Canada has so much beautiful scenery to explore and fall is a perfect season for traveling. Before winter arrives and the ground is covered in snow, fall is an opportunity to see all the bold reds, yellows, oranges, and greens throughout the country. It’s also a time of celebration in many areas, as cities begin to hold fall festivities. Here are eight getaways you can – and should – take in Canada this fall.
1. Tofino, British Columbia
Most destinations shine best when you see them on bright, sunny days. However, that isn’t really the case for Tofino. Instead, Tofino actually gets rain frequently and all year round. And, while that would usually be a deterrent, it’s a thing of beauty in this small coastal city. The rain provides a beautiful, misty backdrop to the dense forests and strong ocean. Also, most of the rainfall happens in the morning and clears up in the afternoon.
Book a stay at the Wickaninnish Inn with an ocean view room, curl up with a warm cup of coffee, and watch the fog roll in and the waves crash every morning. Once the rain clears, you can go for a hike, book a whale watching tour, walk along the coastline of Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park, or go surfing. End your night with a fantastic dinner at the city’s most popular restaurant – Wolf in the Fog.
2. Montreal, Quebec
Montreal gets pretty harsh winters, so the city knows fall is its last opportunity to thrive. You can go apple picking in the apple orchards just outside the city, bike throughout the city, visit galleries and museums, and more. MTLàTABLE also runs in the early fall as a city-wide program. Participating restaurants offer three-course meals at a discount to encourage continued restaurant support as the busy season winds down. It’s a fantastic, affordable way to try some of the best food in Montreal!
3. Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
For many, Niagara on the Lake is a summer destination, but we promise it’s just as beautiful in the fall. This quaint little area is the perfect getaway with wineries, shopping, and fantastic restaurants. The local Shaw Festival also runs until December. Shaw Festival is a world-class theatre in blissful Niagara wine country showcasing two plays a year. While you’re visiting the area, save at least one day for wineries, one for a boat tour of Niagara Falls, and one for golfing or cooking lessons.
4. The Laurentians, Quebec
The Laurentians Mountain Range in Quebec is something everyone has to see once in their lives. We cannot think of a better fall vacation. The mountain air is crisp, all the leaves are bright, beautiful colors, and the entire area has a relaxing atmosphere that makes you feel like you escaped the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
This region of Quebec is known for producing fantastic local products, including cheese, wine, craft beers, ciders, sausages, honey, and maple syrup. You can plan your day around hiking, exploring, and tasting local food and drinks. We highly recommend stopping by Au Petit Poucet, the area’s most well-known sugar shack.
5. The Okanagan, British Columbia
People all over British Columbia and Alberta flock to the Okanagan every summer for its hot summer days, fantastic winery scene, and vibrant nightlife. Fall is a fantastic time to come because you have fewer crowds of tourists to deal with, but still get all that the Okanagan has to offer. All your favorite activities are still possible. The wineries are still open for tastings and dinners. And, you can go boating on the Okanagan Lake or go hiking in the dozens of trails nearby.
Fall is also the time for farmers to shine with autumn activities, so you can go through a corn maze, visit a petting zoo, or go apple and pumpkin picking. Additionally, if you time your vacation right, you might get to enjoy The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival.
6. PEI’s Fall Flavour Festival
We know this one is more of a festival, not just a location. But, this festival takes place in communities all across Prince Edward Island, so you can go just about anywhere in the province!
Early fall is the perfect time to visit Prince Edward Island so you can enjoy the annual Fall Flavor Festival. This festival focuses on local food, featuring a lot of seafood, wine, spirits, and more. Chefs all over the city host intimate events where they feature local food, host competitions, tutorials, and other fun activities. You have to buy your tickets in advance and hurry because events sell out quickly!
PEI is beautiful any time of year, but there’s something magical watching everyone come out and participate in its culinary wins with this fantastic, fun-filled festival.
7. Banff, Alberta
The trend you may have noticed here is that many of these spots look just as beautiful in the fall as they do in the summer, but they’re a lot quieter in the autumn. Well, the same is true for Banff. While Banff gets loaded up with tourists from all around the world every summer, things settle down by the fall, making it a perfect time to visit. Additionally, Alberta’s Rocky Mountains look much more spectacular in the fall with all the dramatic autumn colors.
While you’re here, there’s so much to enjoy. You can see Lake Louise without the typical crowds, hike the Banff Legacy Trail and safely watch wildlife from a distance, go mountain biking, overnight horseback riding excursions, and more. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing vacation, consider taking the scenic gondola, visiting the famous Banff Hot Springs, or shopping in town.
8. Fundy Coastal Drive, New Brunswick
The Fundy Coastal Drive is a gorgeous 286-mile drive following the entire southern shore of New Brunswick. Fundy has the world’s highest tides, which you’ll get to see crashing on the shoreline as you make your drive down the coast.
Most people break up this drive into a six-day road trip, starting on Route 2, 15, or 16 from Nova Scotia or PEI and ending up Fredericton. Along the way you can stop at the USVA Nordik Spa, have a beverage at the Magnetic Hill Winery, explore Fundy National Park, and visit the St. Martins sea caves during low tide. Your entire trip will be full of the beautiful natural landscape, wildlife, friendly people, and fantastic experiences.
Fall is here, so make sure to pick a destination and book soon!