One of the best things about life in Ontario is the opportunity to experience all four of the seasons. While summers can certainly be hot, and not much needs to be said about the infamous Canadian winter, many non-Canadians may never have heard of the beauty of fall in Ontario. In this blog, we’re counting down some of the most beautiful fall destinations in Ontario where you can make the most of the season.
While Tobermory is a beautiful road trip destination year-round, the autumn colours in the region are a must-see. The bright blue waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron provide the perfect contrast for the changing foliage throughout the season. As so many people associate Tobermory with summer camping, the area will be much less crowded, offering a calmer experience than if you were visiting during the warmer weather. Fall is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle while you take in the picturesque surroundings.
Another place that is most often associated with summer, Muskoka is more than just cottage country. With a tree-filled landscape that gives bursts of colour in the fall season and plenty of activities to enjoy, the region has something for everyone. Head out for a hike at Huckleberry Rock or take in the sights at Georgian Bay Island National Park. If you’ve had enough of nature activities, you can also check out local events like the Bala Cranberry Festival.
- Long Point
This region is home to Long Point Provincial Park, which has an impressive 40-kilometer sandpit. While that might not sound too exciting on paper, the stretch is so diverse that it was named a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. In addition to outdoor activities like bike tours, kayaking, and fishing, you can spend your time sampling wine along the South Coast Wine Trail. Long Point Peninsula is also a great area for bird watchers and campers, with over 250 camp sites to park at and spend the night.
While Hamilton is well-known for its industrial origins, the region is also home to an entire network of waterfalls. Not only do they serve as a great fall photo backdrop, many of them are hidden amidst great hiking trails. After spending your days exploring points like Tews Falls, Sherman Falls, the Devil’s Punchbowl, and Spencer Gorge, you can head to Locke Street for delicious food and drinks.
- Prince Edward County
The golden colours of fall make the perfect surroundings to enjoy some of the province’s best wineries. Fall is also a great time to take in the quaint towns in the region and to truly enjoy the agricultural origins of the area. Spend your harvest-time visit strolling around the beautiful pumpkin patches or take a wine tour as the days get cooler and shorter.
- Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park is the perfect fall destination to enjoy the changing colours of the landscape. It also boasts a number of activities within the park, such as hiking and biking trails, canoeing, and fishing. If you love wildlife, you have plenty opportunities to catch a glimpse of what Ontario has to offer. There are also plenty of opportunities to go off the beaten path, with side roads and lakes all around.
- Kakabeka Falls
The Kakabeka Falls in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is one of the most stunning autumn destinations in the province. Measuring in at 40 meters high, it is the second highest falls in Ontario. You can take in the view of the region from the boardwalk atop of the falls or get your fill of bird watching and biking. There are also a number of walking and hiking trails and many historic sites, where fossils from 1.6 million years ago can be found!