This is What Autumn in Canada Looks Like: 40 Spectacular Fall Photos
Changing leaves, morning mists, soft evening light and vibrant splashes of colour—autumn in Canada is a dream season for shutterbugs and nature enthusiasts alike. Check out these fantastic photographs from Our Canada contributors, which showcase the most magical time of the year.
Fall Pictures of Canada
Autumn is prime season for shutterbugs like Karen Cook of Kingston, Nova Scotia. “This truly is one of my favourite landscape photos that I have ever taken,” Cook says. “The sunlight was streaming through the trees to touch the ground with warmth and light. I was entranced by the beauty of the scene.”
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“I love this photo of a towering tree on Vancouver Island in fall,” shares Douglas Bothwell of Bowmanville, Ontario.
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“I love this photo because it showcases the beautiful fall colours on Monte Lake in B.C.,” writes Carla Hunt of Vernon, B.C. “I was inspired by the colours of the leaves and how the forest seemed to frame them.”
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“For me, this photo of the symbolic maple leaf, hanging beautifully in the sun, captures the essence of Canada,” says Bronwen Heinrich of Vernon, B.C.
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Go With the Flow
“Using a slower shutter speed added an otherworldly effect to this fall photo, taken near Dorset, Ontario,” writes Richard Bywater of Huntsville, Ontario.
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Rain or shine, the reds, greens, yellows and oranges of the season still manage to pop. Photographer Linda Prudhome captured this moment at Chudleigh’s Farm in Halton Hills, Ontario.
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Good Day Sunshine
Photographer Heidi Verrino of Hornepayne, Ontario, uses light and shadow to stunning effect in this shot. Great job!
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Walk in the Park
Photographer Tracy Vandermeulen found plenty of inspiration for fall pictures along the Carman Community Pathway in Manitoba.
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Photographer Rena Nixon of New Minas, Nova Scotia, writes: “The fall mums are so eye-catching. I planted these in my garden three years ago and look forward to seeing them bloom each fall.”
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“I’d been to nearby Mount Royal Park many times, but this day, a hidden, leaf-covered staircase caught my eye,” writes Montrealer Falisha Karpati. “I followed it up to this little house that stood out in contrast to the bright and colourful leaves around it. This tiny structure is a reminder to always be on the lookout for new sights, even when you’ve walked the same path already!”
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“Last year, we visited Elk Island National Park just east of Edmonton,” says David Lee of Chilliwack, B.C. “The beautiful gold, yellow and green colours were reflected in this beaver pond on one of our walks on the park trails. The day was perfect with blue skies, a warm sun and just a little fall chill in the air.”
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“This pastoral scene, with the contrast between rusty metal and rust-coloured leaves, seemed to pop with photographic potential,” writes Lorain Ebbett-Rideout of Carlow, New Brunswick. “Amid the autumn colours this retired farm truck, once the backbone of the operation, sits silent. With the light fading and an incoming weather front, I scrambled to choose the correct angle to capture this image—I was happy with the results.”
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Delightful Day’s End
“Sometimes ‘regular days’ end up being the most special; that was this day,” says Jackie Gartner of Lloydminster, Alberta. “While visiting Banff National Park, we were taking the Bow Valley Parkway back to our campsite when we pulled over to capture this scene—a perfect ending to a perfect day!”
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Park With a View
“While driving through nearby Morningside Park I parked my car and took a walk to snap a few pictures of the splendid fall colours,” shares Moby Inayet of Scarborough, Ontario. “Both the tree and the ground beneath it were on fire with the bright orange leaves.”
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Beauty in Nature
“This photo is truly Canadian,” says Sarah White of Ottawa. “This red maple leaf pic was snapped on a footpath along the Ottawa River. Walking in a forest is one of the best ways to enjoy the amazing fall colours.”
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A Vision in Scarlet
Photographer Deb Sandau captured this dreamlike composition in Red Deer, Alberta.
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Foggy conditions can make for a gloomy day, but as Mike Lane illustrates in this shot on a farm near Saanichton, B.C., they can lead to striking fall pictures!
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Photographer Ann Andriashek captured this stunning shot of autumn-framed snowy peaks in Kaslo, B.C.
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Helen Rempel of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, writes: “Here’s a tricky self-image of my husband and me biking down a path with beautiful autumn trees lining the trail.”
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All eyes, including those of photographer Maryse Tremblay, were on this gorgeous reflection in Centennial Park, Quebec.
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Heather Vopni writes: “Gorgeous autumn leaves adorn the urban landscapes of Coquitlam City parks in beautiful British Columbia. These beauties were captured along the Coquitlam River.”
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Some Frosty Morning
Autumn in Canada means shorter days—and the threat of early frost at night. Marnie Larsen of Battleford, Saskatchewan, captured these flowers after a particularly heavy frost.
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Diana Gorski of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, writes: “Here’s a little squirrel enjoying a cool fall day at Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary. Located 33 km southwest of Edmonton, it’s one of my favourite places to spend time in.”
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“The Red Maple is SO Canadian,” shares Jane LeBlanc of Bains Corner, New Brunswick. “It’s hard not to enjoy the show it puts on every fall.”
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Fred Allin writes: “Enjoying a walk by the Humber River in Toronto and taking in the fall colours.”
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“I captured this shot at the nearby Mer Bleu Conservation Area,” shares Ottawa’s Paula Brown. “It was in the early fall of 2020, and my husband, Dave, and I were amazed at how colourful the foliage was as other areas in Ottawa were just starting the fall colour process. Mer Bleu is quite the birding area in all seasons, so if you visit, have your camera ready!”
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Nancy O’Brien of Mississauga shares this lovely image, writing: “Canada offers the most spectacular fall colours, particularly in northern Ontario. This picture was snapped in Magnetawan, Ontario, at the public beach.”
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Hasan Merdic of Hamilton writes: “The fall colours in Canada are amazing, as was watching the salmon run in Bronte Creek in Oakville.”
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A New Beginning
“I took this photograph in October 2020,” says George Vanderberg of Lethbridge, Alberta. “My intent was to show the slow but steady rebirth of the landscape after the devastating Kenow Wildfire that burned a good part of Waterton Lakes National Park in 2017.”
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“I captured this shot of an eastern chipmunk in my backyard on a beautiful autumn day,” shares Brenda Doherty of Ariss, Ontario. “He had been scurrying around but stopped just long enough to pose for me. I think he looks handsome sitting amid the gold and brown leaves.”
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Maple Leaf Forever
“Nothing says Canada more than the maple leaf,” says Greg Coates of Ajax, Ontario. “And in the fall, well, the colours are simply iconic. No wonder people come from all over the world to see them!”
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