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INDIAN SUMMER IN CANADA

INDIAN SUMMER IN CANADA

Discovering the extraordinary colors of the Canadian woods under the last rays of the summer sun

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here are days in the fall that seem to be disguised as summer days. They often come right after the first real cold days, sometimes lingering for a whole week. In North America they call these days ‘Indian summer’, and Canada is one of the countries where this tradition is felt the most. Nobody knows exactly what Indian Summer is and why it is called like that, but one thing is for sure: it is almost here and we should take advantage of the mild climate to stock up on sun rays for the winter. Here are five Canadian destinations where to enjoy Indian Summer at its very best.

CABOT TRAIL

Located in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Cabot Trail is one of the most popular scenic roads worldwide (owing its name to John Cabot, the first European explorer to ever reach these shores in 1497). The route follows the entire perimeter of the island,among woods and breathtaking views of the ocean. At the heart of the island lies the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, with dozens of hiking trails to suit every taste and level of training.

Cabot Trail

Laurentians Mountains

On these gentle mountains not far from Montreal, Indian summer marks the peak of foliage, the autumnal wave of color change in the local woods, mainly populated by beautiful maple trees. At 968 meters, Mont Tremblant is the highest mountain: here you can practice plenty of sports from kayaking to golfing, hiking, trekking and rafting to celebrate Indian summer.
LAURENTIANS MOUNTAINS

Agawa Canyon

In Ontario, halfway along the north coast of the Great Lakes region on the US-Canadian border, lies the town of Sault St. Marie. This is the starting point of the Railway’s Agawa Canyon Trip, a railway that runs for over 114 miles into the former Ojibway territories that currently house Canyon Park. The park is located at the base of the canyon and can only be reached on foot or by train with a 150-meter descent from the starting level, where the train stops for over an hour to allow passengers to get off and immerse themselves in nature.

AGAWA CANYON

Algonquin Park

This huge park just a few hour’s drive north of Toronto, Ontario, is a sequence of beautiful lakes and woods to discover on foot or by canoe, the best way to enjoy the quiet of the water and the changing reflections of the trees. For those looking for direct contact with wild animals, there is the opportunity to watch the beavers at work on their dams or, with a little luck, moose approaching the water to drink.
ALGONQUIN PARK

Rocky Mountains


Between British Columbia and the Saskatchewan region is the Alberta region with its rocky mountains. Every single stretch of this land is an explosion of majestic and uncontaminated nature, which offers its best colors in the mild Indian summer. Among the many possible routes, we suggest the one between Jaspers and Calgary (400 kilometers), populated by marmots, deer and even bears. The route runs across the Banff National Park, laps the Peyto Lake and reaches the Mistaya Canyon: each of these places is a true paradise for those who love trekking or simply walking through the woods.

ROCKY MOUNTAINS
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