Top 10 Fall Hikes in Northeastern Ontario

Bug-free, cooler temperatures, fall colours—is there a better time for hitting the trails than fall?

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—fall is the perfect time to take a hike in Northeastern Ontario.

Our region is home to some pretty spectacular, multi-day, backcountry hikes, but in this article we’ll be rounding up day trips. These hikes are perfect excursions if you’re travelling from one of the numerous communities in Northeastern Ontario, in the region visiting family and friends, or exploring scenic fall colour drives.

In some cases, we’ve published in-depth reviews on these hiking trails—keep an eye out for those links for details about the trail, access tips, and difficulty ratings.

Chase Waterfalls photo provided by Tourism Timmins.

Chase Waterfalls at High Falls
This hike presents two impressive sets of waterfalls: a steeper, more aggressive set, and a much more shallow one. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

Experience Boreal Paradise at Esker Lakes Provincial Park
Kirkland Lake
There are four hiking trails at Esker Lakes Provincial Park that vary in difficulty and are tailored for different experience levels. From one- to four-hour hikes, this place has it all. Learn more about this Provincial Park here.

Eau Claire Gorge Park.

Discover One of Mattawa’s Best Kept Secrets at Eau Claire Gorge
This gem is just west of Mattawa and offers a fantastic chance to see what our area has to offer. Mattawa has a lot to offer so consider spending some more time in town. Read more about this hiking trail here.

Breath Georgian Bay Air on the Chikanishing Trail
A quick 2.4-km hike takes you out on the coast of the Georgian Bay giving you one of the most impressive views available on the list. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

Lake Laurentian Conservation Area map.

Get in Touch with Nature at the Laurentian Conservation Area
There are almost endless options for you to hike in the Laurentian Conservation Area.  You can have your pick from quick and easy little walks to bigger more intense hikes. Find out more about this hiking trail system here.

Get Lost (and Found) in the Neighbourwoods

The general public doesn't know a whole lot about the town of Latchford, but if one thing is going to help put them on the map, we think it is going to be these awesome hiking trails! Find out more about this hiking trail here.


The beautiful Duchesnay Falls.

Explore the Laurentian Escarpment at Duchesnay Falls
North Bay

The Laurentian Escarpment in the fall might be one of the most picturesque places in our entire region.  The combination of changing fall colours and waterfalls is hard to beat. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

Ancient Trails in the White Bear Forest map.

Walk Ancient Trails in the White Bear Forest
This is a special place in Ontario with massive old-growth red and white pines towering above the trails. Get transported into a type of forest you didn't know we had in Ontario here in Temagami. Find out more about this hiking trail system here.

Get to Higher Ground on the Cup & Saucer
Manitoulin Island

With some of the most impressive views that you could possibly find in Northeastern Ontario, this is certainly a must-do for anyone looking to take in the fall colours this season. On top of the 70-metre lookout, you get to see the endless flowing forests below you. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

Devil's Rock at Temiskaming Shores.

Reach Great Heights at Devil’s Rock
Temiskaming Shores
Devil's Rock... that name should say it all about this spot located in Temiskaming Shores. The 300-foot ledge on the edge of the water provides an exhilarating look at nature. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

Get Inspired at Kap-Kig-Iwan Falls
Rapids, waterfalls, lookouts, and a variety of tree species are the formula for a gorgeous fall hike. Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park offers many hiking options for all ages. Find out more about this hiking trail here.

It was hard to put together a top 10 hiking trails in Northeastern Ontario because there are so many incredible options throughout our region. This list is designed to give you information on easy-to-access trails that should give you a fantastic look at the beautiful fall foliage this season. For more information on hiking in our area follow this link.

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