Oh autumn, how I love thee.

au·tumn

noun /ˈôtəm/
autumns, plural

The third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall, in the northern hemisphere from September to November and in the southern hemisphere from March to May

– the countryside is ablaze with color in autumn

autumn leaves

– he was in the autumn of his life

Canadian

Change. Change is good.

I’m partial to always having a little bit of change in my life, so I can appreciate seasonal change.

Of all of the seasons, autumn is by far my favourite. Yes, I would even pick it over (gasp!) summer.

Autumn is especially beautiful in Canada’s maple tree regions. I spent last year in Australia and I’m pretty sure I completely missed “autumn” because it was just a slow transition to slightly “cooler” temperatures. Winter began and I frantically asked my friends, colleagues, bus drivers, “but what about autumn?!” Needless to say I was very pleased that I got to experience autumn in Canada this year.

In the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, the fall season consists of lots of balmy sunshine, cool nights, and temperature highs ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius. In the towns you’ll find lots of beautiful yellow or red trees but the mountains remain green. I had hoped that there would be more colour changes but with such beautiful weather who could complain?

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Hiking in Kalamalka Park in September.
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Otter Lake by Armstrong, BC in October.

I also spent a couple of weeks in Ontario this October. Ottawa is BEAUTIFUL in autumn. It takes me about 20 minutes longer to get anywhere because I’m constantly distracted by the beautiful colours around me. Trees turn different shades of orange, yellow, and red, and it makes regular day tasks more enjoyable. Driving to do groceries is beautiful because of the long tunnels between tall golden trees. Walking to get the mail is beautiful because in the distance the Gatineau Hills look like a blurry water colours painting. Walking through a forest is beautiful and almost sensory overload – hearing the leaves crunch beneath your feet, seeing amazing hues in every direction, smelling the  earth and fallen leaves, and feeling just enough cold in the air to make you feel alive.

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My brother, Isaac, and I in our family’s maple bush.

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WE LOVE AUTUMN!

Top 5 reasons why I love autumn:

1. Natural beauty.

2. Thanksgiving (my FAVOURITE holiday).

3. Pumpkins. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, decorative pumpkins, pumpkin patches. All. Things. Pumpkin.

4. Fall clothes (layers, boots, knits).

5. And, thank goodness, it’s not winter.

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  1. Thank you so much for the links. I’m from Kamloops, BC and recently went to Ireland and absolutely fell in LOVE with it. I plan to move there in approx 9 months, and was feeling so overwhelmed doing this on my own.

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