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Five Best Places to See the 2022 Ontario Fall Leaf Show

Deidre Plotnick September 06, 2022
Fall trees reflecting on Ontario lake
There’s so much to love about Ontario year-round but come mid-September, the fall leaf show is a spectacular reason to explore our province. From parks to parkways to pathways, leaves in the province start turning brilliant crimson, gold and yellow – making for magnificent road trips and photo opportunities. Ontario has an interactive map to tell you which region is peaking and when. Here are our picks for the five best places to see the 2022 Ontario fall leaf show.

1. The Niagara Parkway.

Follow the Parkway along the Niagara River from Lake Erie to charming Niagara-on-the-Lake to sample varietals at local vineyards, catch a play at the Shaw Festival and marvel at the fall leaves. Craving more excitement? Head to Niagara Falls to hike, take a helicopter ride, visit the observation deck at the Skylon Tower, or ride the SkyWheel to see Ontario’s fall leaves. For an even more expansive view, board the Whirlpool Aero Car to cross between Canada and the US four times – no passport required.

Fall foliage at Niagara Falls

2. Muskoka Lakes.

Ontario’s famous cottage destination is home to pretty spectacular leaf shows, thanks to its seemingly endless towering maple trees.  Drive along highway 400, highway 11 North to Gravenhurst or Highway 60 and marvel at stunning views. For a one-of-a-kind experience, don hip waders and walk through a bog of floating cranberries at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery, then sample cranberry goodies and wines, to cap off your leaf viewing visit. 

Fall leaf show in Muskoka

3. Algonquin Provincial Park.

Just northeast of Muskoka, Algonquin Provincial Park has maple trees that transform into a crimson wonderland each autumn. For mesmerizing views from above, follow one of the park’s many trails. Stay the weekend exploring the backcountry and rent a canoe, a ranger cabin or a campsite. With more than 2,000 kilometres of canoe routes, you’re sure to witness Mother Nature in all her glory.

Fall leaf show in Algonquin Park

4. Agawa Canyon Park.

Created 1.2 million years ago during the ice age, the Agawa Canyon in Northwest Ontario is particularly stunning in autumn. Hop aboard the Agawa Tour Train and take a 227 km ride through stunning landscapes bursting with fall colours. The area also is rich with trails, if you prefer to leaf peep by foot.

Fall leaf show in Agawa Canyon Park

5. Toronto area.

Don’t want to leave the GTA to enjoy the leaf show? High Park puts on a brilliant show in the heart of the city. For the best golden yellow and crimson views, head to the central and east sides of the park. Or, head to the Evergreen Brick Works and take a short and easy hike up to view the leaf canopy from above. Kleinburg, home of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, is another great option. Marvel at Group of Seven works and Tom Thomson’s original cabin before exploring the 100 acres of forested land surrounding the gallery – the magnificent fall splendour won’t disappoint.

Fall leaf show in Toronto

CAA Membership makes the fall leaf show even better.

If you’re a CAA Member, there are many perks and savings to take advantage of on your fall leaf show hunt. First, fuel up for your drive at Shell and save 3 cents per litre with your CAA card. If you’re making a weekend of your outing, use your CAA card to enjoy perks and savings at many hotels, restaurants and attractions across the province. Bringing your furry friend on your adventure? Shop CAA for products to keep your dog safe. You’ll also find hiking poles, water bottles and camping gear for your trip. Lastly, before you head off on in your car, check to make sure you have the right auto insurance for your needs. You don’t have to be a CAA Member to get a complimentary auto insurance policy review. A licensed CAA Insurance Agent can make sure you have the right coverage at the best price. Happy trails!