For nature lovers and adventure seekers wanting\nto squeeze in a 2019 international holiday, or book a 2020 trip, Canada in autumn is ideal.\nNot only will you benefit from the perks of off-season travel, but October to\nDecember is also one of the best times to visit Canada. Here\u2019s why:\n\n\n\n It\u2019s\noff-season\n\n\n\nSustainable tourism is the buzzword of 2020 and\nbeyond, and travelling off-peak is a conscious choice you can make to visit\nresponsibly. Not only will you get the benefit of fewer crowds and, often,\ndiscounted rates and cheaper flights, but you\u2019ll get a more authentic glimpse\nof the destination.\n\n\n\nThe weather\n\n\n\nAutumn in Canada boasts much warmer climate than\nthe winter months. And there\u2019s none of the pesky heat and humidity you\u2019d endure\nin summer. Autumn is definitely cooler. However, for South Africans used to our\nSouthern Hemisphere winters, be prepared! Snow can start falling in November,\nand the temperatures, while decidedly cool for the locals, can be icy for South\nAfricans. \n\n\n\nPack accordingly and embrace the possibility of\na snowy winter wonderland. It\u2019s a novelty we don\u2019t often get to experience.\nSeptember is also one of Vancouver\u2019s rainiest seasons, so pack a raincoat and\nenjoy the crowd-free sightseeing in this famous city.\n\n\n\nCelebrate Thanksgiving\n\n\n\nThanksgiving may have originated in the US, but\nit\u2019s very much a thing up north. Interestingly, Thanksgiving in Canada is\ncelebrated on the second Monday in October, almost a month earlier than its\nNorth American neighbours. Join in the festivities counting your blessings, and\nwarm-up feasting on turkey, sweet potatoes, corn, lashings of gravy, followed\nby a slice or two of pumpkin pie. \n\n\n\nIf you want to join in the spooky fun on Halloween, the day of trick-or-treating conveniently falls on 31 October. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nFall foliage\n\n\n\nCanada has four distinct seasons, each offering\na unique and beautiful experience. In South Africa, our seasons are less\ndistinct, so a Northern Hemisphere autumn should be on your bucket list. While\nyou may have heard of New England in the United States, the scenery is more\ndramatic further north in Canada. Maple trees, aspen and red oaks colour the\nlandscape golden.\n\n\n\nLake Louise, with its unbelievably clear turquoise waters, is a must-do in any season. But in autumn, it is one of the best places to view the fall foliage at its most dramatic. Trees are ablaze in gold, yellows, russet and reds. Oranges and browns contrast even more intensely with the bright turquoise waters and snow-capped mountain peaks. \n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nIdeal road-tripping weather\n\n\n\nAutumn, particularly in September and October,\nis a good time to drive the Canadian countryside. The Icefields Parkway is a\n230 km road winding through the Banff and Jasper National Parks and connects\nLake Louise with the town of Jasper. It\u2019s not as busy as the summer months when\nevery Canadian family will be loaded into their RVs to explore the parks.\nSnowfall can start from mid-October and from November onwards. Be warned that\nthe road\u2019s facilities (petrol station, restaurant, etc.) usually close then due\nto the heavy snowfall. \n\n\n\nSeptember is also one of the best times for\nwildlife sightings. Expect to see deer, bighorn sheep, elk, and, if you\u2019re\nlucky, perhaps you\u2019ll spot a Grizzly, Black Bear, coyote or wolf. \n\n\n\nIf you want to ride a glacier (and we think you\nshould), the giant Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier operates up until\nend October. Climb onboard a six-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle for a drive\nacross the glacier, one of the most accessible in the world. \n\n\n\n\u201cIf you\u2019re uneasy about driving conditions in Canada (expect snow and icy sections even in October) join a guided holiday,\u201d recommends Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation (TTC) in South Africa. \u201cCanada can be expensive for South African travellers, too. A guided holiday includes all the essentials, so you don\u2019t have to fork out dollars for petrol, or attempt to drive on the other side of the road. It is the most hassle-free and cost-effective option.\u201d\n\n\n\nCostsaver is one of TTC\u2019s best-selling products in the South African market. \u201cThe product gives travellers the most value for their rands, especially in countries such as Canada,\u201d says Richardson.\n\n\n\nIt is highly recommended that you book early.\nThink of booking your 2020 trip now to avoid inflation-driven price hikes. \n\n\n\n\u201cIt is highly unlikely the rate of your Costsaver holiday will go\ndown, but, if it does, you\u2019ll be refunded the difference. You are guaranteed\nthe best price for booking early,\u201d Richardson adds. \n\n\n\nNiagara Falls\n\n\n\nThe Canadian school year begins in September, so\nexpect shorter lines at many popular attractions, including the iconic Niagara\nFalls. The surrounding gorge is also covered with trees in all their autumn\ncolours, making for stunning photos. \n\n\n\nThe Niagara Falls Boat tour still runs up until\nthe end of November. \n\n\n\nThe festive cities\n\n\n\nIn Victoria, make a stop at the Butchart Gardens\n- don\u2019t miss the Japanese Gardens with the autumnal maple trees. \n\n\n\nAlthough much of Vancouver's trees are\nevergreen, you can find autumn foliage in the VanDusen Botanical Garden and\nStanley Park. The Vancouver International Film Festival hits the shores in\nSeptember and October.\n\n\n\nRestaurants and Canada\u2019s many craft breweries have seasonal menus. In the autumn\ndishes and drinks are all infused with the heartwarming flavours of autumn,\nsuch as pumpkin spice, apples, chai, nutmeg and cinnamon. \n\n\n\nWhichever city you\u2019re in, grab a pumpkin-spiced\nlatte (you\u2019ll find pumpkin-spiced everything in Canada) at the nation's\nfavourite coffee shop, Tim Horton\u2019s. Then, head outdoors to soak up the\nscenery. \n\n\n\nOther fun, not-to-be-missed experiences are the\nlocal corn mazes, hayrides, apple picking, farmers markets and more. \n\n\n\nWhile there is a reason to travel in every\nseason, surely no traveller could visit Canada in the autumn and not \u2018fall\u2019 head over\nheels. Best of all, travelling off-peak means those lasting travel memories\nwill come at a much warmer price point.