Fall is a gorgeous time to visit Canada because you'll get a chance to see trees change from green to vibrant autumn oranges, yellows, and reds throughout the country. If you're planning a trip to Canada in the fall, be sure to check out the fall foliage reports, which indicate fall leaf color change by area so that you can optimize your trip to hit peak viewing time wherever you're headed.
These reports give a percentage, with zero percent being no change in color and 100 percent indicating that foliage is at its peak with complete color change. At 25 percent, the visual impact is dramatic and probably worth a visit for most leaf peepers. Keep in mind that the more northern the location, the earlier the leaves peak. Canada fall foliage reports are more scarce than those for U.S. leaf-peeping destinations. Some are not updated reports, but rather are just helpful guides.
This guide will help you plan your fall foliage viewing, and you can also check out this guide to the top 10 fall color destinations in Canada. Foliage road trips, train rides, hiking trails, and even gondola rides are all great ways to explore the beauty of Canada's seasonal transformation.
Weather Network Reports
The Weather Network and its French counterpart, MétéoMédia, are Canada’s only English and French specialty channels devoted to the weather. The Weather Network online gives good descriptions of fall color progress for eastern provinces. Some of the reporting doesn't start until the end of September. Fall foliage reports are updated weekly, but check the date of the last update to be sure you have current conditions.
Ontario Parks Fall Color Report
The Ontario Parks Fall Report is updated weekly and conveniently provides a map and other visual aids to help leaf peepers figure out what the fall foliage conditions are at Ontario Provincial Parks and the surrounding areas.
Anywhere in Ontario from the end of September to mid-October offers up fall color, but some of Ontario's more popular fall foliage viewing spots are Algonquin Park, the Bruce Peninsula, and the Niagara Region. In this region, maple trees are typically in peak color change during mid to late September or early October. But if you can't make it there until later on, you can still catch the aspens, tamaracks, and red oaks hitting their peak transformation during the middle or end of October.
Ontario Fall Color Progression Report
Like the Ontario Parks Fall Color Report, this Fall Color Progression Report also tracks the changing fall colors across Ontario. Take a road trip outside Toronto and see the vibrant leaves in the northern, northeastern, and northwestern parts of the province.
Also consider taking a train to see the country change colors. ViaRail offers a fall foliage vacation that takes you through major cities in Eastern Canada.
Quebec Fall Foliage Report
This tourism website provides foliage updates for the province starting mid-September and is updated every Friday. Just about anywhere in Quebec will reward leaf-peepers with fall color in late September to mid-October, but some of the most popular places to see fall foliage are the Laurentian Mountains, the Eastern Townships, Gatineau Park, and Charlevoix.
Even Montreal offers some beautiful color display starting from mid-September and lasting up to early November. The top places for city dwellers or visitors to catch the peak change include Mont Royal Park, Mont Royal Cemetery, the botanical gardens, Parc Jean-Drapeau, and the Old Port neighborhood.
Nova Scotia Autumn Leaf Watch
The Nova Scotia tourism website doesn't provide fall color reports, but there are other ways to track where the leaves are changing in the province. Follow @VisitNovaScotia on Instagram and @VisitNoviaScotia on Twitter. You can also search for #nsleafwatch on Instagram and Twitter.
Before you head out to Banff, check out the live webcam at Banff Gondola for the most current view of the fall foliage. The webcam on Sulphur Mountain gives a bird's eye view of the town of Banff and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Although many trees you see are coniferous, and therefore remain green year-round, on a clear day you may see the uniform golden hue of the aspens.