Changing colours, crisp temperatures and rich foliage: just a few reasons to get out for a hike this fall

Eric Magnan, travel media and travel trade relations officer at Parks Canada, offers up five of the best national parks to hike and enjoy the foliage in this fall...

1. Nova Scotia: Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Protecting 426 square kilometres of diverse habitat within Nova Scotia’s South Shore Region, Kejimkujik National Park offers one of the best paddling experiences in Atlantic Canada. See the fall foliage by canoe at Kejimkujik Seaside, the park’s oceanside region.


2. Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is home to the world famous Cabot Trail and the annual Celtic Colours International Festival in October. Communities around the island host concerts and events when the fall leaves are at their most brilliant.


3. Ontario: Rouge National Urban Park

Rouge National Urban Park is set to be Canada’s first national urban park and one of the largest in the world. Accessible by car, public transit, or bicycle, the park hosts an annual fall walks series.


4. Saskatchewan: Batoche National Historic Site

An hour north of Saskatoon along the banks of the South Saskatchewan River lies Batoche National Historic Site. The Explorer Program offers activities designed especially for kids to enjoy the fall leaves. The whole family can join staff in authentic costumes telling stories of Métis life.


5. British Columbia: Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

Expect to find an explosion of gold, crimson, and emerald- coloured leaves at Victoria’s Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites this fall.