Is there anything quite like autumn? Warm sweaters, comfort food, and (of course) brilliantly-coloured leaves make this a time of year to look forward to. If you’re a nature enthusiast, you’ll want to set aside some time during the last two weeks of October to check out some gorgeous fall colours. During this period, these beautiful hues will be at their peak—and there’s no shortage of places to see them here in the west end.
If you’re looking for fall colours in west Toronto, here are five great places to find them…
1) High Park
It should come as no surprise that High Park is one of the best places in the city to see the leaves change. Toronto’s largest green space is a beautiful place to visit no matter the season, but it’s truly stunning in the fall. At this time of year, the park’s oak, poplar, maple, and ash trees all display their most vibrant colours. Luckily, there’s no shortage of places from which to admire them—from the area’s lush, forested trails to the space surrounding peaceful Grenadier Pond.
2) Sorauren Park
If you live in Parkdale or Roncesvalles, you might want to consider a visit to Sorauren Park in the fall. This family favourite is home to many different species’ of trees—and now you can learn to identify them all! Just head over to the park’s website and download a LEAFO card, which will help your family recognize the leaves you see. Of course, you don’t have to be able to name a tree to appreciate its autumn beauty. Simply throw on a sweater and take a stroll!
3) The Humber Valley via Old Mill Station
Looking for a new place to immerse yourself in nature—without leaving the city? Here’s a route that many walkers and cyclists don’t know about. Take the subway to Old Mill Station, then walk north along the Humber River. You’ll find an abundance of beautiful paths, and each one offers a different vantage point from which to enjoy the city’s fall foliage. even if you don’t live in the immediate vicinity of Old Mill Station, the golden hues here are well worth the trip!
4) Centennial Park
When most Torontonians think “Centennial Park” and “nature,” they think of the conservatory. That said, this popular green space spans an impressive 525 acres—and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the natural world here. At this time of year, they include walking or biking the paths to see the trees in full transformation. Specifically, the Etobicoke Creek Trail offers some of the most scenic autumn views in the city!
5) Baird Park
While Baird Park is a relatively small space, it’s big, mature trees make it a destination worth visiting in the fall. Located at Keele Street and Humberside Drive, this quaint west-end gem is a fantastic place to take a walk—and check out the autumn hues overhead. Better yet, bring the little ones to enjoy the playground while you take in the beauty of your surroundings!
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