The season of autumn sightseeing is fast approaching and if you’re hoping to soak up the magical views, there are plenty of places you can check out without the crowds. According to Ontario Parks, these lesser-known destinations have some of the best fall views in Ontario and depending on when you visit, you could practically have it all to yourself.

Here are some of the best provincial parks for a quiet stroll with majestic autumn views in Ontario.

Restoule Provincial Park

 This park in Parry Sound is an absolute paradise for hikers and in the fall, the oak, maple, and birch forests light up in bright hues as the leaves change. This spot has plenty of mountain biking and hiking trails to explore, as well as a dog-friendly beach.

Where: 8818 ON-534, Restoule

Mikisew Provincial Park

 The deciduous forest at this park on Eagle Lake “turns electric in late September and early October,” says Ontario Parks. It’s also home to beaver wetland and Canadian Shield bedrock, as well as an 18-hole disc golf course.

Where: 301 Park Rd S, South River

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Charleston Lake Provincial Park


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 The highest point of land in all of eastern Ontario is located in this park, which means you’ll be spoiled with some of the best autumn views around.

There is 75 km of shoreline and numerous bays and coves at this park, and you can soak up the stunning fall leaves on a scenic paddle ride through the peaceful, motorboat-free waters. There are four yurts you can rent for an overnight stay, as well as kayaks and canoes.

Where: 148 Woodvale Road, Lansdowne

Ferris Provincial Park


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 Soak up the autumn vistas from the suspension bridge at this provincial park located two hours from Toronto. You can hike along the stunning Ranney Gorge and past an old quarry to a historic “sheep’s wash” turned picnic area, or explore the park by bike on the Trans Canada trail.

Where: 474 County Rd 8, Campbellford

Earl Rowe Provincial Park


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 Located less than 100 km from Toronto, this provincial park is filled with trails of all types, including a lookout trail that takes you to panoramic treetop views that are truly spectacular in the fall. Autumn is also the season of spawning salmon, and you can catch a glimpse of them at the fish ladder inside the park.

Where: 4998 Concession Road 7, Alliston