A Country That Has Something for Everyone
There's far more to Canada than moose and maple syrup. This is a country that boasts both great scenery and plenty to do.
When you think of places to visit as the weather grows cooler, chances are Canada wouldn't be first on your list. As well as being looked over in favour of warmer destinations, this is a country that has often been overshadowed by its southern neighbour, America. Now though, it's come into its own. So if you're thinking of jetting away on an autumn holiday this year, here's why this is such a popular tourist destination; along with some things to do and the best places in Canada to visit.
Spectacular scenery is always one of the country's main selling points, but in the latter part of the year it seems almost otherworldly. Canada's lush forests come to life in the autumn, with the leaves turning beautiful shades of red and gold. If you're a photography enthusiast, then you're guaranteed to get plenty of incredible shots. If camping is more your cup of tea, then head to Muskoka, Ontario. Just a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, it's the perfect place to reconnect with nature. You'll also find plenty of rental cottages there if you don't fancy sleeping in a tent! For those hitting the road, the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is one of the best routes to take. The scenery really has to been seen to be believed.
Autumn is also peak hiking season in the country, with the Canadian Rockies welcoming locals and tourists alike. There are a number of trails for hikers to choose from. The Sunshine Meadows route was voted one of the best hikes in Canada by Lonely Planet, firmly cementing its popularity. From November you can wander across snowy planes before warming up with some well-earned hot chocolate and snacks.
Unique food and drink
The local cuisine is good reason to visit too – although that is the case all year round! The obvious things like maple syrup and bacon aside, there are some really tasty dishes to sample. Poutine is a favourite of Canadians, with some people even starting a petition to make it the country's national dish! For those not in the know, poutine is a meal consisting of fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy. It may sound odd, but it's totally delicious – and a perfect autumn warmer too.
If a cheeky tipple is more up your street, then how about sampling some Canadian wine? Yes, we know it isn't quite as warm as say, Italy or the south of France. What it does have in abundance though is ice – and that's the special ingredient in ice wine. The grapes are left to freeze on the vine, which concentrates their juices. The result is a wine that's rich, sweet and perfect with dessert. This technique is also used on apples too; creating what is known as, you've guessed it, ice cider!
It's time to experience all Canada has to offer
Although it's short, autumn is undoubtedly the most vibrant season of Canada's year. Picture postcard scenery along with plenty to do means that it is the perfect time to visit our other neighbours across the pond. Whether you choose to get in touch with nature on a long hike or spend your trip sampling plenty of food and drink, you'll come home with some truly fantastic memories.