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Ontario Fall Colour Report

  • Jordan
  • Fall

Best Autumn Fall Colours in Ontario


Updated: October 18, 2021


Best in Canada

If you needed any more reason to choose Muskoka as your leaf peeping destination! 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

We are starting to see some small colour changes in leaves.

  • Gravenhurst:80%-90% – orange and yellow – 60% leaf fall.
  • Bracebridge80%-90% – dull reds, orange and yellow-60% leaf fall.
  • Huntsville/Lake of Bays: Peaked -80% leaf fall- Three quarters of trees are bare – remaining colour is very dull.
  • Muskoka Lakes80%-90% – orange and yellow-60% leaf fall.
  • Georgian Bay80%-90% – orange and yellow 40-50% leaf fall, colours fading.

These dates are our best guess for when to see the fall colours this year. Please note, these are just educated guesses based on historical trends. There are many factors that affect when the fall colours will be best for viewing, and these conditions and dates may change slightly from year to year.

  • Early fall colour viewing opportunities: September 24 – September 30
  • Peak maple fall colour viewing opportunities: October 1 – October 12
  • Peak golden encore fall colour viewing opportunities: October 13 – 21

If you plan on visiting Muskoka this fall, bookmark this page so you get the most up to date report.


Driving Tours:

Pick up a Muskoka Map and follow one of the six driving tours.
Muskoka Tourism: 1342 Hwy 11 North, Kilworthy, ON
Call: 1-800-267-9700


Top Roads to Drive in the Fall:

  • Muskoka Rd 17 from Gravenhurst to Bracebridge, you could stop at Muskoka Beach for a gorgeous view of Lake Muskoka, sections of the road are like a canopy.
  • Hwy 117 to Baysville and Dorset, stop and walk along the river in the park.
  • HWY 118 east Bracebridge to Hwy 35.
  • Muskoka Rd 13 Severn Bridge to Torrance is a winding road, with lots of maple trees, stop and hike through the Torrance Barren.


Best Fall Lookouts:

  • Lions Lookout in Huntsville
  • Huckleberry Rock near Port Carling- access to parking from Hwy 118 to Butter & Egg Road. PLEASE NOTE: The Milford Bay Road Bridge is being replaced which has closed the Milford Bay Road access to Huckleberry Rock Trail. Signage has been posted to help direct visitors to the trail entrance from Hwy118 West via Beaumaris Road or Butter & Egg Road and Milford Bay Road. Please visit the Township of Muskoka Lakes Website for Maps and Details
  • Dorset Tower – CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19


Festival & Events:

  • September 25 – October 31: Cranberry Harvest, Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
  • October 20-23: Oktoberfest Muskoka


Huntsville Fall Colour Report

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Fun ways to experience the fall colours



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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Best ways to experience the fall colours:

  • Climb aboard the historic Muskoka Steamships for a fall cruise of the lakes (pictured above)
  • 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 28
  • Sawdust City Brewery offers fall seasonal brews for that tasty pint
  • 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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Stay and Play

Make the most of your Muskoka experience and check out our top recommendations for places to stay and perfect getaway packages.


COVID-19 Modifications

The Muskoka region, including the restaurants and local businesses discussed above, have taken several precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing procedures must be followed. Masks are required for entry into all buildings and when social distancing is not possible. Frequent hand-washing is encouraged and everyone must self-isolate if experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

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