Embrace the warm autumn aesthetic at these colour-filled locales.
Although High Park is known for its lovely cherry blossoms in the springtime, it’s also the perfect place to catch stunning fall colours in Toronto, as those pink blossoms are replaced by a profusion of gold, orange and red autumn leaves.
Stroll through the massive park, snapping pics under trees filled with golden foliage. Walk along the creeks and through the vibrant forested areas, then make your way to Grenadier Pond, where you can sit down to watch the Northern Shoveller ducks feed before they fly away to warmer climates for winter. With walking paths, cycling paths, gardens, greenhouses and labyrinths, there’s no shortage of spots to visit—snapping photos all the while—at High Park.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
This charming, spacious park on Queen Street West boasts grassy knolls, colourful trees and plenty of benches. In summertime, Trinity Bellwoods is a hotspot for Torontonians to congregate in the warm weather to bask in the sun.
When autumn rolls around, it turns into the ideal place to find spectacular fall foliage, as every tree becomes a prime spot to take pretty pictures filled with the colours of the season. With plenty of large, mature trees, pathways for walking and grassy areas for picnicking, it’s the perfect place to spend a fresh autumn afternoon.
The Toronto Islands are a prime destination for locals and tourists alike. Bustling with activity during summertime, the best part about visiting in the autumn is fewer people (read: ample physical distancing) and that means more opportunities for leisurely exploration and plenty of picture-taking.
Marvel at the surprising number of tree species on the Island, which turn from green to gold in the autumn months—the perfect Insta-worthy backdrop. Take snapshots of the brilliant leaves, the beautiful boardwalk and the sparkling waters of Lake Ontario. Then, stroll over to Wards Island to wander around the quaint homes and capture the iconic Toronto.
The famous Scarborough Bluffs are stunning no matter what time of year, but when the trees start to turn colour, there’s something extra special in the air. Hike up the trails lining the top of the bluffs, then make your way down to the beach to enjoy an autumn waterside walk.
Soak up the stunning autumnal views from this towering escarpment as the gold, orange and yellow of the fall foliage mixes with the bright azure waters of Lake Ontario. It’s a scene fit for a painting—or an Instagram photo!
Evergreen Brick Works
For the best snapshot of the Toronto skyline surrounded by stunning autumnal hues, make your way to Evergreen Brick Works and hike up to the top of Lookout Path, where there’s no filter needed.
If you’re visiting on a Saturday morning, get your fill of fresh Ontario produce and drop by the Farmers Market—Toronto’s largest—open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Same day purchases are welcome, but preordering online is strongly encouraged so you can easily pick up your selection from the vendors on market day. Warm up with a cup of coffee or a hot cocoa at Cafe Belong. Ooey gooey butter tarts, anyone?
Don Mills Trail
The Don Mills Trail, also known as the Leaside Spur Trail, is a 3-kilometre cycling and walking trail that, come fall, transforms into an autumnal oasis. One of the newest trails in the city, The Don Mills Trail is tranquil and secluded, plus it’s paved, making it ideal for biking, easy walking and getting that perfect camera angle.
Humber River Trail
Perfect for a refreshing bike ride on an autumn afternoon, the Humber River Trail is largely paved and winds its way from Humber Bay in the south to the marshes around Old Mill and then up to Scarlett Woods.
With joggers, cyclists, dog walkers—and even bird watchers—the Humber River Trail is always bustling with visitors enjoying the sights and sounds of its natural beauty, especially when it explodes with fall colours. Whether you feel like sitting and reading, having a picnic or strolling by the picturesque river, this is the ideal spot.