Ontario’s clean-air, outdoorsy vibes are perfectly suited to fall. Get on the road and explore the exploding fall colors lining roads around Canada — and New York, should you care to venture out of the country. To nab that perfect fall color gram, we’ve rounded up the top road trips around Toronto to tour autumn’s best displays.
Relaxing in a Muskoka chair with a wealth of blazing orange, cheerful yellow, and dramatic burgundy leaves arrayed against the water is the end goal of this trip. Head north up Highway 400 to Muskoka, of course, to achieve this aspiration, branching off to Highway 10 to take in the views on the way to Severn River. Continue on to Georgian Bay for more #nofilter-ready views.
Canada’s oldest park seems like it was made for autumn. The fall colors in Algonquin Park range from orange embers to full-fledged scarlet peppered into the dense green forests. The over 1,500 lakes and smaller streams and ponds provide endless viewpoints to see the spectacular color displays reflected back at you. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a black bear or moose roaming the grounds.
A northwest trip will take you up to Bruce Peninsula, where fall colors surround crystal-clear water for one-of-a-kind views. The water takes many forms here, from turquoise to deep blue to cascading waterfalls, meaning that the color contrasts are next-level Instagrammable. Your options here range from hikes crunching through leaves to ferry cruises to visit port villages with stunning rock structures. You’ll also find some of Canada’s oldest trees here in the national park — “cliff dwelling” white cedar to give your leaf-peeping a historical bent.
Besides including the obvious roaring waterfall, the Niagara Parkway is lined by fall foliage in an eye-popping array of colors. Take the gently curving road past wineries — with maybe a stop or two to slake your road trip thirst — while taking in the richest fall colors. Top it off by taking some time to enjoy Niagara-on-the-Lake, where fall foliage erupts in a blazing show of color.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Venturing out of Canada and into the US can have big payoffs this time of year. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail covers 518 miles that include big hitters like Niagara Falls, but also quaint tiny towns lining the waterfront, and an abundance of fall colors throughout. There are plenty of historical sights along the way — it was one of the first roads to be designated a national scenic byway, and as such, combines history with beauty. There are 28 historic lighthouses along the route, for instance, and who can resist the combination of stately lighthouses with fiery foliage?