Fall Foliage Sightseeing in Toronto Parks

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Toronto fall. The air is cooler, the days are shorter and fall is definitely here. Don’t miss out seeing the beautiful colours as the leaves change even if you can’t get out of the city. Best seen in September and October, the city has a spot for everyone to see some fall foliage.

High Park

Why it’s Great. Home to hiking trails, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo, High Park offers something for everyone. The park even offers a walk specifically designed to observe the changing leaves.

Where to Find it. Located West of downtown, it lies between the Lakeshore and Bloor Street West. It’s also easily accessible by transit by getting off at High Park station and walking South.

The Toronto Islands

Why it’s Great. Located just off the coast of downtown, the Toronto Islands offer a great day of walking, bicycling or pulling a wagon to look at the fall foliage. Picnic areas, beaches and parks will make your day complete.

Where to Find it. Inaccessible by car, the ferry leaves for the island several times a day, and allows bikes and strollers on board but not cars, at the foot of Bay Street. Check the ferry schedule before you depart. www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Why it’s Great. Though maybe not an obvious choice at first, Mount Pleasant Cemetery provides miles of walking trails, gardens and trees, along with beautiful sculptures. If this isn’t enough, link up to some of the city’s other walking trails once you leave the park, if you and the kids still have the energy.

Where to Find it. Located in the centre of the city, the park can be accessed by taking the subway to Davisville station, or driving up Yonge Street or Mount Pleasant Road until you reach the cemetery.

Rouge Park

Why it’s Great. Known as Canada’s premier urban wilderness park, at over 47 square kilometers it boasts walking trails, a beach, waterways and an abundance of fall foliage. If you don’t feel like striking out on your own, join one of the parks guided walking tours.

Where to Find it. Stretching from Lake Ontario up to Stouffville, visit the park’s website before deciding which area to go to. www.rougepark.com

Humber River Valley

Why it’s Great. Located just West of the city’s core, the Humber River Valley offers trails through parklands, along the river and past marshes not to mention past the Old Mill Inn and Old Mill bridge.

Where to Find it. Take the Bloor/Danforth subway to Old Mill station.

Just a few ways to enjoy a Toronto fall with your family.