Toronto is a city that really wears all the 4 seasons with grace. In the summer, you'll see the downtown area light up with festivities like the Taste of the Danforth and Caribana. People will go camping and the entire season is filled with endless events celebrating the warm weather. In the spring, as the grass defrosts you'll enjoy the budding trees and brisk air. Even the winter is special, when you wake up to a white city fully covered with fresh snow under a bright sky and pink night.
But Toronto in the fall is one site you absolutely MUST see for yourself to believe. Toronto's maple trees, pines and oaks make for an unbelievable view of red, orange, green, yellow and purple leaves that lasts for about two months before the winter settles in. Here are our recommendations for where to enjoy Toronto's foliage this season:
1. Take a trail in Earls Bale Park
Located right in the middle of the city in the North York Region, Earl Bales Park is Toronto's version of Central Park with nature trails and ski hills that makes for a perfect place for a fall picnic or hike that is easy to get to.
2. Board a ferry to Center Island
What better place to see Toronto's famous skyline than across the lake, surrounded by nature and beaches? Take a ferry from the harbourfront and enjoy a relaxing day by the lake.
3. Camp in Algonquin Park
If you're feeling a bit more adventurous and up for a camping trip out of the city, this is the place to go. Algonquin Park is comprised of lakes, rivers and parks that make for a spectacular trip that you won't soon forget. Algonquin Park is located about 300 km north of Toronto, and can be reached by car or bus.
4. Travel by Train
Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination. In this case, we are sure you won't be disappointed by the vibrant colours and breathtaking views of thousands of trees spread out in front of you that you can see best during a train ride by Via Rail during the fall season.
5. Visit farmland near Caledon
Just an hour's drive northwest of Toronto you'll find a small town named Caledon between rural lands and farmer's fields. Stop on the way to go apple picking or visit and choose a pumpkin from a local pumpkin patch. Don't miss the Credit River that leads to the Cataract Falls not too far away.
The more you travel and discover the area around Toronto the more you appreciate this great city for it's natural beauty. Enjoy!