Fall is such a gorgeous time in Ontario. The leaves have transformed from green to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange. If you're planning on going for a hike this fall to see the colourful leaves, there's a handy tool you'll want to check first. Ontario Parks has a map of fall foliage in Ontario, which will show you the peak viewing times throughout the province.
It's incredible the difference a few days can make in the colour of the leaves. So, if you're looking to get the ultimate fall photo for your Instagram feed, it's essential to time your visit correctly.
You'll want to bookmark the Ontario Parks map to stay up to date on the status of the leaves near you. Below the handy map, there's a list of locations across Ontario where you can find out the percentage of leaves that have changed colours and the number of leaves that have fallen.
For each spot, it also lists the best place to view the brilliant autumn hues and the dominant colour of the leaves. For example, if you really want to see red leaves, you can pick parks that have red as the dominant colour.
According to Ontario Parks, the best time to visit is while there are still some green leaves, as it will help the other shades pop in the photos. They also suggest that since the leaves change colour first in the north, the areas further south may still have lots of green leaves around Thanksgiving.
If you prefer to get a photo without the crowds, Ontario Parks says to plan your visit mid-week and to avoid popular spots like Algonquin Park. Instead, they recommend visiting quieter trails at Restoule Provincial Park, Ferris Provincial Park, and Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Already throughout the province, you can begin to enjoy the colourful fall leaves. So, it's time to put on your hiking shoes and go on an adventure to enjoy the beauty while it lasts.