7 Fall Foliage Favourites In Porter Destinations

Autumn brings great splashes of colour, as the trees across our route map change from green to golden yellow, orange, and red. To get the best leafy views, visit these unmissable spots and witness the natural spectacle of fall foliage near these Porter destinations.

Ottawa – Gatineau Park

Just a 15-minute drive from Parliament Hill lies Gatineau Park, a sprawling conservation area with hiking trails, camping grounds, and rock climbing routes. Each fall, the park hosts its Fall Rhapsody festival, taking place this year from October 5 to 27. Visitors get to enjoy the spectacular fall colours and partake in a series of special events, such as meeting local nature interpreters and outdoor artists. 

Women cartoon hiking a mountain with blazing red hair

New York City – Central Park

Though it is far from a hidden secret, autumnal Central Park provides one of the most stunning backdrops to Manhattan’s skyscrapers and sights. The park and its colourful canopies have been captured in films like When Harry Met Sally, making the world fall over for its magical fall scenery. The Central Park Conservancy regularly organizes 90-minute guided fall foliage walks for those looking for extra education.

The Statue of Liberty with fall colours behind

Sault Ste. Marie – Agawa Canyon Tour Train 

One of North America’s most popular fall train rides, the Agawa Canyon Train Tour departs daily from Sault Ste. Marie, taking passengers on a scenic day trip through the golden forests north of the city. Trains feature panoramic windows for uninterrupted views, and there’s a 90-minute stop in Canyon Park to stretch your legs with a walk to the nearby waterfalls and lookout points. 

Boston – Beacon Hill

Boston’s oldest and most historic neighbourhood, Beacon Hill, is the ideal place for an autumnal walk past rows of red-brick houses, picturesque shopfronts, and old-fashioned street lamps. October generally offers a pleasant mix of blue skies and vibrant colours. A good starting point is Charles Street, from which you can explore narrow side streets and make your way up the hill.

Québec City – Jacques Cartier National Park

About 50 kilometres north of Québec City, this regional park boasts a 675-square-kilometre conservation area protecting the varied forests of the Laurentian Mountains. Among the most common native tree species are yellow birch, sugar maple, and black spruce. The best way to experience the site in autumn is by paddling along Jacques-Cartier River in a canoe, kayak, or inflatable boat (available for rent until mid-October). 

Pair of women canoeing with fall leaves and wind

Moncton – Dobson Trail

Much of the Dobson Trail – a challenging, 60-kilometre trail from Riverview (near Moncton) to the northern end of Fundy National Park – winds through silver birch and oak forests. The best colours can be seen between late September and early October. Camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail.

Sudbury & Timmins – Highway 144

Running between Sudbury and Timmins, Highway 144 makes for a scenic fall drive, passing through kilometres of colourful boreal forest. Both towns offer plenty of seasonal outdoor activities, including hiking and biking trails.