Ontario Fall Colours Progression Report

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Ontario fall colour reports will start in early September 2016 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:

As reported by OntarioTravel.net
Report Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Resort destinations north of Toronto: 

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern Ontario, South Western Ontario

Central Ontario Region

Algonquin Park – 100% change, 50% leaf fall
Predominant colours: Good colour is still visible in Algonquin Park with the best colour switching from the maples to the yellow and oranges of the poplars.
Coming Soon to foliage near you! Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Highlands Trails

Parry Sound – 60% to 70% Change, 40% leaf fall
Predominant colours: Yellow, orange, red and not much green left. 
Coming soon to foliage near you! Activities: Georgian Bay Airways NEW Fall Colour Tour (booking for 2017)

Muskoka named the best place in Canada for fall colours by the Huffington Post! Read more.
Gravenhurst – 80% to 90% Change, 20% Leaf fall – orange, yellow and a bit of red
Bracebridge – 80% to 90% Change, 20% Leaf Fall – orange, yellow and a bit of red
Huntsville/Lake of Bays – 90% to 100% Change, 20% Leaf Fall – Peak full colour, no green on trees – very little leaf fall (ultimate colour)
Bala – 80% to 90% Change, Almost full colour- no leaf fall
Georgian Bay – 50% to 70% Change, 10% Leaf Fall – Close to three quarters of trees now coloured and some falling

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

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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

Best Viewing Opportunities: Resorts of North Muskoka Georgian Bay Airways Muskoka Tourism Fall Colour Drives & Getaways
Best Photo Opportunities: www.discovermuskoka.ca/muskoka-fall-photos
Local Tourism Link: www.discovermuskoka.ca

Minden | Haliburton:100% Change, 50% leaf fall
Predominant Colours: Orange, yellow, red, burgundy
Best viewing opportunities: Twelve Mile Lake Falls; Buttermilk Falls; Leslie Frost Centre; Marsh’s Falls on the Oxtongue River; and around Carnarvon
Featured Destinations: Haliburton Highlands, Ontario’s Highlands.

Midland | Penetanguishene – 80% to 90% Change, 10% leaf fall
Predominant Colours: Nice mix of yellows, oranges and reds
Best viewing opportunities:  Little Lake Park & Huronia Museum, Georgian Bay Cruises, Downtown Midland, Town Harbour,Sainte Marie among the Hurons, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre and areas surrounding King’s Wharf Theatre and Discovery Harbour.
Local Tourism Link: Midland Tourism

Barrie | Horseshoe Valley | Ontario’s Lake Country – 70% Change, 10% leaf fall
Predominant Colours: Yellow, orange, red, burgundy, brown 
Best viewing opportunities: Ontario’s Lake Country is one of Ontario’s most picturesque regions with radiant lakes and rivers and an array of activities for all to enjoy year round. See more at: www.ontarioslakecountry.com/fall-driving-tours
Best viewing opportunities: Drive north from the Horseshoe area on both Hwy 400 and Hwy 93. Hardwood Ski and Bike,Horseshoe Resort, Horseshoe Adventure Park, Treetop Trekking, Ontario’s Lake Country Trails & Tours Port Severn Fall Cruise to Big Chute
Local Tourism Link: Ontario’s Lake Country

Southern Georgian Bay | Grey County | Blue Mountain – 100% Change PEAK
Predominant Colours: Nice mix of yellows, oranges and reds
Best viewing opportunities: Enjoy the Apple Harvest Festival in this weekend happening throughout Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury and Clarksburg.  Get into the Fall Spirit with Pumpkin Mania at Rounds Ranch every Saturday & Sunday until the end of October www.RoundsRanch.com
Best viewing opportunities: Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, Scandinave Spa, Blue Mountain Village, Apple Pie Trail Map, Apple Markets can be found along Highway 26 from Collingwood to Meaford.

Eastern Ontario Region

City of Kawartha Lakes – 90% to 100% Change

Peterborough & the Kawarthas – 90% to 1000% Change
Predominant Colours: Vivid, vibrant colours in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, particularly in the northern area of our region – reds, orange, yellow, burgundy.

Prince Edward County | Belleville – 90% to 1000% Change PEAK
Predominant Colours: Vibrant reds, fluorescent orange, vivid yellows – beautiful
Best viewing opportunities – Drive the spectacular countryside and meet the talented a

Upper Ottawa Valley/Renfrew County – 40% to 50% Change
Predominant Colours: The entire Ottawa Valley is a riot of colours – red, orange, yellow, burgundy,
Best Viewing Opportunities: Take a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain at Calabogie Peaks this weeknd to view fall foliage throughout the Ottawa Valley  
Best viewing opportunities: Ottawa Valley Tourism, Gatineau Park – the Mackenzie-King Estate, MacKenzie Hill behind Parliamant, Fitzroy Harbour Ferry.
Local Tourism Link: Ottawa Valley Tourism

GTA, West and South-Western Ontario Region

Grey County area – 100% Change, 20% leaf fall
Beaver Valley – 100% Change
Owen Sound – 70%
Predominant colours: Bright orange, red and vibrant gold
Best viewing opportunities: The Owen Sound to Wiarton fall driving route will be lovely this week, we are expecting lots of sunshine which will make for great views over Georgian Bay.

Caledon and area – 90% Change
Predominant colours: Orange, red, and yellow
Best viewing opportunities: Roads and side roads in West Caledon – west of Airport Rd and North of Old Base Line Rd (Reg. Rd 12) will all offer great viewing. The roads to and from the hamlets of Belfountain, Cheltenham, Alton and Inglewood offer quaint shops and pretty vistas, Airport Rd north of Caledon East to Hwy 9 and Glen Haffey Conservation area offers great hiking and views. Also Hwy 10 north to Orangeville is a lovely drive

Best viewing opportunities: Hockley Valley Resort

Northern Ontario Region

Thunder Bay area100% change | 30% – 40% Leaf Fall
Predominant colours: 
Best viewing opportunities: Colour in the region has advanced greatly with some areas at peak while others have yet to reach peak. The Northern half of Lake Superior Park is now past peak with some leaf fall. 

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon – 100% Change, Past Peak
Predominant colours: Yellow, reds, oranges, and burgundy
Best viewing opportunities: Colour in the region has advanced greatly with some areas at peak while others have yet to reach peak. The Northern half of Lake Superior Park is now past peak with some leaf fall.

North Eastern Ontario – 100% Change, Past Peak up to 40% Leaf Fall  
There are still green trees that are late to turn, but the majority have and are in full blown colour. View the colours with a drive up Highway 144 to Onaping where you can overlook the picturesque Onaping Falls from the A.Y. Jackson lookout; climb The Crack trail in Killarney for a rewarding view overlooking the La Cloche mountains; or take in the full colour aboard the Chief Commanda II in North Bay.

Best viewing opportunities: Mattawa Voyageur Country

Fall Road Trips and Drives

Ontario Parks Colour Report

Colour reports by Ontario Parks is reporting leaf colour changes up to 0 % 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