Fall is one of the most beautiful times to take a stroll and these spots around Toronto will whisk you away to Central Park.
While it may not be New York , the quaint bridges, tree-lined pathways, and ponds at these places have similar vibes and are especially beautiful during the autumn season.
If you're looking for some New York City vibes without leaving Toronto, here are eight places to check out in and around the city this fall.
Address: Mill Pond, Milton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Mill Pond's short loop will take you around a pond where you can see all the fall colours reflected. The 2.6-kilometre loop takes around half an hour to complete, making it an idyllic place for a relaxing stroll.
Address: 1873 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: This park explodes with colour every autumn, and while it may not be New York City, it certainly has the vibes. According to AllTrails , the High Park path is a popular hiking spot and allows you to bask in fall foliage and enjoy views of the water.
Spencer Gorge Conservation Area
Price: $10 reservation fee, $16 per vehicle and driver
Address: Harvest Rd., Dundas, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Webster Falls walk at this conservation area will lead you past a cobblestone bridge and you can imagine you're strolling through Central Park as you cross it. The cascade is a magnificent sight to see during the autumn months and it's surrounded by incredible foliage.
A reservation is required in advance during fall colours season.
Price: $10 + per adult
Address: 185 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: The Royal Botanical Gardens transform into a wonderland of fall colours each year and the Rock Garden is an idyllic spot to immerse yourself in the splendour of the season.
You'll wander along historic limestone steps, past a waterfall, and around the Dalglish Family Foundation Courtyard. The majestic landscapes and pieces of history have all those Central Park vibes.
Claireville Conservation Area
Address: 8180 Hwy. 50, Brampton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Described as an "urban oasis," this area is full of valleys, forests, and wetlands. It's home to 540 hectares of stunning landscapes and is a dreamy spot to get lost in nature.
You can unwind as you wander along tree-lined paths and breathe in the crisp smell of fall.
Address: 201 Guildwood Pkwy., Scarborough, ON
Why You Need To Go: Featuring a number of regal sculptures and architecture, this park is even more stunning during the fall season.
You'll be swept away to another land as you wander around majestic archways and other pieces of history.
Address: 200 Arboretum Rd., Guelph, ON
Why You Need To Go: Boasting 400 acres of tree-lined pathways and natural beauty, this spot is a dreamy place for a walk on a crisp autumn day. You'll pass through beautiful gardens, meadows and more blanketed in colourful fall leaves.
Toronto Island Park
Price: $9.11 ferry fee per adult
Address: 9 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Toronto Island Park is like a little slice of New York City right here in Toronto. Located a quick ferry ride away from the waterfront, the park is full of multi-use trails, paths and bridges where you can enjoy the autumn splendour.
The Olympic Bridge is straight out of Central Park so you'll want to plan a stroll across this historic landmark.
Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
This article has been updated since it was originally published on September 24, 2021.