Top five places to experience autumn in BC

Vancouver Overland

With the summer heat gone and the BC wildfires under control, we’re getting stoked for autumn adventures.  The fresh, crispness in the air and the bright colours of the changing leaves make us eager to explore during a season with less tourists, less cars on the road and less people to compete with in finding that backroad camp spot. Here are our top picks on where to experience fall in BC:


  1. Pemberton: Not only is this a quick and easy destination from Vancouver, but the fall foliage amongst the mountainous backdrop create a stunning scene.  Stop in Squamish and Whistler enroute to check out some more of BC’s beauty.

  2. Cariboo: The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast’s forests, plains, hidden lakes and craggy peaks capture the essence of fall in a remote and minimally populated region.  If you’re lucky, you’ll see bears for the last time before they hibernate for the winter.  

  3. Okanagan: The Okanagan Valley is famous for its incredible golden fall foliage thanks to its deciduous birch, alder, dogwood and maple trees.  The drive from Merritt to Ashcroft offers quintessentially autumn views.

  4. Field: This little mountain town offers dramatic views of both the fall foliage and surrounding peaks.  Its location in the Kicking Horse River Valley allow this region to be a final destination or a gateway to nearby Yoho National Park and Banff National Park

  5. Tofino: Picture Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast shoreline interspersed with golden hues and bright red accents.  Surfing, beaching and camping with Tofino’s glorious autumn backdrop is enough to make us head to the Island for getaway this October. 


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