While the leisurely days of summer have ended, the chance for outdoor vacations remains. Fall camping offers an incredible experience. With reduced crowds and the absence of scorching summer heat, you can enjoy warm days and cool nights perfect for a good night's sleep. Moreover, it provides the perfect vantage point to witness the breathtaking spectacle of nature as she adorns herself with vibrant autumnal hues.
Here are a few recommended campgrounds to explore if you plan camping in Canada this fall. And with the VTOMAN Power Station, you can enjoy the convenience of portable power wherever you go. Stay connected and energized during your off-grid adventures with the VTOMAN Power Station, providing you with reliable power anytime, anywhere.
1. La Mauricie National Park, Quebec
The picturesque La Mauricie National Park, situated between Montreal and Quebec City, offers breathtaking tree-lined landscapes during the autumn season. The vibrant reds and golds of the changing leaves create a stunning contrast against the expansive evergreen forests that remain lush throughout the year. This park is a popular destination for both canoe campers and car campers, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation amidst the vast open spaces.
For panoramic views, take a scenic drive around Ile-de-Pins and make stops at the lookout points. Embark on hikes along the Solitaire Lake Trail or the Gabet Lake Trail, where you can pause and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery.
2. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia
If conquering the challenging West Coast Trail is on your bucket list, make sure to plan your trip before the end of October each year. The milder temperatures and drier weather of October create a more pleasant hiking experience. However, the sense of accomplishment and the breathtaking scenery along the trail are motivation enough to embark on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
While the West Coast Trail is a scenic gem in the Pacific Rim National Park, there are other remarkable attractions to explore as well. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Canadian Rainforest, a unique natural wonder. Another must-visit is the stunning Long Beach, where you can even participate in the 9.5 km Long Beach Challenge run held every autumn. Camping options abound in the area, with many serviced campsites available until October.
For a remarkable camping experience, consider exploring the Broken Islands group in September. The pleasant weather reminiscent of summer, combined with fewer crowds, makes it an ideal time to immerse yourself in the beauty of this island paradise.
3. Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper National Park has lots of camping opportunities for those wishing to extend their camping season through the fall. Most of Jasper’s campgrounds are summer only, but a couple of them remain open and fully operational through the middle of October. Jasper National Park does offer Otentiks like many of the other National Parks, which are generally available through to the middle of October as well. Now that you’ve determined where to sleep, how to spend your waking hours? Tackle the surrounding mountains for a hike or a mountain bike, during a season where the temperatures are downright comfortable. Visit the Miette Hot Springs, located within the park, which are the hottest mineral spring waters in the Rockies.
4. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
Experience the unparalleled beauty of the world's highest tides at the shores of the iconic Bay of Fundy—a sight that is truly one-of-a-kind. In Fundy National Park, you can rent Yurts and OTentiks (A-frame tents) that offer stunning views overlooking the bay. Imagine waking up to the breathtaking vista of the rolling Bay just steps away from your accommodation. Don't miss the chance to explore the ocean floor during low tide, creating a unique opportunity for a walk like no other.
Fundy National Park also offers a "Red Chair Program" where you can find giant red Adirondack chairs strategically placed at various viewpoints throughout the park. Take a moment to pause, relax, and soak in the magnificent views from these scenic spots.
5. Sandbanks Provincial Park, Ontario
Located just outside Picton, On, Sandbanks Provincial Park is immensely popular with day-trippers and campers through the summer months. This is due in part to its amazing, long, shallow, sandy beaches that make it hard to believe you’re in Ontario (and not in some seaside tropical locale). While the water may be a little chilly for camping through the fall, this lengthy beach is a walker’s (or runner’s) delight. After your walk on the beach, you can enjoy some of the best food and wine in the region or go antiquing while touring around nearby Prince Edward County. Another fall highlight: this park’s location makes it a hotspot for bird migration, so there is lots of natural wildlife to observe. At Sandbanks, there are 500 campsites, as well as a handful of cottages available. The cottages are available year-round, but for those looking to embrace the great outdoors and camp proper, sites are open through mid-October.
6. Bon Echo Provincial Park, Ontario
Bon Echo Provincial Park is located in Cloyne, ON, and has some of the most unique and beautiful scenery in Eastern Ontario. It is set upon Lake Mazinaw, featuring Mazinaw Rock, which juts 100 meters up from the shoreline. Boat tours of the lake are available seasonally and offer an up close and personal view of the pictographs. The jagged rock face has over 200 Aboriginal pictographs upon it (which is one of the largest such collections in Canada). This place is a hiker’s paradise, with several trails of varying difficulty and length around the park. (Abes and Essens Lake Trail) are particularly vibrant in the fall when the leaves turn, and the panoramic views can’t be beaten. There are campsites available along some of the trails. In addition to the car camping sites, Bon Echo is fitted with several heated Yurts which can increase the comfort level on those chilly fall mornings.
7. Algonquin Park, Ontario
Algonquin Park is a picturesque destination that perfectly captures the sweeping and regally colored vistas of the fall season. With its rolling countryside and forested terrain, it attracts outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year. However, the fall season offers a special charm as the vibrant colors of the foliage create a breathtaking backdrop for seasonal activities. From mid-September to mid-October, the Sugar and Red Maples showcase their fiery hues, followed by other tree types, maintaining a vibrant canopy of colors through November.
Several developed campgrounds in Algonquin Park remain open until Canadian Thanksgiving, allowing you to enjoy camping surrounded by the stunning fall scenery. If you're looking to extend your camping adventures deeper into the fall, consider checking out Mew Lake Campground, which offers full hookups and year-round services. Additionally, the campground provides access to a collection of hiking trails, offering a bird's eye view of the fall foliage and convenient exploration opportunities.
Don't forget to bring the VTOMAN Power Station along on your camping trip. With its reliable power supply, you can stay connected and power up your devices while immersing yourself in the splendor of the fall season.