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Fall colour at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (as seen via the Algonquin Park Webcam) on October 20, 2020

Image: Dusting of snow on the viewing deck and Sunday Creek Valley at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre. Click for a live image from the Algonquin Park Webcam.

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With the exception of a few Tamarack and the odd Trembling Aspen, Algonquin Park's tree species are now bare and prepared for winter. Check for remaining Tamarack fall colour in wet, boggy areas such as the Opeongo Road, Spruce Bog Boardwalk, and Mizzy Lake Trail.

During the past 40+ years of extensive fall colour observations, the best Sugar Maple fall colour has spanned nearly a month depending upon environmental conditions. The earliest Sugar Maple peak colour change recorded in Algonquin Park was September 15 (1982) and the latest October 9 (1996). Over the past 40+ years, the average peak of the Sugar Maple canopy in the western portion of the Highway 60 Corridor is September 27. For 2020, the peak maple canopy colour in the western portion of the Highway 60 Corridor was September 24.

Algonquin Park is ablaze with vibrant colours during September and October. In a landscape so often dominated by the green of summer, how does this brief explosion of reds, oranges, and yellows happen in the early autumn? The answer involves a complex process of numerous chemicals and environmental variables. Read more at Why Does Fall Leaf Colour Change Happen?

Fall colour is subject to numerous environmental variables such as daylight length, moisture, temperature, frost, wind, heavy rain, etc., so the exact peak fall colour for each species is difficult to determine in advance. High winds, rain, or even snow can sometimes quickly result in fragile leaves being knocked off the trees increasing what is called leaf fall.

A trip to Algonquin Park between mid-September and mid-October is best for observing Algonquin Park's fall colour, but more precision regarding an exact date depends upon what species of tree you are interested in observing. See below for more details about planning your fall trip to Algonquin Park.


Current Status of Algonquin Park's Fall Colour

Below is the current status of Algonquin Park's fall colour change (click to enlarge). This diagram reports on the status of the most popular tree species during fall leaf colour season in Algonquin Park. Please check back throughout fall for updates as conditions warrant.

Current Fall Colour Leaf Change in Algonquin ParkCurrent Maple Colour Status in Algonquin Park

Current Poplar and Birch Colour Status in Algonquin Park


Images from Fall 2020 in Algonquin Park

Below are images of Algonquin Park during fall 2020. Click to enlarge the images and see the captions for the image date and location. For live video see the Algonquin Park Webcam or The Friends of Algonquin Park's Facebook page for additional images.

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

A summary of events during September and October 2020. Check back for updates as the fall colour season continues.

August 26, 2020 - Environment Canada issues a Frost Advisory for Algonquin Park. Temperatures dip to 3.4°C at the East Gate with minimal frost along the Highway 60 area of Algonquin Park.

September 6, 2020 - The temperature in Algonquin Park dips to just 1.8°C at the East Gate.

September 8, 2020 - A notable colour change is visible in Algonquin Park's deciduous forests. The deep green of summer is changing to a yellow-green marking a developing fall colour. Some individually stressed maple trees are showing brilliant colours, but this is not representative of the overall deciduous forest.

September 12 - 18, 2020 - Several Frost Advisories are issued for Algonquin Park and the overnight temperatures dip to below freezing (-0.1°C on September 14, first below freezing conditions since June 14, 2020). A low of -2.4°C on September 18, 2020 is the coldest temperature of the season so far. Scattered frost was observed along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on several mornings. Cold overnight conditions will help to encourage fall colour change in the days ahead. Good maple viewing is now possible. The best maple colours are on forest edges and the canopy (tops).

September 19 - 24 , 2020 - The season's best viewing of Sugar and Red Maple fall colour at the canopy (tree top) level in Algonquin Park is underway.

September 24, 2020 - Peak maple canopy colour was recorded in the western portion of the Highway 60 Corridor. This peak colour was slightly earlier than the average for the past 40+ years of September 27.

