The time has come to bring out those cozy knit sweaters, lace up your hiking boots, and take part in a quintessential Canadian activity – fall hiking and leaf peeping!

Gorgeous yellows, oranges and greens can be found on the trees throughout most of Canada during September and October, and we’ve compiled a list of the most recommended hikes across the country, so no matter what province you’re in, you’ll be set for a fall adventure!

See below and be sure to tag @WaySpa on Instagram in any of your Fall Adventures.

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass Trail, Banff National Park

This gorgeous hike is full of vivid yellow larch trees during the fall months and a favourite of photographers and hikers alike. The out and back trail above Moraine Lake is 11.5km round trip and considered difficult. The views of the trees reflecting off the calm lake and surrounding mountain range make it a memorable hike. We suggest starting this one early as the trails can get very busy as the day goes on.

British Columbia
Sunshine Coast Trail, Powell River

The Sunshine Coast Trail contains over 100km of hiking trails at varying difficulties so there is something for every level of hiker. Views include coastal shorelines to mountaintops and everything in between. Be sure to check this one off your list before the cooler temps set in.

Pisew Falls to Kwasitchewan Falls Trail

In Northern Manitoba, Pisew Falls Provincial Park is a popular spot for hikers looking for adventure and beauty. This particular hike offers two roaring waterfalls during a 22-km hike. This backcountry trail follows a fur trade route from the late 1700s and culminates at Kwatsitchewan Falls, Manitoba’s tallest waterfall. Due to its somewhat rugged terrain and long distance, this hike is recommended for experienced hikers.

New Brunswick
Turtle Mountain Trail

Enjoy views from above on this beautiful scenic hike at Turtle Mountain. The lake below and surrounding vibrant forests perfectly blend together to create a kaleidoscope of fall colours. Though plan for a full day’s hike as it is an 11km to the peak and about 7hrs roundtrip with well maintained trails.

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Western Brook Pond Trail, Gros Morne National Park

This short, by comparison to others on the list, hike is 6km return and takes about 1-2 hours depending on how often you’re stopping to enjoy the many gorgeous views. This hikes offers one of the most iconic views in Canada seemingly has breathtaking views of cliffs and mountains at every turn. Interpretive signs explain the natural features so not only will you get an Instagram-worthy photo, you may learn a thing or two!

Nova Scotia
Skyline Trail – Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Looking for lush forests, towering cliffs and crystal blue waters? Of course you are. Head to Skyline Trail in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park for a bounty of fall colours, epic sunset walks and one of Canada’s most scenic coastal drives (if you need a break from all the hiking). Insider secret – if you’re a fan of stars, this trail offers some of the best star gazing in Canada.

Rattlesnake Point, Milton

Leaf peeping in Ontario is an absolute must in the fall. The vibrant yellows and oranges are easy to find throughout the province, so choosing just one hike to showcase was difficult. We decided on Rattlesnake Point for a few reasons. One – there are a few trails here offering hikes for beginners to experts, short walks to longer hikes. The trails are smooth and pet friendly and since you need to reserve a spot to visit, the trails aren’t too busy. Another reason this hike is a must – for any Schitt’s Creek TV show fans out there, this is the spot where Patrick proposed to David during their hike!

Prince Edward Island
Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island

Built along abandoned railway lines, this stunning trail the entire length of the island. The trail in its entirety is 273km and weaves through tiny towns where you can refuel or enjoy the local hospitality. This hike is gorgeous all year long, but especially so in the fall when the crisp air and changing leaves make for eye-popping views.

The Trail of the Pioneers

Fall in Quebec doesn’t get much better and this hike at Mont-Sainte-Anne is a classic. The hike itself offers stunning views, but the view from the top of the St. Lawrence will make the trek a family favourite.  The best part is if you want to enjoy the view without the hike (we won’t blame you) you can also take the chairlift up on weekends, or walk one direction and chairlift the other.

Petrofka Orchard, Waldheim

After all this hiking you will need a snack! Shift gears a bit and visit this stunning apple orchard on the North Saskatchewan River. Bring the family and wander walking trails, pick apples and head home with mouth-watering homemade baked goods from their on-site Prairie Sensation Cafe. Okay, the baked goods may have really sold us on this location.

If you need a massage for your sore feet after all this fall hiking, a WaySpa Gift Card is the perfect solution!

Happy Hiking!