One of the many great things about Canada is our four distinct seasons. The variance of the seasons means we get to see our country in many different lights and colours - the lush green of summer, the sparkling white winters, the colourful blooms in spring and the burnt oranges, reds and yellows of fall. The East Coast of Canada has some of the most beautiful fall touring in North America and Nova Scotia is one of the top places in Canada to watch the fall colours.

The fall colours can be found throughout Nova Scotia from around late September to late October. There are a number of areas that stand out from the crowd.

The Cabot Trail and Cape Breton Island are amazing at any time of year but in fall it is even more spectacular. The meandering road takes you along the coast and through the Cape Breton Highlands where a patchwork of coloured foliage will unfold. Combine the beautiful fall colours with the Celtic Colours Festival which takes place on Cape Breton Island October 7-15. The festival features performances from local and international artists and is a celebration of Celtic song, dance, stories and more.

The Evangeline Trail, which runs through the Annapolis Valley Region and the Fundy Shore. Not only is this route excellent for showing the rich tapestry of fall colours but this region is also is rich in history. On your journey you’ll see forts, farmland and fishing villages, all steeped in over 400 years of history. This area was home to some of the first European settlers in North America. You will hear the stories of how they came and fled and kept their culture alive.

Along the Lighthouse Route you will experience the rugged and beautiful coast of Nova Scotia. Quaint fishing villages are transformed with a backdrop of fall foliage, grasses and berry bushes. The thunderous waves add to the dramatic, moody vistas. The lighthouse route takes you to picturesque Peggy’s Cove with its lighthouse, fishing boats and lobster pots, a must see when in Nova Scotia. Further along the coast from Halifax you’ll reach Lunenburg with its colourful buildings and character homes. If you have time, make a detour to Kejimkujik National Park. Both the seaside park and inland park will not disappoint. The route continues on to Liverpool, Shelburne and Yarmouth before meeting up with the Evangeline Trail.

Tourism Nova Scotia has plenty of tools on their website to help you plan your trip and get the best fall colours experience. Their leaf watch map points out many of the highlights in the province and their forum is also has some useful info on it.

HI has five hostels in Nova Scotia. HI-South Milford, HI-Cape Breton Island, HI-Wentworth, HI-Halifax Heritage House and HI-Cabot Trail.

Image credit: www.novascotia.com

Author: Ceri

I grew up in a small town in Wales; it’s a picture postcard type of place, with quaint cafes and shops, a castle, a pier (where I spent many a day crabbing) and an amazing view over the Menai Straits to Snowdonia.

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