Fall In Love with Northern Ontario
The Haliburton Highlands are located on the south end of Algonquin Park, a two-and-a-half hour drive northeast of Toronto. This area offers the best of fall road trips and all the nature you can handle, while also bringing out your creative side.
The 60,000-acre privately owned Haliburton Forest is set among lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The canopy tour takes you above the treeline, but the main draw is the Wolf Centre. Observe the wolf pack in their 15-acre enclosure, the largest of its kind in the world.
Highway 35, a popular corridor for those heading to and from Algonquin Park, leads you to Dorset. Keep an eye out for the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower. It stands 82 feet tall, and although the steep climb isn't for the faint of heart, a stunning 360-degree view awaits.
For a taste of local art, visit the Villages of Haliburton and Minden during the Haliburton County Studio Tour (www.haliburtonstudiotour.on.ca) that runs in the fall.
How to Get There:
From east Toronto take Highway 404 N to Davis Drive, then East to Highway 48. Take Highway 48 N to Highway 35, and then proceed north to Minden.
Where to Sleep:
Sir Sam's Inn (www.sirsamsinn.com) is located on Eagle Lake. A one-time estate of Sir Samuel Hughes, the inn is popular with couples, and the on-site Waterspa is a great way to rejuvenate. Fall packages begin at $195(Canadian) per couple.
Where to Eat:
Twin Fires at Sir Sam's Inn offers lakeside dining.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication