Fall is a gorgeous time to visit Canada—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 during the season, be sure to check out the fall foliage reports, which indicate the leaf color changes by area so that you can optimize peak viewing time wherever you're headed.
These reports give a percentage of color change, with zero percent being no change in color and 100 percent indicating that foliage is at its peak. At 25 percent, the visual impact is dramatic and probably worth a visit for most foliage fans. Keep in mind that the more northern the location, the earlier the leaves peak.
Canada's fall foliage reports are scarcer than those for United States leaf-peeping destinations. Some are not updated reports but are just helpful guides to foliage road trips, train rides, hiking trails, and even gondola rides that are all great ways to explore the beauty of Canada's top fall color destinations.
Before you go, check out the live webcam on Sulphur Mountain for the fall foliage in the Banff area: It offers a bird's eye view of the town of Banff and the Rocky Mountains in the background. Although many trees are coniferous, and therefore remain green year-round, on a clear day, you may see the uniform golden hue of the aspens.
Weather Network Reports
The Weather Network and its French counterpart, MétéoMédia, are Canada’s main English and French specialty channels with online and television components devoted to the weather. The Weather Network gives good descriptions of fall color progress for eastern provinces online, but some of the reporting doesn't start until the end of September. Fall foliage reports are revised 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 Color 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 the province's more popular foliage viewing spots are Algonquin Provincial Park, the Bruce Peninsula, and the Niagara Region. In this area, maple trees are typically in peak color change from mid to late September or early October. You can still catch the aspens, tamaracks, and red oaks hitting their peak transformation during the middle or end of October.
Ontario Fall Colors Progression Report
Like the Ontario Parks Fall Color Report, this Ontario Fall Colors Progression Report also tracks the changing colors across the province. Take a road trip outside Toronto and see the vibrant leaves in the northern, northeastern, and northwestern parts of Ontario.
Also, consider venturing on a train to see the country change hues. Via Rail Canada offers a fall foliage vacation that takes you through major cities in Eastern Canada.
Quebec Fall Foliage Report
QuébecOriginal provides foliage updates for the province starting mid-September, with updates every Friday. Just about anywhere in Quebec will reward travelers 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 Mount Royal Park, Mount 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.
For a sure bet on seeing colorful beauty, visit Cape Breton Island during its Celtic Colours International Festival. You'll see fall colors along Nova Scotia's rugged coastline, in the mountains of the Highlands, and on the Cabot Trail.