Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024
7 Tips for Fall Fans to Look at the Leaves

You’ve checked out our Fall Color Report and are ready for a fall adventure.

Here are our top seven tips for finding your fall color:

1. Go before all the green is gone

Red maples look spectacular, but they also lose their leaves sooner. Planning a trip in mid to late September is a great idea, because the pops of green simply add more depth to the fall display.

Forest Lake Trail

2. Go north first

The northern forest turns earlier, so if you have time, head to the northern edge of the hardwood forests (Lake Superior Provincial Park is lovely this time of year!). The boreal forest has its own charms: while it doesn’t have the reds of maples, it does have the golden and peach tones of birch and aspen.

Head further south as the colors change. Killbear’s colors change in early October and remain due to the warm influence of Georgian Bay, while Pinery can still have plenty of green on Thanksgiving.

3. Go mid-week

Weekends can be filled with fellow leaf peepers (especially in hot spots like Algonquin). Visit your favorite trails during the weekdays, especially earlier in the day.

fall into algonquin

4. Go somewhere other than Algonquin

Everyone knows Algonquin is gorgeous in the fall, but if you’re looking to ditch the crowds, these 6 fall beauties are some of our best-kept secrets.

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5. Take a circular route

Stroll through Algonquin and enjoy the fantastic colors of the Mattawa Valley and Upper Ottawa Valley, and the Madawaska Highlands. Will you go before the October long weekend? Stay overnight at Lake St. Peter, Bonnechere, Samuel de Champlain, or Arrowhead.

TO Georgian Bay — Lake Huron Route It’s another great fall trip. Or how about a semicircle of Lake Superior? The route from Sault Ste. Marie to Thunder Bay is essentially a Group of Seven-themed road trip. Simply follow the Trans-Canada Highway and stop at Pancake Bay, Lake Superior, Obatanga, White Lake, Neys, Rainbow Falls and Sleeping Giant.

fall camp

Find our other recommended driving tours, including Lake Superior and Algonquin Highlands routes, here.

6. Look down

A little gold here, swathes of white there, and even a touch of purple in some places. The “second bloom of summer,” featuring asters and goldenrod, lasts well into fall.

purple aster

7. Smile for your selfie!

While you’re there, take some pictures. Fall is a great time to try out a new camera or compose the perfect shot.

Share fall photos on our Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter with tag #AutumnColorsand tag @OntarioParks. We’d love to see what fall is like where you are!