As soon as September arrives in Ontario, it’s time to start planning fall hikes. The changing colour of leaves attracts many to hiking trails with cameras in hand.
Timing is key and the best resource to find out when to visit specific provincial parks, conservation areas, and trails is to check out the changing leaf reports.
Resources for Fall Hikes In Ontario
I find there’s nothing worse than planning an excursion in a favourite park or conservation area to find that the leaves are gone or haven’t changed yet.
There are several online resources and sites to plan the best fall hike so that you get the optimal experience.
- Fall Colours at Ontario Parks (will show you how much the leaves are turned in the general area you want to visit)
- 400Eleven.com (includes reports according to region)
- Ontario Provincial Parks
- Ontario Conservation Areas
- Ontario Trails Council
- The Bruce Trail
I also follow these sites on Twitter for the most up-to-date information for those spontaneous hiking excursions.
Ontario is one of the best places for drives and hikes in the colourful fall woods. However, each province has its own trails and perfect spots for taking fall photos and taking in nature.
Tips For An Amazing Fall Hike
- If the weather forecast is calling for rain or overcast skies, don’t shy away from a hike. It’s probably the best time to go as fewer people may be on the trails, and you can still get some great close-up shots of colourful leaves.
- Whether for a one-day visit or a weekend away, you may want to ensure your camera battery is charged up, and you’ve got your comfortable hiking boots ready to go.
- Safety first! Keep to the trails and watch out for slippery rocks, particularly after a rainfall. Trails along the edges of cliffs and the Niagara Escarpment can be very dangerous. Use caution when taking photos. Also be aware of others on the trails, as they may not be there for the right reasons.
What’s your favourite place to visit to view the fall foliage?