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Autumn in Niagara is a beautiful time for exploring Niagara Falls. The spectacular fall foliage is what we’re known for.

Niagara is not a big city. Instead, it’s a region of small and medium-sized rural villages and cities. It’s a nice area to drive or bike on a warm fall day to observe the trees’ colours.


The Niagara River Recreation Trail is an excellent place to observe the fall colours by bike. The Niagara River Recreation Trail was built in 1986. It’s a paved path for non-motorized traffic from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. It’s 58 kilometres (33 miles) long, but it isn’t necessary to ride the entire length. There are lots of places to stop for a meal or drink from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. The Niagara River Recreation Trail is a cyclist’s dream, the autumn season for this Niagara trail is especially spectacular to see.

Most of the riverfront area is thick with trees and the entire route is tourist-friendly. If you want a longer trek, it is easy to connect to the Greater Niagara Circle Route will take you all across Niagara.


A good place to start is Dufferin Islands in Niagara Falls. Nestled at the foot of the escarpment and located south of the falls on the Niagara Parkway, it is a series of man-made streams running through a forested area with family-friendly hiking trails.  The parking is free, the area is accessible to people with disabilities, and you can watch ducks and geese land on the water. Great for photographers autumn in this Niagara Parks parkland is breathtaking.

This is a genuine must-see for anyone serious about enjoying the Niagara autumn views. 


Another great place for a fall hike is Queenston Heights, the site of an important battle in the War of 1812. Gen. Isaac Brock died there and a massive monument commemorates his service. It is at the top of the Niagara Escarpment near Highway 406 and just south of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is also the southern end of the Bruce Trail.

Not only are the fall colours beautiful, but so is the view down the Niagara River toward Niagara-on-the-Lake from Queenston Heights. Parking is free and there is no charge to use the trails.

Take the Niagara Parkway, which goes from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls to Fort Erie, if you just want to go for a nice drive in the fall. On one side, you can see the trees and neighbourhoods on the American side of the Niagara River. On the other side, you can see the fall colours in Canada. This is a really relaxing way to see the best autumn colours Niagara has to offer.

Autumn is a beautiful season to plan your next getaway to Niagara Falls. Here are some more Fall things to do in Niagara brought to you by the Tourism Partnership of Niagara.