Every autumn the Canadian Rockies explode with colour as the alpine larch trees turn from a deep green to a vibrant yellow.

The event attracts thousands of tourists and Albertans alike to view the gorgeous fall foliage -- to the point where Parks Canada announced this week they would be adding a free shuttle from Lake Louise to Moriane Lake, to cut down on the traffic jams caused by hikers venturing to Larch Valley.

However, Larch Valley at Moraine Lake is not the only place to spot these beautiful coniferous AND deciduous trees.

Check out 13 of the most stunning photos of the larch and check out our suggestions for prime viewing below.

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The Huffington Post Alberta's top picks for larch viewing:

1. Lake O'Hara, Yoho National Park -- Lake O'Hara is generally quiet and the scenery is some of the most beautiful in the Canadian Rockies. You'll have to get a bus into the hiking trail, however, as cars and mountain bikes are restricted. The trail is a six-kilometre loop around the valley and the lakes and meadows are surrounded by golden larch. You can book a spot on the bus here. Be quick about it, though. The bus only runs until Sept. 30.

2. Arnica Lake, Banff National Park -- Parks Canada gives this 5-hour round trip, 10 kilometre hike a rating of "difficult," but don't let that deter you. If you're feeling up for it, the viewpoints are incredible and you're sure to spot plenty of larch. The trail head can be found at the Vista Lake Viewpoint on Highway 93 South, 8 km west of Castle Junction.

3. Boulder Pass, Banff National Park -- Another difficult hike leads to a stunning payoff, especially in autumn. This seven-hour round trip hike takes you to alpine meadows and small lakes in a remote area of the park. To access this hike, go to the Fish Creek parking lot, off Whitehorn Road, three kilometres north of Lake Louise.

4. Big Beehive, Banff National Park -- A wide and well-graded trail will take you high above Lake Louise, where you can look down on the stunning yellow trees and turquoise water. It's a moderate, 10-kilometre hike with a 540 metre elevation gain. You're likely to see lots of other people on this trail. Stop at the Lake Agnes teahouse on the way up, or pack a picnic and take in the dramatic views. To get there, go directly to Lake Louise and watch for signs along the lakeshore trail.

5. Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park -- This is a strenuous but short hike that will take you 657 metres in just 6.5 kilometres. The trail head begins on the southeast side of Lake Louise. The trail has lot of larch trees and flowers and offers stunning views in fall, including views of Mt. Temple, Fairview and Saddle Mountains.

Do you have a favourite place to view larches in autumn? Share you tips with us in the comments below.

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  • Queen Elizabeth Park

    Located In: Vancouver, British Columbia Situated in central Vancouver, <a href="http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx" target="_hplink"> Queen Elizabeth Park</a> is a 130-acre park that features a mixture of evergreens and deciduous trees (the kind with leaves the change colour). The mixture of the trees provides a contrast which makes the red and yellow leaves really pop out against the green pine needles. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wlcutler/" target="_hplink">wlcutler</a>

  • The Rocky Mountains

    Located In: Banff, Alberta And Jasper, Alberta It doesn't get more picturesque than the gold and red leaves strewn across a canvas of the Rocky Mountains. Travellers who've had their fill of the stunning <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/worlds-best-fall-foliage.html?id=43&photo=12570" target="_hplink">aspen, birch, and willow trees</a> can find plenty of other activities at the nearby Banff or Jasper National Parks. Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/msn678/" target="_hplink">msn678</a>

  • Qu'Appelle River Valley

    Located In: Lumsden, Saskatchewan Fans of fall foliage might have a hard time in Saskatchewan since the province is mostly dominated by wheat fields and flatlands. However, <a href="http://www.ruralescapes.com/routes-by-destination/regina-area/call-of-the-valley" target="_hplink">a 30-minute drive Northwest of Regina</a> will take travellers to Lumsden, Saskatchewan. The city rests on the Qu'Appelle Valley which plays host to lovely shades or red, orange and yellow when Autumn rolls around. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinsaff/" target="_hplink">Kevin Saff</a>

  • Whiteshell Provincial Park

    Located In: Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba Visitors of Whiteshell Provincial Park can be expect to be <a href="http://www.topstockphoto.com/Manitoba/Provincial-Parks/20832331_vLzw76#!i=1653725639&k=jd3dvCS" target="_hplink">dominated by golden leaves</a>, thanks in part of the numerous <a href="http://www.northscaping.com/IZArticles/IS-0011" target="_hplink">Fallgold Ash trees</a> that dot fill the park. Also worth nothing is the park's closeness to the Ontario border making this location a strong contender for a weekend road trip for Ontarians.

  • Algonquin Provincial Park

    Located In: Nipissing, Ontario While there West has its share of fall foliage locations, Eastern Canada has leaf viewing destinations in spades. Algonquin Provincial Park is just one of the many places in Ontario with lovely shades of red and orange due to the numerous types of spruces, pines, ashes, maples and aspen trees in the park. Travellers can also capitalize on the best viewing locations with a <a href="http://www.parkreports.com/fall/" target="_hplink">fall colour report</a>. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/axio/" target="_hplink">松

  • The Laurentian Mountains

    Located In: Laurentides, Quebec Mont-Tremblant may be a top destination for skiers and snowboarders during the Winter but come fall, the resort city plays host to the Symphony of Colours festival. The festival celebrates the city's orange hues from the plentiful sugar maples, yellow birches and American beeches with <a href="http://www.quebecgetaways.com/magazine/columns/lynes-favorites/celebrating-a-season-of-colours-in-the-laurentians-822" target="_hplink">free concerts and musical performances</a>.

  • Humber Valley

    Located In: Corner Brook, Newfoundland Located in Corner Brook, a town that runs mainly on its paper and pulp industry, Humber Valley's fall foliage is well known for <a href="http://www.trailcanada.com/newfoundland_labrador/corner_brook/" target="_hplink">attracting tourists every fall </a>and is even a destination on a few Atlantic cruises. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/99116641@N00/" target="_hplink">retired60</a>

  • The Cabot Trail

    Located In: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia The Cabot Trail is known for the beautiful coastal drive, its various gold courses and the beautiful crimson reds, stunning yellows and vibrant oranges during October. Like Ontario,<a href="http://www.novascotia.com/en/home/blogsforumsandcontests/forums/leafwatch/default.aspx" target="_hplink"> there's even a foliage report</a> that visitors can fill out to give other travellers an idea of what to expect and when to expect it.

  • Fundy Coastal Drive

    Located Near: <a href="http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/Learn/WeatherAndSeasons/Fall/AutumnFoliage/Fundy.aspx" target="_hplink">New Brunswick </a> For travellers who find themselves in the Maritimes during Thanksgiving weekend, pass on the turkey and take on the leaves instead. The hues or yellow will remind you of roasted potatoes, while the oranges will have you craving a pumpkin thanks to their vibrancy. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/33037982@N04/" target="_hplink">Photo: wallygrom</a>

  • Confederation Trail

    Located In: Prince Edward Island Formerly an abandoned railroad project, the Confederation Trail stretches 470 km across the island province. On this trail, visitors can bike, walk or run and check out the <a href="http://www.tourismpei.com/fall-vacation-ideas" target="_hplink">apricot-orange and fire reds from the various maple and cherry trees.</a> Then there's the brilliant yellows of the populars, birches and beeches. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/daleus/" target="_hplink">Daleus</a>