Fall is arguably the best time of the year to be outside in Toronto because this city is full of places for us to see the gracious fall foliage. Believe it or not, some of the best places to see fall foliage are the local roads! The followings are the 10 best roads to drive on to see fall foliage in my opinion (starting from east end to west end of Toronto):
Old Finch Avenue
I can’t think of a nicer road to see fall foliage in Scarborough other than Old Finch Avenue. You will feel like you are not in Toronto by driving in Rouge Park (Canada’s largest and Toronto’s only National Urban Park). Be creative with the route you take and make it a loop trip by going on Ressor Road, Steeles Avenue East, Beare Road and etc.
Twin Rivers Drive
One of the only two roads you can drive through the lower part of the Rouge Park (the other road is Old Kingston Road when we are not counting Hwy 401). Twin Rivers Drive is a short scenic downhill drive that leads you to a number of Rouge Park trail access points.
Old Kingston Road to Morningside Park
As Mentioned above, Old Kingston Road runs through the Rouge Park and guarantees some nice fall display. Morningside Park explodes with fall colour during the fall just like the Rouge Park does, and since the park is huge (Morningside Park is the largest city park in Toronto by area), you can expect a good few minutes of leisure scenic drive.
The Don Valley Parkway
I can’t remember not being at awe whenever I see the foliage along the Don Valley Parkway. Driving down the DVP gives everyday commuter a good glimpse of the fall foliage and provides a good distraction away from the rush hour traffic for passengers.
St. Dennis Drive and Linkwood Lane
Off the DVP and Wynford Road, St. Dennis Drive and Linkwood Lane in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood lets you enjoy a short scenic downhill drive through a condominium residential area that is decorated with fall colours of the Don Valley East.
Rosedale Valley Road
Probably the most scenic drive in downtown and midtown Toronto that brings you through a valley full of colours uphill towards Bloor Street East. It is also a well-known Toronto haunted road for those who want to get into Halloween Spirit.
Mount Pleasant Road
This scenic drive runs through the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Moore Park, and the Rosedale neighbourhoods. It is relatively close to Rosedale Valley Road (though they do not intersect) so a return trip is a potential.
Driving is not only the fastest way to get around inside High Park in a short amount a time, you can also prolong your fall foliage exposure by going in an infinite loop by strategically driving through the park roads until you are satisfied.
Home Smith Park Road and Old Mill Road
Humber River is definitely one of the best places to see fall foliage in the city. Drive on Home Smith Park Road down to Old Mill Road and prepare to be charmed by old world rustic buildings along the downhill drive. You can also continue your trip to King’s Mills Park for a longer trip for a stroll by the Humber River.
Black Creek Drive
Black Creek Drive off Hwy 400 is a wide road lined with Upwood Park, Westview Greenbelt, and Trethewey Park East. It is a busy road because it is directly off the highway but the amount of the fall foliage lining up both sides of the road is rather breathtaking.