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With all the amazing colours and weather that is just the right temperature, Fall is the perfect time to explore some of the most beautiful places in Simcoe County and beyond. Here are a few of the most Mind-blowing scenic places you have to visit this fall (seriously, do it).
While a winter snowshoe through Nottawasaga Bluff’s many trails is always amazing, the views you’ll catch during the fall are just hard to beat. Filled with tons of caves and canyons too, bringing along a more experienced hiker is always a good idea, but if you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, the beautiful cliffside vistas will be your reward.
Oro-Medonte Rail Trail
Clocking in at 28km (one way), the Oro-Medonte Rail Trail is certainly a bit of a doozy. However, if you’re up for it, you’ll be in for a treat as you explore an abandoned CN railway dotted with bridges, rivers, shorelines, and other points of interest. Tackle it in one big adventure or over a few trips. A longer trail just means there’s more to see!
The Blue Mountains
If you’re from Simcoe County, chances are you’ve hit the slopes of Blue Mountain but we’re here to tell you to slow things down and instead of flying across the powder at Mach speed, go for a fall walk and take it the sights. There are quite a few trails but we highly recommend the Bruce Trail which gives you an amazing view across Beaver Valley.
Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area
One walk through the Tiny Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area and you’ll quickly see pictures of it taking over your camera gallery. Along with the views, you’ll most likely catch a glimpse at some of the local animals too! Being a marsh, it can get a little muddy so be sure to bring proper footwear (and some bug spray couldn’t hurt)!
Bruce Penninsula Provincial Park
If you’re coming from central Simcoe County, the drive to Bruce Penninsula can take you just under 3 hours, however, when you’re sitting on the cliffs overlooking the sublime sapphire waters, you won’t really care how long it took to get there. There’s nowhere quite like this place elsewhere in Ontario and it should be high on your places to go this fall.
Algonquin Provincial Park
If you wanted to drive in the other direction though, Algonquin Provincial Park is the place to go. It’s a tough choice when it comes to which place has the absolute best views in Ontario but we think if the fall colours are starting to come in, this place takes the cake.
While the falls themselves (which are really a dam) are a nice site and there are plenty of spots around it for a nice picnic day, the real reason this one cracks the list is that Bala itself is just so darn beautiful. It’s really easy to lose a whole day checking out the amazing restaurants, local shops, and of course, the Bala Falls themselves.
Another fantastic place to spend a whole day, Bracebridge has three picturesque waterfalls just minutes from downtown. Take a tour of all three by checking out High Falls, hiking to Wilson’s Falls, and capping the day off with the town’s trademark sight, Bracebridge Falls.
We’re going to throw one more waterfall into the mix because frankly, they’re awesome. Hogg Falls has gotten quite a bit more popular over the past little while (Probably because it’s drop-dead gorgeous) but if you pick the right time, you’ll still be able to check it out in relative peace.
Not only is this place an amazing place to swim, sunbathe, or have a picnic, but you can also take a few dives on the nearby cliffs if you’ve got the stones for it. For the movie fans out, this is also where many scenes are filmed, including the cliff diving scene from IT! We can’t promise Pennywise won’t make an appearance though.
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