Fall Colour Report
See the detailed fall foliage report below, plus links on how to plan your own visit to Algonquin.
|Current Status Category:||Peak|
|Percentage of Colour Change:||100%|
|Percentage of Leaf Fall:||20%|
Excellent Sugar and Red Maple colour continues with the understory starting to offer the best colour rather than the canopy as leaf fall begins. A mixture of red, orange, yellow, and green leaves is making for outstanding photographic opportunities (see the latest images on Facebook).
The yellow and orange colours of birch and poplar continue to strengthen with the best colour expected in the next week, or so. See the Algonquin Park Webcam for live views of the birch and poplar colour from the Visitor Centre.
Additional tree species such as Tamarack (Larch) are intensifying in their yellow-orange colour with each passing day. The peak colour for these tree species is expected in early to mid-October.
Check back for updates as conditions warrant.
|Planning Your Visit:||
Traditionally, Algonquin Park's fall colour occurs earlier than surrounding areas because of the Park's higher elevation and shorter growing season. During the past 35+ years of detailed record keeping, the earliest autumn leaf colour peak recorded was September 15, 1982, and the latest was October 9, 1996. The average peak of the Sugar Maple canopy in the western portion of the Highway 60 Corridor is September 27. In order to observe the peak Sugar Maple canopy colour a trip in mid September to early October is a wise idea. Learn more about the history of Algonquin Park's Sugar Maple colour peak.
Visitors coming to Algonquin Park in early to mid October (including Thanksgiving) are likely to catch the transition between the peak of the Sugar Maple colour and the onset of the peak yellow-orange colours displayed by poplar and birch species.
A mid to late October visit generally means the maples are well “past peak" or "bare", but the Tamarack, also know as Larch, are reaching their peak yellow colour before dropping their needles for the winter. The Tamarack is Algonquin Park's only cone bearing tree that changes colour and drops all its needles in preparation for winter. By late October or early November (depending upon environmental conditions) all deciduous trees are bare and prepared for winter.
Regardless of the exact date, Algonquin Park's Interpretive Trails are a good bet for viewing the fall colour. Trails offering lookouts with wide vistas are especially popular around the Sugar Maple peak and the later peak of poplar and birch species (see below for trail suggestions).
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Live Algonquin Park Webcam
|For real-time video, plus daily panorama images of Algonquin Park, watch the Algonquin Park Webcam broadcasting from the roof of the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. It should be noted that this location is dominated by poplar and birch species that show their best yellow-orange colour in early to mid October, after the peak of the Sugar Maple forest. Thus we would not recommend using this live webcam as indicator of peak Sugar Maple colour in Algonquin Park.|
- Images of Fall in Algonquin Park (Facebook)
- Daily Panorama Image from the Algonquin Park Webcam
- Submit your images of fall in Algonquin
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