To see the fall colours, via Huntsville, Haliburton and Buckhorn

Above Dorset and the Lake of Bays
Above Dorset and the Lake of Bays

Five years ago, Jennifer and I went up to Muskoka, Algonquin Park and the highlands of North Hastings to view what were truly spectacular colours throughout. This year, the colours are somewhat muted in comparison, but it was still a wonderful day trip.

Along Highway 11 south of Huntsville, a typical sampling of this year's colours
Along Highway 11 south of Huntsville, a typical sampling of this year’s colours

We ventured up north yesterday (28 September), over to Highway 12, then along 169 to Washago and then up Highway 11 to Huntsville, where we had a wonderful lunch at the same place as five years before, the Cottage Waterfront Grill. Better food and service than before, by the way – both of us recommend it.

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Afterwards, it was east along Highway 60 to Dwight, and then south along Highway 35. This is a road that is truly cut out of the wilderness, and the views were wonderful throughout. This was Jennifer’s first time to the Haliburton Highlands, and I believe it was the best concentration of colour along the entire journey. The dominant colout is orange this year, and the birches are turning out to be a brilliant yellow.

At Dorset, a pine reminiscent of Tom Thomson
At Dorset, a pine reminiscent of Tom Thomson

We stopped at the Dorset Lookout Tower, the first time for both of us there. It provides an amazing view of the Lake of Bays, and lots of other people had the same idea.

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Afterwards, we went along 35 again until we reached Highway 118, and then proceeded east to the village of Haliburton.

The lake at Haliburton
The lake at Haliburton
Buckhorn. Who knew?
Buckhorn. Who knew?

And then south along Haliburton Road 3 to Gooderham, and then Highway 507 to Buckhorn and Peterborough, before returning home. It was about 12 hours total, but certainly well worth it.

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