Image – Bear Lake Area

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


  Colour Change Leaf Fall Date Reported Comments
Dorset Lookout Tower  15%  2% Sept 15, 2023 Advanced Tickets for Fall Colours
Algonquin Park  20%  0% Sept 14, 2023 There are spectacular viewing opportunities along the Highway 60 Corridor and the Park’s trails and day use areas. Obtain your daily vehicle permit up to five days in advance to guarantee your access to the park. Please use designated parking areas. Do not park on the side of the road, which is dangerous and illegal. To learn more, visit our blog: Fall Colours at Algonquin
Oxtongue Lake  10%  0% Sept 11, 2023 The entire length of the short trail leading to the top of the falls shows spectacular colours. The view from the top of the waterfalls is the best view.
Minden Village 15% 5% Sept 14, 2023 …splashes of Red… I have started to notice a trees here and there starting to turn…
Haliburton Village 5% 5% Sept 14, 2023 The first splashes of yellow and orange are just starting to appear around Glebe Park and Haliburton Village…. Haliburton Museum
Silent Lake  10%  0% Sept 9, 2023 Silent Lake has many beautiful scenic locations and hiking trails to view fall colours: Lakehead Loop (1.5 km), Bonnies Pond (3 km), and the Lakeshore Hiking Trail (15 km). These trails offer a variety of viewpoints such as a lookout, beaches, heavily forested areas, and many lakeside viewing areas.
South Gate Algonquin Park 0% 0%    
Moore Falls 0% 0%   at The Rockcliffe
Wilberforce Village 1% 0% Sept 14, 2023 It is just starting  …


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

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

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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Best ways to experience the fall colours:

  • With over 70 lake & over 30 public water access points you can find someway to go every day during this fall season, just ask Deep Roots Adventure
  • Still time to create family memories while searching for treasure, learn more about Geocaching Capital of Canada
  • Two of the best spots for satisfying your hunger are South Algonquin Dinner in Wilberforce and Algonquin Cookhouse in Harcourt
  • Experience a guided shamanic journey which combines the outer natural landscape of lush forests & waterfalls with our inner landscaper at Spirit of the Waterfall
  • Explore the rich minerals deposits, unique geological features, and rugged autumn landscapes of the area while enjoying the great hospitality and fine folk of the Highlands
  • If you are driving around looking at the colours why not see if you can find these four ghost towns

Village of Minden & surrounding Area

Panorama Park – Lookout

Best places to view the fall colours:

Best ways to experience the fall colours:

  • 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 Gull River Golf Club 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

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.

With the fall season also here that means it is harvest season… be sure to visit one of our local marketsplaces.

Also check out our Feast ON certified restaurant, 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.

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