September 25 - 28, 2020 - After a long period of calm conditions that increased the maple canopy colour to peak, increased wind speed and scattered rain has knocked fragile maple leaves from the canopy. Excellent maple fall colour is still developing in the understory. Aspen fall colour is increasing with each passing day.

September 30, 2020 - Aspens in the eastern portion of Highway 60, including around the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre, are showing improving colour. See the Algonquin Park Webcam for live views.

October 1 - 3, 2020 - Maple understory offers its best viewing of the fall season. The maple canopy continues see increasing leaf fall. Aspen colour continues to increase to a yellow-orange colour.

October 4 - 5, 2020 - Aspens are showing a brilliant yellow-orange colour in the eastern portion of the Highway 60 Corridor.

October 6 - 7, 2020 - Strong wind gusts and rain increased leaf fall of all species in Algonquin Park, especially the remaining maple understory and aspens.

October 13, 2020 - Tamarack, Algonquin Park's latest changing tree species, is showing excellent fall colour in wetland areas.

October 14 - 16, 2020 - Heavy rain and strong winds cause a decline in the remaining Tamarack and aspen fall in Algonquin Park. Aspen are now well past peak.

October 18, 2020 - With the exception of a few Tamarack and the odd Trembling Aspen, Algonquin Park's tree species are now bare and prepared for winter.

October 20, 2020 - A dusting of snow marks the end of the fall colour season in Algonquin Park.

 

Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 20, 2020

Image: Dusting of snow on the viewing deck and Sunday Creek Valley at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (as seen via the Algonquin Park Webcam) on October 20, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 16, 2020

Image: Fall colour at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (as seen via the Algonquin Park Webcam) on October 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Tamarack fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020

Image: Tamarack fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020

Image: Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020

Image: Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020

Image: Aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 13, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 9, 2020

Image: Fall colour at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (as seen via the Algonquin Park Webcam) on October 9, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Leaf fall happening at km 16 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: A strong wind gust swirling leaves at km 16 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple canopy along Highway 60 at km 9 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Maple canopy along Highway 60 at km 9 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Along the Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Along the Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen hillside in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Aspen hillside in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen hillside in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Aspen hillside in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: At the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 6, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 5, 2020

Image: Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 5, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Largetooth Aspen along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Largetooth Aspen along the Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tamaracks along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Tamaracks along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Rock Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Rock Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 near km 46 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 near km 46 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 48 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 48 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 46 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 46 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Rock Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Rock Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Costello Lake in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Booth's Rock Trail in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020

Image: Booth's Rock Trail in Algonquin Park on October 2, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 1, 2020

Image: Fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on October 1, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Rainbow near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 30, 2020

Image: Rainbow near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 30, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Image: Improving aspen fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on September 30, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Image: Improving aspen fall colour as viewed via the Algonquin Park Webcam at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre on September 30, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Rainy morning at km 52 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 30, 2020

Image: Rainy morning at km 52 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 30, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Highway 60 at km 50 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 50 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Sugar Maple leaf fall on September 28, 2020

Image: Sugar Maple leaf fall on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near the west boundary of Algonquin Park along Highway 60 on September 28, 2020

Image: Near the west boundary of Algonquin Park along Highway 60 on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tamarack fall colour along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Tamarack fall colour along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Red Maple in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Red Maple in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 41 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Yellow-green leaves of Trembling Aspen along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Yellow-green leaves of Trembling Aspen along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020. A road construction packer being escorted to a construction zone along Highway 60.

Image: Approaching the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020. A road construction packer being escorted to a construction zone along Highway 60. (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 52 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 52 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: At Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Red Maple leaf fall on September 28, 2020

Image: Red Maple leaf fall on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers East Beach Picnic area in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Lake of Two Rivers East Beach Picnic area in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Source Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Source Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Bare maple crowns near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Bare maple crowns near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Leaf fall near Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Leaf fall near Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Opeongo Road in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Leaf Lake Ski Trail in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Near Leaf Lake Ski Trail in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020. The tall tree in the middle of the image won't change colour. It is a cell tower.

