Ontario Parks

Fall Colour

Algonquin - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 100 - Leaf Fall : 70
Best viewing :

After an unusual start to fall colours this year, we saw some of the best under story colours of the season on Thanksgiving Weekend.  We are now past peak with many trees looking rather bare.  There are still some good under story colours along the Highway 60 Corridor but not expected to last long.  

We are beginning to see the start of the Golden Encore as the poplar, tamarack and birch trees turn their signature yellow hue!  So, if you missed the maple peak, come check out the Golden Encore of fall colours that inspired Tom Thomson! http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/algonquins-second-fall-colours-peak-the-golden-encore/ 

For recent images of the fall colours: http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/algonquin-fall-colours-progress-report/   
Awenda - Report Date : October 13, 2017
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 30 - Leaf Fall : 0
Best viewing : There is about a 30% change in colour to the leaves in and around Awenda. The predominant sugar maple forest at Awenda is starting to show some nice tinges of yellow, while other tree types are beginning to show some golds and red. Various fall wildflowers and shrub species are also adding their colour to the emerging fall landscape. Traditionally, the best viewing areas are along the park roads, Kettle's Lake and from the beach areas along Georgian Bay. Please note that Awenda is now closed to camping for the season, but portions of the park are still open for day use activities.  
Bon Echo - Report Date : October 6, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 40 - Leaf Fall : 20
Best viewing :

Our beautiful fall colors are now changing quickly , the reds and yellows are looking beautiful from the lagoon  area.  

Check out the fall colours and the vew of Bon Echo by taking the Ferry to our Cliff Top Trail.  The view from the top is breath taking.

A day use permit is required to enter the Park.

Our tour boat, shuttle boat and canoe rentals are available on weekends. Our Greystones gift store and Visitor Centre also open .  Call the park for further information on times and prices.

Hope to see you soon.

Bronte Creek - Report Date : October 13, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 50 - Leaf Fall : 70
Best viewing :

The linear Ravine trail is always the best one for fall colours, scenic and great views of the creek 100 feet below.  Dogs need to stay leashed and of course owner need to clean up.

Fall colours past prime.

Craigleith - Report Date : October 21, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 70 - Leaf Fall : 40
Best viewing :

 The fall colour's on the near by Blue Mountains offer a beautiful back drop for a picnic in our day use area.

Darlington - Report Date : October 11, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 40 - Leaf Fall : 60
Best viewing :

Colors are developing nicely. Leaves are dropping quickly!

Good spots to view along all of the walking trails and picnic areas.

Forks of the Credit - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Orange
Colour Change : 80 - Leaf Fall : 70
Best viewing : Although many leaves still appear to be green, the Trans-Canada Trail is the best trail to view the beautiful changing colours of the leaves!
Frontenac - Report Date : October 22, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 70 - Leaf Fall : 50
Best viewing :

Fall colours are near peak however occasional high winds have caused many of the leaves to fall leaving some trees bare while others remain green.

Come complete the Frontenac Challenge by hiking all 11 of the major trail loops in the months of September and October and see the colours change over the next 2 months!

Kakabeka Falls - Report Date : October 12, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 80 - Leaf Fall : 70
Best viewing :

It's a beautiful time for a hike around the Falls and through the Park - the colours are stunning and the whispering of the leaves falling to the ground with each breath of the breeze is soothing to the soul.  The touch of frost in the air is a reminder of the seasons changing and the glory of nature in this magnificent part of Northwestern Ontario.



Killarney - Report Date : October 8, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 80 - Leaf Fall : 30
Best viewing :

Our superb sight lines from the heights of the Granite Ridge trail and the Crack trail have vista views across the forested quartzite ridges all the way to Georgian Bay and Manitoulin Island. Buy a day pass at the park office or use the self-serve (credit card) kiosk at the Crack parking lot trailhead.

