If you needed another reason to visit the Haliburton Highlands come visit during the fall season and enjoy the stunning colours.

There are so many ways to experience the majestic beauty of the Maple, Aspen & Tamarack as they transform the forest canopy into a blazing sea of red, orange and yellows.  Try our many hiking trails, lookouts, a walk in the Clouds or by water on our water trails.

Fall Colour Update


  • NOTICE: Algonquin Provincial Park has implemented measures to address overcrowding this fall. The park may be closed at any time of day if park capacity is reached.   For more information relating to capacity and park closures please follow us on Twitter @Algonquin_PP


  Colour Change Leaf Fall Date Reported Comments
Frost Centre  100%  50% October 7, 2020 The trails are a colorful carpet of fallen leaves while many trees have lost their leaves in the canopy.
Algonquin Park  100%  70%  October 9, 2020 With the recent wind and rain, the crowns of trees are showing bare branches in many areas, and a few trees have lost their leaves entirely. From a distance, bare trees will appear as gray/brown patches. The dominant colour of remaining leaves is yellow as the birch, aspen and tamarack trees are turning a rich yellow and really starting to shine. You can still find good pockets of colour in the understory of the trees, with a few patches of orange and reds remaining. There is now an impressive carpet of fallen leaves on the forest floor.
Oxtongue Lake  100%  50% October 7, 2020 Leaves are changing quickly and falling fast.
Eagle Lake  100%  65% October 14, 2020   check out Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike Live Cams – Time Tunnel Cam – or the – Kingston Road Cam
Haliburton Village  90%  50%  October 7, 2020 The super vibrant colours of the last couple of weeks have mellowed, but there are still lots of gorgeous yellow and gold hues to be seen. Recent breezy weather and rain showers have accelerated leaf fall, so get out there and enjoy those colours soon! Haliburton Museum
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve  85%  50% October 2, 2020 Haliburton Forest being 100,000 acres varies in colour depending on your location. . Great places to see colours right now are from the Lookout and Outlook Trails.  Check out our Video Report
Benoir Lake / Southern Algonquin Park  100%  70% October 14, 2020 Deep Roots Adventure
Silent Lake  80%  40% October 5, 2020   All trails offer good viewing of fall colours. The lookout on the Bonnie’s Pond trail is a favorite spot to view the lake from an elevated perspective.
Minden Village  100%  70%  October 14, 2020  there are still amazing pockets of gold to be seen and now the floor has been transformed into a mosaic of colour
Snowdon Park  100% 80% October 10, 2020   At Wintergreen ….the leaves are about 80% turned colour….the interior of the bush remains fairly green, the outskirts are full of colour…reds, and yellows predominate. The rain has taken a lot of the leaves down…probably 80% of leaves are colouring the bush floor in an amazing array of colours. Sugar production in the trees is complete, and now into dormancy until March…. . cheers, Diane


These dates are our best guess for when to see the fall colours this year. Please note, these are just educated guesses based on historical trends. There are many factors that affect when the fall colours will be best for viewing, and these conditions and dates may change slightly from year to year.


  • Early fall colour viewing opportunities: September 14 – September 30
  • Peak maple fall colour viewing opportunities: October 1 – October 12
  • Peak golden encore fall colour viewing opportunities: October 13 – 21

Nothing like a road trip and Feeling the Wind in your Hair

Weather by car or motorcycle, enjoy the majestic views from the side of the road.

We can fix your hunger while you are visiting

Many of our local restaurants and kitchens have delicious options for taking-out, dining-in and enjoying a patio. 

Also check out our 4 Feast ON certified restaurants, as well as our 2 local Breweries, you’re going to be amazed…


Why not stay overnight and be able to see more of the highlands

Create your own oasis away from the hustle-and-bustle and safely enjoy the space & freedom the Haliburton Highlands has to offer.  Enjoy a truly Canadian cottage experience throughout our vast region at one of our many places to stay.

Dorset, Halls Lake & Oxtongue Area

Buttermilk Falls

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Eagle Lake, West Guilford & Village of Haliburton Area

Haliburton Highlands Golf Course

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Gooderham, Harcourt & Village of Wilberforce area

Silent Lake Provincial Park

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Village of Minden & surrounding Area

Panorama Park – Lookout

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  • Unique to the world, visit the Minden Hills Cultural Centre and find the Art, History and Nature that tells a story and has a large Andre Lapine collection…
  • Minden Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday 10am to 2pm until Thanksgiving Weekend
  • Find a Walking trail around town and discover a boardwalk in the middle of the village that takes you through a beautiful wetland
  • Exceptional golf at Beaverbrook or Blairhampton, two of the area’s top courses
  • See the colours from the water. Kayak and SUP board rentals are available at Algonquin Outfitters & AO Boatwerks while you try for hand on the quiet Gull river through town or the adventure of the Minden Whitewater Preserve

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