Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is officially upon us! No-one really knows the origin of the word "Autumn", but "Fall" comes from the Old English word "Feallan" which means "to fall or die".
Here in North America, Fall is the preferred name for the season following summer, and it's a picturesque time to venture out in an RV anywhere across Canada. It's a cool but comfortable time of year with fewer crowds, better RV rental pricing and easier-to-come-by camping spots. So, what are some of our recommendations for great Fall RV trips?
Fall is one of the best times to visit the Butchart Gardens. As warm days transition to cool nights, Japanese maples explode into a parade of reds, oranges and yellows transforming the landscape around it. Aside from the colours, did you know that Victoria is known as the most haunted city in BC? If you're not afraid of encountering a lingering spirit or two, hunt down some ghosts of residents past at the Ross Bay Cemetery or join a ghostly walk to discover the sordid truth behind the city's most gruesome crimes and tragic accidents. From mid to late October, head out to Galey Farms for the Festival of Fear, featuring fabulous Halloween displays and a 6000 square foot Haunted House of Terror. If chilling out sans spooks is more your style, meander through the downtown core or sip a latte on the waterfront. High tea at the Empress is always an option!
Butchart Gardens in Fall | Victoria Harbour by Night
Lanaudiére and Mauricie, Quebec
Quintessential small towns and villages reflect an old world charm as you wind your way through these regions. Trace the heritage of New France on an RV road trip along the Chemin du Roy or enjoy exceptional outdoor experiences in Mauricie National Park amongst dazzling fall colours. RV camping is available at Mistagance and Rivière à la Pêche campgrounds until Thanksgiving weekend.
Prince Edward Island
A visit to PEI in early October will land you smack in the middle of the Fall Flavour Festival. Events are scheduled across the Island featuring food, music and fun all around. Drive one of PEI's many Red Dirt Roads or forage for seaglass and driftwood on the beach. With more than 1500km of sandy shoreline, there's bound to be a stretch of sand you can call your own for a day. 35 active lighthouses sit atop of craggy cliffs and sandy hills, many of which are open for public viewing.
CanaDream TCA on road in Fall PEI | Cape Bear Lighthouse, PEI
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
From 8-16 October, Cape Breton comes alive with the Celtic Colours International Festival. Celebrating 25 years of music in 2021, the Festival features performances from Canada's top Celtic musicians in locations throughout Cape Breton island. Away from the festival, road trip the Cabot Trail, enjoying a new view with every turn of the road.
Mont Tremblant and The Laurentians, Quebec
Two hours north-west of Montreal, a kaleidoscope of colour draws locals and visitors alike to the Laurentians as fall gradually morphs the landscape into shades of reds, oranges, purples, yellows and browns. At the heart of it all is Mont Tremblant with a full range of fall activities and events, from energetic to sedentary. Bike your way along kilometres of nature trails, take a gondola to the summit or pamper yourself in one of Mont Tremblant's famous spas. With many camping options available until Thanksgiving, renting an RV to travel to the Mont Tremblant area is worth considering.
Fall Mist over the Mountains in Mont Tremblant | Overlooking Mont Tremblant and the Gondola
Algonquin Park, Ontario
The hills come alive in Algonquin Park as the many birch and maple trees through the park begin a magical metamorphis over the landscape. A colourful pallet of yellows and reds provide a majestic backdrop for a fall RV escape. Take a day hike or paddle a canoe and discover for yourself why Algonquin is the jewel in the crown of the Ontario Parks system. Year-round RV camping is available at Mew Lake Campground. Algonquin in the Fall is sure to be a memorable RV road trip!
Canoe on lake in Algonquin Park | Moose eating Leaves
RVing in one of Canada's Dark Sky Preserves
RVing and escaping city lights go hand in hand on a fall RV vacation in one of Canada’s many designated Dark Sky Preserves and sites across Canada. No matter where you live, there’s an opportunity to sleep under the stars in a Dark-Sky Preserve.
September and October bring cooler days and nights; ideal for sitting around the campfire. The nights are longer, campgrounds are quieter, and the stars provide ambient lighting as you witness the celestial show above you.
A fall RV vacation in Canada is an opportunity to chill out and enjoy relative peace and quiet after a busy summer. CanaDream has a range of RVs available for rent across Canada to enable you to enjoy all that Autumn has to offer in the great outdoors. RVing is also possible throughout the winter with our custom-built winter motorhomes, enabling you to enjoy full use of water in temperatures as low as -30C. Regardless of the time of year you choose to travel, we'd love to welcome you as our Guests! Book online or contact our reservations Cast to discuss your own Fall RV vacation.