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  70%  40% October 14, 2021 Colours are at their peak and beginning to dull with bare branches showing
Algonquin Park  100%  80% October 17, 2021 Following high winds and rain, the majority of leaves have fallen off, and you will see mostly bare branches. The forest floor is still a beautiful carpet of red, orange and yellow leaves.
Oxtongue Lake  100%  40% October 12, 2021 .Enjoy fall colours on the short hiking trail to the falls from the parking lot.  Lots of bare branches and colours are past peak, but some colour remains in the understory. Expect some muddy sections after recent rainfalls in the region.
Eagle Lake  100%  80% October 24, 2021   check out Sir Sam’s Ski & Bike Live Cams – Time Tunnel Cam – or the – Kingston Road Cam
Haliburton Village  100%  65% October 14, 2021 The leaves are falling quickly, but there are still some pretty golden hues out there to be enjoyed.  Haliburton Museum
Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve  80-90%  5% October 6, 2021 At our peak!!!  Hooray!  Beautiful mix of yellows, reds and oranges.  Perfect fall colours for the Thanksgiving Weekend.
Benoir Lake / Southern Algonquin Park  90%  65-75% October 14, 2021 Mostly yellows left Deep Roots Adventure and Gaia’s Den
Silent Lake  100%  90% October 20, 2021  The fall colours are nearly gone at Silent Lake! The trees still offer bright orange and yellow patterns but are falling quickly.
Minden Village  100%  90% October 24, 2021 Lots of bare branches and colours are past peak, but some colour remains in the understory.
Snowdon Park 100% 50% October 14, 2021 ….the sugar made in the leaves this summer is heading to the roots to be stored for the winter and awakened in the spring as sap for the new leaves…round and round we go…… at Wintergreen


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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Best ways to experience the fall colours:

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

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