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13 Guided Fall Colour Tours in Northern Nature

13 Guided Fall Colour Tours in Northern Nature

Our operators have done the scouting for you!

From luxurious historical homes to guided interpretive hikes and photography tours, there are many ways to experience the changing canopy.

Fall colours across the region are about to begin their magical transformation. A mix of deciduous and evergreen forests, our leafy canopies contrast with glass-flat lakes for epic photo opportunities. This fall is anticipated to be spectacular, with early frosts blanketing Northeastern Ontario and cooler temperatures predicted for the season!

There are endless opportunities to view and photograph fall colours in Northeastern Ontario, but our operators can do some of the work for you by taking you on a guided excursion through prime locations. They’ve already done the scouting, so all you need to do is charge your camera and make your way to the departure point!

Bear’s Den Lodge Guided Fall Photo Tours
French River

The Lower French River
(Photo: Bear's Den Lodge)

A 3.5-hour drive north of Toronto, visitors can join Bear’s Den Lodge for a scenic tour of the historic French River. The French River Provincial Park is full of pristine waterways, extensive wildlife viewing opportunities, and a glacially-carved landscape. Take advantage of your local guide’s knowledge as they take you to the most scenic areas of the park on a two-hour tour.

This two-night tour package including accommodations is available for $370/person.

Chi-Cheemaun Sunset Dinner Cruises
Manitoulin Island

Until October 15, you can book a Sunset Dinner Cruise on the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry. Travelling from Tobermory to South Baymouth, these Friday night cruises can be booked as a round-trip experience or a one-way passage, and are a fantastic way to view fall colours on Georgian Bay.

Starting at $44/person, the Sunset Dinner cruises also offer children’s rates.

Chief Commanda II Fall Colours Cruises
North Bay

Lake Nipissing is known for its fantastic fishery, extensive boating opportunities, and gorgeous scenery. One of the best ways to see it is from the deck of the Chief Commanda II—a 320-passenger catamaran cruiser.  

Starting at $32/adult (with family rates available), the Chief Commanda II has four Fall Colours Scenic Cruises scheduled through September.

Great Spirit Circle Trail Guided Interpretive Tours
Manitoulin Island

The Berries & Banamick Experience
(Photo: OTMPC)

Learn about local medicinal plants, listen to local legends told by your guide, or sample traditional foods on a Great Spirit Circle Trail interpretive tour. Whether you’re hiking or paddling, these tours will provide explorers with plenty of fall colour viewing opportunities.

With a variety of tours available to choose from, bookings start at $55/person.

Lakeland Airways Scenic Charters

Lakeland Airways owner Darren Gareh & bushcraft and survival expert Ray Mears. 
(Photo: OTMPC)

Leave land behind and gain perspective from the seat of a Lakeland Airways plane above Temagami. Known for Old Growth pine forests, pristine northern lakes, and some of the best paddling in Ontario, the Temagami region is breathtaking in the fall.

With charter rates starting at $375/group (up to a maximum of six people), this is a great way to see the changing landscape. Custom charters are available.

Northern Spirit Adventures Guided Canoe Excursions
Smooth Rock Falls

The base of New Post Falls
(Photo: Northern Spirit Adventures)

Canadian history buffs and wildlife enthusiasts will love these full-day guided canoe excursions to the spectacular 100-foot New Post Falls on the Abitibi River. Join your guides in a voyageur canoe as you trace the route of the coureurs de bois and the early fur traders, and visit a site used by the Hudson Bay Company in the 1800s.

Lunch and beverages are provided on these full-day tours, starting at $100/adult.

Northland Paradise Mushroom & Photography Tours

(Photo: Jordan Nicksy)

Fall is also one of the best times of the year for mushroom foraging and photography! Hit the forests of Temagami with a local guide and photographer who knows the lay of the land. Whether your eyes are on the canopy or on the forest floor, Northland Paradise’s tours will send you home with a ton of new captures.

Point Grondine Park & Wikwemikong Tourism Guided Hikes
Manitoulin Island & Killarney

You could spot a whip-or-will on the Species of Point Grondine Park tour.
(Photo: Point Grondine Park)

Explore the brilliantly coloured forests of Manitoulin Island and Point Grondine Park (Killarney Area) with a local indigenous tour guide. Whether you’re interested in learning about the land, its people, its species, or all of the above, these tours are as fascinating as they are beautiful.

Wikwemikong Tourism and Point Grondine Park offer a diverse range of guided experiences, starting at $50/person.

Port Loring Guided Eco & Historical Tours
Port Loring

Explore the Pickerel River and a former logging community on a guided historical boat tour with Port Loring Eco & Historical Tours. Families and groups are welcome on this excursion packed full of scenic fall landscapes and history.

Inquire about group pricing and schedules on their website.

Presidents' Suites Northern Tour Packages
temiskaming Shores

Golden Cobalt. 
(Photo: Sue Nielsen)

If you're looking for a luxurious weekend getaway, then look no further than the Presidents' Suites restored historical homes. Resting on the shores of Lake Temiskaming, your tour package includes two night's accommodations, continental breakfast, picnic lunches, a guided tour of the historical Town of Cobalt by your host, Nicole, and suggested touring routes.

This package for two begins at $225/person, with group rates available for larger parties.

Sudbury Aviation Sightseeing Flights
Greater Sudbury

Located just four hours north of Toronto, the City of Greater Sudbury is a land of lakes. There’s no better way to see the fall colours and landscape than from the seat of your very own chartered Cessna or Beaver float plane. 

With scenic flight rates starting at $100/person, shutterbugs will be able to capture some incredible shots of this unforgettable landscape.

Von Doeler’s Ranch Trail Rides

Arriving at Von Doeler's Ranch
(Photo: Von Doeler's Ranch)

Is there a more romantic way to experience the beauty of fall than on horseback? Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, Von Doeler’s Ranch guides are knowledgeable and helpful, and make touring through the fall forest a great experience for friends, families, or couples. The best part? Fall excursions are largely bug-free.

Guided tours range from an hour in length to all day or overnight excursions, starting at $35/person and operate daily.

WildExodus Guided Paddling Excursions

This wilderness touring and accommodations provider is the perfect way to experience the transitioning boreal forest in the fall. Visitors can choose from guided waterfall hikes, pontoon cruises on Kenogamissi Lake, or guided fishing excursions. Complement your stay with a night (or more) in a luxurious canvas prospector’s tent – a premiere glamping experience.

These half-day guided boreal adventures start at $50/person.


No matter your brand of fun, our tour operators can provide an experience for everyone!

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