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The top places for the “fall day trip” in Ontario… with best autumn foliage

One of the greatest joys of living in the Greater Toronto Area is the annual fall foliage day trip. Ontario in all its glory, beautiful in any season, is arguably at its most spectacular in autumn.

 

Buck lake, Ontario in Autumn.

 

To help you maximize your day trip, we’vell pull some of the top destinations for fall viewing, most of which include hiking opportunities.

Fall leaves have been turning late this year. Between now and Halloween, the leaves should be coming into full glory in some areas. Depending on where you go, you might be able to view the splendour

 

The Credit Valley Explorer train tour.

 

Credit Valley Explorer

Train tours represent the most unique and wonderful way to see fall foliage in Ontario. There are two notable train trips. The Credit Valley Explorer, departing from Orangeville and taking you on a 74 km excursion along the Niagra Escarpment. Of course, while you’re in Orangeville, there are plenty of tripping opportunities in the hills of Caledon and north towards Shelburne.

From the Orangeville town website:

“As you sit back and relax in the climate-controlled environment, the stunning views of rolling hills, deep valleys and trickling creeks will take your breath away. Known as southern Ontario’s most scenic rail tour, highlights include the 1,146-foot long trestle bridge spanning the Credit Valley and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park at Cataract. Enjoy the interpretive commentary on the historical and natural elements of surrounding scenery, while friendly onboard staff serve complimentary refreshments.

Tours run year-round with themed tours available seasonally. Whether you are taking in the stunning fall colours, enjoying a romantic dinner aboard the Twilight train, or admiring the fresh blanket of snow lightly covering the exquisite natural landscape, you are sure to remember your trip on the Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train.”

Information here>>

Visit Orangeville tourism website>>

Algonquin Park in fall is spectacular

Algonquin Park

Although it may not qualify as a day trip — ideal for a weekend? — Algonquin Park is worth mentioning just for sheer stunning majesty and beauty. With the most breath-taking views in southern Ontario, it certainly can be worth the trip.

Information on Algonquin Park>>

 

Niagra Parkway drive is one of the most beautiful drives in fall. There’s also lots to see and in the Niagra Falls area.

 

Niagra Parkway

The “River Road” follows the Niagra River, along the Canada U.S. border. The most beautiful drive is from picturesque Niagra-on-the-Lake to Queenston. Little side-trips to the town of Niagra-on-the-Lake or a famous Ontario winery make the trip perfect. Of course, Niagra-on-the-Lake itself is spectacular and worth the trip.

 

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.

 

Forks of the Credit

One of the nicest drives in Ontario for a day trip is the “Forks of the Credit” area. Not only is the drive up the escarpment exhilarating (especially for motorcycles), the scenery is stunning. The above-mentioned Credit Valley Explorer train tour passes right overhead on a bridge of dizzying height. Forks of the Credit Provincial Park has extensive hiking/biking trails. The highlight, aside from the leaves, is the rapid water of the Credit River. Along the road, you’ll see mansions and cottages mixed together.

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park>>

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