If there’s one thing you must do every Fall in Ontario, it’s take a trip to see the changing Fall leaves. The beautiful vibrancy of red, orange, yellow and golden hues is truly a sight to be seen. To celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary and enjoy all that Autumn in Ontario has to offer, we decided to book a weekend getaway at the Trace at Oak Lake in Havelock, ON.
The Trace is a dog-friendly, private lakeside wellness and leisure resort, situated on the beautiful Oak Lake. There were a variety of chalets and cabins that you could rent, though to keep our budget in mind, we chose the Queen Studio for the weekend. In the summer months, something that size would have been perfect, since you’d hopefully spend most of your time outdoors anyway. But we ended up with a very chilly weekend (went down to -5 overnight!!), so we definitely wished we picked something with more of a lounge seating area to enjoy. While the property was stunning, our only feedback was the bathroom – it had seen better days, and definitely needed a facelift – at the very least a new tub/shower.
While we weren’t able to use all of the amenities like the boat rentals due to how cold it was, we were able to enjoy the outdoor firepit! The blue jays play-off game (the tragedy game…) was playing in the background while we had a fire and it was a really nice! We purchased a s’mores kit and enjoyed a sweet treat.
I found a local Provincial Park to explore that was about a 20 minute drive. We made our way to Petroglyphs Provincial Park, located in Woodview, ON and it ended up being the very last weekend that the trails were open! We hiked the Nanabush Trail, about a 5.5km loop, after visiting the Petroglyph site. It’s the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings in Canada, also known as “The Teaching Rocks”, that are protected in a building where you can view the drawings from a 360 viewing deck. Dogs are not allowed within 100m of the site, so we had to each go individually while the other waited with our dog, Koda. We love to add a little history to our trip, so it was great to learn more about the area and enjoy all of the sights.
Unfortunately, after the hike we found a tick on our dog, which we were able to brush off, but we did find another one on her about a week later that we had to remove. Just something to keep in mind while hiking in that area – always best to be tick-smart, ensure you’re wearing long clothing and tuck your pants into your socks and always check yourself and your dog after! We have a tick spray called Atlantick that we use, but should have packed it on our hike and reapplied. Next time!
There is so much more we could have explored in cottage country and since it holds a special place in my heart, we’ve decided that each fall we’ll make a weekend or day-trip out of it to take in the fall views!
Here are some of the best hikes to view the Fall colours in Ontario that I’ve done so far:
- Dorset Lookout Tower in Dwight, ON
- Scenic Caves Nature Adventure Trails in Blue Mountain, ON
- Eagles Nest Park Lookout in Bancroft, ON
- Fleetwood Creek Valley Trail in Pontypool (Kawarthas), ON
- Algonquin Provincial Park in Algonquin, ON
- Greenwood Conservation Area in Ajax, ON
- Sunnybrook Park in Toronto, ON
Can’t wait to add more to this list! What are some of your favourite activities to do in the Fall? Let me know below!