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Ontario Fall Colours

Fall colors fall leaf foliage 2014

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, October 16th, 2014

Resort destinations north of Toronto: 

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern OntarioSouth Western Ontario

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Fall Road Trip

Central Ontario Region

Algonquin Park - 100% change with 80% leaf fall

Predominant colours: Yellow and orange

Best viewing opportunities: Spectacular views along the Highway 60 corridor and all of the hiking trails in Algonquin
Park! Yellow, gold, orange and russet are the colours you will see

Parry Sound area - 100% change

Predominant colours: Vibrant oranges and yellows

Best viewing opportunities: This is a beautiful time of year to experience the Harbour front in Downtown Parry Sound,
and for a great scenic tour take a walk down the fitness trial that winds through the town,
and finishes along 2km of gorgeous bayside trail

Muskoka

Gravenhurst – 80% change with 50% leaf fall
Bracebridge – 80% change with 50% leaf fall
Huntsville – – 90% change with 50% leaf fall
Bala – 80% change with 50% leaf fall
Port Severn – 70% change with 40% leaf fall

Pick up a Muskoka Map and follow one of the six driving tours from Muskoka Tourism 1342 Hwy 11 North, Kilworthy. 1-800-267-9700 www.discovermuskoka.ca

Driving Tours

  • Muskoka Rd 17 from Gravenhurst to Bracebridge, you could stop at Muskoka Beach for a gorgeous view of Lake Muskoka, 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 Road 38 has beautiful colour
  • Muskoka Rd 13 Severn Bridge to Torrance is a winding road, with lots of maple trees,
    stop and hike through the Torrance Barren
  • Visit Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh for the harvesting of the cranberries started which
    September 27, 2014 and taking the wine tasting tour every day at 1pm.

Lookouts

  • Lions Lookout in Huntsville and the Dorset Fire Tower in Dorset

Minden/Haliburton: 100% change with 50% leaf fall

Predominant Colours:Orange and pockets of red

Best viewing opportunities:  Dorset Fire Tower, Hwy 35 north to Dorset, Twelve Mile Lake Falls; Buttermilk Falls;
Leslie Frost Centre; Marsh’s Falls on Oxtongue River; and around Carnarvon

Midland/Penetanguishene – 100% change with 20% leaf fall

Predominant Colours: Reds and orange

Barrie – Horseshoe Valley -– 85% change with 15% leaf fall

Predominant Colours: Orange and yellow with some red

Best viewing opportunities: Drive north from the Horseshoe area on both Hwy 400 and Hwy 93.

Collingwood area - 100% change

Predominant Colours: Very orange and yellow mix of poplars and maples

Best viewing opportunities: You can see a great view at the top of Blue Mountain. Touring ideas can be found using the Apple Pie Trail Map at www.applepietrail.ca/map Apple Markets can be found along Highway 26 from Collingwood to Meaford.

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

Kawartha Lakes –100% change with 40% leaf fall

Predominant Colours: Bright oranges and yellows

Best viewing opportunities: For diving maps to tour the region please visit our tourism website at http://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/en/experience/drivingtours.asp

Prince Edward County – Belleville 90% Change with 60% leaf fall

Predominant Colours – Very bright and vibrant oranges, reds and yellows with small pockets of green

Best viewing opportunities

  • Sandbanks Provincial Park
  • Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park
  • County Road 13 (from Richardson Lookout to Black River Cheese) – described as driving through a tunnel of leaves
  • Victoria Road, Ameliasburgh

Cornwall/Thousand Islands – 100% change

Predominant Colours - Orange and Yellow

Best viewing opportunities:A popular tour this coming weekend would be a drive along the Rideau Heritage Route alongside the historic Rideau Canal. A stop in Westport or Jones Falls would be top of the list with some shopping and visiting fall markets along the way.

Ottawa – Gatineau – National Capital Commission – 80% change

Predominant colours - The deep red hue of sumac

Best viewing opportunities:

  • Ottawa
    • Reds and oranges are predominant, with some very vibrant yellows on offer as well, especially along the Rideau Canal and the south shore of the Ottawa River west of the downtown core (along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, for example).
  • Gatineau
    • Among other favorite destinations, the Mackenzie-King Estate is welcoming visitors for
      one more weekend before closing for the season (October 19 is the last day).

fall foliageWest and South-Western Ontario Region

Owen Sound area - 95% Change

Predominant colours - Brilliant yellows

Best viewing opportunities: The birch trees are boasting brilliant yellows and the colours across the Niagara Escarpment are amazing. It’s been a great show this year and there’s still time to get out and enjoy it.

Sarnia area – 60% change

Predominant colours – Yellow and orange

Essex/Kingsville/Point Peele – 40% change

Predominant colours –Mostly orange, but some yellow

Goderich/Bayfield/Huron Shoreline – 90% Change with 20% leaf fall

Best viewing opportunities: You can enjoy the Riverside and Hickory Trails.

fall coloursNorthern Ontario Region

Thunder Bay area - 100% Change with 30% leaf fall

Predominant colours: Colours are mostly yellows, gold and reds

Best viewing opportunities: A few pockets of sugar maple stands along the Nor’Wester mountain range are now a brilliant red. Low shrubs are now beautiful colours, for example mountain maple,
mountain ash.

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon – 100% leaf fall


Killarney Provincial Park - 100% Change with 40% leaf fall

Predominant colours: Red and orange

Best viewing opportunities: It's peak time to experience the beautiful fall colours in Killarney! Come and hike a trail, paddle some lakes, or just take a stroll through the campground to see the splendor. Enjoy the many day-hiking trails (Chikanishing, Granite Ridge, Cranberry Bog, The Crack, 2 and Lake of the Woods) or choose to try a bit of the La Cloche Silhouette trail through the same scenic landscapes which inspired the Group of Seven.

North Bay region - 100% Change with 30% leaf fall



Temagami - 100% Change with 30% leaf fall

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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