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Ontario Fall Colour Report

  • Jordan
  • Fall

Guide for the Best Autumn Fall Colours in Ontario

Updated: October 15, 2018


Best in Canada

If you needed any more reason to choose Muskoka as your leaf peeping destination, Muskoka was named by Huffington Post as the best place in Canada to view fall colours! Aside from the stunning colours, Muskoka was praised for the fun and exciting ways to experience the fall colours, including boat cruises, helicopter tours, ATV tours, zip line excursions, and kayaking adventures.


Fall Colour Update

Current status: Now is a GREAT time to see the colours. The best fall colours right now are in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Bala, Port Carling and Port Severn.

Best guess for peak maples (vibrant reds): October 2 – October 12

Best guess for peak Golden Encore (poplar and birch): October 12 – 24

Please note, these are best guesses. Many environment factors like temperature, rain and sunshine impact the dates for our fall colours.


A few fun things to do this week

There are tonnes of things to do and exciting events in Muskoka year-round, and these are just a few of the highlights for this week. For more recommendations, visit the things to do and / or events section on our website.


1. Cruise the ALL NEW Tom Thomson

The town of Huntsville is ecstatic to have a boat cruise to call their own. The new Tom Thomson cruise around Fairy Lake, is only sailing until October 14 before she is put away for the season. The 45 minuted loop around the lake is a fantastic way to see the fall colours from the water, and learn about the storied history of Huntsville.

Get your cruise tickets here


2. Head to the Bala Cranberry Festival

Always the weekend after Thanksgiving, the cranberry capital of Ontario comes alive for the annual Bala Cranberry Festival. There will be loads of amazing vendors and shopping, exciting entertainment like BMX stunt shows and live buskers, and FREE with festival admission midway rides. You do not want to miss Muskoka’s biggest festival!

For more information about the festival, visit their website


3. Bike LIV Outside’s adventure park trails

Get to LIV Outside and hit the bike trails this week for a colourful ride through the Muskoka forest. The new Riverside Bike Park is the perfect ride for newbies and advanced mountain bikers alike.

The gear and adventure store is located right at the head of this new trail, and the friendly staff are ready to suit you up for a self-guided mountain bike adventure complete with bike rental. You can hike or walk the trail too if you’d rather, just watch out for mountain bikers!

Call now or visit LIV Outside to get your trail permit


4. Take the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive

The colours will undoubtedly amaze you this week on the shoulders of the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive. Twist and turn down back roads and around the lakes of the small towns of Baysville, Dorset and Dwight. Make sure to stop off at the Dorset Lookout Tower to take in one of the best views in all of Muskoka.

To learn more about the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive, visit their website


5. Soar through the sky with Flight Helicopter Tours

See the fall colours from a whole new vantage point with Helicopter Tours Muskoka. Get 4 of your friends together for this unbelievable tour offered 7 days a week. You can even add fine wine and dining to your package for the ultimate experience.

To book your tour, visit their website



Huntsville Fall Colour Report

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Lake of Bays Fall Colour Report

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Bracebridge Fall Colour Report

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Gravenhurst Fall Colour Report

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  • Climb aboard the historic Muskoka Steamships for a fall cruise of the lakes (pictured above)
  • See Muskoka’s majestic fall colours on a sightseeing helicopter tour, departing from the Muskoka Airport.
  • Unique to Gravenhurst, visit the Tree Museum, an outdoor art exhibit that brings you up close and personal to the fall colours
  • Commemorating 135 years of settlement in Ryde, the Ryde Barn Quilt Trail makes an adventure of leaf peeping, and the history behind the settlement will certainly be of interest
  • Gravenhurst Farmers Market runs until October 25
  • Sawdust City Brewery offers fall seasonal brews, tastings and tours, and is a popular place for live music on Saturday nights
  • Find a hiking trail around town and walk through the Muskoka back country.
  • See the colours from the water by boat. Boat rentals are available at the Muskoka Wharf from Boat Rentals Canada
  • Exceptional golf at Taboo or Muskoka Bay Club, two of Canada’s top ranked courses



Muskoka Lakes Fall Colour Report

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Georgian Bay Fall Colour Report

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