With summer officially in the rearview mirror, we’ve eagerly turned our attention to autumn’s peak here in the lush Haliburton Highlands. Sandy Lane Resort is one of the only year-round Haliburton resorts on Halls Lake, and autumn is among our most popular seasons, thanks to the surrounding forestry’s transformation from hunter green to crimson, amber, marigold, and emerald. A visit to Central Ontario in the fall is a wise choice, especially for couples, “leaf-peepers,” and nature enthusiasts. We’ve rapidly evolved into one of the top-rated fall weekend getaways in the province thanks to our rustic cottages, spectacular fishing, and seemingly endless outdoor activity possibilities. Keep reading to learn what to expect during a journey to Central Ontario in the fall.

The Best Time for Fall Colours in Ontario

Thousands of autumn addicts search for “Ontario in fall” to get a glimpse of our province’s breathtaking beauty, particularly the colourful falling leaves. So, what are the best dates for fall colours in Ontario? Well, that depends on the year. Most years, travellers can expect to witness vibrant colours from mid-September through late October. Make sure to consult Ontario Parks’ fall colour map before your departure as that will give you an in-depth look at which districts are peaking.

Where to Find the Most Vibrant Fall Colours

Ontario in the FallThe Haliburton Highlands, Algonquin Park, and The District Municipality of Muskoka all provide spectacular fall foliage. And luckily for you, Sandy Lane Resort is just a short drive from each area’s top attractions. After all, the car (or bike) ride is the best part of an autumn day-trip. There are several lake roads near our rustic Haliburton accommodations. You can cruise or cycle past Halls Lake, Boshkung Lake, Beech Lake, and countless other hidden gems—all of these backcountry roads feature jaw-dropping fall foliage and practically no traffic this time of the year. Three of our favourite nearby attractions (especially during autumn’s peak) are the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, Dorset Lookout Tower, and Yours Outdoors.

6 Ways to Explore Central Ontario in the Fall

For those who plan to visit Central Ontario in the fall, we’ve compiled six of our favourite on and off-site activities. There’s no right or wrong way to explore the Haliburton Highlands during autumn’s peak—simply click on the links below to learn more about a potential adventure.

Best Fall Getaways in Ontario: Sandy Lane Resort

Yes, Sandy Lane Resort is a short jaunt from the area’s top attractions, parks, and restaurants, but don’t forget that our comfortable Haliburton cottage rentals are just steps from Halls Lake. There are many perks here at our deluxe cabin-style resort, including wood-burning fireplaces, private hot tubs, and unlimited access to kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. Each of our cottages includes a full kitchen, satellite television, a sundeck, and ultra-comfy Simmons bedding. To book a well-deserved visit to Central Ontario in the fall, please give us a call today at 705-489-2020.