The best fall colours can be found close to the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Look for open spaces with long vistas in valleys with a road or river running through the landscape.
In Ontario there are many great valleys for a Thanksgiving fall colour road trip. The author’s favourite close to Toronto valleys are listed in proximity to Toronto order below and are laid out in such a way as to direct travelers back towards the GTA.
Alliston Nottawasaga Valley-Hockley Valley-Alton-Caledon
The closest to Toronto area starts in Simcoe County. This area can be reached by heading north to Highway 89 via Highway 400 and proceeding west to Dufferin County and Airport Road through Alliston. Then drive back south to the GTA through the villages Hockley, and Caledon. Road trip guide and directions to Nottawasaga Valley-Caledon – Hockley Valley
Horseshoe Valley to Orillia Return to Barrie Fall Colours Route
Take Highway 400 north past Barrie to Simcoe Road 22 (The Horseshoe Valley Road) drive to Craighurst, Horseshoe Valley, Coulson, Jarratt to Highway 12 where Horseshoe Valley Road ends. Turn right at Highway 12 and proceed east to Orillia. Upon leaving Orillia, take Highway 11, south to Barrie, or take the Old Barrie Road and work your way back to Barrie. For latest fall colour (color) changes please see Fall Colours Leaf Change Central Ontario. More on Horseshoe Valley
Collingwood Beaver Valley Fall Colours Route
A bit further from the Greater Toronto area is the Beaver Valley. Head north to Highway 26 via Highway 400 and proceed west through Simcoe County to Collingwood, The Blue Mountains to the town of Meaford. Go north to Highway 26, and proceed west to Collingwood and Thornbury. Proceed south again on County Road 13 to the Beaver Valley, and then go back north to Meaford, return through Thornbury and Collingwood. Enjoy family fall fun by picking apples along the way. Road trip route guideline direction to Beaver Valley.