Ontario’s fall season may be the most beautiful in the whole country. With brilliant colours, golden light and often picture-perfect weather, September/October in this province can be truly breathtaking. Lucky for Torontonians, you don’t need to travel far from downtown to get a dose of autumnal beauty. Set out for a meander around any one of the following spots in the city to take in the sensory delights of the season.
Here are some of the top spots in Toronto to see fall colours.
It’s hard to believe this picturesque, 20.5-hectare ravine-lined park exists in the heart of the city. Near Yonge and St. Clair, David A. Balfour Park is one of the largest – and most stunning, green spaces downtown, which was recently completely revitalized and newly opened to the public. There are fountains, reflecting pools and gardens, and creekside trails that lead into the ravine and connect to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. It’s got everything you need to experience the beauty of the season, right downtown.
Within walking distance of busy Queen Street East and Kingston Road in the Beaches, an elevated boardwalk runs through 1.3km of a secluded, leafy forest, where red oak and maple trees blaze red and orange in the fall. The Glen Stewart Park trail may be short in length, but it includes more than a couple of sets of stairs, so if you’re looking to break a sweat as you admire the fall foliage, this is where to head.
While many love the Bluffs for its sunny summer beach retreat, this remarkable landscape dressed in fall colours is maybe the most stunning it gets all year. Head to the beach at Bluffers Park for a stroll along the water, or hike the trails that line the top of the bluffs and enjoy the sweeping views of the lake below.
For epic views of the Toronto skyline along with fiery fall foliage, head to Trillium Park. This 7.5-acre waterfront green space near Ontario Place offers tree-lined trails, pebble beaches, and interesting rock forms in addition to the scenic cityscape views. Come for a day on the weekend and remember why you love the city.
Macabre? Maybe. But the peace and tranquillity here in this historic cemetery is unparalleled. Not to mention the beauty. Mount Pleasant’s abundant tree collection, which spans over 600 species, and includes some of the rarest, oldest trees in the country, makes it absolutely worth a visit in the fall.
There are over 10 diverse trails to choose from in this east-end urban park, which is home to a variety of landscapes including meadows, valleys, forests, wetlands, and farmland. Get in the fall spirit and take the Orchard Trail, which is a 2 KM pathway lined with apple trees.
Head over to Toronto’s Botanical Garden to see an array of plants, flowers, and trees that are currently in-season. You’re sure to see a variety of stunning colours throughout the many gardens!
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