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, September 22, 2016

Resort destinations north of Toronto: 

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern Ontario, South Western Ontario

Central Ontario Region

Algonquin Park – 20% change 
Predominant colours: The overall landscape remains a blend of green and yellow with strengthening areas of bright orange, red, and purple.
Coming Soon to foliage near you! Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Highlands Trails

Parry Sound – 10% – 20% change
Predominant colours: Green
Coming soon to foliage near you! Activities: Georgian Bay Airways NEW Fall Colour Tour

Muskoka Muskoka named the best place in Canada for fall colours by the Huffington Post! Read more.
Gravenhurst – 10%-20% – Green, with some orange, and a bit of red.
Bracebridge – -20%-30% – Green, with some orange, yellow and a bit of red
Huntsville – 20% to 30% Change – Green, with some orange, yellow and a bit of red
Bala – 10% to 20% Change – Green, with pockets of red and very small pockets of colour here and there
Georgian Bay – 10% to 20% Change – Green, with very small pockets of colour here and there

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.

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: Up to 10% change Predominant Colours: Green, with small pockets of colour popping through

Predominant Colours: Green
Best viewing opportunities: Dorset Fire Tower, Hwy 35 north to Dorset, 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 – less than 5% 
Predominant Colours: Green
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 –  Up to 10% change Predominant Colours: Green 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 – 10% to 20% change overall Predominant Colours: Green, with some small pockets of colour here and there.

Best viewing opportunities: 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

Kawartha Lakes – 10% Change
Predominant: Colours: Green, small pockets of colour starting to show 

Prince Edward County | Belleville – 10% to 20% Change
Predominant Colours: Green, small patches of colour here and there
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 –15% Change
Predominant Colours: Green, starting to see some pockets of colour here and there

Ottawa | Ottawa Valley | Gatineau | National Capital Commission – 10% to 20% Change
Predominant Colours: Green, with widely distributed spots of colour 
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 Bruce -– 20% change Predominant colours: Green, some colour starting in the swampy spots and inland areas – hints of red Best viewing opportunities: Grey Road 40 would make a great drive this weekend, as some nice colour has been noted along that stretch of road, especially the further inland you go from Georgian Bay.

Hockley Valley – l– 5% to 10% change
Predominant colours: Green with some small pockets of colour
Best viewing opportunities: Hockley Valley Resort

Pinery Provincial Park – – 0% change
Predominant colours: Green

Northern Ontario Region

Thunder Bay -Up to 20% change
Predominant colours: Green and yellow in the birch and poplar, bright red and yellow in the lower shrubs and vegetation.
Best viewing opportunities: Colour is progressing slowly as there hasn’t been any significant frost overnight yet. However, routes along the Nor’Wester mountain range are always lovely for touring.

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon –Up to 10% Change Predominant colours: Green, with some pockets of red in the city of Sault Ste. Marie and in Batchawana Bay

Northeastern Ontario – Northeastern Ontario – 10% to 20% change overall Predominant colours: Green, with very small pockets of colour.

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