Late summer and autumn in Ontario is truly gorgeous and as the vibrant colours of the season brilliantly light up our landscape, it’s an ideal time to embrace the change of season.
Here, alphabetical order, are a few of my favourite autumn drives that I encourage you to experience along with a pumpkin spiced anything and a fully charged camera:
Forks of the Credit
This is one of my favourite drive routes in the city.
Start at Mississauga road at Lakeshore and go all the way north until you hit Belfountain. At the split, stay right to get onto Forks of the Credit road and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You’ll reach Hurontario at the end and you can head south for a speedy trip back home or turn around and experience it again.
Stop in at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park for a picnic and or to further experience autumn.
Hamilton and Waterdown
Take Dundas westbound and go, go, go. And then go some more. In Waterdown, hang a left onto Howard road, which turns into Snake road, which in itself is a wonderful drive. At the end that road, turn right on to Plains road, then left on to York road, right on Valley road and then right on Rock Chapel road to bring you back to Dundas. From there, check out any of the concession roads (another grid pattern) to enjoy what up and coming Hamilton has to offer. Plus, with a plethora of waterfalls, your autumn pictures can go from great to grandiose.
I once went on a media trip with Honda Canada for the new Civic launch and the route they mapped out was absolutely wonderful, scenic route through Muskoka.
Take Highway 27 north and then merge onto the 400 for a bit and then jump onto Highway 11. If you’re hungry, make a quick stop at Webers and then carry on the 400. About 10 km from there, make a right onto Muskoka Rd 13 and follow the signs to stay on that road. It’s an absolutely stunning drive that’ll fill up your camera/smartphone with gorgeous pictures.
From Mississauga road, head west on 5 Sideroad until it becomes Campbellville road and hang a left on to Appleby line. One you reach Britannia, take a left (west) and then turn right (north) on to
Guelph line for a different vantage point. As it’s a grid system, any of the turns you make should give you plenty of photo ops!
Wine Country - Beamsville
Good ol’ wine country…such a wonderful destination that’s so close for us! The scenic routes, the Instagram worthy wineries, the water…there are so many reasons to enjoy this area.
Among the plethora of wineries, swing by Thirty Bench Winery, who have been crafting world-renowned wine, receiving a Gold Medal in 2019 from the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) for the 2016 Small Lot Steel Post Riesling and the 2016 Small Lot Wild Cask Riesling.
Interestingly, Thirty Bench is one of the closest wineries from Mississauga/GTA!