The fall season brings so much to look forward to. And while many might say cozy scarves, Thanksgiving, and pumpkin spice latte-flavoured everything are their favourite fall things, we’d argue that watching the leaves change colour has them all beat.
There’s nothing that puts people more in awe of Mother Nature than taking in the sights of her fall foliage. If you’re hoping to get an Insta-worthy shot to show off your #fallvibes this year, then make sure to check out the leaf-peeping hotspots below as they are by far the best places to watch the leaves transition from hues of green to fiery shades of orange and red.
Just remember, as recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including proper physical distancing and frequent handwashing. And if you are sick, please stay home.
And as long as you’re following the correct COVID-19 guidelines currently in place, here are 10 the best spots to see the leaves change colour in Toronto.
1. High Park
While you're always in for a treat at High Park any time of the year, fall is one of the most photogenic times at the park. As you walk through the grounds, you'll see the leaves as they change into shades of yellow, red, and orange and you'll instantly forget that you're in the confines of downtown.
2. Scarborough Bluffs
Similar to High Park, the Scarborough Bluffs are beautiful at any time of the year. However, during autumn, you're in for a treat as you'll get to enjoy the combination of bright leaves and postcard-worthy views of Lake Ontario.
3. University of Toronto
Located in the heart of downtown, the stunning U of T grounds are lined with trees, thus making it a prime spot to check out fall foliage without having to leave the city. What's more, the older buildings and sweeping courtyards make for incredible photo backdrops.
4. Centennial Park
Not only are the grounds in this Etobicoke park picture-worthy thanks to the large pond and abundance of trees -- all of which will transform with stunning shades in autumn.
5. The Beaches Boardwalk
The boardwalk is the perfect place to stretch your legs and enjoy the beauty of Lake Ontario, especially during fall when you can take in the trees as they transform and turn brilliant shades of orange and red.
6. Grange Park
Grange Park is a beautiful and historic green space located in the heart of downtown Toronto. In the fall, visitors can stroll the lush grounds as they take in the views of the city skyline and beyond.
7. Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are always a welcomed escape from the hustle of the city, especially in the fall when the many different species of trees change colour – giving you even more reasons to visit.
8. Humber Bay Park
Located just west of the city, Humber Bay Park is home to some of the most scenic views in all of Toronto. A visit here includes sweeping lake and city skyline views, while a stroll through the park and the surrounding trails create the perfect place to knock off spotting beautiful fall foliage from your fall bucket list.
9. The Don Valley
On a crisp fall afternoon, grab your favourite warm beverage and stroll the surrounding trails of the Don Valley. Crothers Woods and the Brick Works are definitely top spots to check out for leaf-peeping enthusiasts.
10. Rouge National Urban Park
If you’re looking to take in some stunning scenery and don't a bit of a drive, Rouge Park is definitely worthy of a visit, especially at the height of fall when the changing leaves are at their peak. With its countless trails and abundant biodiversity, it’s a popular spot for nature walkers and bird spotters alike, especially during autumn.