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Fall Getaways

Take the Scenic Route

Discover one of the best places in Ontario to see fall foliage. Enjoy cycling, paddling, and driving routes, as well as some of Ontario’s biggest & longest-running studio tours.

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Best Fall Drives
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Just east of Toronto, this scenic part of the province offers beautiful backroads and endless arts and heritage, roadside attractions and gastronomic delights. Plus, Kawarthas Northumberland is one of the best places to see fall foliage in Ontario.

If you’re a leaf lover, this is the place to be. Driving along the highways and backroads, you’ll be treated to brilliant orange, yellow and red colours rippling across farmlands, hilltops and the iconic Canadian Shield.

With a dazzling array of on-road cycling routes that can take cyclists from vibrant waterfront communities to more rural and natural settings, lakes and cottage country, there is a cycling route for whatever you’re looking for. Stop to explore small towns and villages on your route and enjoy a full range of services catering to visitors all year-round. Take a look at the links here to learn more about the stunning routes local cycling groups have developed.

Fall Fishing

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Kawarthas Northumberland offers some of the best multi-species fishing in the province. Cast your line and enjoy the fall colours as you wait for a bite. With the comfortable weather, calm waters and little-to-no traffic, fall may just be the most perfect time of year for fishing. You can also find additional fishing inspiration (and pro tips & hot spots from a local expert) by taking a read through our fishing blog.

Links of Interest

While Kawarthas Northumberland has an abundance of scenic road cycling routes to cruise, there are also some of Ontario’s best rail trails in the area. Grab your helmet and head out on the Victoria Rail Trail, an 85-kilometer rail trail that ranges from Kinmount to Bethany to Lindsay. This public trail is open all year round and has options along the way to stop for lunch, take in the sights, and a good chance of seeing some wildlife too!

Another excellent option is to cycle your way along the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, a hard-packed limestone trail that is relatively flat and level and passes by scenic rivers, wetlands and rolling landscapes, connecting with routes that can lead you through Lindsay, Peterborough, and Lakefield. The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is consistently one of the most popular options for cycling tours with Ontario By Bike. Two of their legacy cycling route guides include this beautiful stretch of The Great Trail – get the details (including Ride with GPS routes) here:

The Ganaraska Forest, which is the largest forested area in Southern Ontario, has hundreds of kilometers of cycling trails for riders to test out. Hop on your bike with your family, friends, or by yourself, and soar down the trail systems as you weave your way through the trees.

There are a number of other areas in the beautiful Kawarthas with good options for mountain bikers such as Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, which has 375 square kilometres of preserved wilderness and recreational areas, Harold Town Conservation area, and Jackson Park in Peterborough, which has a mix of family-friendly trails including the rail trail which was converted from an old railway bed.

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