While Canada is breathtaking all year, nothing beats Canada in autumn. As summer draws to a close, the foliage takes on fiery hues, the sun cools to a gentle golden heat, and the animal kingdom gets up to mischief. Hike through crunchy leaves on dappled forest floors, witness one of the world’s largest salmon runs, and observe grizzlies feasting on ‘The Great Fall Feast.’
When is the first day of fall in Canada in 2022?
Thursday, September 22, 2022 will be the start of fall for Canada. Are you prepared for the most beautiful season in Canada? We’ll help you find a reason to love fall if you haven’t already!
The autumn colors will take your breath away.
Autumn is known as the “leaf-peeping” season in Canada, and for a good reason. It’s one of the best places to see the leaves turn fiery reds, oranges, and yellows. Wherever you go, the forest canopy will be ablaze with brilliant colors, and the trees along the roadside will put on a spectacular show. It’s one of nature’s most amazing natural phenomena, so get your passport, board a plane, and go leaf-peeping!
There’s always a festival going on somewhere.
Fall, traditionally a season of plenty, brings local harvest festivals across Canada. There will be something going on somewhere that celebrates the bounty of the fall. The International Shellfish Festival is held on Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia, the Pumpkinfest is held in Prince Edward County in Ontario, and the Peach Festival is held in Winona, which is located between Toronto and Niagara Falls. This is the best opportunity to enjoy autumn colors in Canada.
If wine is your drink of choice, you can’t go wrong with Canada in fall. In October, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada’s largest wine-producing region, celebrates the grape harvest with 60 events spread out over ten days. The Niagara Grape & Wine Festival begins on the other side of the country.
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The salmon run is simply breathtaking.
Bears may steal the show, but grizzly bear sightings would be impossible without the Canadian salmon run. On the first day of fall in Canada, one of the world’s largest salmon runs takes place on the rivers of British Columbia, and it is truly spectacular. Thousands of salmon, some up to 5 feet long, return to their home streams to spawn. It’s a wild splashing frenzy that will take your breath away.
The salmon run attracts bears to riverbanks, where they can be seen diving into the shallows for a catch. At the same time, bald and golden eagles circle overhead, looking for a piece of the action. It’s one of nature’s most spectacular events, and witnessing it firsthand is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
It’s a bird-watching paradise.
While the rivers are teeming with salmon in the fall, the skies above British Columbia are teeming with beautiful bird species. British Columbia is directly in the path of the Pacific Flyway, a vital migratory route connecting Alaska and Patagonia. Many birds and their young begin their 15,000-mile journey south for the winter in the autumn. It’s a rare treat if you’re a twitcher.
Thousands of turkey vultures, hawks, falcons, kestrels, harriers, osprey, and eagles congregate in East Sooke Park on Vancouver Island beginning in mid-September before crossing the Juan de Fuca Strait. Sooty shearwaters migrate south to New Zealand, sandhill cranes flock to the Cariboo Mountains, and Williamson’s sapsuckers flee the Canadian desert. Furthermore, the salmon run has been known to attract up to 7,000 bald eagles at once!
Autumn is prime grizzly bear season.
Fall is an excellent time to go bear watching in Western Canada. Grizzlies, black bears, and rare spirit bears all take advantage of ‘The Great Fall Feast’ before winter sets in. Salmon runs attract them to rivers in search of food, making them easier to locate. During the autumn, they drink and eat nonstop, trying to gain as much weight as possible before hibernation.
Autumn is the best time to see the rare Kermode, or’spirit’ bear, with its striking white fur in the Great Bear Rainforest. Because there are only about 400 Kermode bears left in the world, seeing one in the wild is an unforgettable experience.
You can look for the ‘Autumn Aurora.’
The Northern Lights are not only visible in Canada during the winter. During the autumn season, there are several locations where you can see the aurora dance across the sky. Some of the best places to see the Northern Lights in autumn are Banff National Park in Ontario, the Yukon, and Elk Island National Park in Alberta. Stay in a wilderness lodge and enjoy the fall foliage by day and the sky explode with color at night. It’s unlike anything else.
You won’t have to fight your way through crowds.
Autumn is frequently regarded as the off-season in Canada. Because the children have returned to school, domestic tourism has decreased and the campgrounds are quiet. Because most international tourists visit Canada during the summer, autumn is a much more tranquil time. With gentle sunshine and fewer crowds, it’s a great time to explore Canada, allowing you to feel immersed in the wilderness.
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