Memorable Autumn Adventures in Canada

Canada’s provinces and territories provide an attractive choice of adventure playgrounds during the crisp and colourful months of autumn

Bikes

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Head to Montréal and saddle up to take on some of the more than 435 miles of bike paths that wind their way through the city’s many neighbourhoods. Among the options offering stunning views and green spaces, the Lachine Canal is a main cycling artery, the waterside route stretching for 13.5km. It is suited to all abilities due to its flat paths and roads. Lovely year-round, autumn draws bikers and walkers but not the large crowds.

Whale Watching

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Summer and autumn are the best seasons for whale watching in Nova Scotia. Dedicated whale watching tours feature plenty of local stories which eulogise over the 12 species of whales, including the rare North American right whale, that inhabit these waters. Cape Breton and the Bay of Fundy, in particular between the town of Digby and Brier Island, are among the best bets. Several tours head out from here.

Kayaks, rafts and canoes

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With over half-a- million lakes, rivers, waterways and thousands of miles of coastline, Ontario is a magnet for water sports fans. One of the world’s great freshwater destinations offers top canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. Choose autumn to explore the quiet inlets and lagoons of The Toronto Islands, the rich biodiversity of The Grand and Nith Rivers, or Killbear Provincial Park with Georgian Bay’s 30,000 islands.

Fishing

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British Columbia is known for its phenomenal fishing scene – and none better than Sooke on Vancouver Island. Salmon runs too are a photographer’s favourite. All five species of Pacific Salmon pass through these rich waters, with Chinook (Blackmouth) available year-round.
Coho (Silver) salmon can still be fished in October, while Chum is on offer in both October and November – at a time when most other fish are not as eager to bite.

Hikes & sites

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Home to numerous national parks and the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alberta is a hiker’s paradise. Banff National Park is the country’s first, and arguably the flagship, of Canada’s park system. As the summer heat fades and autumn sets in, the stunning jewel tones of the season take the breath away, providing a backdrop to long hikes and walks among the foliage. Autumn’s cooler weather is also a bonus.

Camping

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With just 20% of Canada inhabited, pretty much any region has room for pitching a tent and gathering around a crackling fire. Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland feels like a set from the Lord of the Rings, with its peaks and verdant plains. Its Tablelands area is one of the few places where you can see the earth’s mantle. Make camp and view wildlife returning from a summer on the mountains to enjoy the last of the snow-free conditions.