Your guide to the most epic fall views. 🍂🍁
If you consider yourself a true Ontarian, then you've probably been to more than a few places across the province in search of stunning views that showcase the best fall colours in Ontario. But have you been to them all?
These 14 spots will help you round out your fall bucket list, so you can enjoy all the red, orange and yellow vistas during the peak of pumpkin spice latte season. From out-of-this-world rock formations to seemingly endless walkways leading deep into enchanting forests, there are plenty of places to check out during the fall that will fuel your Instagram and your wanderlust.
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
Price: Fees vary, but be sure to get your daily vehicle permit in advance
Address: 795086 3rd Line EHS, Shelburne, ON
Why You Need To Go: There are so many hiking trails to explore, where you can crunch down on colourful autumn leaves. Plus, it's just an hour-and-a-half drive from downtown Toronto.
Address: 885 Mountain Brow Blvd., Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Niagara Falls isn't the only stunning waterfall in the province! This beauty flows 19 metres long over the Niagara Escarpment, and if you take the Mountain Brow Side Trail towards the falls you'll find a couple of really pretty lookouts.
99 Steps (Thornton Bales Conservation Area)
When: Open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Address: 1260 19th Sideroad, King City, ON
Why You Need To Go: Nicknamed "99 Steps," this enchanting Thornton Bales Conservation Area spot has a steeper elevation from top to bottom than the drop from Niagara Falls. Just a heads up that there is limited parking in the area.
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
Address: 106 Monck St., Bancroft, ON
Why You Need To Go: Plan the ultimate weekend trip and see the stunning fall foliage while you go for a hike or kayak through the park, and camp overnight.
Price: $99+ depending on the tour
Address: 88 County Rd. 32, Leeds & Thousand Islands (Gananoque), ON
Why You Need To Go: There are several fun things to do in the 1000 Islands that will definitely spice up your Instagram feed. There is even a helicopter tour you can take which offers a totally unique view of Ontario's fall colours.
Algonquin National Park
Price: Free weekday visits until September 2, 2021, and then it ranges between $18 to $21 for a day pass
Address: Highway 60, ON (check out their website for directions here)
Why You Need To Go: Algonquin Provincial Park is a true Ontarian staple near Huntsville, Ontario. To catch the bright autumn leaves in their full glory, it is recommended to go anytime between mid-September and mid-October.
Price: $5 parking fee to the conservation area
When: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 204 Ridge Rd., Stoney Creek, ON
Why You Need To Go: This stunning rock feature looks straight out of a Mad Max film set and it'd be a short day trip if you're coming from Toronto. There are also two different waterfalls that you could check out, so you're in for a splashing good time no matter what.
Price: The reservation fee is $10, and then additional prices vary
When: Reservations are required up until November 2021, available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address: 581 Harvest Rd., Dundas, ON
Why You Need To Go: This hike in Spencer Conservation Park is just an hour-long drive from the 6ix, and will offer you views of treetops for days. There's also a 41-metre waterfall that you can hike up to.
When: Open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until October 18, 2021
Address: 4985 Campbellville Rd., Milton, ON
Why You Need To Go: Just off of Highway 401 you can come to check out some stunning water features as well as some old historical ruins at the Hilton Falls Conservation Area. If you go during the Fall Into Nature Festival, you can even take a horse-drawn wagon ride.
Price: Fees vary
When: Open year-round for day use, and camping from May 14 to October 12, 2021
Address: 4853 Hwy 11/17, Kakabeka Falls, ON
Why You Need To Go: After Niagara Falls, this is the next tallest waterfall in the entire province, and there are also several hiking trails you can take to fully admire all of the beautiful autumn leaves.
Address: 2617 Anderson Rd., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Ever wanted to be friends with birds? Apparently, this trail has a bird village, so channel your inner Disney princess and be one with all of the birds on this magical trail.
Price: Fees vary
When: Open May 21 to October 31 this year
Address: Greenwich Lake Rd., Pass Lake, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can see incredible views of the cliffs, and if you walk towards Eagle Canyon you can get your adrenaline pumping while posing for pictures on a massive suspension bridge.
When: Open 24 hours
Address: Ferris Provincial Park, Trent Dr., Campbellford, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can brave a 300-foot-long suspension bridge that's 30 feet high, and see some truly picturesque views when you get there.
Price: $5 day passes per person, $15 group day passes if you have three to six people, and a season pass is $60
When: Sunrise to sunset from May 15 to November 15 (reservations only)
Address: Rock Dunder Summit Trail, Rideau Lakes, ON. According to the website's directions, look for Stanley Lash Lane west off Hwy 15, immediately south of Morton.
Why You Need To Go: There are three different hiking trails you can take, with the Summit Loop offering panoramic views of the cliffs and Rideau Waterway.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.
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