Fall is an amazing time to be out and about in eastern Ontario!
While the province is famous around the world for its autumn canvas of orange, yellow, gold and scarlet (and for fall’s fading exit, check the Fall Colour Progression Report from Ontario Parks at parkreports.com/fall), don’t let a lack of colour stop you either.
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There are still lots of stunning vistas, places to visit as well as fun adventures whether you are taking a self-guided driving tour, stopping for lunch or shopping in quaint towns and villages, or enjoying the great outdoors beside a lake or on a hiking trail!
Algonquin Provincial Park is probably one of the province’s most popular destinations! Its vast interior is a picture postcard of maple and pine-clad hills, rocky ridges and interconnected water ways.
For a quick take, follow Highway 60 through the park (algonquinpark.on.ca).
The Haliburton Highlands are also nestled in the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield.
By car, the scenery is glorious! On foot, there are more than 160 kilometres of marked wilderness trails for all different levels. Visit trailsandtours.com for more information.
The Ottawa Valley (stretching from Ottawa west to Algonquin Park) comprises lakes and beautiful woodlands with lots of lovely towns and villages to visit along the way.
The historic Opeongo Line makes a wonderful fall drive as it climbs from the Ottawa River to the Madawaska Highlands.
Visit ottawavalley.travel for great ideas.
Southern Ontario’s largest forest, the Ganaraska Forest, comprises hundreds of kilometres of year-round trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding — and plain old nature loving.