Head towards Muskoka Lakes, where the beauty of the lake and the fall colours are in full splendour. One of the best ways to experience the reds, ochres and golds is to take a fall cruise. Muskoka Steamships depart from Gravenhurst for one or two-hour cruises that give you front row views of the famous grand estates in the area.
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Muskoka Fall Colours and Cranberries
There’s nothing quite like the Canadian Signature Experience of a visit to a working cranberry bog at Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery. Cranberry harvest begins on September 25, so if you want to put on hip waders and wander the bog, you’ll need to make a reservation. While you’re there, visit the farm shop, sample the wines or head out for a hike on the property.
Craving something a bit more adventurous? Try a treetop trek along the canopy. These are available both in Huntsville and Bracebridge.
You can also spend the day on the links, perfecting your swing. The region’s beautiful golf courses stay open into October.
If you have some extra time, consider taking a hike or two. Some of the best vantage points to marvel at the fall colours are from these hiking trails:
Huntsville: Lions Lookout
Muskoka Lakes: Huckleberry Rock Lookout
Lake of Bays: Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
Algonquin Park: Track and Tower
- Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls: Deemed one of the top 10 waterfalls in Ontario, this must-see is an impressive way to view the fall colours along with thundering falls. Just follow the short trail from the parking lot.
- Bala Cranberry Festival: Bala is the Cranberry Capital of Ontario and their annual festival is not to be missed. The festival takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you’re in the area, be sure to try some of the delicacies made from this delicious, ruby-red fruit.