Killbear - Report Date : October 17, 2017
Dominant Colour : Red/Orange
Colour Change : 90 - Leaf Fall : 30
Best viewing :

Wow!! It is a fantastic time to camp at Killbear! The colours are beautiful right now. Autumn is arguably the most beautiful time of year here at Killbear - crisp, clear skies; the Bay dotted with whitecaps; starry nights and the sound of Barred Owls; and cozy warmth of campfires. Because of moderating influence of Georgian Bay fall colours start later here. Killbear is open for camping and day use until the end of October - you won't want to miss it!


Lake Superior - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Red/Orange
Colour Change : 90 - Leaf Fall : 60
Best viewing :

Majority of leaves have fallen, but there is still some nice colour, mainly in the south end of the park.

Suggested hikes include Nokomis (5km loop), Peat Mountain (12 km loop), Orphan Lake (8 km loop), Awausee (10 km loop), Towab (12 km one way, linear) 

Please take caution if you pull over on the highway to view or take photos.


MacGregor Point - Report Date : October 11, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 40 - Leaf Fall : 60
Best viewing :

MacGregor Point's autumn colour viewing begins when you enter the park, with some of our most spectacular colour right at the park entrance.  Our many hiking and biking trails also provide great opportunities for viewing the fall colours - in particular, Lake Ridge Trail offers some of our prettiest fall colours once you've walked up the ridge, about a kilometre into the trail.  Look for some lovely red colours from our maple trees, and the start of some pretty, golden yellows from our beech trees.

Mark S. Burnham - Report Date : October 10, 2017
Dominant Colour : Orange
Colour Change : 90 - Leaf Fall : 30
Best viewing :

Mark S. Burnham is a great day-use park to enjoy quiet walk in the woods or a family picnic. The majestic stands of maple, beech, elm and hemlock are among the oldest in Ontario.

Mono Cliffs - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Orange
Colour Change : 90 - Leaf Fall : 60
Best viewing : Check out the Lookout Trail for the best views of the changing leaves! The viewing platform is another spot that will give you an amazing panoramic view of the changing colours! Happy Hiking!
Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls - Report Date : October 4, 2017
Dominant Colour : Red/Orange
Colour Change : 80 - Leaf Fall : 50
Best viewing :

The colours are changing fast!  You can hike to Ragged Falls and walk along side the Oxtongue River to view and capture the beautiful colours! 

Happy Fall, see you on the trails!  Ragged Falls closes for Day Use on October 29th. 

Pigeon River - Report Date : October 12, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 70 - Leaf Fall : 70
Best viewing : The full spectrum of colours have appeared, and are quickly floating through the air to line the trails with each breath of the wind. Come out to Pigeon River to hike the Finger Point Trail (2.5 km) and enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Superior from atop the Finger Point Peninsula. 
Pinery - Report Date : October 12, 2017
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 20 - Leaf Fall : 0
Best viewing :

A few of the leaves on the trees are beginning to hint at yellow or red.  A small amount of leaves on the forest floor are starting to make it feel fall really has begun to arrive. The understory of the forest has mostly turned gold and yellow, with a little bit of red.  There are perfect conditions for a day trip or weekend getaway.  Bring your bike along to enjoy the 14 km Savanna Trail, or enjoy the forest greens while they last on any of our 10 hiking trails.

Ice cream, bike and boat rentals will be available daily until October 9.  The Pinery Visitor Centre will be open 10 AM-5 PM on weekends.  Visit http://www.pinerypark.on.ca to find a list of guided hikes and activities, and don't forget to register for the Pinery Fall Classic (pineryfallclassic.ca) and book your campsite for Halloween Weekend, October 21-22 2017. 

Presqu'ile - Report Date : October 13, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 40 - Leaf Fall : 40
Best viewing : The last week has brought more colour to the forest though the main colour is still yellow-green. Wind storms have taken quite a few leaves down before they change.  Lake Waves look good.
Quetico - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 100 - Leaf Fall : 60
Best viewing :

Quetico's famous canoe routes offer good fall colour viewing opportunities. A back country trip might bring you through mixed stands of fiery yellow Birch and Poplar trees, striking Red Maple or the luminescent gold of Tamarack Trees. The Dawson Trail Campground offers excellent day hiking and day paddling opportunities, and a great section of electrical and non-electrical campsites plus 3 rustic rental cabins so you can plan your perfect fall getaway.

