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.
Here’s a list of great sites to check out:
- Ontario Parks – Fall Colour Report (will show you how much the leaves are turned in the general area you want to visit)
- Ontario Provincial Parks
- Ontario Conservation Areas
- Ontario Trails Council
- The Bruce Trail
Follow these key organizations on Twitter for the most up-to-date information for those spontaneous hiking excursions.
If the travel bug really has bit you hard, and you want to experience fall colours in a different part of the country, here’s a good article on the top 10 best spots for autumn foliage in Canada.
- 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.
What’s your favourite place to visit to view the fall foliage?