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Niagara Falls & Fall Foliage

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Niagara Falls & Fall Foliage

We will be arriving in Buffalo, NY tomorrow and have a hotel booked for the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We will have a rental car and will have 3-4 days to spend in the area. We would also like to see some fall foliage, but are not sure where to go. Can we get suggestions on what to do/see in Niagara Falls as well as where to go for great fall foliage?

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1. Re: Niagara Falls & Fall Foliage

This area is the last in Ontario to change. It's only 10-20% at the moment. You will need to travel well north of Toronto to get to even 50% change.

See the 'top questions' above right for information about what to see and do in Niagara Falls.

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If it's possible to change your hotel reservation, you could add a side trip and spend one or two of your nights up north in Muskoka or towards the Bruce Peninsula area. As fallsdude says it's still kind of early for fall colours in the Niagara region.

Ontario's provincial parks system maintains this website with fall colour status updates for select parks: http://www.parkreports.com/fall/index.php As you can see from the overview map in the upper left, southwestern Ontario (including Niagara Region) is still marked green, but other parts of Ontario are at or approaching peak colour. Not that you have to only use provincial parks but they're obviously good indicators of the surrounding area.

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Thank you! We could possibly change our hotel reservation. It would take us around 3 hours to get to Muskoka, right? Would it be better to drive south into New York?

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Given that New York is south of Niagara I think you'll find the colours there to be about the same in terms of peak levels. if you traveled well to the east, into the Adirondacks you might find the colour has progressed a bit more.

You need to go north as tweedwolf and fallsdude have indicated.

Here on Lake Ontario, an hour east of Toronto, we are only at 25% or so... colour is slow this year.

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The Chautauqua-Allegheny region of Western New york is expected to be at mid-point this weekend, which should be pretty spectacular.

You could drive down to Ellicottville/Allegheny State park - about 90 minutes from the Buffalo airport.

They are usually at peak the following weekend, which is Canadian Thanksgiving.


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I know the 'official' word is that fall colours are only 10 to 20 per cent right now; but I don't think that's accurate. My neighbors yards are full of fallen leaves and a drive down the Niagara Parkway this morning showed some spectacular colour changes.

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