The end of summer can be a melancholy period for many of us as we close our pools, think fondly of our summer vacation and get into the regular routine of school, work and extracurricular activities. And while fall may mean for some that winter is near, for others it’s the ushering in of arguably the most colourful season of the year! With that in mind, we thought we would help you uncover some of the great places in Burlington, Halton and the vicinity that can provide a glimpse into this bonanza of colour.
1) Bronte Creek Provincial Park (and Bronte Creek Trail)
One of the big bonuses for living where we do in The Orchard and Bronte Woods is the fact we have a huge provincial park that borders onto our neighbourhood. Indeed Bronte Creek Provincial Creek offers incredible views of the fall foliage, especially in the valley area surround Bronte Creek.
Bronte Creek Trail (a.k.a. Old Burloak Road) offers us much of this same view complete with a beautiful and fully paved walking and bike path that stretches all the way from Upper Middle Road to the south to almost Dundas Street in the north. Best of all, you can access and use this pathway for free!
2) Lions Valley Park
Located in north central Oakville, Lions Valley Park is often a forgotten entity. It encompasses the gorgeous 16 Mile Creek valley area and is located just north of the famous Glen Abbey Golf Club. You can access this recently renovated park from Dundas Street just east of Fourth Line.
There you will find a large, fully paved parking lot and a path system that has been rebuilt as part of their extensive renovations. This park offers beautiful views of the creek, complete with elevation changes up the valley bank along with a wide variety of trees and other plant life.
3) Spencer Gorge/Webster and Tew Falls
Located down the QEW in Hamilton, this scenic location is built right into the Niagara Escarpment, making for a gorgeous backdrop from which to take in the changing colours of the fall season. Throw in a couple of waterfalls and you may have the perfect place to snap a few photos of the fall colours.
Note that there is no parking on weekends and holidays at Spencer Gorge, Webster or Tew Falls. Instead you must park nearby and board a shuttle bus to the park. Click here for more information.
4) Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Another conservation area that’s part of the Niagara Escarpment is Rattlesnake Point in Milton. It offers visitors a panoramic view of the escarpment and surrounding countryside and is the perfect place to take a long hike, bike ride or a short walk to take in the fall colours. Buffalo Crag Lookout has arguably the best views on the escarpment so make a point of including this stop on your trip to this park.
5) Forks of the Credit Provincial Park
For those looking for a destination that’s a little more off the beaten path, a trip to Caledon and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park would be a great choice. Encompassing the beautiful Credit River, the famous Bruce Trail and untold hectares of unspoiled natural land, the Forks of the Credit is a nice break from suburbia and the hustle and bustle of Burlington.
If you have the time, be sure to make a side-trip to the quaint Town of Erin, which is located only minutes from the park. It will be the perfect cap to a beautiful day!
There are many options available to you when it comes to checking out the fall colours in and around Burlington. If you decide to make the trek to explore these sights, be sure to bring your camera along to capture these incredible images we too often take for granted.