The New Fall Colour Is Blue: Mirrored Perfection Just North of Toronto
Fall arrives with great flourish in the wilderness north of Toronto when brilliant reds, oranges and yellows are reflected in thousands of sparkling blue lakes. It’s a parade of colours that’s unlike anything else in the world.
The annual explosion of maple trees into vibrant colours is a much anticipated event in Ontario, and even those who’ve experienced it many times never tire of the spectacle. Nowhere else in Canada can you expect to see quite the same dazzling fireworks than in the Algonquin Park, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions of this province, and the most impressive colour of them all? Blue, of course, from the stunning lakes and rivers that reflect Nature’s painted colours and enhance them even more.
Algonquin Park Reigns
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018, Algonquin Park (Canada’s oldest provincial park) has long been an autumn destination for “leaf peepers,” with hundreds of trails and waterways giving visitors epic scenes and vistas. Hike, paddle, bike or drive the most famous spot in the nation for autumn touring, and gear up with help from one of many outfitters inside and outside of the park.
Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park
The main park entrance on Highway 60 is the most popular starting point, but more intrepid tourists can enter on the west side of the park through South River or Kearney, just two of the charming Villages of Almaguin. Consider a comprehensive ‘Gate to Gate’ itinerary while you’re in Algonquin, which includes a stop at the informative Visitors Centre.
Muskoka In All Its Glory
It was the iconic waterways of Muskoka that lead to its development into one of the most memorable vacation destinations in Canada, and this beautiful place is even more spectacular in the fall when the leaves are mirrored in its famous lakes.
A great way to experience Muskoka in fall is aboard one of many fantastic cruise boats found throughout the region, including the historic RMS Segwun steamship (130 years old in 2017).
Photo by Riley Lake Photography
Some of the best fall drives in Ontario are found here as well, with hundreds of country roads that twist and turn around rivers, lakes, waterfalls and streams. It’s a great season to explore some of Muskoka’s fascinating history as well, or to stop at one of many artists’ studios that are to be found.
Georgian Bay Shines
The rugged landscapes of beautiful Georgian Bay become even more breathtaking in autumn. This is the perfect time to explore its shores, its iconic windswept trees and rocky outcrops, by water or by air.
Consider a tour aboard the Island Queen or its more adventurous sister boat, the Islander X. You can also explore aboard the M.V. Chippewa III, or take a scenic tour with Georgian Bay Airways (all of which are located in the charming coastal town of Parry Sound, Ontario).
And be sure to discover the Amazing Places of the Georgian Bay Biosphere, a UNESCO-designated area of unique ecological terrain located along the world’s largest fresh water archipelago.
This autumn, head to the great Canadian wilderness north of Toronto to experience brilliant reds, yellows, oranges – and blue too.
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