Thu. May 19th, 2022

Autumn colors in and around Toronto are popping up everywhere, meaning viewpoints around Ontario will offer even more breathtaking views in the next few weeks. Fortunately, you do not even need a set of wheels to get to one of the many observation sites within an hour or so of the city.

Here you can see some fall colors near Toronto by public transportation.

Hendrie Valley

This 250-hectare nature reserve is located just behind RBG and has two beach promenades leading to numerous lookout points. These views make room for a colorful deciduous forest and marsh. Take the Lakeshore West GO train to Appleby and then the 1 bus to Plains at Botanical.

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Hendrie Valley is home to beach promenades leading to forest and swamp views. Photo by @mandigould.

Beamer Memorial

Getting to this conservation area is easy enough – take the Megabus on the way to Niagara Falls (there are three services each day) all the way to Grimsby and walk 20 minutes from there. Or book yourself on the VIA train. Once there, you can check out three different observation points.

Rouge National Urban Park

It does not take much more than an hour (and a bus transfer) to get to this natural oasis on the outskirts of the city. There are about eight hiking trails in the park, but the Vista Trail is a place where one finds an observation deck on two levels.

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Boyne Valley has a highlight where you can see the views of the countryside. Photo by @ traildad87.

Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Murphy’s Pinnacle Lookout in this park has a great view of the countryside. And it only gets better when the leaves start to change. Bus buses run to Orangeville (take an Uber, taxi or bus from there) only about four times a week, so be sure to plan ahead.

Albion Falls

This waterfall is one of the most picturesque cascades Hamilton has to offer. The paths through the area offer a few vantage points from which you can see the fall surrounded by autumn leaves. Save two hours to catch the GO train to Hamilton and another city bus after that.

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Cheltenham Badlands is the place to find Mars-like terrain not far from the city. Photo by Blue Palette.

Cheltenham Badlands

The red dunes at this natural attraction in Caledon look best next to the colors of autumn. Take the GO train toward Kitchener to Mount Pleasant. From there, just book a 20-minute Uber or taxi. Not bad for a visit to a place reminiscent of another planet.

The Nemo mountain

The Lakeshore West GO train takes you as far as Appleby Station, and a 15-minute Uber or taxi will take you the rest of the way. Admire the views of the Niagara Escarpment and even the Toronto skyline on a clear day from the Brock Harris Lookout at the Mount Nemo Conservation Area.

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Elora Gorge is home to vantage points for a gorge surrounded by towering cliffs. Photo by Artur Staszewski.

Elora Gorge

Parkbus makes it really easy to get to this conservation area known for its rushing gorge and high cliffs. Add some yellow and red and you have one of the best views around. An hour and a half bus leaves you at 10 in the morning and leaves around 3 the same day.

Ball’s Falls

This Niagara Escarpment location has viewing platforms for two different waterfalls. The area is also known for bursting with every color that is known to fall thanks to the lush green. Just take a Megabus to St. Catharines – there are three a day.

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Dundas Peak is one of the most picturesque views near Toronto. Photo by Paul.

Dundas Peak

No lookout points can really be compared to this place that provides a perfect perch over the colors just an hour from the big city. Although the Parkbus route is not currently running, you can still get on the 16 GO bus, a Hamilton bus, and you are there in less than two hours.


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