Spectacular fall colours, cool nights, and sunny days – with no mosquitoes or black flies – make autumn a great time of year to visit a provincial park. Hikers, campers and canoeists will find the quiet solitude of September and October a pleasant contrast to the busier trails, campgrounds and waterways of summer.
A visit to a provincial park is also an economical way to enjoy new experiences with family and friends.
SOME FALL ACTIVITIES IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO
Unless otherwise noted, these activities are included with park entry (ranging from $10-$20 per car):
• Enjoy Killarney Provincial Park’s many scenic hiking trails and lookout points offering a panorama of fall colours.
• Stop at Lake Superior Provincial Park to see exhibits that tell the story of how the lake has influenced the natural and cultural history of the park. The centre is open until October 11.
• Watch local artists at work capturing the spirit of Awenda Provincial Park on Saturday, September 26.
• Participate in Algonquin Provincial Park’s Four Seasons RV Workshop on October 2 and 3. Advance registration is required and a workshop fee applies. Call 613-637-2828 for more information.
• Hike the rugged trails in Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, ablaze with autumn colour. Trails vary in length and some feature great lookouts of the Mattawa River.
• Stop at the French River visitor centre to see the “Voices of the River” exhibits and a dramatic view of the French River canyon. The centre is open until October 12.
• Get a bird’s-eye view of Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park’s gorge from one of the viewing platforms and enjoy the exciting panorama of fall foliage below.
• Learn the tricks to capturing colourful autumn landscapes with your camera at the digital photography weekend workshop in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, October 2 to 4. Advance registration is required and there is a workshop fee.
• Experience peaceful solitude and crisp autumn air as you paddle historic water routes travelled by Ojibway and fur traders in Quetico Provincial Park.
• Hike the Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park trail to view the dramatic sheer-walled canyon gorge.
For more information on the parks listed here please visit www.ontarioparks.com