Top 10 spots to watch the sunset

Are you a sunset-chaser?

It shouldn’t surprise you that some of the best views of brilliant colours are in our own provincial parks.

Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park

Nothing beats watching the sun sink into the lake surrounded by the boreal forest. Ivanhoe Lake offers brilliant wilderness viewing opportunities, taking you through ancient glacial landscapes.

Take a sunset paddle to watch the natural light show, or sit at your campsite; this park has plenty of waterfront campsites with a spectacular view of the lake.

Neys Provincial Park

Watch the sun set over Lake Superior.

Grab a folding chair, find a suitable rock, or just sit right in the fine sand on beach and listen to the waves as the sun sets over the unobstructed lake.

If you’re feeling up to the challenge, hike up the Pic Island Overlook Trail to see a beautiful sight that inspired Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Sit back, relax, and watch the sun set in the Kawarthas, right from your own campsite.

Listen to the nature sounds accompanying your view, including the call of a Common Loon or the leaves rustling in the breeze. It simply doesn’t get better than this.

Lake St. Peter Provincial Park

Gaze through the trees into cotton-candy skies at Lake St. Peter. The park’s many waterfront campsites ensure you’ll get to fall in love anew every night.

If you’re not on the water, no worries! Grab a blanket and take a short walk down to the sandy beach for the view pictured above.

Fitzroy Provincial Park


A beautiful sunset and wilderness experience doesn’t have to be a world away! Fitzroy is less than an hour’s drive from Ottawa.

Explore Carp or Terraces Trail around sundown (don’t forget the bug spray), or sit on the beach overlooking the Ottawa River.

Pinery Provincial Park

sunset off viewing deck

Surprised? Didn’t think so.

Pinery is known for its beautiful sunsets. In fact, National Geographic ranked Pinery’s sunsets among the “Top 10 Best in the World.”

Wheelchair accessible viewing platforms are available to explore Pinery’s exceptional natural environment.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

Take in the view from your canoe or your backcountry site. Either one will reward you with wonderful colours with the feeling of solitude and silence.

Speaking of wonderful colours, if you stay up late there’s a chance to catch the Northern Lights. September and October, between 11:00 pm and 3:00 am are the best times to catch the Aurora Borealis.

Caliper Lake Provincial Park

Watch as the sun sets into the pine forest. Stick around for unbelievable stargazing.

Need a crash course in constellations? Check out our Eyes on the Skies series.

Inverhuron Provincial Park


Sunsets on Lake Huron can’t be beat.

Watch the world-renowned sunset while listening to the waves crash into the shore. Sitting at the beach is your best bet; you don’t want to miss the majesty of the dunes around you.

Grundy Lake Provincial Park

There’s no shortage of beautiful sunsets at Grundy Lake. Take a canoe or kayak adventure to one of the many lakes, and watch as the sun sets over still water.

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Go find those magical skies!