Canada in autumn is a beautiful time to visit. Crisp days and cool nights; fiery swathes of trees turning in colour, and all the bounty of harvest time.
Skyscanner introduces five fabulous things to do in The Great White North this autumn – and with some great deals on flights to Canada starting from just £407 return – now is the time to go!
1. Leaf Peeping, Nova Scotia
The turning leaves are best in the eastern part of Canada where the maples, chestnuts and aspen bring deep red, yellow and orange hues to the land. Halifax, Nova Scotia should be top of the leaf peeper’s list – hire a car and head to the scenic Annapolis valley. The smell of wood smoke permeates the country as Canadians prepare for the long winter ahead and indulge in hearty dishes like squash casserole and beef stew. Find flights to Halifax.
2. Try the wine, Okanagan
It’s not the first drink you associate with The Great White North, but Canada has a burgeoning wine industry with many interesting and unique vintages to try. The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is said to be the only celebration of vino that occurs during harvest time, and more than 100 wineries participate in 165 wine-related events throughout the valley over 10 days – read more at TheWineFestivals.com. Visitors to the Okanagan can also take in the region’s scenic beauty on one of five new wine trails: KelownaWineTrails.com. Find flights to Vancouver.
3. Northern Lights, Yukon
Up in Canada’s north west you can be treated to a magical display of Aurora Borealis. The Yukon boasts some of the liveliest and predictable displays of the northern lights in the world, where you’ll be able to enjoy pulsating streams of green, yellow and blue swaying overhead, as you take in the show from the comfort of your cosy cabin or deck hot tub. Find flight to Whitehorse.
4. Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest, Wellington, Ontario
This annual festival in Wellington got a big boost by one of its citizens, Bill Greer, who in 1996 grew one of the world’s biggest pumpkins which weighed in at 456 kilos! The 14th-annual Pumpkinfest begins with a pancake breakfast, followed by a Parade of the Giant Pumpkins, then the weigh-in contests, children’s games and entertainment as well as craft tables and food – which of course feature plenty of pumpkin-inspired dishes. Find flights to Halifax.
5. Camp the Rockies, Alberta
In September and October, the days are still warmish and dry in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The summer crowds have gone home, so you can actually find some solitude as you drink in the reds and yellows of the sub-alpine larch and aspen trees. Try accessible spots like Johnston’s Canyon and Tunnel Mountain near Banff or hike up to the amazing Lake Agnes from Lake Louise. Find flights to Calgary