Favorite Fall Foliage Routes

Top 20 Foliage Routes in Canada

If a country flag’s symbol is a maple leaf, then it’s going to have beautiful places to run in autumn. Here’s a list of our 20 favorite foliage runs in Canada, with a focus on areas you’re likely to be passing through a canopy of dazzling color, or routes with particularly special views. The list below is in organized from east to west. Note: due to Canada’s latitude, plan on peak foliage being as early as late September in prime areas. 


Quebec City, Quebec

30 minutes from Quebec City, this is a great trail running destination in summer. There are trails for various abilities: a gentler run to the summit, a loop around a lake, summit ridge trails, and a waterfall trail involving 400 steps.

Mount Royal

Montreal, Quebec

The iconic Montreal run. Mount Royal defines the city, and this Olmsted-designed park offers numerous trail options, including a run to the summit–accessible from downtown!

P’tit Train du Nord Linear Park

Laurentians, Quebec

Choosing a section of the P'tit Train du Nord is the signature run in the Laurentians. This 230 km multi-use path is a major recreational facility, popular for biking, running, and XC skiing. We've mapped the whole trail and recommended particularly scenic sections.

Gatineau Park

Ottawa, Ontario

Gatineau Park is a great destination if you have time. There are several lakeside beaches, and more than 100 miles of paved and unpaved trails for walking and running.

Toronto Beltline Trail

Toronto, Ontario

A linear park running about 8 miles through the northeast part of the city, connecting the neighborhoods of Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill, Chaplin Estates, and Fairbank. The trail consists of three sections.

Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour

Niagara Falls, NY

Pretty town on Lake Ontario known for the Shaw summer theater festival, wineries, historic homes and sites. We've designed a 10.7 km 'grand tour', including a 4 km loop of Fort George, flower-filled Queen St., lakeshore, and Historic Old Town.

Greenway Park and Springbank Park

London, Ontario

Combine the Thames River with trails in these two riverside parks. Nice mix of riverside paths and undulating inland paths through fields and woods. The London Pacers running club has mapped 10k and 5k routes, including a popular 5k cross-country course.

Assiniboine Forest

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Just south of Assiniboine Park, this regal stand of oak and aspen is one of the largest urban nature parks in Canada, and a perfect spot to escape the city crowds and spend some quiet time in the great outdoors. Paved, boardwalk, and woodchip terrain.

Valley Trail

Whistler/Squamish/Pemberton, BC

A 40 km paved muli-use trail that's a great off-road connector to the major parts of Whistler. Some of the best sections for running are Alta Lake to Alpha Lake, Rainbow Park to Meadows Park, a loop around the golf course, and along Green Lake.

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