Best Walking Trails in Ontario to see Fall Foliage
November 11, 2015
The air finally has a crisp chill to it. Canadian geese have flown south for the winter. Thousands of viewers flood the roads, gawking from car windows and stopping traffic to snap a shot from phones and cameras. But you, well, you want a different way to see the leaves. You want to experience the changing colours of reds, golds and oranges. You want a great trail with lots of vivid hues lining the way. You want to smell the crisp air and hear the crunch underneath your feet. Before it’s too late, look no further than these great walking trails in Ontario.
Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail, in Batchawana Bay in Algoma County is a spectacular place to see the changing colours against the backdrop of Lake Superior. Reds and oranges collide with the Caribbean blue of the lake, making this unobstructed view a perfect place to snap pictures. The trail is 14 km if you do the whole loop. However, it’s only 6 km round trip to the lookout and back. The hike is rated moderate.
Bon Echo Creek Trail is located in Bon Echo Provincial Park. Take an easy stroll along the creek. Enjoy the birch and poplar trees from the top of the cliff trail. The yellows are soothing to your spirit after a vigorous hike to the top. Maples also colour the area with fiery oranges and reds. The Cliff Trail is a moderate/difficult 1.5 km hike. The Bon Echo Creek Trail is an easy 1 km walk.
Pinery Provincial Park offers the only Oak Savannah in Ontario. Besides the yellows of the birch, the oaks are showing off their splendorous burgundy, fiery oranges and reds. The Cedar Trail will walk you right through the Oak Savannah to see all of this colour. There is a viewing deck on this easy 2.3 km trail. The Carolinian Trail is 1.8 km of hilly terrain through floodplain forest. There are stairs and viewing decks and benches along this trail. Riverside Trail is short, at 1 km, but picturesque. You can view all of the variety of leaves from the benches scattered along this route.
Rainbow Falls Provincial Park has a trail that is part of the Casque Isles Trail, a 52 km system that runs through Rossport, Terrace Bay and Schreiber. Rainbow Falls Trail is 3 km of strenuous activity; but is so worth the journey as you enjoy all of the cascades. There are plenty of steps and stairs to climb, a lookout that will take your breath away, and of course, gorgeous leaves. Stop at the Rossport picnic area to get a view of Lake Superior ringed with a halo of yellows and golds. The Superior Trail will take you high up to see amazing views from a granite ridge. The hike is 4.8 km of moderate activity.
Get some fresh air and enjoy the kaleidoscope of fall colours that Ontario offers her guests. Other beautiful places to see the fall foliage in Ontario are Collingwood, Niagara -On-The-Lake, Muskoka, and Ottawa.