The Top 4 Places to See Fall Colours in Alberta

By: albertaarb - July 8, 2015

Summer has come to an end. Say goodbye to patio’s and barbecues and SPF, and say hello to cooler days and the spectacular colours of leaves falling in blizzards across the country. If you’re based in Alberta, you’re in an amazing area to see the colours as the trees change.

Let's take a look at where to take in the scenery.

Highway 93

On Highway 93, between the national parks of Jasper and Banff, you will get to see an incredible number of fall colours as the spruces and aspens change colours, as well as some of the best views in the world from the Rockies. By late September the colours will have bloomed, and while the temperature will have dropped a bit, it will be quite comfortable for most travellers.

The Rockies are worth visiting any time of year, but September and October are generally considered the best months because the summer tourists are gone, and the reds and yellows of the larch and aspens have come out. Make sure to get to Lake Agnes through Lake Louise for one of the best viewing spots, or head to the more accessible Johnston’s Canyon and Tunnel Mountain if you’re near Banff. Speaking of Banff…

Banff National Park

Home to Larch trees, Banff Park turns a beautiful yellow for a brief period as the needles change every year. The change is best viewed between September and October, right after the summer crowds have left. Best of all, the park has a massive array of wildlife including grizzly bears, elk, golden eagles and bull trout, that can be spotted in the park as they prepare for winter. Hiking trails will still be open and with the summer crowds gone you’ll have the trails to yourself.

Elk Island National Park

Fall comes with a side-order of bison and birds in Elk Island National Park. Less than an hour from Edmonton, with more than 250 species of bird, and a dark sky preserve that gives visitors an unparalleled view of the night sky, it’s a beautiful area that will leave a lasting impression on anyone.

Path of the Glacier, Jasper National Park

If you’re up for something a bit more challenging, the Path of the Glacier in Jasper National Park lets you see glaciers, ice bergs, marmosets, and more: “Visiting the area in the last few weeks before the road closes in late September or early October offers a unique opportunity. The pond recedes leaving the huge icebergs fully exposed out of the water…” It’s a bit harder to traverse than the other areas, but for those that make the effort it’s work it.

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