The 8 best places to see the leaves change in Toronto (PHOTOS)

Sep 21 2018, 11:59 pm

Whether we like it or not, the leaves will soon be changing colours in Toronto.

And before we know it, it will be snow covering the crunchy fall leaves, even though it’s been hot to the very last day of summer.

But before winter comes, the leaves will turn all hues of auburn as part of the breathtaking changing of the seasons.

And the best part is you can stay right here in our own backyard to take in the transformation. Here are eight of the best spots to see the leaves change colour in Toronto:

High Park

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Spring in High Park gets all the glory, but you’d be making a big mistake to sleep on paying a visit in autumn. A true escape from the city within the city, High Park is kind of like an Algonquin Park Lite – without the road trip.

Toronto Islands

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Get ready to update your Insta with some serious fall views. With the Toronto skyline as a backdrop, you won’t find a more beautiful dichotomy for a fall canvas. And it’s just a ferry ride away.

All along the Humber River

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There are many parks along the Humber River – from Steeles Avenue way north all the way down to Lake Ontario – each with their own appeal. Uniting them is one hell of a colourful canopy once late fall rolls around.

The Beaches Boardwalk


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Sandy beaches on one side, bursting red, orange, and yellow leaves on the other. It doesn’t get more autumn than that.

Trinity Bellwoods

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Keep it urban and check out the colours of Toronto’s most beloved downtown park. Take a stroll with a PBR in hand for the most authentic experience.

Evergreen Brick Works


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While the Don Valley technically gets credit here, you should make it a point to stop by the Evergreen Brick Works for some extracurricular fall foliage fun. Venture in any direction from there and soak in the scene. Or the beers.

Rouge National Urban Park


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Covering 80 km² just north of what most of us would consider the city of Toronto, Rouge is probably the closest you’ll get to sprawling yellow and orange vistas that stretch to the horizon in the GTA.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery


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Without getting too morbid, there’s something fitting about basking during the end of summer among the tombstones and ageing foliage of Toronto’s most renowned resting place.

With files from Lloyd Braun

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