Fall is arguably one of Canada's most beautiful seasons. The changing colours in the leaves make for some stunning landscapes across Ontario, and people travel great distances to see them. What better time to take advantage of and appreciate our country's beauty than with your family over the Thanksgiving long weekend?
Here are 5 scenic drives in the GTA you need to take this weekend.
Hamilton, ON is known for its abundance of waterfalls and conservation areas, and while most people prefer to visit in the summer when the temperatures are a little higher, don't underestimate how beautiful it is in the fall. Dundas Peak is the perfect lookout point to see all the changing leaves, and if you're still feeling adventurous after the hike up, you have plenty of waterfalls to choose from--the most well-known being Webster and Tews Falls.
Forks of the Credit Road
If you're looking to a day-trip with multiple stops and a variety of scenery, take a trip up to the Niagara Escarpment. Along the way, you can first stop at the Baldands in Caledon--the closest to Mars you'll probably get in this life time. If you're in the mood for a hike (perhaps you ate too much turkey on Thanksgiving), you can either walk along the Bruce Trail while you're here (although you probably shouldn't attempt to do the full 890 km stretch after having eaten so much!), or hop back in the car and head up to Forks of the Credit Road, where you can follow the Tramble Trail.
Wherever your drive takes you, Forks of the Credit Road is just as picturesque as your destination(s) will be.
For the adventurous, Rattlesnake Point offers so much more than a good view (for the best one, head to Buffalo Crag lookout point). The conservation park hosts rock climbing events and yoga in the park, and camping is available year-round.
The $7 entry fee (adults; $5.25 for kids) will give you access to all Halton parks for the day.
Tall cliffs, rocky beaches, and plush, Whether you choose to hike or drive it, the Scarborough Bluffs are a Toronto point of pride. It's the closest thing to really being in nature for Torontonians, and it offers the best views of Lake Ontario.
If it's good enough for the tons of engagement shoots that are taken here, it's good enough for you and your family to spend a day admiring the fall colours.
Dorset Lookout Tower
Although it's a few hours from the city, Dorset lookout tower is truly worth a visit. At 465 feet tall, the top of the tower offers a 360-degree view of the Lake of Bays in Haliburton. The trail allows vehicles, so you can drive right up to the lookout point (until 5:30pm).
If you plan to spend the day, you can also check out Haliburton Highlands Brewery and Boshkung Brewery, or visit the Haliburton Forest for some more family-friendly wilderness activities.