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5 Inspiring Ways To Take In Canada’s Fall Colours

Break out the pumpkin spice everything, it’s autumn in Canada and that means cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the gorgeous scarlets, ochres, and burnt siennas (our personal favourite when it comes to Crayola hues) of the changing leaves beginning to appear on the trees. It’s the best time of year for brisk hikes, warm drinks, and decorating with oddly shaped gourds. Also, for soaking up the fall colours cross-country before another long winter forces us to spend more time indoors. Here are five ways to get the most out of the season:

 

1. Go glamping

Fall camping means fewer bugs, fewer sunburns, and way less of that ‘waking up in a hot, wet cave’ feeling that tents can give off in the summer. Up your outdoor game by booking one of the many available glamping sites in Canada to get up close to fall colours in comfort (and maybe just a bit of luxury).

image credit: glamp

 

2. Take the train

Go big and book a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer (a national treasure) or simply hop on a VIA train to visit some friends or family. Book online and choose a window seat for maximum fall colour viewing. Driving just isn’t the same — who wants to look at the car in front of you when you could be gazing out at the changing leaves?

 

3. Visit one of Canada’s incredible parks

As Canadians, we’re lucky to live in such a vast country with so much protected green space. Our provincial and national parks aren’t solely summertime destinations. Both outdoorsy types and the not-so-outdoorsy will be rewarded by exploring them year round — and (while we might be a bit biased) we’d say they’re the best place on the planet to experience fall colours.

 

4. Walk or cycle to work

We get so used to our everyday surroundings that it’s easy to ignore the beauty of the changing seasons happening in our own neighbourhoods. Slow down! Look up! There are autumn colours right above our heads (yes, even in Toronto).

 

5. Try apple picking

There’s a reason Thanksgiving goes down in October — the fall harvest is incredible. Immerse yourself in it at a local pick-your-own apple orchard or, if farm labour (or leaving the city) isn’t your thing, head to a local farmer’s market and get your dose of the autumn harvest there. Cities like Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal have weekly markets in local parks where you can stock up and see the leaves changing.

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