Set Out and Explore This Fall
Here are some must-stop places to see the best of the Fall colours in our corner of Muskoka.
Experience Algonquin During Fall Colour Season
Fall is a busy time to visit the iconic Algonquin Park! Remember to pack your patience and take note of these tips:
- Book your park permit in advance and visit midweek for best availability. The park may have capacity limits for permits.
- Visit Monday – Friday for best availability
Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls
Directions: Head east on Hwy 60 and look for Oxtongue River sign.
One of the top 10 waterfalls in Ontario and close to Deerhurst and Algonquin Park, Oxtongue offers a short trail that leads from the parking lot to a lookout of the thundering whitewater falls.
Algonquin Provincial Park – See current Ontario Parks vehicle permit rates here
Directions: Head east on Hwy 60.
Algonquin Provincial Park offers some of the most remarkable Fall colour experiences in the country, in a truly iconic Canadian wilderness setting.
- Algonquin Park Visitor Centre – Located at km 43 of Hwy 60 in Algonquin Park the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre has world class exhibits on the Park’s natural and human history.
- Algonquin Park Art Centre – (Open until mid-October.) Located at km 20 of Hwy 60 in Algonquin Park. The Algonquin Art Centre has an indoor gallery consisting of three wings and an outdoor gallery.
- Algonquin Park Lookout Trail – Located at km 39.7 of Hwy 60, The Lookout Trail is a 1.9 km loop trail that is fairly steep and rugged, but rewards the hiker with a magnificent view of several hundred square kilometres of Algonquin.
- Algonquin Park Logging Museum – (Open until mid-October.) Located at km 54.5 of Hwy 60, the Logging Museum brings to life the story of logging in Algonquin Park.
Plus explore more great hidden gems!
Deerhurst Resort – Lookout Trail & Sanctuary Trail
Pick up a hiking map and explore the countryside around the resort. Hit the trails and head up to Lookout Point for a magical view of the resort or try the NEW sanctuary trail.
Arrowhead Provincial Park – Stubb’s Falls & Big Bend Lookout Trail
Located at 451 Arrowhead Park Rd. (Right on Muskoka Rd. 3 from Hwy 60) Arrowhead is just a short drive away and a wonderful spot to explore. Stubbs Falls trail runs about 2km and follows the Little East River to the ancient Stubb’s Falls. Or if you want a shorter walk the Big Bend Lookout Trail is another great option.
Indian’s Landing Point, Port Sydney
Located on Indian’s Landing in Port Sydney, the maple tree is a local icon. Known affectionately as ‘The Family Tree’, this wonder that stretches out towards the river turns a vibrant red, and attracts many a photographers. Take Hwy 11 south, turn left on South Mary Lake Rd.
Lion’s Lookout Trail – Huntsville
Located right here in Huntsville, Lion’s Lookout Trail is 1.3km that follows the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake, crosses the Portage Flyer railway tracks and then heads up a steep slope which offers a view of Fairy Lake and the surrounding area. It is a view that is definitely worth the climb up! Trail is accessed at the Forbes Hill Dr. and Camp Kitchen Rd. intersection behind the Active Living Centre at the Canada Summit Centre.
Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve
Located just outside of Huntsville, take Hwy 60 east and turn left on Limberlost Rd. (about 10km). Turn right on South Limberlost Rd. (about 9km). Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve is a peaceful, year-round wilderness haven with twenty private lakes and more than 10,000 unspoiled acres of mixed forest. Open daily 9am – 5pm.
Dorset Fire Tower – Lookout
With a breathtaking 360 degree view, the observation deck of this historic tower stands 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays. Open daily 9am – 6pm until Thanksgiving weekend. After Thanksgiving the Tower will remain open weather permitting, call ahead 705-766-1032. Entrance fees apply. Note: There are a number of stairs to get up to the observation deck. Take Hwy 60 east and exit at Hwy 35 toward Dorset/Lindsay, turn right onto Dorset Scenic Tower Rd.
Just minutes from Algonquin Park, Deerhurst Resort is the ideal place to relax after a day of exploring and to soak it all in.