Canada is a popular tourist destination in the fall in large part due to the changing colors of the leaves, cooler temperatures, and fewer crowds.
Though the fall foliage is most spectacular in the more eastern regions of the country, British Columbia and Alberta remain popular at this time of year because many of these provinces' outdoor activities and beautiful scenery, which can be enjoyed in cooler temperatures.
Many seasonal activities, such as theme parks, campgrounds or outdoor tourist attractions like whale watching excursions or the Niagara Falls Hornblower boat cruise (formerly Maid of the Mist) remain open through October, so there is still plenty of activities to fill an itinerary.
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As in any other season, the weather in Canada varies depending on where in Canada you are. Western Canada has a temperate climate, with Vancouver's rain slowing down to make September one of the city's least rainy months. Temperatures in eastern Canada dip lower and earlier in the season bringing the first snow flurries usually in November and more substantial snowfalls in December.
Temperatures in British Columbia in fall see highs of 12 ºC most places. By November, storm season has kicked into full gear on the west coast. Check out the Wickinninish Inn for cozy storm watching. The Vancouver Island Mountains usually receive some snowfall by mid-November.
Moving east, the temperatures can be radically different from one year to the next, but the mercury doesn't usually dip below zero until November. The season can be rainy as well. Evenings can be very chilly.
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Popular Fall Activities
Fall fairs and festivals are widespread across Canada from September to November. Local fall fairs will include carnival-like rides, tractor rides, pumpkin carving, and other contests. Many regions also celebrate with food and wine festivals.
Wine touring is still in full swing and visitors can enjoy the range of white, red, and ice wines available for tasting and purchasing at any of the many wine regions that dot the country.
Corn mazes and pumpkin festivals are two of the season's most popular activities.
September and October are wonderful times to get away from it all and commune with nature. There is no shortage of lodges and resorts set in pristine locations where you can take in the beauty of the season.
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Good to Know
On the first Sunday of November, the clock turns back one hour in observance of Daylight Savings Time as in many parts of the world, including the U.S.
The second Monday of October is Canadian Thanksgiving. Most of the country takes a day off and it is a popular time for travel.