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Look for the Larch!

Alberta has some of the most spectacular scenic destinations, especially during Larch season.

There’s nothing like being front and centre to a view of cascading golden larch trees, set against the Alberta Rockies. Larch trees are large deciduous trees with short needles and cones native to much of the cooler temperate northern hemisphere. When the trees start to turn from green to golden yellows, from late September to early October, hikers descend en masse for a walk through the spectacular scenery. Grab your spot for a view at one of these places in the province:  

 

  • Jasper National Park: This park is known for its fall season as The Northern Lights come out as darkness sets earlier each evening. The town of Jasper hosts the Dark Sky Festival annually to celebrate and stargaze between the mountain peaks.

  • Yoho National Park: This park holds the largest glaciers in Canada and you drive through beautiful icefields to get here!

  • Wapta Falls: Located in Yoho National Park, this is a 30m breathtaking waterfall where you can see local Canadian wildlife such as waterbirds, beavers, and wolf tracks.

  • Kicking Horse Campground: The go-to RV spot in Yoho that is open until mid-October with beautiful views and camping amenities. 

  • Icefields Parkway: North of Yoho National Park, this is open year-round and you can see glaciers, waterfalls, rock spires, and emerald lakes.

  • The Columbia Icefields: Driving through the Icelands, you can see the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains - six glaciers that cover 125 square miles. Definitely recommend stopping by on your road trip!

We've had a beautiful autumn so far, so if you're able, take a walk or camp in these gorgeous spots over the weeks to come.