Colours of Fall

By Nikki Lotz   Trail Canada

My neighbor refuses to comply with the fall norm of raking up the leaves. She claims that there is no rug more luxuriant than the one nature provides. I know this is a woman who belly dances for her pets, but I think she’s right! There are many places where you can enjoy fall colours, here are a few favourites.

If you are in Vancouver, you can take a horse and carriage ride through Stanley Park for great fall views, especially around Lost Lagoon. Join the Van Dusen Botanical Garden daily guided walks at 2pm where you can see Michaelmas daisies, autumn crocus and hydrangeas. Queen Elizabeth Park is located at the highest point in the city, giving visitors an unbeatable 360 degree view.

In Victoria, Butchart Gardens has a wonderful display of russet Japanese Maples, Arbutus and Copper Beech Trees. For a view of the Juan de Fuca Straight, visit Government House on Rockland Avenue.

Prince George is no slouch either! The colours are made all the more spectacular (alas) by pesky Pine Beetles. The best views here are to be found in the middle of town. Drive up Cranbrook Hill and take the 10 min hike to the lookout for an incredible view of the town. You can also try Cottonwood Park (off River Road) for huge (yes, you guessed it) Cottonwood trees!

Take a BC Ferries “Inside Tour” to view the colours along the Chilcotin.

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region is offering a fantastic fall tour. Travel through Fraser Valley where you can enjoy the unique fruits and wine of this glorious region. Manning Provincial Park has diverse landscapes from rain forests to grasslands and trees a yard wide! The Okanagan lake is next and then onto the Nicola Valley where wind erosion and the marks of ancient glacial lakes make for dramatic landscapes. Driving down Highway 5 to Merritt, the Engleman Spruce make a wonderful display and from Merritt to Ashcroft, the western Maples are simply sublime.

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