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10 things you need to know about…great places to see fall foliage in Canada.

Our country’s nature has one of the world’s rich palettes as the seasons switch from summer to autumn.

22 July 2015

Suggested tweet: 10 ways to marvel at Canada’s kaleidoscope of autumn colour from coast to coast to coast #explorecanada

Canada is renowned for its breathtaking autumn colours, where changing leaves transform landscapes from verdant to scarlet and gold. Generally speaking, the more northerly the location or higher the altitude, the earlier fall colours appear. Check these 10 coast-to-coast-to-coast destinations, then grab your GoPro, cameras or binoculars and explore in August through October.

1) British Columbia: Hike Lions Binkert Trail (north Vancouver), where tiny scarlet-and-golden-leafed alpine plants contrast with the lush rainforest evergreens of lower altitudes.

2) Yukon: Dawson City is famous for the Klondike Gold Rush. Board a Trans North Helicopter to buzz increasingly rugged terrain extending into the Tombstone Mountains, where brilliant scarlet bushes and golden poplars colour the landscape.

3) Alberta: Drive from Banff to Jasper national parks along the Icefields Parkway. Stop at classic viewpoints such as Peyto Lake; golden poplars and tamaracks rim its turquoise waters. Spend the night at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, which overlooks Bow Lake, to maximize the splendour.

4) Saskatchewan: Horseback ride with Sturgeon River Ranch along Prince Albert National Park trails through golden poplar groves. Look for Plains bison—Canada’s only free ranging herd in an historic range—and camp in a tipi after a cowboy supper.

5) Manitoba: From the front-row seat of a Frontiers North Tundra Buggy, look for polar bears amid the tundra landscape of purple-flowering fireweed in Churchill in early August. Or go a few weeks later when the fragile foliage has turned crimson and orange.

6) Ontario: Boat through the Trent Severn Waterway or paddle Rice Lake at Elmhirst’s Resort to be wowed by Peterborough and the Kawarthas’ scarlet and gold forests.

7) Ontario: Mer Bleue Bog is a Ramsar wetland, a rare boreal peat bog southeast of downtown Ottawa. Its boardwalks offer accessibility to wheelchairs and strollers, so everyone can see puffy cotton-grass seedpods making white “cotton balls” against a backdrop of golden tamaracks.

8) Quebec: Cycle through a golden and scarlet canopy on VéloVolant, an aerial bike suspended on a zipline that you pedal through the trees, at Au Diable Vert, near Sutton in the Eastern Townships.

9) Prince Edward Island: Stroll boardwalks along straw-coloured, wind-tossed grasses and reeds, drive red-earth roads framed by golden maples and bike the Confederation Trail through fall’s finery.

10) New Brunswick: Hike Mount Carleton, the highest peak in the Maritimes. From its 820-m (2,690-ft) summit, view the 360-degree panorama of more than 10 million trees.

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