Saturday, October 06, 2007
Ministry of Tourism is reporting the following leaf change percentages for a number of areas in the Province of Ontario for Thanksgiving Weekend. See suggested fall drives and details on possible fall colour road trips provided by www.400Eleven.com.
Visit a fall fair or a farmers' market for the fall harvest good
The Parry Sound and Muskoka regions are starting to see some good fall colour with a 65 to 80% change at this time with some beautiful areas of bright orange and red with 25-30% leafall.
Algonquin Provincial Park is an extremely popular fall colour destination. The colour has advanced quickly over the last week and is now at PEAK .
The North Bay area is now reporting PEAK colour along Highway 11 with deep reds and oranges spectacular at this time. Hwy 11, north of the city is very close to peak, colours are spectacular with bright reds and oranges. The drive from North Bay to Huntsville along Highway 11 is excellent for fall colour viewing.
The Haliburton area has advanced to an 80% change, with the drive along Highway 35 always incredible during the fall. Buttermilk Falls, along Highway 35, north of Minden is an excellent viewing location. Highway 118 in the Carnarvon area always offers some good fall colour as well.
The Kawartha Lakes region is reporting PEAK colour change. Highway 121 off Highway 35 is offering some beautiful colour at this time.
The Barrie, Orillia, Midland and across to Wasaga Beach area is showing a 50 - 60% colour change. The Horseshoe Valley region, north east of Barrie is offering some outstanding pockets of colour with bright reds, yellows and oranges. Colours expect to peak over the Thanksgiving weekend. The two hour South Simcoe Fall Colour Train Excursions out of the Tottenham area continue over the next couple of weekends with the final trip featured on October 14th.
The Collingwood area offers some ideal fall colour viewing locations especially around the Scenic Caves. The area is reporting a 70% change. The view from the suspension bridge at Scenic Caves, at the top of Blue Mountain, is always incredible but especially nice during the fall.
The colour is close to PEAK now in the Pembroke area across to Renfrew to Arnprior and into the Ottawa Valley region.
The Beaver Valley region south of Thornbury has about a 40% colour change with muted reds, oranges and yellows. Hockley Valley, east of Orangeville the colour has advanced to 75% with 15-20% leafall. Colours are most orange, red with a splash of gold. This weekend will be PEAK in the Hockley Valley Region.