10 of the most scenic fall drives you can take in Ontario

October 8, 2021
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Original author CurioCity.

It’s officially autumn, and we can already smell the pumpkin spice and hear the sound of leaves crunching under our boots. There are so many ways to enjoy this colourful season in Ontario, and you won’t even have to get out of your car to experience the magic. Throw on your coziest sweater and get behind the wheel because these postcard-worthy autumn road trips are calling your name.

1,000 Islands Parkway

It doesn’t get more picturesque than this! This 40 km route begins rights off of Highway 401 in Gananoque and takes you along the St. Lawrence River. There are so many fun stops to make on this road trip, but you can still enjoy the breathtaking fall colours and landscapes without leaving your car. There’s even a 4,500 ft suspension bridge that takes you right to the U.S. Wellesley Island, with gorgeous views along the way.

Where: Highway 401, Exits 647 to 685


This spot is known as The Valley Town for a reason — it’s nestled at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounded by vast forests and countless waterfalls that only become more beautiful as the leaves change colour. You’ll want to get out and stretch your legs on one of the many hikes and lookout points in the region, before making your way into the quaint town for some boutique shopping and a bite to eat.

Where: King St W, Dundas

Forks of the Credit 


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This classic scenic drive is a must for your autumn road trip plans. The road is full of twists, turns and gorgeous views of the nearby provincial park. Plus, it’s right in Peel Region, so you won’t have to venture very far out of the city to experience it. You’ll want to pay a visit to the many local conservation areas and sweeping viewpoints for all of your photo ops. It’s the perfect activity for a peaceful Sunday afternoon.

Where: Forks of the Credit Rd, Caledon

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

When it comes to fall colours, Crawford Lake takes the cake. You’ll want to get out of your car and stroll along the boardwalk before cruising your way around the easy yet exciting roads with unbeatable views. If you plan on entering the park you’ll need to reserve your spot ahead of time. This spot has been enjoyed by visitors for hundreds of years, so you know you’re in for something special.

Where: 3115 Conservation Rd, Milton

Prince Edward County

Of all the places you could visit in Ontario, The County is one of a kind. Views of rolling hills, historic townships, vineyards and the pristine shorelines of Sandbanks Provincial Park will make this road trip extra special. Stop for a tasting at one of the many wineries in the region, browse at an antique store and pick up some fresh local goodies for the drive home.

Where: Prince Edward, Ontario

Algonquin Provincial Park

To experience autumn at its finest, you’ll want to go here. The drive to the park alone is enough to take your breath away, and it only becomes more beautiful once you enter the grounds. Maple hills, rocky ridges, lakes, rivers, and canyon trails await you at this incredible destination, but if you’d rather do all of your exploring from the comfort of your car, you can make your way into Huntsville for peak fall views in cottage country.

Where: Ontario 60

Niagara Parkway

This driving route hugs the expansive Niagara River and you’ll want to slow down and take it all in. Even Sir Winston Churchill called it “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world,” according to Tourism Niagara. The 55 km route takes you all the way from Niagara-on-the-Lake down to Fort Erie. There are plenty of stops to pull over and soak up your surroundings, including Horseshoe Falls, Dufferin Islands and the White Water Walk, a trail that takes you along the rapids.

Where: Niagara, Ontario

Elgin County Route

Ontario’s southwest is home to Canada’s only Carolinian Forests, which is named after the U.S. Carolinas because of the region’s similar landscapes and climate. There is over 100 km of forests to explore in Elgin County, and this 2-hour driving route will take you on a tour of the best that this area has to offer.  You’ll make pit stops in adorable towns and villages, including the colorful Port Stanley, described as “Ontario’s hidden jewel.”

Where: Highway 401 at Graham Rd

Kawartha Lakes

There are 4 scenic drives to choose from in this gorgeous region just 90 minutes north of Toronto, each of them filled with amazing autumn views and unexpected hidden gems. It’s also home to Ontario’s famous Butter Tart Tour, so you can sweeten your scenic drive by trying different takes on Canada’s most iconic pastry. Whether you’re looking to explore the charming surrounding towns or do some outdoor adventuring, you’ll get a little bit of everything in the Kawarthas.

Where: City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario

Boreal Driving Route


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If you’ve seen it all in southern Ontario, it’s time to journey north to the vast Boreal Forest, one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. Fall is actually the best time of year to enjoy this majestic region, with its bright orange colours, cooler weather and no bugs to pester you. If you have a few days to spend on your road trip, this driving route will take you to tumbling waterfalls, secret wooden pathways, and the most peaceful beaches you could imagine.

WhereVarious provincial parks

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