Fall hikes are always beautiful in Ontario, but nothing beats the view from up top. These dramatic cliffs, canyons, towers, and observation decks are considered the best lookout points in Ontario for fall colours, according to Ontario Parks.

Whether you’d rather stay in the GTA or feel inspired to venture out and see something new, these incredible fall lookouts in Ontario are sure to inspire your next outdoor adventure.

Spy Rock Lookout


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Located at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area in the Rideau Valley, this show-stopping view is worth the trip during peak fall colours season.

It’s also within the Frontenac Arch, which is one of four UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve sites in the whole province.

Where: 105 Foley Mountain Lane, Westport

Skinners Bluff Scenic Lookout


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According to Ontario Parks, the massive rock jutting out of the landscape at this unique lookout point in Grey County resembles Pride Rock from The Lion King.

“The best views are from the east and north sides of the escarpment overlooking the forest below and the shining waters and islands dotting Colpoy’s Bay, a scenic inlet of Georgian Bay,” says Ontario Parks.

Where: 502729 Grey Road 1, east of Wiarton

Rattlesnake Point


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If you’re familiar with the best hiking trails in the GTA, you’ve likely been to or at least heard of Rattlesnake Point in Milton.

This trail offers panoramic views from the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment which are especially beautiful in the summertime. The conservation area is also full of stunning sheer cliffs, cave systems, and rock crevices.

Where: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton

Eagle’s Nest Lookout

There are so many gorgeous views to soak up at this destination. The trail network begins at Calabogie Peaks Resort, with a slow incline to cliff-top views of the treetops below.

You can also take the 9 km Manitou Mountain trail that hike passes three other mountain vistas before arriving at the majestic Eagle’s Nest Lookout.

Where: Calabogie Road (508), Calabogie

Dorset Scenic Tower


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This former forest fire lookout tower is now a tourist attraction that offers 360-degree views of the Haliburton Highlands and Lake of Bays from 465 feet high.

You’ll have to hike your way to the tower and climb your way up, but the views from the top are well worth it.

Where: 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Road

Parry Sound’s Tower Hill Lookout


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Also a former fire lookout tower, this destination offers some of the best views in the area.

Climb the 130 steps and soak up all the views, then head down to the historic garden and the museum for a gorgeous and educational stroll.

Where: 17 George Street, Parry Sound

Ouimet Canyon


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Described as “one of Ontario’s most dramatic vistas” by Ontario Parks, you will be in for some truly spectacular sights at Ouimet Canyon.

You can follow the trail and boardwalk connecting two observation platforms for the best views of the deep sheer cliff face that extends over 2,000 metres long.

Add some fall colours into the mix and you’re in for a seriously jaw-dropping experience.

Where: Greenwich Lake Road, Pass Lake