25 places to view fall colours

We list some of the best places to view fall colours across the country.

By Ashlee Campbell
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With its breathtaking colours and crisp weather, autumn is a beautiful time to enjoy Canada’s scenery. Optimal leaf-viewing times vary from province to province and from year to year. To find out the best time to admire the fall’s splendor in your area, visit the Weather Network’s Fall Colour Report.

British Columbia

Where Forests for the World, Prince George Walk or Ride Hike one of the many family-friendly trails, such as the 15-minute walk around Shane Lake.

Where Williams Lake River Valley Trail, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Walk or Ride Hike this family-friendly 14-kilometre trail that begins in downtown Williams Lake and meets up with the Fraser River.

Where Stanley Park, Vancouver Walk or Ride Stroll, bike or skate around the 8.8-kilometre seawall path, take a break at a playground or pause to take in the pretty seascape.



Where Johnston Falls, Banff
Walk or Ride On this trail you’ll see a Rocky Mountain display of colours as well as rushing waterfalls.

Where Victoria Trail, Kalyna Country Walk or Ride This picturesque route takes you along Alberta’s oldest road.


Where Highway 56 between Labret and Katepwa Beach Walk or Ride Take the family for a drive through the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley where autumn comes alive in shades of yellow.


Where Moose Mountain Provincial Park
Walk or Ride Hike, bike or horseback ride through the park on one of the many colourful trails.


Where River Road Heritage Parkway
Walk or Ride Located on the outskirts of Winnipeg, this drive takes you along the Red River and past many historic sites.

Where Whiteshell Provincial Park
Walk or Ride Hike and the enjoy the magnificent colours in this provincial park and the meeting place of two forest regions.



Where Algonquin Park, Trails and Highway 60 Corridor Walk or Ride Ontario’s go-to leaf-peeping location has many trails, viewing platforms and a scenic drive along the Highway 60 Corridor.

Where Rideau Canal, Ottawa Walk or Ride Walk along the canal in the nation’s capital and take in the city sites.

Where Niagara Parkway
Walk or Ride Drive along the Niagara River and view the Falls, or walk or bike the recreational trail through this iconic locale.



Where Eastern Townships
Walk or Ride Drive or hike and enjoy autumn splendour and old-world charm.

Where Promenade des Gouverneurs, Old Quebec, Quebec City Walk or Ride Stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River.

Where Mt Tremblant National Park
Walk or Ride Take the gondola up the mountain for an unbeatable view of the mountain scenery.

Prince Edward Island


Where Appin Road, southwestern Queens County Walk or Ride Drive, stroll or bike along a section of this quiet road which is bordered by trees that form a colourful canopy.

New Brunswick

Where River Valley Scenic Drive – following the St. John River Walk or Ride See the autumn colours on this 400-kilometre stretch of Trans Canada Highway.

Where Hartland Covered Bridge, River Valley Walk or Ride Enjoy the mountain views on the longest covered bridge in the world.

Where Fundy Coastal Drive Walk or Ride Hike, bike or drive the Fundy Trail and stop at the many observation decks to take in the view.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Where Gros Morne National Park
Walk or Ride Choose from hike trails of varying length and difficulty at this United Nations World Heritage site

Where Signal Hill, St. John’s Walk or Ride Hike trails while taking in city and the ocean views at the site of the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal

Nova Scotia

Where Laurie Provincial Park Walk or Ride Escape the hustle of Halifax to this nearby park to enjoy hiking trails or a peaceful walk along the beach


Where Highway 7 from Sherbrooke to Antigonish, Eastern Shore
Walk or Ride Drive along the St. Mary’s River for a spectacular show of fall foliage


Where Tombstone Territorial Park
Walk or Ride Hike on one of the parks many trails or experience the Fall vistas by driving on the Dempster Highway

Northwest Territories & Nunavut


There are many beautiful places to see autumn in the North, including the chance to see the Aurora Borealis. For family-friendly viewing, contact one of the many touring companies that operate all over these two territories.

This article was originally published on Sep 30, 2014

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