December 2, 2022
Image of fall color along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Image of the fall colors along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

As Bob and I drove through Algonquin Provincial Park, a sea of glorious fall colors stretched before us.

Image of the fall colors along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Not since the autumn of 2014 had people been raving about the vibrant show of coloured leaves in Algonquin Provincial Park.  It seemed that the dry summer of 2022 had contributed to the intensity and richness of the myriad shades of this year’s fall colors.

Image of the sun rising behind the trees in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

It is possible to experience many different moods of Algonquin Provincial Park.  Crisp autumn mornings result in dense fog in many low-lying areas.

Image of cars driving through fog along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

On one such morning, Bob and I entered the Park early in search of a Moose.

Image of early morning fog over a lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

We became concerned that any Moose would be hidden by the veil of fog rising from many of the wetlands where a Moose might linger.

Image of early morning mist and fog over Smoke Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

A quick stop at the Smoke Lake boat launch provided a different perspective of that Lake so named for the impenetrable cover of fog that normally obscures a view.

Image of the fall colors along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

As the warmth of the sun’s rays heated the air causing the fog to rise, most beautiful scenes of the radiant coloured leaves were revealed to us.

Image of the fall colors no stopping sign along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Bob and I were not the only ones headed into Algonquin Park to see the fall colours.  Given the major problems in the past with people stopping their cars in the middle of the highway and even on bridges to snap photos, the park authorities installed road signs saying no stopping in live lanes.

Image of cars and trucks at the west gate entrance gate in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Bob and I had purchased our daily entrance permit online five days before we visited the Park.  Every day that we visited Algonquin, the quota for sale of the daily permits had been met; they were sold out.  Here, at the West Gate entrance to Algonquin Park, measures had been put in place to control and monitor incoming traffic.

Image of cars and trucks at the west gate entrance gate in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Algonquin Park rangers were kept very busy providing the visitors with information.  We took note of 5 RV Campers that had just arrived from British Columbia.  People travel long distances to see the beauty of Algonquin in the fall.

Image of fall color along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Continuing our drive through the Park, it was hard to restrain ourselves from stopping every whipstitch to snap a photo.  Many views were simply photographed through the car’s windshield.

Image of red leaves and fall color in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Mother Nature sure was providing a treat with all that eye candy!

Image of fall color along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

The beauty abounded everywhere.

Image of leaves and fall color in a forest in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Even a simple vignette encompasses the radiance of a red Maple Leaf.

Image of fall colors at Tea Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

The early morning fog had all but evaporated from the calm reflective waters above Tea Lake Dam.

Image of Common Merganser ducks swimming on Tea Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

A few Common Mergansers drifted in and out of the deep shade all the while on the search for prey.

Image of Common Merganser eating a frog on Tea Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

The Mergansers were having great luck catching frogs.

Image of stream in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Though little fall colour was on show at this location, I always love this particular scene.

Image of a Canada Jay in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

While taking in that view, a lone Canada Jay arrived in a nearby tree.

Image of a Horned Lark in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

At that same location on a different day, a huge surprise was in store for us when we spotted a Horned Lark foraging at the side of the road.  That was a first-ever sighting for us in the Park.

Image of a Golden-crowned Kinglet near Mew Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.

We did more than drive through Algonquin Park, but hiked many trails over the course of a week.  This Golden-crowned Kinglet was observed near Mew Lake.

Image of Ruffed Grouse in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

When hiking the Mizzy Lake Trail, a Ruffed Grouse strutted across the path near Wolf Howl Pond.  Ruffed Grouse are more often seen during the fall months.

Image of an American Pipit in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

It was a cluster of American Pipits that flitted about the boardwalk near Dizzy Lake that had us halting in our tracks in order to snap a few photos.

Image of fall colors in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

But the day of our fall colour tour, it was hard to pull our eyes away from the forest canopy.

Image of wild turkeys in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

It was pretty hard not to notice these Wild Turkeys strolling at roadside. They’re huge!

Image of a bull moose in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

And we did manage to spot a Moose.  Sightings had been few and far between.  The general feeling was that the unseasonably warm autumn had caused the Moose to delay their rutting season.  When the Moose are seeking a mate, they are more frequently seen along the highway.

Image of fall colors along Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

Continuing along, the cavalcade of colour stretched all along the highway 60 corridor in the Park.  Our hearts full from the exquisite beauty we had witnessed, it was time to head home.

Image of fall colors along highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

You can get more details on the Fall Colours in Algonquin Park at: Algonquin Park Fall Colour Report

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