Ontario Fall Colours Progression Report

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Ontario fall colour reports will start the week of September 12 2017 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

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Icon of a red maple leaf  Ontario Fall Colour Progression Report:

As reported by OntarioTravel.net

Report Date: September 21, 2017

Leaf Peeping Destinations Up North

Northern OntarioCentral OntarioOttawaEastern Ontario, South Western Ontario

Central Ontario Region

Algonquin Park – 70%
Predominant colours: Green, Yellow, Orange, Red
Best viewing opportunities: Algonquin’s Hwy 60 Corridor provides easy access to the Park area dominated by the types of maple trees popular with keen leaf peepers – sugar, red and striped maples. Both the Algonquin Art Centre (km 20) and the Algonquin Visitor Centre (km 43) offer great views. This weekend should offer some good early season fall colour watching as colours increase in intensity; more yellow, orange, and red are beginning to show on the landscape. Typically, late September to early October offer the best maple viewing, while early to mid-October offer the best poplar (aspen) colour.

 Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, Algonquin Highlands Trails

Parry Sound – 20 – 30% 
Predominant colours: Green with reds and oranges starting to appear

Activities: Georgian Bay Airways NEW Fall Colour Tour 

Muskoka – 20 – 30%
Gravenhurst – small pockets of colour here and there – yellow and orange predominate
Bracebridge – small pockets of colour here and there – yellow and orange predominate
Huntsville/Lake of Bays – pockets of colour expanding – reds and oranges predominates
Bala – small pockets of colour here and there – yellow and orange predominate
Georgian Bay – small pockets of colour here and there – yellow predominates

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 – less than 10 – 20%

Featured Destinations: Haliburton Highlands, Ontario’s Highlands

Midland | Penetanguishene –  10%
Predominant Colours: Green with some yellow, red and gold starting to show
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 – 10 – 20%
Predominant Colours: Green with some yellow and gold starting to show
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 – 20%
Predominant Colour: Green, with yellow, orange and red starting to show through

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 – 40 – 50%

Peterborough & the Kawarthas – 40 – 50%
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 – 20 – 30% 
Predominant Colours: Green with the first hint of colour starting to show

Upper Ottawa Valley/Renfrew County – 20%   
Predominant colours: Green – some reds and yellows starting to show

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 – 20% 
Predominant colours: Green, with yellow, orange and red starting to show through

Caledon, Hockley Valley, and area – 20 – 30% 
Predominant colours: Green 
Best viewing opportunities: Hockley Valley Resort

Northern Ontario Region

Thunder Bay area – 20%
Predominant colour: Green with hints of yellow and red

Sault Ste. Marie/Agawa Canyon – 70%
Predominant colour: Oranges, reds and golds with the most colour at the north end of Agawa Park

North Eastern Ontario – 20 – 30%
Predominant colour: Green with slight increase in yellows and brilliant reds

Best viewing opportunities: Mattawa Voyageur Country

Ontario ParksIcon of a red maple leaf Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report   

Colour reports by Ontario Parks is reporting leaf colour changes up to 20% 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 and  our featured Ontario Parks.

Algonquin Park Fall Colour Report


Fall Road Trips and Drives