10 Days of Fall from Toronto by Public Transit


Day trips from Toronto are essential if you want to make the most of fall. And with Ontario leaves already undergoing their full color transformation, you better move on. There are many ways to get to the interesting places just beyond the city.

Here are some places to check out for your next day trip this fall.

Rattray marshes

This huge swamp is only an hour from Toronto by public transportation, so you’ll have more than enough time to explore all three nature trails. Head to Port Credit on the Lakeshore West train, take bus 23 and get off at Lakeshore Road West at Bexhill Road.

Beamer Memorial

Offering vantage point views, this conservation area is a must-see in the fall. To get there, take the Niagara Falls Megabus or the VIA train to Grimsby. It’s just a 20 minute walk after that. Make another visit in the spring when birds like bald eagles and hawks can be spotted flying overhead.

Credit ranges

You’re considering a 2.5 hour hike in this park on the Bruce Trail, but once there be prepared to experience a waterfall and plenty of trails by the river. Head to Brampton on the GO train and take the 37 bus to Hurontario Street in Forks of the Credit Road.

Rockwood Conservation Area

Rockwood’s epic castle-like ruins are even more like a fairy tale against the backdrop of autumnal hues. Parkbus is the most direct way to get there by running. But this fall you will have to take the slightly longer Union 31 GO bus which will deliver you to the entrance.

Crawford Lake

Observe the leaves from an elevated boardwalk around a meromictic lake. Make your way to Milton on the GO train and have an Uber or cab bring you the rest of the 15 minutes. You’ll be there in the blink of an eye, so the rest of the day can be set aside for hiking and taking photos.

Karst of Eramosa

This conservation area is proof that Hamilton offers more than waterfalls. Here, hiking trails lead to 16 different rock caves – the largest in a single region in Ontario. Set aside two hours to get there and take the GO train to Hamilton. Then get on the 21 bus.

Mount Nemo

Board the Lakeshore West GO train to Appleby and share an Uber or cab with a friend for the rest of the trip. The countryside and escarpment landscape surrounding Mount Nemo will be beautifully displayed in vivid colors over the coming weeks.

Kortright Center

This patch of wood is something special in the fall, with the forest awash in orange and red. Take the BR train to Rutherford and the 85 bus from the station. A 30 minute walk from Rutherford Road and Pine Valley Drive bus stop, you’ll warm up for the hike ahead.

Falling balls

There are two waterfalls and the ruins of an old mill at this location along the Niagara Escarpment. And the acres of flora and fauna explode with color at this time of year. Megabus only takes an hour and a half to get to St. Catharines, then take an Uber to complete the trip.

Spencer Gorge

It can be a bit overwhelmed at Dundas Peak with hordes taking a new Instagram pic, but the fall colors are worth it. This is one of the best viewpoints and there are two waterfalls. A GO train will take you to Aldershot where you will need an Uber.

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