The natural beauty of Mattawa, Ontario, is unparalleled all year round. When fall reds, yellows, and oranges take over the usual green leaves of the trees, it’s especially beautiful. Fall foliage surrounds our variety of 12 cottages. However, viewing the leaves firsthand is a great way to celebrate the start of fall season in Canada. When you’re not exploring our 148 acres of backcountry trails at Mattawa River Resort, take a day trip to experience our top picks on where to see fall colours in Ontario.
Keep in mind, viewing fall foliage maps helps pinpoint the best time to see fall colours in Ontario, showing when and where the changing leaves are at their peak.
A two-hour drive from our resort is Algonquin Provincial Park, the very first provincial park in Ontario. During your visit, hike to the challenging Booth’s Rock Trail, where highlights include a breathtaking lookout, two lakes, and an abandoned railway on the 5.1-kilometre loop. Although the trail is fairly difficult, the view from the lookout will be worth the effort. It’s definitely one of the most stunning options of where to see fall colours in Ontario.
Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
Only a few kilometres from the resort is Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, where an abundance of trails provide views of the Mattawa River and forests with vibrant red pine forests. The Etienne System and Kag Trails are the most challenging, with the steepest and longest climbs, but the Wabashkiki and Forestry Research Trails are much shorter and more manageable, with the longest being a two-kilometer loop. Depending on the level of difficulty, the park has plenty of choices for where to see fall colours in Ontario.
If you’re feeling adventurous, bring along your mountain bikes and dirt bikes to traverse the trails. The VMUTS trails are so extensive that it would take two weeks to traverse every inch. Spend the entirety of the best time for fall colours in Ontario soaking in the beauty if you please.
The Start of Fall Season in Canada
After a long day of hiking, retreat to one of our cottages at Mattawa River Resort to recharge and warm-up. Dine with us at Cardinal Lodge or the Birchview Room, which is also an option for where to see fall colours in Ontario while enjoying a more casual meal. To book your colourful fall getaway, call 705-744-5020 or visit us online.