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

Final Report Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Fall colour in Central and Northern Ontario has surpassed its peak.  If you are interested in the Fall colours we recommend contacting the DestinationsAttractions or Resorts directly.

Resort destinations north of Toronto: 

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern Ontario, South Western Ontario

Central Ontario Region

Algonquin Park – Past peak with 80% leaf fall
Predominant colours: Yellow
Best viewing opportunities: Tamarack (Larch), the last changing tree species in Algonquin Park, is showing a bright yellow colour in wetland areas.
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.
Past peak with 40% to 50% leaf fall
Predominant colours: Yellow
Gravenhurst – 40% Leaf Fall
Bracebridge – 50% Leaf Fall
Huntsville/Lake of Bays – 50% Leaf Fall
Bala – 40% Leaf Fall
Georgian Bay – 40% Leaf Fall

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: Past peak, 90% leaf fall

Featured Destinations: Haliburton Highlands, Ontario’s Highlands.

Midland | Penetanguishene –  85% changed with 80% leaf fall
Predominant Colours: Yellow, orange, rust, brown, burgundy
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 – 85% changed with 80% leaf fall
Predominant Colours: Yellow, orange, rust, brown, burgundy
Best viewing opportunities: Some amazing displays of colour can still be found throughout the region! If you are out walking in the region, the leaf fall on the forest floor is a mosaic of colour which just adds to the already spectacular scenery in the forest understory

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 – Colours are starting to wane, but the views are still spectacular
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 – Past peak with 60% leaf fall
Best viewing opportunities: As the leaves are beginning to fall, the vibrant colours are quickly fading, be sure to take enjoy a fall driving tour.

Prince Edward County | Belleville – 100% change – Peak Colour
Predominant Colours: Bright red, yellow, orange and burgundy

Upper Ottawa Valley/Renfrew County – 60% colour change with 30% leaf fall
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

Owen Sound area – Past peak with about 50% leaf fall
Best viewing opportunities: There are still some great spots with full trees in Owen Sound; however the Beaver Valley and other inland areas are mostly bare trees

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 area – Past peak with 95% leaf fall
Predominant colour: The only colours that remain are the tamaracks (only coniferous tree that sheds its needles) which are a vibrant orange/gold colour against the green of the other coniferous trees. It is quite a beautiful sight

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon – Past peak with 50% leaf fall
Predominant colour: Gold, burgundy, red, and some orange still visible in some areas

North Eastern Ontario – Past peak with 60% leaf fall
Best viewing opportunities: This is your last weekend for viewing the remainder of fall colours and to experience the last of fall and Halloween events! 

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