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Ontario Fall Colours

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Ontario fall colour reports will start in early September 2014 and will continue through October in many of the resort destinations north, northeast and northwest of Toronto GTA. Find a travel area in  Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern OntarioSouth Western Ontario. Plan ahead now with a suggested featured Fall Road Trips and Drives

Fall Colour Progression Report:

This is the first report of the 2014 fall colour season -
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Resort destinations north of Toronto: 

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern OntarioSouth Western Ontario

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Central Ontario Region

Parry Sound - Small pockets of red and orange are showing with a prediction of a 10% change. A wonderful way to see the beautiful fall colour vistas in this region is aboard the Island Queen which runs until Thanksgiving Monday. The three hour cruise departs at 1pm daily. The Parry Sound region also features a number of beautiful driving tours and hiking trails for your enjoyment. Killbear Provincial Park is just starting to see a small change in colour reporting less than 10%.

Minden/Haliburton – There is the odd tree showing colour at this time. This region is a popular touring destination by the third week of September continuing through Thanksgiving weekend.

Muskoka Region:

  • Gravenhurst—10 - 20% - Very small pockets of colour here and there - green predominates
  • Bracebridge —10 - 20% - Very small pockets of colour here and there - green predominates
  • Huntsville —10 - 20% - Very small pockets of colour here and there - green predominates
  • Bala—10 – 20% - Very small pockets of colour here and there - green predominates
    Great driving tours for Muskoka would be Muskoka Rd 17 from Gravenhurst to Bracebridge, you could stop at Muskoka Beach for a gorgeous view of Lake Muskoka, and sections of the road are like a canopy. Hwy 117 to Baysville and Dorset, stop and walk along the river in the park then to Dorset to the Lookout Tower.
  • HWY 118 east Bracebridge to Hwy 35.
  • HWY 118W to Port Carling, climb the hiking trail Huckleberry Rock, the pink granite rock cut overlooking Muskoka Lake, and loop through Windermere and Minett.
  • Muskoka Rd 13 Severn Bridge to Torrance is a winding road, with lots of maple trees, stop and hike through the Torrance Barre
  • Visit Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh for the harvesting of the cranberries and take the wine tasting tour every day at 1pm. Harvesting starts two weekends before Thanksgiving.
  • Lookouts - Lions Lookout in Huntsville and the Dorset Fire Tower in Dorset.

EVENT: Muskoka Sound Music Festival, Sept 12-14, Huntsville at Lion’s Lookout www.muskokasound.ca

Owen Sound Area - The fall colours are popping up on side roads and main highways across Grey County but the progression across our region remains in the 10 to 20% range. Looking across the Beaver Valley, you can easily pick out orange and red trees, but green still dominates the landscape. We have several amazing fall events coming up this weekend in Grey County. In Owen Sound, you can sample some world class BBQ at Owen Sound Ribfest. Just outside the city, at Cobble Beach, you can experience the sophistication and history of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance car show. In The Blue Mountains region, The Centurion Blue Mountain will bring an influx of cyclists to the region as they compete on 25, 50 and 100 mile courses. It’s a great weekend for a fall adventure in Grey County. www.visitgrey.ca/festivals-events/

Mostly Muskoka Road Trip:  North of Barrie on Highway 11 to Gravenhurst.  Side trips & circle road trip ideas
returning via Highway 11 or Highway 400 from Bala, Bracebridge. Parry Sound, Port Carling, Port Carling, Port Severn, 

fall colorsEastern Ontario Region

Belleville – Prince Edward County - You’ll find a 10-20% change in this area with very small pockets of colour here and there.

Sandbanks New Waves Festival – September 13: The Sandbanks New Waves Festival is a celebration of independent music, art, food, film and the people that support it all. The inaugural event takes place on Saturday, September 13, in Sandbanks Provincial Park, with plans for the festival to become a new yearly harvest tradition on the crystal clear shores of Prince Edward County's famous beach.

Doors Open – September 13: 21 properties will be featured, including eight locations in Prince Edward County. Each County site has a special connection to the First World War or to military service in general.

Cornwall/Thousand Islands - In East Region there has been very little change in the progression of the estimated 15-20% change in fall colour. This past week has seen some spectacular summer-like weather and touring through the Rideau Lakes and Ottawa Valley should be lovely.

fall foliageWest and South-Western Ontario Region

South Western Ontario Region- No significant colour change throughout most of the region at this time.

Fergus/Elora – Up to 25% with a few hints of yellow and red leaves.

fall coloursNorthern Ontario Region

Kenora – You’ll find a change of about 10-20% with mostly yellow leaves showing. A good viewing
area is the Vernon Nature Trail down McKenzie Portage Road.

Thunder Bay – They’re reporting a 5% colour change in the lower ground vegetation, but is still mostly
green. Things will start picking up for colour change soon with the cooler weather moving

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon - Colour up at the Agawa Canyon is still minimal in the 20% range with green still predominating. Small pockets of yellow and a bit of red at branch tips have emerged in the Algoma district. The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is a fantastic way to see Northern Ontario’s incredible landscape and until Sept. 12th enjoy lower fares! The tour runs daily until Mon. October 13th with fall fares in effect Sept. 13th. To book your tour, call 1-800-242-9287 or visit www.agawacanyontourtrain.com
Reservations in advance are highly recommended.

Sudbury, North Bay, Temagami, Manitoulin Island and Killarney Provincial Park - Very minimal change reported throughout the region. North Bay contact is reporting 10% change. This area will advance quite quickly and traditionally a good time to tour is mid-September and early October. A beautiful way to see the colour is to climb the lookout tower located in downtown Temagami. The very popular Sylvan Circle Art Tour is set to go September 20th. This guided tour winds across the island through the most scenic and colourful countryside with stops at unique studios and artisans shops along the way.

Algonquin Park – Algonquin Park is reporting a 20% colour change. Algonquin is undoubtedly at its most jaw-dropping when the reds and oranges of Red and Sugar Maples reach fall colour. In most years this occurs in the last week of September or, occasionally, in the first few days of October. The most scenic trails to view the spectacular landscape Hardwood Lookout, Track and Tower, Centennial Ridges, Lookout and the Booth's Rock Trails

Highway 60 Road Trip:  Highway 60 from Huntsville to Barry's Bay offers some of the best fall colours in Ontario.  Access Highway 60 from Highway 11 North.


Fall Road Trips and Drives

Ontario Parks Colour Report

Colour reports by Ontario Parks is reporting leaf colour changes up to 100 % leaf change.  The predominant changes are in Algonquin Park & area, and areas north of Highway 60.  See suggested Algonquin fall colour road trips and drives on a road trip.  See Ontario Parks Colour Report for updates , See our featured Ontario Parks

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