoeing down the rivers/lakes is great way to enjoy the colourful fall foliage. The best time to visit the park is late September through October.
- Laurentian Mountains, Laurentides, Quebec: To celebrate the beauty of the fall landscape, the city hosts a “Symphony of Colours Festival” in the Laurentian Mountains, which features free concerts and symphonies. The spectacular views of the orange and yellow sugar maples, birches and American beeches are definitely worth the short drive from Montreal! The festival runs from early September until the end of October.
- Fundy Trail, New Brunswick: Fundy Trail is one of the most beautiful and rewarding places for hiking, biking and sightseeing. With its unique mix of deciduous trees and boreal trees, Fundy Trail is home to the most varied fall colour palette in Canada. Visitors will be feasting their eyes on bright red maples, pumpkin orange elms, and golden-yellow ironwood. The best time to see this amazing fall foliage is during the first two weeks in October.
- Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: Like most of these places on this list, Cape Breton is beautiful all year round. However, the Island comes alive in late September to October with the striking red and orange maple trees, golden birch trees and tawny brown chestnut trees. The famed Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park are just a couple of places to view the magnificent fall foliage.
- Humber Valley, Corner Brook, Newfoundland: Even though Corner Brook is a small town, Humber Valley, which sits on a hilly mountainside, is able to attracts thousands of tourists with its radiant fall foliage. This 70 km stretch of land is home to colourful maple and birch trees. It’s a beautiful place for hiking and canoeing. Be sure to visit Barry’s Lookout for some spectacular views. And if you are adventurous enough, you can try zip lining!
Prince Edward Island
- Confederation Trail, PEI: This 470 km trail, which was once an abandoned railroad, is eastern Canada’s favourite outdoor playground for cyclists and hikers. In the fall, Confederation Trail is bursting with rich, fiery shades of red, yellows, oranges from the maple, poplar, birch and cherry trees that colour the landscape. Along with the magnificent trees, visitors can enjoy the surrounding farmlands, meadows, rivers and wildlife. The best time to visit is from mid September to late October.
So as you can see, there are many beautiful places in Canada to explore! What’s your favourite place to see fall foliage? Leave us a comment.