If the beautiful, sunny weather we’ve had so far this fall hasn’t made you want to jump in a car and drive, these incredible fall destinations might tempt you. Road trips aren’t just for the summer. Ontario has some of the best places to see the changing leaves, and a lot of them are just a short distance from downtown. Head out on one of these 7 road trips and see more of what this province has to offer.
Being the oldest provincial park in Canada, few are strangers to Algonquin. But if you’ve never been, fall is one of the best times to visit. The scenery is like no other, with expansive trails that can take you all across the thousands of square kilometres that Algonquin Park has to offer. If hiking isn’s your thing, you might be interested in canoeing or kayaking across one of the 2,400 lakes throughout the park. It’s also the perfect place to take stunning fall photos, so make sure to bring your camera.
Algonquin Park is located roughly 3 hours from Toronto, so take that into account when planning a trip. It might be worth making a weekend out of it and booking a camp site within the park.
Only a couple of hours from the city, the Georgian Bay is the perfect place to get in touch with nature. The drive up north is full of beautiful scenic forests and lakes. Once you get up there, you can choose to take a boat over to Georgian Bay Islands Provincial Park, made up of 63 islands and spectacular views. If you don’t feel like taking a boat over to the islands, you can also just drive along the Georgian Bluffs via Grey County Road 1, where you’ll find some spectacular views, and tons of opportunities to stop and take pictures. The trip will take you around 2 hours one way, so consider making a day out of it.
FORKS OF THE CREDIT ROAD
It’s almost as if this place was designed perfectly for road trips. The road winds through expansive orange, yellow, and red forests. It dips along Credit River and offers spectacular views. The best part about it is it’s super close to home. Drive roughly 50 minutes on the 410 and you’ll find yourself in this beautiful autumn landscape.
While this spot is pretty popular throughout the summer because of the beautiful rivers and perfect places to go swimming, the scenery around Elora Gorge is just as breathtaking in the fall. The trip will take you around an hour and a half, so while you’re there, visit the quaint town of Elora to grab some lunch in between hiking along the 22-metre high cliffs around the gorge.
Collingwood is home to some really great fall attractions, including hiking at Blue Mountain and the Scenic Caves. The trip will take you around 2 hours one way, so head out early and make a day out of it. Once you get there, you can take a gondola ride up Blue Mountain and follow a number of trails back down, or try your hand at mountain biking.
Ontario wine country is the perfect place to visit at any time of the year, but fall is especially beautiful. The Niagara Wine Route can take you through Niagara-On-The-Lake, right through to the escarpment, lined with beautiful vineyards and red and golden trees. Not only is it the perfect scenic drive, but you could also make a weekend trip out of it and take a guided wine tour. This trip will take you around an hour and a half one way.
If you’re interested in staying over night, you might be interested in checking out Ghost Tours of Niagara. As Halloween fast approaches, and you find yourself in the heart of one the most haunted towns in Ontario, a guided candlelit tour can take you through spaces like Fort George, where you might be lucky, or unlucky, enough to catch a glimpse of a ghost.
Hamilton is home to over 100 waterfalls, and with the city being only an hour’s drive from Toronto, there is no reason you shouldn’t visit them. The cascading waters are perfect to view during the fall, with all of the changing leaves. Some of the more popular spots to stop at include Webster’s Falls, Albion Falls, and Devil’s Punchbowl.