As fall approaches, we continue to seek thrilling and eventful things to do during the season. And luckily for outdoor enthusiasts, a handful of Ontario Parks remain open and offer some of the best views of fall foliage. If you’re looking for an experience like no other, head to Silent Lake Provincial Park. You’ll discover a world of tranquility whether you’re there for the day or for a fall weekend getaway. Here’s what to know.

Located about two and a half hours east of Toronto and almost three hours west of Ottawa is Silent Lake Provincial Park. This Ontario gem is home to over 19 km of hiking trails with scenic lookout points and 17 km of mountain biking trails.

You can enjoy a canoe adventure within the 2.5 km long lake and feast your eyes on the stunning scenery the area offers. It’s important to note that Silent Lake is truly silent as no motorboats or electric motors are permitted.


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If you’re more of a land explorer, there are three trails to enjoy; Lakehead Loop Trail which is the shortest at 1.5 km; Bonnie’s Pond Trail at 3 km and Lakeshore Hiking Trail at 15 km which is designed for a more experienced hiker as it’ll take you six hours roundtrip to complete.

Though the majority of the lookout spots are located along Lakeshore Hiking Trail, walk along Bonnie’s Pond trail as it meets with the longer trail’s lookout point.

As for biking, the trail offers two loops; 11 km and 17 km in length. “Caution should be taken as the trail crosses the park road and is shared track in some portions. The trails are subject to closure during spring/wet conditions,” shared Ontario Parks.

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Interested in camping? This fall season, you can enjoy a camping experience in one of the many rustic cabins available at the park. According to Ontario Parks, “the camp cabin is a rustic one-room cabin with wood interior and a screened-in front porch.” A cabin can sleep five on a queen bed and double/single bed.

These are heated cabins with an electric baseboard and propane fireplace. It’s fully equipped with a microwave, mini fridge, kettle, and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs inside and a gas BBQ and picnic table.

All you have to bring is your own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, and other personal items.

It’s important to note that there is a minimum two-night stay and three nights on long weekends.


According to Ontario Parks, the cost of a Day Use permit depends on the time of the year whether it be on or off-season, and by park. Entry fees for vehicles start at $12.25, but for park-specific fees, contact the park directly.

Silent Lake Provincial Park is open all of fall and into the winter season so whenever you decide to visit, it is definitely worth the experience.

Silent Lake Provincial Park

Where: 1589 Silent Lake Park Road – Bancroft, ON