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?
Fall is the most beautiful season. I look forward to seeing all the colourful leaves every year.
I absolutely love fall too! I wish it was longer! It’s already getting cold! Cheers, Lori
every year i keep telling myself i neeed to head north to take pics of the fall colours and something always comes up
The same thing happens to me. It’s a relatively short window of opportunity to see the fall colour up north. Cheers, Lori
High Park looks gorgeous at this time.
I haven’t made it to High Park this fall, but I’m sure it’s stunning! Cheers, Lori
Beautiful pics. I am sure you have great scenic views in Toronto..love this time of year perfect for pictures!
Love the changing of the leaves during fall.
So do I! They are so gorgeous to see when going for a walk or hike! Cheers, Lori
Beautiful colors! October is my birth month and it makes it even more special as the environment changes color to these masterpieces!
Happy Birthday Month! Yes, October is glorious with nature’s palette! Cheers, Lori
The park looks amazing! And the red roll neck sweater is a lovely choice.
Yes, that park is gorgeous! Thanks re the sweater. It was warm enough for that fall day! Cheers, Lori
You make natural fall colors look good, girl!
Thank you, but it’s pretty easy to do lol. Cheers, Lori
The leaf colours are so pretty in fall. I love going to walk in the parks. Great jumper it’s the perfect colour for this season.
I agree! The leaves are gorgeous in fall! Thanks re the jumper/sweater! I have had it for several years but it’s perfect for this time of year as it’s so warm! Cheers, Lori
So many beautiful parks in Toronto! One of the reasons I love fall so much!
Yes, I agree…there are many stunning parks in Toronto! Cheers, Lori
I love all the colours in Fall. It’s so nice to hike this time of year.
Oh, hiking is perfect now! I just wish the fall season was longer! Cheers, Lori
Lovely photos! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love all the beautiful colors.
Thank you. Fall is my favourite season too! The colours are gorgeous! Cheers, Lori
Leaf peeping is a great excuse to pull out the slr
Absolutely! The best time for some professional photos! Cheers, Lori
I adore this time of year too. The crisp air and beautiful colours captivate me. Both parks that you shared sound really wonderful to visit!
Looks like a very peaceful park!
The Rosetta McClain Gardens look beautiful!
I enjoy being in nature and you are so fortunate to be near such beautiful parks.
Fall in Eastern Canada is so pretty; I miss it. Our Fall in Alberta is very quick and short.
Nice. Parks are a sure place to chill and these all look beautiful. The trees and leaves tell you fall is here.
Yes, visiting parks is a great way to relax, especially in the fall with the beautiful colours! Cheers, Lori
Many years ago I visited Toronto and even travelled up to Niagara Falls as well as Niagara by the Lake. We even did the helicopter ride and we saw a wide variety of colours from all those trees. It was beautiful.
What a beautiful fall day!
Yes, it was a gorgeous day when I checked out Monarch Park! Cheers, Lori
I would love to visit Toronto. Especially this time of year. Nice photos!
How gorgeous! Fall is my favorite time of year, all of the colors!
so beautiful! I love all the colours even though I personally dislike the cold. The parks are wonderful, a great break from urban all day long, lungs and heart of any city
Going for a fall colour walk during the day is a great break from work! Cheers, Lori
I’ve seen some great patterns and colors this month while traveling through Europe and some color pallets were just mesmerizing! I would love to see a fall in Toronto though 🙂
I would love to see the fall colours in Europe. I did see them in Paris a few years ago and they were gorgeous! I hope you get to visit Toronto! Cheers, Lori
The Fall colours make for such an invigorating walk….gorgeous
I completely agree. The fall colours and cool, crisp air make for a perfect walk! Cheers, Lori
I love walking in any park with a mix of deciduous trees during the fall season! Better still if there is a slight breeze causing the colourful leaves to twirl and spin down around me.
The park is lovely – and so is that red sweater on you!
Thank you! I didn’t realize when I put it on that it would go with some of the leaves on the ground lol. Cheers, Lori
Monarch Park is beautiful. I ran along the boardwalk at Woodbine Beach today and it was amazing. The colourful trees and the sun shining!
I will have to get down to Woodbine Beach to see the trees before the leaves fall! Cheers, Lori
I love hiking in the Fall, seeing the beautiful Fall colors The weather is perfect for comfy sweaters
I also enjoy a hike to enjoy the beautiful fall colour palette! Cheers, Lori
Fall is my favourite season, a great time for travel, love your photos.
Very beautiful. I love all the trees and fall colors of the leaves. I adore Fall it is my favorite time of year. It’s beautiful. I plan to get married in the fall season.
Autumn is definitely my favorite season, just wish the peak colors lasted longer.
So do I! It seems the colours are here for about three weeks maximum if we’re lucky! Cheers, Lori
beautiful trees during the Fall.
Yes, the trees are absolutely stunning! Cheers, Lori
Toronto is beautiful! I have yet to visit during the fall so thank you for sharing the pictures!
I hope you get to visit Toronto in autumn. There are many gorgeous parks! Cheers, Lori
Thanks for sharing! Love all the colours!
You’re welcome. Yes, I loved the fall colours too! Cheers, Lori
I really miss the colours that Ontario produces in fall. They are phenomenal.
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