Well, there goes summer. Hello autumn, the best time of the year!

Of course, now is the time to make new memories in Niagara Falls, the coolest place to visit for tourists from all over Ontario, New York state and even beyond that.

It’s easy to reach and it never shuts down – it just changes with the seasons.

Now, instead of thinking about the usual thrills and long days in the sun maybe you are thinking of something a little more down to earth.

Did you know Niagara Falls, and all of Niagara region, offers some of the most breathtaking views of autumn’s natural colours in all the province?

Hop in the car or on the train, it’s all here waiting for you.

Here are a few of the spots you might want to be sure to see. You won’t even have to get out of the car for the first destination: the Niagara Parkway.

The scenic road connects Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie and is tree-lined all the way. And since it traces the route of the Niagara River, you can look across the water and see the colours in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y. too.

Another great spot is Heartland Forest, in the city’s southwest corner. It offers nearly 100 acres of nature, mostly forested with paths winding through (including many that are wheelchair-accessible).

Go there, and you will feel like you’re a hundred miles from civilization. What a wonderful place!

At the other end of the city is Queenston Heights, right along the Niagara Parkway. It’s a huge park, maybe best known for its massive monument to the War of 1812 hero General Sir Isaac Brock.

But hiking is really good here and there are paths, even a few caves, and lots of trees wearing every colour under the rainbow in September and October.

You can access the Bruce Trail from here and, if you have the inclination and time, walk a few hundred kilometres to the end.

Closer to the mighty falls themselves is Dufferin Islands, one of the hidden jewels of the Cataract City.

Located along the Parkway less than a kilometre south of the falls, the Duff (as the locals call it) offers from parking, a few thousand trees, streams and cleared paths designed for families and people looking to take a gentle stroll.

Niagara Falls is Canada’s equivalent to Disneyworld in a lot of ways. But it has a different, softer side that is particularly appealing at this time of year.

Last modified: September 30, 2019