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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5 breathtaking lookouts for fall colours near Toronto

lookouts fall colours ontarioThere is no better way to view fall colours near Toronto than from the elevated perch of a lookout. Whether it's a natural phenomenon or an observation tower, these spots offer unparalleled panoramas of the province bursting with colour throughout the month of October. Some of these are less than an hour away, while others are worth a road trip.

Here are 5 breathtaking lookouts to check out fall colours near Toronto.

Dundas Peak
One of the most beautiful places in the province during the fall, Dundas Peak is less than an hour's drive away from Toronto. The view from the top is majestic, but there are also plenty of attractions to spot along the way, including Webster and Tews Falls.

Rattlesnake PointRattlesnake Point
Closer to home, the ridge at Rattlesnake Point offers numerous vantage points on the golden country below spanning all the way to lake Ontario. The view from the Niagara Escarpment is one of the prettiest for its combination of farmland and the rugged rock face below. Make sure to hike along the trail to check out different angles.

Dorset Tower OntarioDorset Lookout Tower
All of these vantage points feature alarmingly beautiful views, but Dorset Tower near Lake of Bays is noteworthy for the undisturbed beauty it soars above. When mist rises from the lake on a fall morning, the scene can seem almost unworldly it's so gorgeous. At 142 metres, you have a panoramic view of cottage country to soak up.

Parry Sound Fire TowerParry Sound Fire Tower
Perhaps the best part of the view from the old fire tower above Parry Sound is that you get to take in the interplay between the natural wonder of the landscape and the town that has been carved out of it. On a sunny day, the contrast between the red of the maple trees and the blue of Georgian Bay is jaw dropping.

eagles nest bancroft lookoutEagle's Nest Park
This natural lookout features multiple vantage points to gaze out across the rugged land that stretches west towards Haliburton. The two-level wood structure is your best bet for photo-taking, though the trails that line the ridge also make for a pretty hike. If you're lucky, you'll get to see a small plane land at the airport below.

Did I miss a lookout you think is amazing? Let us know in the comments.

Photos by Angela House, Phil Marion, x 2, Divya Thakur, Igor Laptev, and Jacob Sharrard.

by Derek Flack via blogTO

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