Autumn is one of the most spectacular seasons in Orillia & Lake Country, where you can experience the magnificent fall colours in ways limited only by your imagination.
Orillia & Lake Country has great self-guided scenic routes available to you on our Fall Tours site. Whether you opt for a captivating drive, an awe-inspiring hike, an eye-popping bike ride or opt to see fall’s beauty reflected in the region’s crystal-clear waters from a boat or kayak, the region is an ever-changing canvas with a palette of evolving hues and colours that are tracked and updated weekly.
DRIVING – To get a sense of the depth and breadth of the beauty of Orillia & Lake Country in autumn, a relaxing drive along the lakes and waterways that define the region will provide memorable moments and camera-worthy stops. Several driving routes have been developed that will afford you opportunities to dine, shop or play and be immersed in autumn postcard-like views that will leave you breathless.
BOATING – In Orillia & Lake Country, you can also revel in the kaleidoscope of fall colours while taking a scenic boat cruise or paddling on the region’s pristine lakes that provide breathtaking vistas of shorelines painted in vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. Bring your own canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard or rent a vessel from a local outfitter and try one of the many scenic routes that have been developed and range in length and degree of difficulty.
HIKING – For hikers, the region is a haven where trails of all shapes and sizes provide outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to experience quiet beauty and a varied landscape ablaze in colours that almost defy description. There are dozens of choices, including the Trans-Canada Trail connection, the picturesque Ganaraska Trail, the rugged Uhthoff Trail, the scenic Lightfoot Trail, the paved Millennium Trail or those found in local provincial parks, conservation areas or the Simcoe County Forest – the largest of its kind in the province.
CYCLING – If you prefer life in the saddle, there are numerous options for mountain biking and road cycling and a variety of routes that give cyclists a chance to traverse gorgeous trails along the water and through rolling country roads. Orillia & Lake Country is also home to Hardwood Ski & Bike, a world-class mountain-biking Mecca with more than 80 kilometres of challenging trails – most under a canopy of mature trees erupting in colour.
A perfect rest stop during cycling the region, Casino Rama Resort is an ideal headquarters for cyclists; its all-suite hotel offers complimentary valet parking that allows you to drop your bikes at the door and features spacious elevators that easily accommodate two bikes and allow riders to come and go.
Another way to enjoy autumn in Orillia & Lake Country is by playing a round of golf – or two – at one of the many spectacular courses in the region. Horseshoe Resort and Stone Gate Inn both offer golf packages that combine great hospitality with great golfing. It’s also a great way to see first-hand the exploding colours that annually transform the landscape.
Whether you live for adventure, pine for a romantic get-away, desire a retreat dominated by culinary excellence or want to experience live entertainment or music, Orillia & Lake Country is the place to be. Check out the variety of packages designed for you on our Packages page.
Whenever you’re visiting Orillia & Lake Country, there is always plenty to do. The fall season offers a full calendar of events with something for everyone from world-class acts on the Casino Rama Resort stage to the Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour.
Culture Days, which take centre stage in Orillia during the fall, offers a unique opportunity to experience arts and culture in the area. Conduct, sing, dance, explore, learn art and more during Culture Days where there will be entertainment galore.
Traditionally, fall is a time of harvest – and a perfect time to check out our popular farmers’ markets. It’s also a time when chefs are using their bounty to create unique seasonal dishes during the tasty Fall Flavours of Lake Country event. Participating restaurants each autumn present delicious and unique lunch and dinner fare for a great price…bon appetit!
Originally published in 2016, this article may contain information that is out of date.
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