It’s official. Sweater weather is here. Time to put the flip flops away, close the pool and check your furnace. Don’t fret too much though, because if you live in Ontario, Mother Nature is about to get all dolled up for you and wow you with her colours. Grab your family, or just your spouse, and head out to take in the red, orange and gold at five of the best places for fall colours in Ontario.
Fall Colours in Ontario
As if Muskoka doesn’t have it all already, it also happens to put on quite a show in the fall. Personally, I’m a driver, so I’d take advantage of some of the interactive driving tours Discover Muskoka offers. Driving isn’t for everyone though, so check out some of the amazing resorts like the Deerhurst Inn or the JW Marriott Muskoka for fall package getaways. Relax on the shores of Muskoka’s many beautiful lakes and soak it all in.
Algonquin Provincial Park is a whopping 7,653 square kilometres. The fall colours here practically explode through the wilderness. I’ve heard rumours of people who like to “rough it” and find Algonquin Park an ideal place to say in a yurt, cabin or tent. I, myself, would choose the Couples Resort and sit in a hot tub with a bottle of champagne and my honey and enjoy the view. But that’s just me. No matter where you choose to sleep, everyone will want to take a walk on the trails to fully appreciate the beauty around them.
I recently took a train ride on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The scenery is breathtaking at any time of year, but I can only imagine how spectacular it must be in the fall. Much of what you see on this day long train trip isn’t accessible by automobile, so you are truly off the beaten path on this journey. Of course, Algoma Country in Northern Ontario has miles and miles of fall colours if a train ride isn’t your thing. Find accommodations ideally suited to you on the Algoma Country website and enjoy the best of fall here.
Some might say I’m a little biased putting my hometown on this list, but when you’ve got it, you’ve got it. What can I say? I’m one of the lucky ones that live here and if you don’t, then come visit and see what all the fuss is about! Fall festivals are everywhere in O-Town. Look for fall packages at local hotels such as the Chateau Laurier or Ottawa Marriott. Stroll along the Rideau Canal or take in some of the amazing fall landscapes at the National Art Gallery painted by Canada’s famous Group of Seven. Finally, if you like to canoe then the fall is the best time to get your oars in the water in the Ottawa region.
I’ve gone three solid months drinking sangria and now I’m ready to throw on my cozy sweater and pour a good glass of wine. Mmmmmm, wine. Wait, where was I? Oh right, wine! Can you imagine the magnificence of this trip? It’s almost too much to bear. Let’s see, first we have, WINE and then we have magnificent fall colours! Cue the choir of angels, Niagara-On-The-Lake sounds like heaven. This is an ideal getaway for couples or girlfriends. Check out wineries, spas, charming B&B’s, adorable shops, and to-die-for culinary experiences.
If you really want to colour it your way this fall, head to Grey County. Located northeast of Toronto and west of Ottawa, you can chase waterfalls here, enjoy the fall bounty at orchards and wineries along the way, and revel in the glorious colours that explode in this region every fall.
What I consider one of the very best places to take in fall colours in Ontario, check out this video from a trip I took there last year. It’s an unforgettable destination!