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Best Trails for Autumn Views

Take in the vibrant hues of fall

If you’ve hit the trails for a hike, run or ride recently, you may have noticed a smattering of dry, brown leaves under your feet or bike tires or a pop of yellow and orange fly by in the otherwise lush and green trailside scenery.
 
Although seeing the beginnings of fall is somewhat depressing (I’m not ready for summer to end!), it also means that we’ll be treated to the stunning colours of the season during our upcoming activities and explorations in the great outdoors.
 
Here are four of Canada’s best parks, trails and roadways on the east coast for taking in the vibrant reds, golden yellows and bright oranges of fall.
 
Killarney Provincial Park
You know a park must have stunning scenery if it’s landscapes were often featured in paintings by the iconic Canadian landscape painters Group of Seven. Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario features close to a hundred kilometres of hiking trails for fall foliage viewing, including the 80 km looped La Cloche-Silhouette Trail. For a shorter scenic hike, take the 3 km Chikanishing Trail that winds along the park’s southern boundary and crosses a series of small ridges before ending at a wave-washed point on the wild coast of the Georgian Bay.   
 
Algonquin Provincial Park 
Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario attract thousands of visitors from around the world from mid-September to mid-October each year thanks to the vibrant yellow, orange and red leaves of the Sugar and Red Maples, which are abundant throughout this 7,653 square kilometre park. Although there are numerous hiking and biking trails to choose from, probably the best way to admire the fall scenery is by going for a leisurely cycle along the 16 kilometre Old Railway Bike Trail, which runs from the Rock Lake Campground to Cache Lake.
 
Charlevoix region
The Charlevoix region, just east of Quebec City on the St. Lawrence River, offers tons of hiking and biking trails with incredible views of the changing colours on the Laurentian Mountains. For an epic day or multi-day hiking trip, take some of the shorter hiking trails along the Traversée de Charlevoix, 105-kiloemtre cross-country ski trail that features numerous summits for fall foliage viewing.
 
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Although you don’t even have to get out of your car to admire the beautiful fall colours along the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, there are 26 hiking trails ranging from easy 20-minute strolls to challenging climbs that offer panoramic views of canyons, the highlands and seacoasts, as well as the changing colours of the sugar maples, red oaks and yellow birch trees in the fall.

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GOT Parks?  We sure do!  

 

GOT (Get Out To) Parks is a joint initiative between the Canadian Parks Council and the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada.  The ultimate goal is to provide an online destination for young people to learn about Canada’s national, provincial, and territorial parks and to encourage Canadian youth to get outside and experience parks firsthand.

 

GOT Parks was first started in December of 2012 with a website designed by young Canadians, for young Canadians.  An advisory group was formed, made-up of a collection of young people who were passionate about connecting youth with all the beautiful parks Canada has to offer.  The advisory group, which is now known as the GOT Parks Team, are responsible for developing website content, providing fresh ideas and feedback, and ensuring the site stays true to its intended audience.  They’re also active in promoting and marketing GOT Parks by contributing to its various social media accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The team has an assortment of educational backgrounds and outdoor recreational experiences.  They range in age from 17 to 31 and reside across Canada from coast to coast.  

 

Anyone can create a GOT Parks account, all you need to do is visit the website and sign-up.  Once you have created your account you have the ability to post photos and videos, share parks-related stories, create job/volunteer postings, cast your vote in upcoming contests, or learn about events/programs that are being offered in a park near you.  GOT Parks is always on the lookout for new material to enhance the website.  If you have something that you feel would further promote our cause, please take the time to create an account and share your information via the website.

 

Wild spaces void of young people highlight a fragmented relationship between parks and communities.  Much like grizzly bears are seen as an indicator species of a healthy, diversified ecosystem, we see youth as an indicator species for parks in Canada.  So Get Out To Parks, nature’s waiting!

 

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