Whether we like it or not, the leaves will soon be changing colours in Toronto.
And before we know it, there 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.
With the current pandemic, the City of Toronto requires all residents to wear a mask or face covering when inside indoor public spaces and in enclosed common areas, as well as physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares.
As cases continue to see an increase in the city, Toronto has had its gathering limits reduced to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.
As long as you’re following current guidelines, here are eight of the best spots to see the leaves change colour in Toronto.
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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.
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
There are many parks along the Humber River — from Steeles Avenue way north all the way down to Lake Ontario — each with its own appeal. Uniting them is one hell of a colourful canopy once late fall rolls around.
The Beaches Boardwalk
Sandy beaches on one side, bursting red, orange, and yellow leaves on the other. It doesn’t get more autumn than that.
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.
Rouge National Urban Park
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Covering 80 sq km 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. As of June 1, park trails and most parking lots at Rouge Park have opened throughout the national park for self-guided use with physical distancing.
With files from Lloyd Braun
Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, practice physical distancing between you and other visitors, stay on marked trails, and abide by trail closure signs. To avoid hazards, we recommend keeping a safe distance back from slopes, bluffs and river edges. More info on how to prepare for a visit to Parks Canada places during COVID-19: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info