Nothing beats summer at the lake but if you’ve been a resident of Ontario’s cottage country for a while, you’ll know that Muskoka is at its dazzling best well after Labour Day.

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the region blooms with eye-catching color. Vibrant reds, rusty oranges, sunburst yellows – the trees welcome winter with one last show.

Sure, you can enjoy this picturesque display from the comfort of your own cottage but if you really want a view to remember, it’s best to hit the highway and explore.

Muskoka Beach Road – Gravenhurst

This route, which takes you from Gravenhurst all the way to Bracebridge, is a stunning leafy corridor that makes you feel like you’re driving into fall.

The winding road twists and turns, snaking through cool old growth canopy and occasionally opening out onto beautiful lake views.

Ravenscliffe Road to Muskoka Road 45 – Huntsville

If you’re close to Huntsville this gorgeous autumnal tour is a must.

Looping around Lake Vernon, it’s got a little bit of everything – glorious fall foliage, combined with stunning lake views.

This route starts and ends in Huntsville so save some time to explore the town, one of Muskoka’s much-loved gems.

Peninsula Road – Muskoka Lakes

This dazzling drive is a treat for the senses. Save it for a sunny and tranquil fall morning and you won’t be disappointed.

Travelling from Port Carling to Rosseau, the road offers breathtaking vistas over Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.

If you’ve got time, head back to Port Carling via Highway 141 towards Utterson. This is another well-known fall favorite that entrances locals and visitors alike.

Midland to Parry Sound – Georgian Bay

Photographers, tourists, and sightseeing locals flock to South Georgian Bay all year round to appreciate its natural splendor.

But the bay is at its beautiful best in fall, when the dense foliage is transformed into a bright kaleidoscope of autumnal shades.

This route starts in the small town of Midland and takes you right up to Parry Sound as you hug the eastern shoreline of Georgian Bay. It’s perfect for leaf peeping, thanks to the diversity of the canopy and glimpses of the bay beyond.

If you haven’t had enough of nature’s charms, hop on a fall color cruise. Boats leave regularly during the season from Midland or nearby Penetanguishene.

Bracebridge to Lake of the Bays

Deep in the heart of cottage country, Bracebridge is a pretty town with plenty of opportunities for fall-inspired roadtrips.

This tourist hotspot is the gateway to cottage back country so it’s worth taking a whole day to get to know the area. Take Highway 117 from Bracebridge to Baysville and follow it around the eastern side of Lake of the Bays to catch some showstopping sights.

If you want to extend your trip, loop around the lake taking Highway 35 up to Dwight before turning south on Highway 9.

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