Autumn in Toronto is an amazing time of year. The fall foliage can be a bit fleeting, but fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to experience it. Don’t let autumn fall away without taking in the beautiful (and free) show nature puts on. Here are some great spots where you can admire the amazingness of autumn in Toronto.
Moore Park Ravine / Evergreen Brickworks
The Moore Park Ravine (205 Moore Ave.) is easily accessible on foot from Davisville Village. You can enter the trail just south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and follow the tree-lined path along the river, through the ravine, down to the Evergreen Brick Works. The grounds behind the Brickworks are complete with trails and ponds. They are also a great place to admire the fall foliage, especially if you hike up the hill on the east side by the train tracks and look out over it all. If you are too tuckered out to hike it back on foot, there is a TTC bus that stops at the Brickworks and takes you back to Davisville station.
The Don Valley
There may be no better place to take in the brilliance of the fall colours than the Don Valley. You can connect to the Don Valley trail system from the Brick Works at Crothers Woods and follow the paved trail along the Don Valley River. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the spawning salmon as they swim upstream and attempt to leap over the small waterfalls along the way. You can follow this treed path all the way to Taylor Creek, Edwards Gardens, and Sunnybrook Park. The perfect time for fall colours and salmon spotting is right around Thanksgiving. If you never explored this part of your city, you won’t believe your eyes. You can learn more about this trail in our recent article.
Riverdale Park West begins just east of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood near Village Green. You can stop by Riverdale Farm to visit the animals and feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside. Take the pedestrian bridge over the DVP and you’ll find yourself in Riverdale Park East. This bridge will also connect you to the Lower Don Valley Trail. Walk up the hill on the park’s eastern side and you’ll get a breathtaking view of not only the fall colours but one of the best views of the Toronto skyline in the city. Plan to be there for sunset for the most Instagram-worthy photo ops.
Glen Stewart Ravine
The Glen Stewart Ravine is located in the Upper Beaches neighbourhood. It runs just north of Queen Street East up to just south of Kingston Road. This often-overlooked nature trail is one of the best places in the city to surround yourself with the brilliant colours of autumn.
The East End of Toronto is home to some world-class green space. During the fall, this green space is reborn in gold, red, yellow and orange. The Scarborough Bluffs are beautiful no matter what season you visit, but when fall rolls around, it can feel downright magical. The brilliant colours of the leaves are complemented perfectly by the deep blue water of Lake Ontario, and it’s all framed by the majestic bluffs rising toward the light blue sky. Head to the base of Brimley Road South to take it in from the beach, or hike the upper trails that dot the top of the bluffs, all the way to Guild Park and Gardens.
Rouge Park is never more aptly named than in the fall as the leaves change to brilliant reds. Pack a lunch, bring some water and hike the many trails that literally lead you over the meadow and through the woods, as well as along the river. It’s only a short drive from downtown or midtown but feels very rural. You won’t believe you’re still in the same city!
The West End of the city is no slouch in the natural beauty department. There are many beautiful parks along the banks of the Humber River, from the mouth of the river where it feeds into Lake Ontario all the way past Steeles Avenue. Some standouts to check out are Lambton Park, Humber Marshes and Summerlea Park. Etienne Brule Park is a great place to walk along the river, take in the colours and catch the salmon leaping over the falls around Thanksgiving. You’ll be grateful you did. Take the Bloor subway out to Old Mill and walk down the hill to the north.
High Park is another perfect fall foliage hotspot that also has its own subway stop. Plan a fall picnic, hike the trails, or simply take it easy and sit by Grenadier Pond as you let an unbelievably beautiful autumn day pass by.
Boarding the ferry at Jack Layton terminal, at the base of Bay Street, is breathtaking in the fall. Just across the water lies a whole other world. The Toronto Islands are never more beautiful than in the fall, and the summer crowds have thinned out considerably. If you plan an escape on a weekday, you may feel like you’ve got the place to yourself! Coming back is also lovely, as you’re treated to the best city views imaginable.
Tommy Thompson Park
Located at the southern tip of Leslie Street is the Leslie Street Spit and the gateway to Tommy Thompson Park. Talk a long walk, or a leisurely bike ride, along the wide pathway. In addition to the colourful leaves, you’ll pass by the marshlands and the bird sanctuary before you loop around the lighthouse and head back the way you came. You’ll be surprised by all the beauty you missed on the first pass, like the brilliant blue lake, yacht club and stunning city views.
Don’t let your autumn fall flat. Get out there and explore all the beauty your city has to offer!
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