Beat the crowds this fall at Ontario Parks

Fall Colours, Photo By Daria James

To guarantee a day use spot at Algonquin Provincial Park this fall visitors can now book a permit ahead of time. Fall is a busy season at Algonquin and Ontario Parks recommends all visitors book their permit in advance to avoid disappointment.

Ontario Parks has created a complete guide to fall at Algonquin to help visitors have the best first-hand experience viewing the changing colours.

Tips for the best experience include:

  • Always purchase your day-use permit in advance to guarantee access
  • Once Algonquin reaches capacity only customers with a reservation will be able to access park facilities
  • Visit mid-week and early in the day if possible, there are fewer crowds
    Before you go, check Algonquin’s Twitter feed for real-time capacity and facility updates

GTA hiking hot spots

Fall hiking destinations Forks of the Credit Provincial Park and Mono Cliffs Provincial Park have made timed reservable permits available for those looking to guarantee access to these parks. We recommend reserving a half day or full day permit up to 5 days ahead of a visit.

Ontario Parks has put together guides for both Forks of the Credit and Mono Cliffs to help visitors make the most of their visit during this busy season.

To avoid the crowds try visiting one of the other beautiful fall colour destinations close to the GTA including Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Ferris Provincial Park, and Balsam Lake Provincial Park.

Fall Colour Report

The Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report is the source to track leaf colour change in Ontario.

Peak season has arrived in Central and Northwest Ontario as the colours make their way south. Keep up to date with the interactive map to find where the best colours of the season can be found.