Autumn is a busy time of year for sightseers who want to enjoy the changing colours of the season. Some of the best places to admire fall colours are just a short drive from the city. We have a number of parks that offer an ideal backdrop to explore together with the family. The question is which park will you fall in love with this autumn?
Terra Cotta Conservation Area is located in the heart of the Niagara Escarpment and features 485 acres of unique natural space. A variety of trails meander past forests, fields, lakes and ponds. Don’t be surprised if you see white-tailed deer bounding in the woods or the sounds of a pileated woodpecker in the trees.
New this year, we are hosting our first Fall Festival at the park. For an enhanced park experience, join us every Saturday in October (8, 15 and 22) to enjoy music, entertainment, food, wagon rides and family activities. There’s something fun for everyone!
Island Lake Conservation Area is a picturesque park located in the headwaters region. It offers 820 acres of lake, wetland, forest and meadow. While in the park you may see a variety of birds, deer or even a red fox. Enjoy the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail, which is the park’s signature trail that allows visitors to walk the perimeter of the lake. The red, orange and yellow hues of the turning leaves reflect beautifully off the lake and enhance the overall experience.
Rattray Marsh Conservation Area is located at the southernmost point of the watershed. This environmental gem is the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington, and is home to a variety of wildlife. This park is a definite ‘must see’ for avid birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers, especially during autumn. The colours are abundant and the lakefront atmosphere offers a relaxing backdrop in the heart of the city.
Belfountain Conservation Area is our most popular park for its proximity to the scenic “Forks of the Credit” area and the West Credit River. A nature trail spans the river gorge by way of a suspension bridge and continues along the steeps side of the Escarpment. Walk along the cliffs and watch freshwater springs flow down the limestone rock face. This park features the waterfall, ‘belle’ fountain, suspension bridge and Yellowstone Cave with cement stalactites.
Many park-goers have Belfountain Conservation Area at the top of their fall ‘must see’ list. The park is always very busy on weekends and holidays. Heavy traffic can be expected during this hectic time of year. For the best experience at this park, we recommend planning a trip during the week to take advantage of the lower traffic flow.
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