“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” is my favourite Anne of Green Gables quote. I agree, Anne! October is the perfect time to watch the leaves in Ontario change from fresh green to warm, firey hues before the frost of winter rolls in. Here are our suggestions for the best places to see leaves change in Burlington and Hamilton.
Kelso Conservation Area
How can you beat a chairlift ride above the treetops where you can see for miles and miles?! Not only is the view gorgeous, but the fall chairlift ride doubles as an unforgettable experience. Book your visit to the park online and add on a chairlift ride before you go.
Chedoke Radial Trail
This is one of my family’s favourite walks for any season. My kids love it because there are so many unique things to see while you walk. I love it because the tree cover makes you forget you’re in the middle of a busy city. Stroller-friendly and dog-friendly. You can access it from the base or the peak, but we choose the base where you can park easily for a small charge.
Climb Burlington’s Mount Nemo
Mount Nemo possibly has the best view of Burlington. The hike is rated as easy, and it’s great for kids and dogs on leashes. There are many lookout points like the one pictured, and you’ll have a birds-eye-view of the treetops as the colours change. Parking is available for a small fee unless you have a Conservation Halton membership.
Dundas Valley Conservation Area
This walk will keep you closer to the ground than my other suggestions, but the tree canopy will more than make up for it! Dundas Valley Conservation Area is another one of my daughter’s favourite hikes because there is just so much to see. There are freshwater streams, bridges, downed logs that are perfect for climbing, and of course the Hermitage Ruins. Walk through these smooth, wheel-friendly trails and you’ll agree that it is one of the best places to see leaves change in Hamilton, Ontario.
Have you visited these trails and conservation areas this year? Maybe you have another hidden gem with beautiful fall views? If you do, please share it in the comments and we will add it to our list. In the meantime, here are some more fall articles you may enjoy: