Fall is such a precarious season. Although the calendar reads that fall is three months long, in reality, fall weather lasts about four, maybe five weeks. And it never arrives in one long stretch. You get a few fall days in September inserted between often humid summer days and then October is usually the heart of autumn. Not this year though! October was exceptionally mild in Toronto! We saw temperatures ranging from 19°C to 28°C in the first two weeks of October! It was the warmest Thanksgiving I have experienced in a long time!
During the third week of October, we finally saw seasonal temperatures of between 11°C and 17°C. This delayed cooler weather has had an effect on the fall colour at Toronto parks. It is a week or two behind what it normally is, yet despite this, many of the leaves have fallen to the ground due to the sudden cold snap. For a fall colour enthusiast like me, this means I have to get to my local parks quickly to take a few photos since the window of opportunity is closing quickly.
Rosetta McClain Gardens
Living in Leslieville means I am close to several beautiful parks. You may know from previous blog posts that one of my favourite parks to visit is Rosetta McClain Gardens. I visited this Toronto east end park during the third week of October when not many of the leaves had changed colour.
As you can see, the leaves on the maple tree in the photo were just starting to turn orange. It’s still a gorgeous park to visit since it features towering evergreens and a sweeping view of Lake Ontario. In fact, I love walking among the century-old pine trees and I decided to indulge in some forest bathing. It’s good for the soul!
This week, I checked out the fall colour at a park closer to me: Monarch Park. It was a warm day for this time of year – 16°C! As you can see from the photos, 50-60% of the leaves were yellow or orange as a result of the cooler temperatures we had this week. There was also a fair amount of leaves on the ground, which always reminds me of Charlie Brown or Snoopy jumping into a pile of leaves!
I love strolling through this park as it’s quite large for a downtown east park – five hectares! There are also many old trees, which I tried to capture for you.
I hope you have also had a chance to see fall colour at Toronto parks this fall. What is your favourite park or trail to see fall colour?