The Best Fall Spots in Muskoka
Our favourite places to visit in Muskoka in the fall.
There’s just something about Muskoka in the fall, from the burnt orange and red colours of the leaves to the growing crispness in the air. As the seasons begin to change and the air grows colder, Muskoka explodes in colourful bursts of beauty. In Muskoka, you can hardly go anywhere come fall without being surrounded by rich hues, Muskoka fall colours, amber sunsets and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air.
At Gilbert + Burke, we’re particularly partial to a fall day spent among the leaves of Muskoka, and we’ve rounded up our favourite places to visit in Muskoka come October. Whether you head out for a stunning scenic drive or decide on a long hike, you simply can’t go wrong when it comes to exploring Muskoka in the fall.
Grab your car keys!
Scenic drives are always a fun thing to do in Muskoka, and we think that Muskoka beauty reigns supreme no matter the season. However, a fall drive winding throughout Muskoka is one that will quite simply take your breath away. These are some of our favourite scenic drives in Muskoka in the fall:
The Muskoka’s Playground Driving Tour: Starting and ending at Port Carling, this driving route will wind you through some of Muskoka’s most beautiful fall spots. On your drive—which will take around two hours, depending on spots—you’ll see the whispers of fall from Port Carling, Windermere and Port Sandfield as you drive around Lake Rousseau.
The Chain of Lakes Driving Tour: Starting and ending in Huntsville, this driving route will show you the beauty of Muskoka in the fall as you drive around some of the most stunning lakes in the area. On your drive —which will take you anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on how often you stop—you’ll see the leaves change and Muskoka brag for you as you circle through Vernon, Mary, Fairy and Peninsula lakes.
The Grand Driving Tour: Starting and ending in Bracebridge, this driving tour of Muskoka is the perfect way to spend a fall weekend. On your long drive—which could take you anywhere from 4-6 hours, depending on stops—you’ll see some of Muskoka’s top highlights, from the Bala cranberry marsh and the Dark Sky Reserve to the waterfalls of Bracebridge and the spot that Santa Claus calls his summer home.
Lace up your hiking boots!
One of the absolute best ways to see the fall wonders of Muskoka is on foot, which is why we always recommend setting out on a stunning hike to enjoy the crisp fall air and colourful views. These are some of our favourite hikes to take in Muskoka during the fall:
Huckleberry Rock Lookout Trail (Muskoka Lakes): This 2.5km hike in the Muskoka Lakes is one of our favourites for seeing the fall beauty around the lakes, and the moderate hike will give you absolutely stunning views from the top of Huckleberry Rock. On your hike, don’t forget to also look around past the leaves: some of the rocks on this hike are over a billion years old.
Strawberry Point Trail (Bracebridge): This 5km loop in James W. Kerr Park is a truly beautiful mix of views, from quiet country roads to forested spots all the way to a panoramic view of the sparkling Lake Muskoka. On the Strawberry Point Trail, you’ll watch as Muskoka’s fall landscapes come to life around you on your hike.
Circuit of 5 Viewpoints (Algonquin Highlands): If you’re in the mood for a nice challenge, the Circuit of 5 Viewpoints is a 5km loop that shows you fall unfold from five truly spectacular Muskoka views. As you traverse across valleys and rivers, the colours of fall will surround you on each side.
Muskoka is truly a colourful wonderland during the fall season, and whether you explore on foot or from the steering wheel of your car, it’s one of the most stunning places outside the Greater Toronto Area. As luxury home builders with tons of experience building homes in the Muskokas and the surrounding areas, we’re experts on everything from fall hikes to home design. If you’re looking to add some extra (non-pumpkin) spice to your home this season, download our Ultimate Home Renovation Guide for all of our best tips.