Restoule - Report Date : October 17, 2017
Dominant Colour : Red/Orange
Colour Change : 100 - Leaf Fall : 40
Best viewing :

The leaves have peeked here at Restoule. Enjoy the picturesque hike along the Firetower Trail to the top of the Bluffs, experiencing the rainbow to colours amongst the trees. For more information about Restoule, check out the Ontario Park's blog post about Restoule http://www.ontarioparks.com/parksblog/restoule-fall-colours/#more-16727.

Rondeau - Report Date : October 20, 2017
Dominant Colour : Green
Colour Change : 40 - Leaf Fall : 30
Best viewing :

Hints of fall color change are showing throughout the park.  Lots of fallen leaves are starting to collect beneath the trees and throughout the park the Spicebush Trees are turning bright yellow and the Virginia Creeper is a stunning dark red.  A causal walk along Bennett Ave. between Lakeshore Rd. and Rondeau Park Rd. is a great way to enjoy the fall colors as the entrance to Spicebush Trail usually has some of the best colors in the park.  If you're up for a bicycle ride instead of a leisurely hike, the Marsh Trail or along Lakeshore Rd. will provide the best opportunities to see the wide variety of late blooming wildflowers here at Rondeau such as New England Asters and Goldenrods that enhance the beauty of the fall season.  There are also lots of opportunities along the Marsh Trail to observe and photograph the wide array of waterfowl species frequenting the wetlands here in the park and nearby Rondeau Bay or take a stroll down 11km of Lake Erie shoreline on the opposite side of the park.  A single visit to the park might not be enough to see everything all at once.  :)  

Fall camping is still available until the end of October and our Visitor Centre remains open from Thursday to Sunday, 10AM to 4PM.  For information on what's happening with fall events here at Rondeau Provincial Park, please visit the Friends of Rondeau website at http://rondeauprovincialpark.ca/events/ 


Rushing River - Report Date : October 20, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow
Colour Change : 100 - Leaf Fall : 90
Best viewing :


Sibbald Point - Report Date : October 19, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 70 - Leaf Fall : 40
Best viewing :

This past week brought a lot more fall colours here at Sibbald Point. Our Main Beach Day Use area is finally dispalying its fall colours, making it a lovely area to visit! The weather forecast is looking great for the weekend. This is would be a great opportunity to go for a walk or have a picnic down by the Beach!  Many of our trees have turned into a beautiful variety of yellow and orange, with a few areas displaying bright red. Come enjoy the colours while they last! Sibbald Point is open for Day Use year round!



Sleeping Giant - Report Date : October 13, 2017
Dominant Colour : Yellow/Orange
Colour Change : 80 - Leaf Fall : 40
Best viewing : Fall colours are at peak viewing here at Sleeping Giant PP as of October 13, 2017. The drive in to the park down highway 587 is a vibrant yellow with some red from the moose maples along the side of the highway. The vast majority of the trees have changed with just a hint of green remaining on some birch and poplar trees. A few trees are now bare but most are vibrant and full of colour. Viewing opportunities are good at the Thunder Bay Lookout, Marie Louise Lake Picnic Area and all of the parks interior trails. Come on out for a beautiful fall hike and explore the Sibley Peninsula this weekend! The campground and gatehouse is now closed however there are pay and display units at Joeboy Lake Fee Station and in front of the Gatehouse.   
The Massasauga - Report Date : October 20, 2017
Dominant Colour : Orange
Colour Change : 90 - Leaf Fall : 80
Best viewing : The Massasauga is open until October 22. Still lots of time to enjoy this great fall weather! A lot of leaves have fallen but there is still some great orange and red colour out there.
Leaf icons that show peak viewing range

The colour of the leaf icon is representative of each specific park and its fall colour report. The colour of each region is determined by averaging all parks within that region.

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