5 Places to See Fantastic Fall Colours in BC

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Fall’s brilliant paint box makes a beautiful consolation prize to the end of summer. In fact, autumn holds its own as one of the best seasons to visit British Columbia because of the changing fall colours. Sure, you need to throw on a few extra layers for chilly nights. But by day it’s often crisp, sunny afternoons and blue skies aplenty.

We asked our Facebook fans to name the best places to see fall foliage in the province. Their enthusiastic answers rolled in all over the map.

Below, here are 5 places where you can lift your palms to the sky and revel in falling leaves. Stay in the city, or head out on the highway.

Vancouver

Fog rolls over a bridge, towards a bank of trees with bright fall foliage.

Stanley Park provides ample opportunity for leaf-viewing in Vancouver. Photo: @celinegabrielle_ via Instagram.

Easily accessible from downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is a convenient (and spectacular) spot to get your foliage fix. But there are myriad places in Metro Vancouver to see fall foliage from mid-September to early-November.

Want more? Check out Tourism Vancouver’s roundup of places to see fall colours.

Victoria

A park trail is covered in colourful fall leaves.

Beacon Hill Park is an easy stroll from downtown Victoria. Photo: @flyawaytortoise via Instagram

Victoria is a great walking city, and you don’t have to go far to hit a park trail. Beacon Hill Park is a prime example. One Facebook fan advises driving to Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, which is a popular spot for rowers.

Here are more beautiful fall walks in Victoria.

Nelson

Houses are nestled amongst dense fall foliage.

Nelson is a kaleidoscope of colour in the fall. Photo: @jaipee via Instagram

The town on Nelson is pretty relaxed any time of year, and in the fall it’s quieter still. Listen–that’s the sound of the leaves floating to the ground. Cooler mornings and evenings also promote luxurious downtime over a coffee or dinner in the picturesque community.

It’s also a lovely time to get out on the water in the Kootenay Lake region, whether in a kayak or on a paddleboard.

Highway 3

A rustic log cabin surrounded by fall colours and snow-capped mountains.

Fernie makes a beautiful stop on a Highway 3 road trip. Photo:@khphotograph via Instagram.

Road trip! Our Facebook fans say that Highway 3 is particularly colourful this time of year.

This blog on the route from Calgary to Vancouver lays it all out. You don’t have to do the whole drive, though. Leafy destinations on Highway 3 include Fernie and Manning Park.

At Manning Park, be sure to  drive up to the Cascades Lookout for a fiery view of the sub-alpine larches. (The park road to the lookout is open before the snow comes from late September to early October.)

Cariboo Region

Two RVs travel along Highway 97, lined with brightly coloured fall trees.

Roadtripping along Highway 97 in the Cariboo. Photo: Geoff Moore

This vast region features some drop-dead gorgeous drives for those in search of fall foliage. For example? Highway 24 in the South Cariboo, otherwise known as the Fishing Highway, which stretches from Little Fort to 100 Mile House. Or, take Highway 26 in the North Cariboo on the road from Quesnel to Barkerville.

Other colourful touring options include Highway 97.

Know a spectacularly colourful spot in BC and missed your chance to comment on Facebook? Share it with us below.