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5 Road Trips to see Autumn Colours (and Where to Stay)
By Ashlyn George
Lead Photo Cypress Hills, credit Ashlyn George
A road trip in chase of Western Canada’s autumn foliage is the perfect reason to get out for a colourful change in scenery. Here are five fall-inspired road trips and where to stay on your adventure. (Be sure to pack masks, hand-sanitizer and check local COVID regulations before you go.)
Duck Mountain Provincial Park
On the eastern edge of the province, Manitoba maples work their magic with brilliant displays of orangey-red autumn colours running the length of the Pasquia Hills in the Duck Mountain Highlands. Ski Hill Road offers elevated views of the backcountry as it winds through the multicoloured hills and wetlands right into the heart of Little Boggy Creek. Madge Lake Retreats provides cozy cabin rentals year-round
Meadow Lake Provincial Park
The best afternoon hike for sweeping views of the changing aspen in Meadow Lake Provincial Park is past the southern end of Humphrey Lake and up the Humphrey Fire Tower. A second viewpoint is at Wolf’s Bay backcountry campsite along the Gold Creek Trail. Lac Des Isles Lake glitters like a gem in the sunlight while fiery fall colours rim the curving shores of the bay. For an overnight stay book in at Waters Edge, a luxurious four-season eco lodge.
Prince Albert National Park
The hilly scenic route along Highway 263 into Prince Albert National Park is full of bright photo ops, which make it one of the best locations in Saskatchewan for a road trip. Throughout the drive, the forest transitions from aspen parkland to boreal forest and weaves together a vibrant mix of golds, yellows and greens. For a truly immersive experience, glamp in a traditional Mongolian yurt at Flora Bora Forest Lodging near Christopher and Emma Lakes.
The lure of golden larches beckons locals and travellers alike to Canmore and Kananaskis during the autumn months. Mount Lorette Ponds is an ideal day-use area to picnic amongst the splendour of the trees. For those willing to work for breathtaking views, Pocaterra Ridge rewards hikers with a brilliant backdrop of larches in the valley. In Canmore, the chic Malcolm Hotel by lique and historic Lady MacDonald Inn offer comfy beds and lovely views of the iconic Three Sisters mountains.
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
Bordering both Alberta and Saskatchewan, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a unique blend of mixed grasslands, lush forests and open prairie — all part of the erosional plateau rising 1,468 metres above sea level. The combined terrain makes for a spectacular birds-eye view of fall colours at the Head of the Mountain (AB) and the Conglomerate Cliffs (SK) lookout points. Check into the Resort at Cypress Hills or Elkwater Lake Lodge for a weekend getaway.