Breathtaking Fall Destinations that Every Motorcycle Rider Should Know About

When the colours start changing, there's no better seat to watch them than the back of your ride. Mike Jacobs has picked the best places in Ontario to ride to. Enjoy!

Fall in Ontario is like no place else - our breathtaking scenery comes alive with incredible colours before winter sets in (and snowmobiling begins!

A couple of years ago I spent the first week of October on the road catching the colour shifts. The banks of the Ottawa River in Mattawa and Highway 129 in Algoma were astounding! The cooler end to the summer could lead to an earlier onset of the leaves changing so it's best to get on planning your trips sooner than later. 

Below is a list of destination accommodations and routes that are suitable for touring while the fall colours are in play. Check out the Fall Colours report for the best time to ride. Or, consider adding a coastline to the equation--the ride around Lake Superior is pretty spectacular. 

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Northwest Ontario  

This is just about as far west as you can ride in Ontario, but it’s worth making the journey, especially if you’re into fishing, boating or hunting.

Goose Bay Camp, Ear Falls
Goose Bay Camp has ten modern cabins and full service RV parking area including shower house. Boat and motors are available for rent, or dockage can be provided if you have your own boat. The walleye fishing on Lac Seul is not to be missed.

Totem Resorts, Sioux Narrows
The family-run Totem Lodge resort destination provides a variety of attractions, from the majestic beauty of pine trees and clear waters, gourmet food, boating amenities, comfortable accommodations and friendly, personable staff.

Suggested Routes: Motorcycle Magic in Northwestern Ontario




Algoma Country 

Waterfalls Lodge, Spanish
A family-friendly destination, featuring a variety of games and recreational activities for kids, not to mention ample fishing, hunting, ATVing and boating opportunities. Conveniently located close to a wide range of area attractions.

Suggested Routes: The Grand Algoma TourUltimate Ontario Motorcycle Route for Michigan Riders


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Northeastern Ontario

A region of unspoiled lakes, ancient pine forests, unique cities and beautiful roads. Add to that the splendour of fall colours and you’ve got a winning combination.

Golden Eagle Camp, Matachewan
Fully-equipped cottages offering a choice of rustic log cabins or modern new cottages, featuring modern amenities, provide the ideal setting to get away from it all. From fishing to hunting to ATVing, this is the place to enjoy outdoor splendour with indoor comfort.

Auld Reekie Lodge, Gowganda
Located about three hours north of Sudbury and North Bay, Auld Reekie offers a wonderful escape from the stress of the city. Picturesque Canadian beauty, walleye, northern pike, bass, perch and lake trout, excellent ATV trails and amenities… explore old logging roads and survey stands of old growth forest.

Cedar Gables Lodge, Bonfield
Located just off of the Trans Canada Highway 17, outside of the town of Bonfield you'll find Cedar Gables Lodge. Enjoy your own newly renovated private suite complete with wireless internet.

Suggested Routes: Lake Temiskaming Circle Tour, Highway 11 from Nipigon to New Liskeard

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Antler’s Kingfisher Lodge, Deux Rivieres
A family-run business running the gamut from self-catering cottages to deluxe chalets, full service campsites, even a fully equipped houseboat!

Killarney Mountain Lodge, Killarney
A rustic resort right on the shore of northern Georgian Bay. Go for a hike in Killarney Park and see the inland lakes and sparkling white quartzite mountains made famous by Canada’s Group of Seven painters.

Suggested Routes: Motorcycle Journeys in Northeastern Ontario, Riding Along the Shores of Lake Temiskaming


Explorers' Edge

Woodland Echoes Resort, Magnetawan
A perfect mix of beautifully landscaped grounds, meadow and woodland trails to explore and play. A variety of activities are available, featuring wonderfully scenic trails, horseback riding, golfing, ATVing, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing… even spa treatments, if that’s your thing.

Suggested Routes: Top 30 Motorcycle Roads in Ontario

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Kawarthas and Northumberland

Elmhirst’s Resort, Keene
Family owned and operated, each aspect of this resort from cottages to dining to Spa to farm has been developed to meet the needs of a variety of guests. Fine dining, VQA wine fresh from the cellar, horseback riding, golf and a health club—what more could you ask for?

Suggested RouteRide the Kawarthas


South Eastern Ontario

Gananoque Inn, Gananoque
An historic inn nestled on the banks of the picturesque town of Gananoque, deep in the heart of the world-famous 1000 Islands. Superior food, spa services and excellent amenities.

Suggested Route: The Great Waterway by Motorcycle

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Ontario's Highlands

Sir Sam’s Inn, Eagle Lake
Once the estate of a decorated government minister, Sir Samuel Hughes, who led Canada’s military through the first world war, this 10-bedroom stone and timber mansion combines civilized comforts with a great respect for nature’s own bold architecture. Today, 16 lakeside accommodations have been added, not to mention a waterspa, conference rooms and fine dining opportunities. 

Couples Resort, Whitney – Algonquin Park
The ultimate getaway for two… This exclusive, couples-only, luxury resort is the place for couples to go for an intimate and refreshing experience. With Algonquin Park as a backyard and the quaint village of Whitney a short 15-minute walk away, surrounded by breathtaking wilderness and pure fresh air, the sense of tranquility and peace that you find here could well be priceless.

Recommended Route: Highway 60 through Algonquin Park

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River Run Rafting, Foresters Falls
The place to be for a taste of outdoor adventure! RiverRun rafts are custom-designed, lightweight and perfectly suited to the rapids of the Ottawa River. Whether you’re a first-time rafter or a whitewater enthusiast, you’ll find it all right here.

Suggested Routes: Haliburton Highlands and Ottawa, Ride the Ottawa Valley

About Mike Jacobs

Mike is an avid Northern traveller, having spent years traversing its backroads, and visiting its remote lodges and fun cities by car, RV, motorcycle, and boat. There's always something new to discover in the North and Mike never shies away from the next great adventure. Mike is the chairman of the board for the Tourism Technology Company.

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