With beautiful leaves and cooler temperatures, the fall season is a great time for outdoor adventures in Ontario.
This also makes it a popular time for hiking and if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, these quieter Ontario provincial parks are worth a visit.
Here are ten hidden spots full of hiking trails that can pass by sparkling lakes, have scenic lookouts, and pass through mystical forests.
According to Ontario Parks, you’ll find less traveled landscapes to explore in these places:
- Restoule Provincial Park
- Mikisew Provincial Park
- Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
- Halfway Lake Provincial Park
- Lake Superior Provincial Park
- Charleston Lake Provincial Park
- Ferris Provincial Park
- Lake St. Pierre Provincial Park
- Awenda Provincial Park
- Earl Rowe Provincial Park
Restoule Provincial Park, for example, has oaks, maples and birches that seem to glow with color each fall. There is a seven kilometer trail that leads to a historic fire tower, among other hiking trails.
Ferris Provincial Park is just two hours from Toronto, and you can cross a tree-lined gorge on a towering suspension bridge. Parc du lac Saint-Pierre has a scenic lake with colorful trees in the distance and three different hiking trails.
Alternatively, three of the busiest Ontario parks to visit in the fall are Algonquin, Forks of the Credit and Mono Cliffs. If you plan to explore the magical fall trails in these parks, you should plan to go during off-peak hours, such as weekdays.
“Algonquin is definitely our busiest park in the fall,” Ontario Parks told Narcity in an email.
Regardless of area activity, Ontario Parks is continuing with the Advanced Daily Vehicle Permit project so visitors can guarantee they will enter 33 of the parks. For all other locations, you will have to take a chance and buy when you arrive.
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.