Here’s How To Explore Canada This Fall

The diversity of Canada’s landscapes radiates throughout the various seasons, and fall is an especially vibrant time of year across the country. It’s the feeling of wholesome coziness, the spectacular colours of changing foliage and the crunch of leaves under your boot. Breezes get brisker, wardrobes get cozier, and drinks and meals get heartier. It’s a time for Canadian locals and visitors to get a front-row seat to magnificent fall colours, become immersed in nature and indulge in all the comforts both inside and outdoors. Autumn offers a plethora of fun and wholesome activities that will be sure to get you feeling inspired to get outside and adventure this season.

Here are 7 of the best ways to experience Canada this season:

Road Trip the Rocky Mountains with Fewer Crowds

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The masses flock to the Rockies during summer vacation or winter ski season, so why not dodge the crowds and visit in the fall? You’ll get to experience larch season as the trees tint golden in spots like Larch Valley, get an actual spot in the parking lot (imagine the joy!) of top attractions like Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake, and experience the magic of the area in places like Mount Edith Cavell in peaceful glory.

Explore the Red Cliffs of Cavendish in PEI

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Cozy up in Prince Edward Island by discovering the iconic red cliffs of Cavendish, a setting that served as inspiration for L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. A scenic drive along the Central Coastal Drive of PEI will treat you to beautiful views of land and sea, with the foliage donning fall colours to match the cliffs. Follow this all up with a dish of freshly caught lobster, of course.

Escape the City Lights at a Dark Sky Preserve

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Treat yourself to an out-of-this-world experience at one of Canada’s Dark-Sky Preserves, where the night sky is protected from light pollution, providing a perfect spot to stargaze, learn about the galaxies and, if you’re lucky, possibly even witness the northern lights. Various Preserves around Canada offer special events and experiences, and fall is an excellent time to see the stars put on a show.

Hike Through Fall Colours at La Mauricie National Park in Quebec

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Fantastic fall colours illuminate the Laurentian forests of La Mauricie National Park, located halfway between Montreal and Quebec. Along with the captivating vegetation, this park is also home to over 150 lakes of various sizes. Look out for wildlife such as moose, bears, beavers and otters, or dive into outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, canoeing and kayaking.

Reserve Your Spot for Fireside Snuggles

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Fall is an amazing time for a cozy getaway all over the country, so book your campsite or accommodation, gather your loved ones or embark on a solo adventure. Pack your coziest belongings, brew a pot of tea and head off for a fun fall-cation. Don’t forget marshmallows to roast over the fire.

Treat Your Taste Buds to Everything Pumpkin Spice

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The flavours of fall are not to be missed in Canada, as coffee shops around the country overflow with fall drinks including the beloved pumpkin spice latte. Bake cookies or apple pie, go for a stroll with a hot beverage or simply spice up your favourite meal with the warm fall flavours.

Enjoy an Outdoor Spa Experience

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Fall is all about cozy self-care, so treat yourself to the spa day you deserve in a setting that will take your breath away. Relax in a peaceful environment at one of the country’s Scandinave Spas, with locations in Whistler, Mont-Tremblant, Blue Mountain and Vieux-Montréal, as you embrace the hot and cold pools and cuddle up in a robe to relax in the natural surroundings.