Thu. Feb 29th, 2024
Fall Road Trip in Ontario Parks

Hi, I’m Carolyn and I’m visiting the Ontario Parks blog to highlight some of my favorite provincial parks that you can visit during the fall, which I think is one of the best times to travel to Ontario.

Read on as we tour Ontario:

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Let’s start by heading north. One of the most beautiful parks in Ontario is Lake Superior Provincial Park. The lake is so big that the first time I saw it I thought it had somehow ended up in the ocean.

Lake Superior Coast

I love that this park is so diverse. You can walk on the beach, hike for days, or explore indigenous petroglyphs written on rocks centuries ago.

rocky coast with two hikers

Have you been to Lake Superior? What do you enjoy most here?

Bathawana Bay Provincial Park

A sunny afternoon picnic by Lake Superior? Yes please!

Lake Superior Campground

The drive along Highway 17 near Batchawana Bay (less than an hour south of Lake Superior Provincial Park) is stunning in the fall.

Chutes Provincial Park

Have you ever stumbled upon a particularly pretty spot for sunset?

waterfalls at sunset, with trees in the background

One fall day while road tripping through northern Ontario, I stopped at Chutes Provincial Park. Located between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, this small park is known for its waterfalls. And I managed to take a short walk to one of the “slides” just as the sun was starting to set. It illuminated the colorful leaves of the trees behind the falls.

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Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

If you love waterfalls, Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park (near Thunder Bay) is your place. It is the largest waterfall in northern Ontario; People often call it “Niagara of the North.”

huge waterfall

You can follow the easy boardwalk trails on both sides of the Kaministiquia River to see these waterfalls.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

The road to Thunder Bay Lookout on the north side of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park can be a little bumpy and bumpy, but when you finally reach the parking area, it’s only a short walk to the viewing platform, with views for miles. distance.

View of cliff next to Lake Superior

It overlooks Lake Superior and, on a clear day, you can glimpse the city of Thunder Bay.

Restoule Provincial Park

I’m always interested in learning about new places to visit, so I was happy to discover Restoule Provincial Park. About 70 km southwest of North Bay, this small park is a great place to go kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Restoule, Lake Stormy, or the Restoule River.

woman standing by a calm lake

Like much of northern Ontario, Restoule is a spectacular place to enjoy the fall colors.

Bon Echo Provincial Park

Ready for some fall colors? I took this photo on an October day in Bon Echo Provincial Park.

Boat and Canoe Shed with Fall Foliage by the Lake

This southeastern Ontario gem will remain open to campers until October 20.

Silent Lake Provincial Park

A misty morning at Silent Lake – what could be better?

fall colors by the misty lake

What are some of your favorite fall color destinations in Ontario?

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Although most people associate beach days with summer, I like to go to the beach in the fall. The weather is usually still warm and even popular parks, like Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario, are much less crowded.

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Woman in a chair on the beach, protected by trees

Pro tip: Combine time at Sandbanks Beach with a wine tasting in Prince Edward County. There are more than three dozen nearby wineries to try, and the fall harvest season is a great time to visit them.

Are you planning some adventures in Ontario Park this fall? Tell us where you’re headed!

Get involved on social media with your own #fallcolors adventures and let us know if your favorite fall park is on my list.

Travel writer Carolyn B. Heller is the author of three Canadian travel guides, including Moon Toronto and Ontario, an all-new guide highlighting unique activities and experiences across the province. Based in Vancouver, she has written for Forbes Travel Guide, Lonely Planet, Roads & Kingdoms, Canadian Traveler, Touring Bird, Edible Vancouver Island, Boston Globe, and Perceived Travel, among many other publications. Follow her adventures on Instagram @CarolynBHeller.