Fall is just a magical time of the year. When the trees change their colours and begin to shed their leaves, the beauty of the Niagara landscape can be truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. If you’re like me and love this time of year, check out our list of the best places to watch the leaves change in Niagara this fall.
Whirlpool Aero Car
The Whirlpool Aero Car is an unforgettable ride over the swirling waters of the Niagara River. Fly over the Niagara Whirlpool, a natural phenomenon created when fast-flowing waters from the Horseshoe Falls meet an abrupt bend in the Niagara River. Travelling on an old cable car, you will witness stunning views of the changing fall colours as you soar 3500 feet above the Niagara Gorge. The Whirlpool Aero Car provides a stunning panoramic view that cannot be beat.
If you want to see the leaves change at the Niagara Falls, the best place to get the ultimate view is at the Skylon Tower. The observation deck soars 775 feet above the rushing Falls, providing an extraordinary view of the fall foliage surrounding the magnificent Falls. The 360-degree observation deck not only provides spectacular views of the Niagara Falls, but of the entire Niagara Region itself. You can marvel at the fall colours of the American Falls, the Niagara Gorge, and all of Niagara’s stunning countryside and wine country.
Niagara River Parkway – Niagara-on-the-Lake
Running parallel with the Niagara River from Niagara Falls into Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Niagara River Parkway might just be the best Sunday afternoon drive in the world. Don’t take my word for it, Winston Churchill was the first to make this claim! The road boasts some spectacular views of the Niagara River while surrounded by a canopy of trees whose colours in the fall will take your breath away. At the end of the Parkway, stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake and walk around the quaint town.
Conveniently close to the tourist district of Niagara Falls, the Dufferin Islands are a small man-made chain of islands connected by rustic foot bridges. Close to everything, but also secluded and quaint, the Dufferin Islands are the perfect place to have a lovely picnic surrounded by the colours of fall. Bring along your favourite bottle of Niagara wine, or fresh produce from one of the local Niagara farmer’s markets and enjoy a lovely afternoon marvelling at the changing leaves.
Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve is located in Niagara Falls, near the Niagara Whirlpool. Start by checking out the beautiful fall foliage from soaring viewpoints above, then take the stairs down into the valley to get a closer look as you meander along the Niagara River. The stairways lead to 4 KM of rugged paths that wind through the pristine forest. Get an up-close look at the trees in all their beauty while overlooking the awe-inspiring Niagara Gorge and Whirlpool.