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020. The tall "tree" in the middle of the image won't change colour. It is a cell tower. (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Fall colour along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Fall colour along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

White Birches showing their yellow colour along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: White Birches showing their yellow colour along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Fall colour near the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Fall colour near the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near the Outdoor Theatre in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Near the Outdoor Theatre in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Construction zone approaching the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Construction zone approaching the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Increasing aspen fall colour along Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Increasing aspen fall colour along Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Bare maple crowns along Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Bare maple crowns along Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Costello Creek in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 0 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 0 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

White Pine, maple and aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: White Pine, maple and aspen fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Boardwalk in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Boardwalk in Algonquin Park on September 28, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at the West Boundary of Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at the West Boundary of Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 17 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 17 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 28 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 28 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 12 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 12 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Green coloured Tamaracks in the foreground and maple fall colour along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Green coloured Tamaracks in the foreground and maple fall colour along Highway 60 at km 18 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At Tea Lake Campground in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: At Tea Lake Campground in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 21 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 21 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: At Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 24, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Highway 60 at km 15 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 15 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 28 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 28 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen (poplar) dominated area near Leaf Lake Ski Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020. Aspen fall colour occurs after maples.

Image: Aspen (poplar) dominated area near Leaf Lake Ski Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020. Aspen fall colour occurs after maples. (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Aspen (poplar) dominated area near Centennial Ridges Road and Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020. Aspen fall colour change occurs after maples.

Image: Aspen (poplar) dominated area near Centennial Ridges Road and Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020. Aspen fall colour change occurs after maples. (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Fall colour along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Fall colour along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At the Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: At the Track and Tower Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 21 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 21 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Later changing Aspen (poplar) and conifer dominated area along Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Later changing Aspen (poplar) and conifer dominated area along Highway 60 at Spruce Bog Trail in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Single White Pine in a maple dominated hillside in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Single White Pine in a maple dominated hillside in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 40 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 40 in Algonquin Park on September 21, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

At Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 17, 2020

Image: At Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 17, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 17, 2020

Image: Near West Smith Lake in Algonquin Park on September 17, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

At Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: At Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Looking east along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Looking east along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 10 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Near Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Image: At the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple landscape along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Maple landscape along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Park Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Near Park Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Between the West Boundary of Algonquin Park and the West Gate on September 16, 2020

Image: Between the West Boundary of Algonquin Park and the West Gate on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Looking west along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Looking west along Highway 60 at km 5 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Near Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 12 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 12 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Tea Lake in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: At the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at Whiskey Rapids Trail in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at Whiskey Rapids Trail in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple understory along the Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020

Image: Maple understory, showing minimal colour change, along the Arowhon Road in Algonquin Park on September 16, 2020 (click to enlarge).

 

Highway 60 approaching the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Algonquin Park's fall colour along Highway 60 approaching the West Gate on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Increasing fall colour at the Track and Tower Trail (km 25) in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Increasing fall colour at the Track and Tower Trail (km 25) in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

At Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: At Brewer Lake in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Poplar dominated area at km 38 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Poplar dominated area at km 38 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Near the West Gate of Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 25 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 7 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 48 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 48 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Approaching the West Gate along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Approaching the West Gate along Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Poplar dominated forest along Highway 60 at km 42 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Poplar dominated forest along Highway 60 at km 42 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at Rock Lake Road in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Tamarack and Poplar forest at km 41 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Tamarack and Poplar forest at km 41 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Near the West Gate in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 0 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 0 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 1 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 1 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 8 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 13 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020

Image: Maple fall colour in Algonquin Park on September 14, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Near Smoke Lake in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 16 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 20 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Near Track and Tower Trail (Highway 60 at km 25) in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Near Track and Tower Trail (Highway 60 at km 25) in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Highway 60 at km 26 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 38 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Poplar dominated area at km 37 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Highway 60 at km 40 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Poplar dominated area at km 40 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Poplar and Tamarack dominated area at km 41 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Poplar and Tamarack dominated area at km 41 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Poplar dominated area at km 43 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Poplar dominated area at km 43 of Highway 60 in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).

