Yes, BC is not generally known for great fall colors like eastern parts of Canada are, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any colors at all! If you can’t travel to Quebec’s Eastern Townships, or Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park for example, check out these colorful locations in British Columbia.
If you want to see some great fall colors in BC, start in Vancouver and walk the seawall in Stanley Park; you’ll see some awesome colors all around you. Other great fall colors around the city can be found at Vancouver’s highest point, Queen Elizabeth Park, the Laburnum Walk at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens for some rich yellows, and both the campus at the University of BC as well as the UBC Botanical Garden. Our Vancouver area Bed & Breakfast innkeepers will have their own favorite spots for fall color viewing close to home.
A day trip away from Vancouver takes you through Whistler to Pemberton. The Pemberton valley offers some wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, rivers and the valley, with the gorgeous yellow colors of maples, aspen, cottonwood and birch mixed in with the evergreens. Just ask Pemberton innkeeper Margit at the Greenwood Country Inn! Continue to BC’s interior and take Highway 97C from Merritt to Ashcroft and stop to enjoy some great views of fall colors along the way. If you’re taking Highway 3 in southern BC, going from Vancouver to Calgary, stop at the Cascades Lookout in Manning Park to view the beautiful larches. Fernie also offers some great colors and fabulous views of the surrounding mountains, and we’ve heard that the Kootenays around Golden and Cranbrook are pretty impressive as well. Our innkeepers in Golden can direct you to the best spots in the area!
Victoria on Vancouver Island has some lovely parks where you just know there’ll be some great fall colors to enjoy as well. And maybe surprisingly, Tofino on Vancouver Island’s we(s)t coast, more known for its rainforest, also showcases some pretty spectacular colors in the fall. Make it a trip to include Ucluelet and the fabulous Wild Pacific Trail and stay at one of our great Ucluelet B&Bs.
Can’t get away this fall? Don’t forget to enjoy the colors you’ll find in your own neighborhood or during your daily commute. They won’t last long and you know winter will be coming!