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City dwellers and travelers alike are often seeking opportunities to immerse themselves in nature – especially during autumn in Ontario.
Several daytrips and overnight excursions lie just outside the city of Toronto, taking trekkers along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario and rolling hills of the Ontario countryside during the area's vibrant fall season come end of September through mid-October.
For an escape from Toronto’s metropolitan landscape, head for the fall colours of southeastern Toronto’s farm country. Head north toward Richmond Hill, and make a loop by first traveling east toward Oshawa on Lake Ontario's shore. From there, make your way north toward Lake Scugog and Beaverton.
Follow the Lake Simco southern shore west to Jackson’s Point, then south to Newmarket – where you can check out Upper Canada Mall, or explore Historic Downtown Newmarket – and continue south till you’re back in Richmond Hill.
If you’d like to explore the area west of Toronto, start in Hamilton, and make your way northeast to Burlington– where you may explore Bronte Creek Provincial Park. From Burlington travel north toward Milton and Georgetown, and be sure to stop at the Historic Bovaird House in Brampton.
From here, be sure to locate the scenic Forks Of The Credit Road near Caledon. Enjoy a stunning drive down this twisty stretch of road, showcasing some of the best fall colours in October and passing the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park.
Continue north to Orangeville, and pivot southwest toward Guelph – where you can stop at the Halton County Radial Railway, or take to the skies at the University of Guelph Arboretum. From Guelph, continue southwest toward Kitchener – featuring Conestogo River Horseback Adventures – then move southeast toward Cambridge and Brantford once you’re no longer on horseback. From Brantford, it’s a straight shot east back to Hamilton on the Ontario 403 East.