Yellow Larch Fall Hikes

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In Canada, you get to experience the changing landscapes and natural beauty for all four seasons. Fall in Canada is chilly and feels almost like winter, but you can still make the best out of it before the freezing temperatures set in.

In central and eastern Canada, leaves on the trees transform to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. Did you know that out of the over 100 species of maple around the world, 10 of them are native to Canada?

In Alberta, one of the western provinces, we don’t get to see such variety of colors, but we have yellow larches!

What is the Larch?
  • Larch trees are members of the pine family (Pinaceae);
  • Their soft green needles turn yellow in fall, earning them the name “Yellow/Golden Larch”.
When does the larch trees turn yellow?
  • The peak season for color changing is from mid to late September.
Where do I go to see the yellow larch?
  • Larch Valley: most popular and most traveled trails to view the yellow larch. Due to COVID-19, parking is first come first served. Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowd.
  • Taylor lake: the trailhead is located at Taylor Creek day-use area, 8 km west of Castle Junction on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
  • Lake Agnes: this is a well-maintained trail. Enjoy viewing the larch trees dotting the shore of the lake.

More yellow larch fall hikes for you to explore: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/meleze-larch

*Please be aware of all travel advisories and obey all Parks Canada/Alberta Parks restrictions.

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References:

https://www.tripsavvy.com/four-seasons-in-canada-1482200

https://www.todocanada.ca/15-fall-hikes-to-see-golden-larches-in-and-around-calgary/

https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/meleze-larch