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(photo courtesy of Ontario Parks)
(photo courtesy of Ontario Parks)

10 ways to ‘fall’ for Ontario parks

Spectacular fall colors are just around the corner, and here are 10 ways to enjoy them at Ontario parks:

1. Head for Ontario’s hidden fall color parks — These six provincial parks may not be as well known as some, but they pack a punch when it comes to fall colors. Click here for more information.

2. Pack a picnic — Fall family picnics are a tradition at many Ontario Parks. Here’s a list of favorite family picnic parks close to urban areas:. www.parkreports.com/parksblog/fall-family-picnic

3. Hang out on a beach and listen to LIVE music — Sandbanks New Waves takes place Sept. 19 at Sandbanks Provincial Park, two hours east of Toronto. Singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer headlines the live music, arts and harvest fest along with six other performing artists. County food and beverages will be available for purchase and there will be an art walk. Tickets are $30 each. For details, visit www.sandbanksnewwaves.com/all-you-need-to-know-2

4. Spot the asters — Thirty-three different types of native asters bloom every fall in Ontario. One of the rarest is the Willowleaf. This parks blog post takes a look at these native fall beauties and where to enjoy them at Ontario parks. www.parkreports.com/parksblog/its-aster-season

5. Book an Ontario Parks fall getaway — Looking for an affordable fall getaway? Ontario Parks has you covered. Choose an easy backcountry camping trip that you can paddle or walk to in minutes. www.parkreports.com/parksblog/5-quick-backcountry-getaways.  If creature comfort is more your style, rent an Ontario Parks cabin, cottage or yurt. www.ontarioparks.com/roofedaccommodation

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(photo courtesy of Ontario Parks)

6. Fish for fall salmon on Lake Superior — Park staff highly recommend the fall salmon fishing at Pancake Bay and Lake Superior Provincial Parks. Find out why in this parks blog post. www.parkreports.com/parksblog/fall-salmon-fishing-lake-superior

7. Join the Pinery Fall Classic — Get the whole family out for this October 18th running classic. Hosted by the Friends of the PInery, the Pinery Provincial Park event includes 2-, 5- and 10-kilometer road races, a 5-kilometer wheelchair event, a 4.8-kilometer trail run and a 200-meter race for younger family members. For information on similar events are taking place at other Ontario Parks this fall, visit www.parkreports.com/parksblog/race-into-fall

8. Learn wilderness gourmet cooking — Impress your family and friends on your next camping trip. Frontenac Provincial Park, north of Kingston, is hosting a 3-hour wilderness gourmet cooking class using Dutch ovens and small twig stoves on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $25 (including food) with a valid park permit. To register, call the park office at 613-376-3489.

9. Take a fall photography workshop — Sleeping Giant Provincial Park’s fall color workshop weekend is back Sept. 25 to 27. Thunder Bay pro photographer Barry Wojciechowski will lead the photography session which includes scenic shoot locations and trails in the park. For more information, click here.

10. Witness fall migration — Fall migration is a natural phenomenon worth seeing. This parks blog post reveals the best parks for fall bird watching and gives helpful birding tips. www.parkreports.com/parksblog/birding-for-beginners-5-tips-for-new-birders

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