There’s no doubt Ontario has some epic autumns, with stunning fall colours and scenic views. Here are 8 incredible trails in and around Brampton that offer those spectacular fall views.
Etobicoke Creek Trail
One of Brampton’s oldest trails, the Etobicoke Creek Trail is 14.5 kilometers of urban city paths. The trail is perfect for year-round cycling, jogging, and walking along the Etobicoke Creek. Fun fact: Etobicoke Creek would actually run right through the downtown core had it not been for a creek diversion project all the way back in 1952. The trail leads through Brampton and all the way up to Caledon with lots of opportunities to take in fall foliage.
The fact that the Ching Trail passes through eight parks is just one of the reasons it’s awesome. There are plenty of little nooks and crannies along the trail to take in the gorgeous fall colours or stop for photos. Chinguacousy Trail starts at Dixie-Sandalwood Park and stretches for nine kilometers to Victoria Park Arena, so there’s ample parking to start your trek anywhere along the trail.
Don Doan Trail (a.k.a. Professor’s Lake Trail)
As its former name implies, the Don Doan Trail makes its way to the ever-popular Professor’s Lake on North Park Drive. The 11-kilometer trail offers walking, biking, rollerblading and general meandering. It’s a beautiful spot during the fall, and the little forest along North Park just behind the lake is a great spot for fall photos.
Heart Lake Conservation Area via Esker Lake Trail
Here is the gateway to the Heart Lake Conservation Area and its natural beauty. From top to bottom this trail runs about eight kilometers of mostly paved terrain. But when you finally get to the Conservation Area you’ll be amazed to find that you can fish, tree trek, and ride a zipline right here in your city. Heart Lake Conservation Area has gotten rave reviews as a sweet GTA escape and admission fees are affordable at $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors.
Forks of the Credit Trail
Forks Of The Credit, with its winding trails and hilly terrain, is an absolutely gorgeous place to take in the fall colours. You can drive along the winding roads and take in the colours, or go for a hike at Forks Of The Credit Provincial Park, which also offers camping options.
Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area
If you really need to press pause on the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Hamilton. There are over 100 waterfalls and cascades that have gorgeous fall foliage, and Webster Falls is one of most beautiful sites Hamilton has to offer. The 22-metre high curtain waterfall is a gorgeous site to see, it’s also great for Insta-worthy photos. There’s a beautiful trail that connects to the Bruce Trail and you’re a stone’s throw away from other Bruce Trail points in the Hammer.
Kelso Conservation Area
Head west on the 401 to Milton and you’ll find this pocket of trails that belong to the almighty Bruce Trail. This area ofers all-season activities. In the summer and fall the trails are great for a hike, jog or mountain biking. There are some stunning views on the Niagra Escarpment throughout the park, you’ll want to bring a camera.
Bluffer’s Park and its sandy cliffs are a must-visit. The bluffs have been around for roughly 12,000 years old, formed by the Wisconsin Glacier thousands of years ago. The beautiful trails in the park not only offer beautiful colours but great views of Lake Ontario. There’s a winding trail down to the shoreline as well.