Now that pumpkin spice is back, we’re all feeling the Autumn tingle. October might not be on the calendar quite yet, but the sweater season is on our minds and so are all of the wonderful things that come with it… like foliage! Now we may be biased here, but one of the best places in the country to see the leaves do their thing is Wild Rose country – but blink and you might just miss it. Here is when you are more likely to see the fall colours in Alberta’s national parks.



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Located about 4 hours from Edmonton (and 5 from Calgary), Jasper is stunning no matter the season – but wowza is it something else in the autumn. Here, travellers can actually expect to see the leaves change as early as late mid-late August dependant on the weather, though they’re best viewed in September, according to Tourism Jasper.

Stunning fall viewing point: Maligne Lake – Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 461 km
Distance from Edmonton: 403 km


As Canada’s largest National Park, Wood Buffalo National Park has just as many trees as you’d expect. Unfortunately, to comfortably see the incredible fall colours, you’ll have a pretty small window to do so. If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to travel as far north as you can in the province, Parks Canada recommends going in September to see the trees. This is when you’ll see the foliage before it gets exceptionally cold and starts to snow – which often happens in October.

Stunning fall viewing point: Pine Lake – Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 1,636 km
Distance from Edmonton: 1,341 km


There’s nothing quite like Banff in the fall! Come mid to late September, as per Park Canada’s website, the mountains will be vibrant with yellow and orange leaves trees and bushes, a breathtaking sight for anyone with 20/20 or a second pair of eyes.

Stunning fall viewing point: Larch Valley – 622 Moraine Lake Rd, Field, AB
Distance from Calgary: 217 km
Distance from Edmonton: 316 km



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Come late September, head down to Waterton National Park for a two-for-one. Not only will you be surrounded by thousands of stunning foliage, but those willing to stay after dark will also get a mesmerizing view of the night sky thanks to their new star-friendly street lighting.

Stunning fall viewing point: Lower Rowe Lake – Directions here
Distance from Calgary: 279 km
Distance from Edmonton: 593 km



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Much like Waterton, guests looking to get an eye full of larch trees will likely have to wait until late September. Luckily, the weather here in the fall is typically still pretty warm, averaging around 16°C. Here, you’ll be able to see the buffalo, check out the Living Waters Boardwalk, check out the discovery dome and of course, go fall sightseeing – wearing only a light jacket!

Stunning fall viewing point: Beaver Pond – Range Rd 200, Fort Saskatchewan, AB
Distance from Calgary: 360 km
Distance from Edmonton: 58 km

There you have it, friends, a rundown of when you can expect to see the fall leave and colours in Alberta. Get excited! The best time of the year is just around the corner.