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8 Top Spots to View Fall Colour in Ontario’s Cottage Country

8 Top Spots to View Fall Colour in Ontario’s Cottage Country

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 18, 2015

With Algonquin ParkMuskoka and the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve located here, it’s no wonder that the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario  is one of the best places to watch Mother Nature’s annual fall fireworks transform lush, green forests into fiery canopies of red, yellow and orange.

Add the thousands of sparkling blue lakes you’ll find as well, and you’re never left wondering what it was about the region that inspired the Canadian Group of Seven painters or anyone who ever made the annual pilgrimage here to get a fall colour fix.

1. Dorset Lookout Tower

Originally a fire tower, this popular structure was built on the highest hill in the vicinity for maximum visibility. It rises 465 feet over Lake of Bays below and, for those keen to climb the stairs, provides 360 degrees of fall splendour stretching to the horizon no matter which way you turn.

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2. Huckleberry Rock Trail, Muskoka

Located near Milford Bay, Muskoka, this trail is built on a massive deposit of billion-year-old pink granite, and has been famed in the area as a lookout over gorgeous Lake Muskoka for a century. Generous donations of land from adjacent owners allowed the creation of the public park that makes the lookout accessible.

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3. Parry Sound Fire Tower

This was actually built not only as a fire tower, but as a beacon to attract tourists by a forward-thinking owner. The 96-foot tower in the midst of the town has a 360-degree view, looking towards the expanse of Georgian Bay to the west and down towards beautiful Parry Sound harbour.

parry sound from west parry sound museum fire tower



4. Algonquin ParkOne of the most popular spots to view fall colour in Canada, Algonquin Park offers many opportunities for incredible viewing. Lookout Trail is the most popular of all; it’s a challenging trail of 1.9 km, but you are rewarded for your effort by a spectacular view of several hundred square kilometres of the park’s untouched wilderness: no buildings, no wires, no roads, just the land exactly the same as it was hundreds or thousands of years ago—adorned with spectacular fall colours.

Lookout Trail

5. High Rock Lookout, Almaguin Highlands

Found in the attractive little village of Sundridge in the Almaguin Highlands (north ofMuskoka) this spot has an unparalleled view of beautiful Lake Bernard, which has the distinction of being the largest freshwater lake in the world that doesn’t have any islands. Bring the kids, picnic here, and take the walking trail to see the lake and the leaves up close.

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6. Killbear Provincial Park, Parry Sound

Located on Georgian Bay north of Parry Sound, Killbear is always peaceful and gorgeous, with its mix of rocky and sand shores and the sunsets over Georgian Bay. For the best view, head out on the 3.5 km Lookout Point Trail, and after about half an hour of easy hiking, you’ll reach the top of the hill. Stand there and feel your breath be taken away.

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