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The top 5 fall getaways from Toronto

Fall getaways from Toronto are all about bright and bursting foliage. Few provinces offer better opportunities to view fall colours than Ontario, and most of the places on this list can be reached in a two hour drive or less from the city. My criteria in choosing these destinations is mostly scenic -- these spots are all perfect for witnessing fall's splendour.

Here are my picks for the top fall getaways from Toronto.

Algonquin Park
While the idea of travelling to Algonquin Park is nothing new, the park is at its most beautiful in the fall. You can rent a yurt for a weekend, try camping in less-than-balmy conditions, or embark on a hike to catch the fall colours in all their glory.

Elora Gorge
If you don't want to stray too far from home, Elora Gorge is one of your best bets for feeling "one with nature." There are plenty of hiking trails to conquer and it's home to one of the best waterfalls near Toronto. If nature's not your thing, opt to kick back at one of the many bed and breakfasts, they make for a nice escape from our skyrise-filled city.

The Blue Mountains
If you stay at the resort, you won't have a hard time finding things to do. With mountain biking, hiking, a high ropes course, and more on offer, you'll have no time to utter the phrase "I'm bored." For those who try to steer clear of resorts, travel to Collingwood or Meaford. Both areas feature sweeping views, and are perfect for cycling enthusiasts.

Haliburton Highlands
Quieter than Muskoka and much less busy, fall in the Haliburton Highlands is particularly peaceful and stunning. Find yourself a pad on AirBnB and forget your worries in a cabin or cottage. If you'd rather not spend your time enjoying a little R&R, both places have plenty of events on tap for the upcoming season. Check out what's on in Minden and Haliburton before booking.

Caledon
On the fence about going out of town? Try Caledon. It's close enough to the city that it can be a day trip or an overnight stay. The Forks of the Credit is the most popular destination, where you can hike the Bruce Trail, visit Cataract Falls, or do a little fishing. Accommodations-wise, Hockley Valley Resort and Millcroft Inn prove to be the top contenders.

What did I miss? Add your favourite fall getaways from Toronto in the comments.

Photo by Bert CR on Flickr.


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