Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. It’s time for cozy sweaters, all things pumpkin, and the magical leaves of autumn. Fall foliage in Toronto is the perfect excuse to check out the many flourishing parks scattered around town. This ethnically diverse capital city of Ontario has something for everyone and each park below has a unique set of activities that is sure to spark a love of the season for both visitors and locals. So get ready to jump into a pile of fresh yellow, orange and red leaves to celebrate the season. Let the leaf peeping begin!
Evergreen Brick Works
One of my all time favorite places in Toronto to see the changing leaves is Evergreen Brick Works. Located in Toronto’s ravine system, this community environmental center is perfect for bike riders and hikers as there are multiple tree lined trails. A pretty stream runs through the nearby forest and the photo opps are plentiful including a distant view of the CN Tower. They often have events on weekends including a Farmer’s Market, Garden Market, café and a special children’s garden in chimney court where fresh herbs grow. Once an industrial brick factory, it’s now become one of Toronto’s most beautiful nature spots and the perfect location to see the changing leaves.
High Park is known for their famous Cherry Blossoms, but it’s also a stunning place for fall foliage. It’s one of Toronto’s biggest public parks and home to playgrounds for kids, picnic areas, diverse vegetation, an off leash dog area, hiking trails, scenic gardens, and forests with resident squirrels. Save time to check out the waterfront and walk along Grenadier Pond on the west side and look for ducks and geese. The trees reflecting in the water are magical.
Toronto Island Park
This city gem just a short ferry ride away from downtown is a popular summer destination for visitors and locals. Families bring over picnics, rent bikes, walk along the boardwalk and sit by the beach at Toronto Island Park. Franklin Children’s Garden is a fun interactive place for families and friendly Canada geese waddle by and check out visitors. There are plenty of trees to admire the fall colors and perhaps the best skyline of Toronto is visible from the island. You can book tickets in advance online for the wheelchair accessible ferry.
This busy park on Queen Street West is a favorite for locals but it’s big enough that you will find your own area to chill. Trinity Bellwoods has plenty of benches where you can admire the rows of trees (over 400 to be exact) and city views. Or bring a blanket and sit under a large tree. Sports lovers come for the baseball diamonds, tennis courts and volleyball courts. There are often live performances and local dogs love to visit the park too.
Rouge National Urban Park
Known around town as a natural oasis, Rouge National Urban Park has amazing biodiversity, ecosystems, huge marshes, valleys, trails to walk and hike, a beach at Lake Ontario, and Toronto’s only campground is located here. The human history of the park dates back over 10,000 years and is home to some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites. The fall colors are magical and you can hike towards a lookout platform with views of the entire valley down below.