Summer is about to come to a close and the autumn (fall) season is waiting in the wings to take its place. In some destinations in Canada the process of change is already in full swing.
Autumn (fall) in Canada is when Mother Nature celebrates the season of the red Maple Leaf.. Some leaves cling for life on branches others already made the decision to fall to the ground and add colour to our landscapes.
Talk to any child and Autumn is the best season for playing in a pile of leaves. However, the rakers of leaves may not feel the same way. LOL.
Talk to any photographer and some will tell you that the Fall season provides some of their best photo shoots. We being one of those photographers who love the season of colours.
Autumn in Canada is one of the most misunderstood seasons. Media misrepresentation, lack of clarification and poor reporting practises has put the season in a tight spot. Many parts of the world believe Canada is still too cold, the days are too short and it is always raining and so forth.
Canada is a very large country no matter what measuring stick you use. For example Canada is 9,984,670 square kilometres or has a land boundary length of 8,893 km (5,526 mi) or it enjoys a 243,791 km (151,485 mi) coast line length.
All and all the country of Canada is the second largest in the world. Weather on the east coast is often opposite of the weather on the west coast. Hours of daylight in the north is polar opposite than the daylight hours running along the southern border. Autumn means different things throughout Canada.
Until you have walked in our shoes and hiked trails, driven roads exploring colorful forests it is hard to understand our Canadian love affair with the Autumn season.
Here are our “Lucky 7″ Fall Trails in Canada.
1. Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island, Canada : Once a railway line the Confederation Trail is now a popular hiking and biking trail measuring over 470 kilometres. Sections of the trail are lined with maple and cherry trees sporting vibrant colors of orange, red and yellow during the fall season. Other sections are interspersed with popular, birch and beech trees glowing with bright yellow leaves. Sections of the trail are narrow creating tunnels of colorful leaves. The moderate climate on the island creates a longer-than normal fall season for colours. Plus… there are no bears, cougars on Prince Edward Island.
2. Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada : A driving route loaded with hiking trails and parks exploring forests and small villages located along Cape Breton’s northern shore. Rainbow reds, oranges, yellows and golds paint the landscape best in the month of October. Not only are the colours. spectacular there are also opportunities for a moose sightings.
3. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada : The 7,725 square kilometre park is a canoe and hiking mecca filled with vibrant fall colours. The forests, lakes, and rivers that create Algonquin Park are decorated with various species of trees including maple, aspen, tamarack and red oak trees. The best viewing times run from the end of September to mid October.
4. Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick, Canada : The Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick is a little known route which comes alive with colours during the autumn season. The driving route visits with small villages, historic bridges and sightseeing viewpoints. Not only does one enjoy the colours of the forests in the region but as an added bonus it is also home to the world’s lowest tides. Best viewing month is October.
5. Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta, Canada : So many hiking trails with summit views overlooking autumn forests during the months of September and October. A popular sightseeing feature in the parks are the Banff Gondola and the Jasper Tramway which provide birds-eye views of the changing colours of the Alberta forests.
6. Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada : The yellow golden forests of the Whiteshell Provincial Park light up the landscape for many who visit in the fall season. The autumn forest are enjoyed while driving through the park, hiking the trails, as well as, canoeing the lakes.
7. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada : Mt. Tremblant is home to forests of reds, yellows and oranges stemming from the sugar maples, yellow birches and American beeches in the region. For those who are not keen on hiking there is a gondola which provides some good views as well.
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