Brewer Lake (at km 49 of Highway 60) in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020

Image: Brewer Lake (at km 49 of Highway 60) in Algonquin Park on September 8, 2020 (click to enlarge).


When Should I Visit Algonquin Park?

A trip to Algonquin Park between mid-September and mid-October is best for observing Algonquin Park's fall colour, but more precision regarding an exact date depends upon what species of tree you are interested in observing.

Red Maple in Algonquin ParkAlgonquin Park is home to 34 native species of trees. Of these species 10 are classified as conifers (cone bearing) and will retain their leaves (needles) year-round and are often referred to as "evergreen". The only exception is the Tamarack that changes to golden yellow colour before dropping its needles in preparation for winter. The other 24 species of deciduous trees change colour at different times, depending upon the species, their location in Algonquin Park, and the specific environmental conditions in that area.

No tree happens to grow in a random location, rather each tree struggles against great odds and hazards for a place in the sun and each species is subtly equipped to do better than its competition in certain conditions. Certain species of trees grow in different locations in Algonquin Park. Therefore the mosaic of forest types in Algonquin Park is no accident but is determined by soil type, moisture, climate, etc. resulting in the amazing blend of green, yellow, orange, red, and purple colours that makes Algonquin Park's fall colour so special.

Traditionally, Algonquin Park's fall colour occurs earlier than surrounding areas because of the Park's higher elevation, up to almost 600 meters above sea level. This can mean the best colour is observed several weeks (or more!) prior to leaf colour change in places like Ottawa (70 meters above sea level), Toronto (75 meters above sea level), or even communities just outside Algonquin Park's boundaries. Algonquin Park’s high elevation, thin soils, and cooler temperatures results in a shorter growing season for all plants including its trees.

Mid-September to Early October

Fall Colour in Algonquin Park

If visiting Algonquin Park during mid-September to early October, you will observe the colour change of the Sugar Maples and Red Maples. This fall colour covers hills in orange and red colours and is best observed at locations with expansive views such as trails and views across water. During the past 40+ years, the earliest Sugar Maple peak recorded was September 15, 1982 and the latest October 9, 1996. During 2016, the peak Sugar Maple colour was determined to be October 6 (almost record late), as a result of warm fall temperatures and a late frost. The average peak of the Sugar Maple canopy in the western portion of the Highway 60 Corridor is September 27. See the current status of Algonquin Park's colour change above.

Early to Mid-October

Large-toothed Aspen in Algonquin Park

An Algonquin Park visit between early to mid October (including Thanksgiving) will observe the yellow-orange colours displayed by poplar and birch species, plus the orange colour of the Sugar Maple understory. This time known as the "Golden Encore" generally occurs after the Sugar Maple and Red Maple peak colour, but offers great landscape views in poplar and birch dominated areas. The eastern portion of the Highway 60 Corridor and the Park's East Side is a great location to view this colour.

Once leaves have fallen from the tops of the Sugar Maples, the understory changes colour at ground level as it was previously protected from cold temperatures by the blanket of overhead leaves. A hike along an interpretive trail dominated by maples is a great way to see understory fall colour up close.

Mid to Late October

Tamarack

A mid to late October visit showcases Tamarack at their peak yellow colour before dropping their needles in preparation for winter. The Tamarack is Algonquin Park's only cone bearing tree that changes colour and drops all its needles in preparation for winter. Search for Tamaracks in wetlands and bogs including the Spruce Bog Boardwalk, the Mizzy Lake Trail, or along the Opeongo Road. By late October or early November (depending upon environmental conditions) all deciduous trees are bare and prepared for winter. Algonquin Park Autumn Day Use Guide


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