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Waheeda Harris

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Waheeda Harris is a freelance journalist who writes about travel, design, culture, cuisine, style and the people who are passionate about what they create.

As the daily temperature dips, Mother Nature signals nature to do something before winter makes an appearance—a colorful display of leaves in pale yellow to rich orange to deep red. For those of us who want to steal away for a weekend and indulge in some leaf peeping (even when wearing one’s pajamas), these Canadian hotels offer the perfect locations to welcome the fall season.

Photo courtesy of Estrimont Suites & Spa

Estrimont Suites & Spa, Orford, Quebec

Double the autumn splendor with a visit to this small inn in Orford, home to the annual La flambée des couleurs, a popular fall festival. Views from every direction showcase the palette of warm seasonal tones, while those who want to get up close to the changing tree canopy can choose one of the many hiking trails nearby like the Altitude Circuit on Mont Orford.  Or just stay put and do your leaf gazing from the warmth of the three-season outdoor hot tub.

Photo courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa,  Minett, Ontario

The lush Muskoka scenery surrounding this lakeside resort offers perfect views of the fall landscape from every hotel room. Guests who want to gaze from the cozy interior can take in the views while keeping warm, and those who don’t mind the chill will appreciate the nature trails for more of Mother Nature’s spectacular show.

Photo courtesy of Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Kananaskis, Alberta

Nestled in the heart of the Kananaskis Valley, this stylish, rustic lodge–part of The Autograph Collection–is an ideal spot to get a ring-side seat of the changing of season. Although the hotel views will be dominated by pine trees and Rocky Mountains, there are plenty of deciduous trees to showcase the arrival of fall. Walk the path to the valley’s lookout point to get a different angle on those pretty leaves.

Photo courtesy of Fairmont Tremblant

Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Visitors to this five-star resort in the Laurentians can easily take in the forest’s dazzling show of colors from their guest rooms. The hotel’s expansive terrace puts you in the front row to take in those dazzling vistas, head into the pedestrian-only Tremblant Village where guests can hit the hiking trails, or go for broke with a 10-minute helicopter ride over the area to see the natural kaleidoscope of color from above.

Photo courtesy of Spirit Ridge Lake Resort

Spirit Ridge Lake Resort, Osoyoos, British Columbia

In the heart of Osoyoos’s wine country located in the southern part of the province, this laidback resort (a Hyatt hotel) offers not only the autumn colors of orchards, but of the adjacent vineyards. Indulge in a glass of fabulous pinot noir from Nk’Mip Cellars (the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America), while taking in fall’s beauty from the comfy resort rooms (some with fireplaces), the dining room of the main lodge, or the cellar’s tasting room.

Photo courtesy of Deerhurst Resort

Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario

This beloved resort has been welcoming guests for more than 130 years. It sits in the middle of Ontario’s Muskoka region and is always ready to embrace all that fall offers, thanks to the lush forest surrounding the resort. Guests can wander the grounds to indulge in leaf-peeping or take advantage of lake access to get an eyeful of fall colors from a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, if weather permits.

To catch more fall color, check out these hotels.

[Editor’s note: As of October 25, 2020, the hotels mentioned in this story are open. Some services may be affected due to COVID-19. Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.]

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