Fall Colours in Muskoka

Experiencing Fall Colours in Muskoka

              With school back in session and temperatures starting to dip there are a few noticeable environmental changes that happen around Ontario and Muskoka. One of the most noticeable is the changing of the colours. With the amount of unspoilt forest and beautiful waterways in and around Muskoka this leaves plenty of areas to view these fall colours and revel in their vibrancy. In the coming post we will look at why the leaves change colours and some of the best ways to take in these spectacular views.


            Plants grow all summer long and into autumn, however, the dark, dry days of winter are on the horizon. As the days get shorter, trees use this signal to begin getting ready for winter. During winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis (the process by which the tree makes energy for itself). The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer.

           As they begin to shut down their food-making factories the green colour of chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. As the bright green fades away, we begin to see the vibrant colours of fall, with small amounts of these colours having been in the leaves all along. They are not visible in the summer, because they are covered up by the chlorophyll. The bright reds and purples that are seen in the leaves are made mostly in the fall.

           In some trees, like maples, glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and the cool nights of autumn cause the leaves to turn this glucose into a red colour. The brown colour of trees like oaks is made from waste left in the leaves. It is the combination of all these things that make the beautiful fall colours we enjoy each year.


How to Best View them

Canoe or Kayak

  • With the cooler temperatures allowing for more comfortable conditions for canoeing and kayaking there is no better way to view the colours than in a canoe or kayak

  • If you aren’t lucky enough to own your own canoe or kayak there are many outfitters in the Muskoka region that would love to rent your one



  • If personal propulsion isn’t your thing then there is always a power boat!

  • With the abundance of waterways in and around Muskoka this provides the perfect way to view the fall colours

  • With any personal watercraft or boat one can take a tour around the lake and view the colours at their own speed

  • All of the waterways of Muskoka provide the perfect setting for viewing!


Cruise Boat

  • If a smaller boat isn’t your cup of tea there are also plenty of fall cruises on the Muskoka lakes and Georgian Bay that allow you to view the colours from a larger vessel without having to be the captain

Cranberry Harvest

  • With the Cranberry Harvest falling in the heart of the fall the harvest itself is a great way to take in the colours

  • While witnessing the wonder of the cranberry harvest there is also somewhat of a  colour overload with the yellows and oranges of the leaves mixing with the bright reds of the cranberries resulting in some amazing photos!


In a National or Provincial Park


  • With the multitude of parks around the Muskoka region this supplies the ultimate backdrop for the viewing of the fall colours

  • With Algonquin to Georgian Bay Island National Park there are many different parks available for you to explore and take in the sights and sounds of Muskoka

  • www.ontarioparks.com



A drive on Muskoka’s roads

  • At times there is nothing more satisfying than a drive around the lakes and rivers while the colours are in full swing

  • A few of these country roads seem like tunnels of colour due to the towering trees that line them

  • An alternative to the motorized version would be a leisurely road bike taking in the same scenery


From one of the Muskoka Lookouts

  • With the best views coming from up high it would make sense that one of Muskoka’s lookout towers would be a fantastic place to take in the fall colours

  • Some of them include: Track and Tower in Algonquin Park, Huckleberry Rock in Muskoka Lakes, Dorset Fire Tower in Lake of bays, and Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville


From the Air

  • Taking it a step farther than lookouts is flying! There are many outfits around Muskoka that would love to take you for a float plane or helicopter ride above the region to take in its natural beauty and scenery

From an Adventure park

  • There are different adventure based areas around Muskoka that would be fantastic places to view the fall colours from

  • Whether it be zip lining or hiking or low ropes courses or any activity in general, when you are outdoors in the fall it is impossible to miss the colours


From the Golf Course

  • Muskoka is blessed to have some of the most beautiful golf courses in all of Canada and there aren’t many better settings to view the fall colours than while on the links

  • The golf course provides a great natural setting for viewing all parts of nature


In your own back yard!

  • The simplest way to enjoy the colours is to lay back in a chair outside on your own property!


         As always we at HRC insurance wish you nothing but the best and we hope you continue to enjoy Muskoka throughout the fall months!

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Born under the name George Hutcheson, Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell Ltd. began providing insurance policies in Muskoka since the early 1900s. Bernard Reynolds joined the firm in the 1940s and purchased the firm from George Hutcheson in 1967. Finally, in 1980, David Caswell joined the company's ranks to complete Hutcheson, Reynolds and Caswell. We have grown along with our name and provide the same dedication to superior customer service and top-notch insurance coverage that George Hutcheson was famous for over 100 years ago.