There's a little place in Saskatchewan whose colors are so vivid and beautiful, seeing them will make you roll around on the grass in pure existential crisis. And I'm barely exaggerating! The Little Swan River really is something else though... Yes, a little LSR is all you need. The Little Swan River flows south into the Swan River Valley from its headwaters in God-knows-where, Saskatchewan. More specifically, the upper reaches are accessible in the Porcupine Hills near Parr Hill Lake Campground. There's a tiny cottage community, also named Little Swan River, that serves as a gate to some sketchy back roads. By driving a few kilometers east past the hamlet, you can reach an access point with scenery akin to northern British Columbia! Or so I'd imagine if I could afford to drive there.
With a healthy balance of spruce and aspen trees, the river explodes with colour in Autumn. The first vista offers a full view of open pasture land enclosed by a horseshoe bend in the river. Follow the emerald hallways upstream, and you'll find yourself in a lush boreal super-jungle.