Enjoy a front row seat to Canada's most spectacular nature display in national parks from coast to coast. You'll love seeing fall colours in all their glory!
Go on a scenic drive
Explore Parks Canada from the comfort of your vehicle! Discover the beauty of the open road as you cruise along the impressive Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and admire the impressive fall foliage around every twist and turn. Or, head to the Rockies and explore the world-renowned Icefields Parkway. Plan your visit in early fall to admire the golden larch trees at their most beautiful. Get moving on some of the most beautiful roads in Canada!
Lace up your hiking boots
Hike some of the most beautiful trails in Canada when the trees are at their most colourful. Ranging from accessible, family-friendly trails to multi-day backcountry expeditions, it's time to get outdoors! Get to know the rolling hills and lush Laurentian forests of La Mauricie National Park in Quebec as you choose from over 110 km of trails, making use of the many majestic lookout points. Or explore Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan with its alluring fall colours and stunning views of golden aspens and tamaracks overlooking the water.
Get lost in the celestial landscape in one of Parks Canada's 13 Dark-Sky Preserves, which protect the night sky from light pollution, making these special destinations some of the best places in the world to see stars and the northern lights. Learn about stars, the moon, galaxies and constellations during special programming and events throughout the year. On special nights, Pointe-Pelee National Park in Ontario is open until midnight for an elevated stargazing experience. Pick up a seasonal star chart at the front gate and make sure to bring your binoculars or a telescope! Or head out to Nova Scotia’s only Dark-Sky Preserve in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site to explore the sky with a self-discovery kit or embark on a guided activity or a night-time canoe excursion.
Stay overnight in a dark-sky preserve
Cool mornings, comfort food and wonderful colours: there’s no better time to enjoy camping than fall! Start planning your next camping trip in one of these dazzling destinations! Admire endless prairie skies from the comfort of your oTENTik and watch as an infinity of stars appears above in Grasslands National Park, the darkest in Canada. Or climb the Bog trail tower to behold the celestial masterpiece that is Kouchibouguac National Park! Gaze up into the twists and turns of the Milky Way or see if you can locate constellations. Extend the fun by staying on site in a tent or a cozy oTENTik (complete with heating stove for those chilly nights).
Hit the trails with your bike
Take advantage of the cooler autumn air and discover great places to cycle. Whether you enjoy road biking, mountain biking, fat biking, or gravel biking… you’re sure to find the perfect bike path for you at Parks Canada. Want to get the family out and moving at a picture-perfect destination? Biking in Forillon National Park in Quebec is like entering a postcard. Ride along the scenic shoreline and take in the views of majestic cliffs or bike along the peaceful L'Anse-au-Griffon River and venture through colorful open fields and forest. For a ride all to yourself, head to Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park during the spring and fall where vehicle use is restricted so the 17km eastern section of the parkway is all yours!