Fall is an ideal time for a romantic road trip among the colorful leaves and Canada is the perfect place for it! My one-week road trip itinerary will provide something for everyone with plenty of leaf-peeping opportunities. I have suggested using Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Ottawa’s Radisson hotels as home bases. The towns are full of many activities and make a good base. Radisson’s flexibility in check out times and the local style of each individual hotel makes them an ideal brand to use on your road trip.
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Start in Niagara Falls, Ontario
A highlight for any bucket list, the falls in summer can be very crowded, so fall is the perfect time to see its splendor. Here are some Niagara Falls highlights:
- Visit the falls.
- The Niagara Food and Wine Festival takes place in September.
- Catch the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Old Fort Erie.
- Explore Haunt Manor, a haunted house of sorts, set on the real bloody battlefield of Lundy Lane.
- For more ideas, read my 10 Great Family Activities Around Niagara Falls or 48 Hours in Niagara Falls with Kids.
Drive through Niagara-on-the-Lake
You must stop at this quaint, little town on the shore of Lake Ontario to visit its vineyards and take in its character.
Stay in Toronto, Ontario
- A must-see for any shoe-loving woman, visit the Bata Shoe Museum.
- Royal Museum Ontario contains natural history, art, and culture and is Canada’s largest museum.
- Dine at the swanky Hotel Le St-James.
- See the foliage by rail on the VIA Rail Sudbury-White River Train.
- Visit the city’s Tot the Cat Cafe!
- Enjoy an all-night modern art festival on October 1, 2016, Nuit Blanche.
- Take a walk in nature in any of Toronto’s parks or the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
Drive through Algonquin Provincial Park
By driving through this park, you will see the transition of Canada’s birch and maple forest to deciduous forest. You can hike the exterior or canoe through any of its numerous lakes. This is a great park to catch a view of a moose.
Stay in Ottawa, Ontario
Finish your Ontario road trip in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, where you will find many museums, learn a lot about this country and see some great sights. Here are a few to check out:
- Take a picture under the Maman Sculpture of a humongous spider outside of the National Gallery of Canada to use as your Halloween card.
- Visit Parliament Hill, first taking a tour inside to learn of this countries history, then taking in the panoramic views.
- Make sure to be here on a Saturday when you can join the cities residents on a walk through the closed parkway.
- Get lost in Saunder’s Farms, the world’s largest selection of hedge mazes.
- Take a haunted walking tour of the city.
- Visit Gatineau Park to walk among its many leave celebrating this glorious season with the Fall Rhapsody Festival throughout the month of October.
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200 thoughts on “Fall Road Trip Through Ontario Canada”
What a great road trip! I love the Algonquin detour. We always try to plan a camping trip up there in the summer, but I bet the fall is just as beautiful!
This is on my bucket list! It looks gorgeous and a fabulous destination to travel to!
I would love to spend the night in Vancouver
Toronto sounds great
I would like to stay at the Radisson Hotel Toronto Airport. [email protected]
While you are in Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre is always a good choice to check out for events, which run from folk concerts to symphony to cultural festivals. There’s a fine garden with a design inspired by a Bach cello suite too.
I’ve been wondering about that Cat Cafe, sounds like a great idea — want to visit next time I am in Toronto.
I would love to stay at the Radisson in st johns, Newfoundland Canada. The view is beautiful!
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I would love to do a fall road trip since there is no fall color where I live so any locations that have fall colors would be amazing in the US or Canada
I would love to go to either the one in Toronto or Seattle
I would love to stay at the one in Winnipeg Manitoba! Its been a long time since I had a staycation at a hotel! (([email protected])
I would stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport
Canada is a wonderful place for fall colors indeed. If I was to win, I would love to stay overnight in Ottawa.
I want to go to Vancouver because it looks beautiful especially in the fall! Plus, it is only 3 hours from me and would make the perfect little road trip!
I would take a staycation in Providence.
I would love to see the falls in fall.
I would love to see a MLB game in Canada.
This looks like a very fun trip! I would use this to visit Toronto! Always have wanted to explore that city.
RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES FALLSVIEW, ON near Naigara Falls
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview in Ontario and visit Niagra Falls! It has b een one of my dreams to visit Niagra.
I love your road trip ideas! Ontario looks beautiful but I really want to see Vancouver =)
I’d like to use my free night at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport.
I would love a one night stay at the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. We would walk along the river and see the views.
Love the idea about taking a photo next to the giant spider sculpture!
I’ve always wanted to road trip through Canada! I’ve honestly just been right over the niagara border. Niagara on the lake is a must to bike around to the wineries!
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I would love to visit Calgary one day. It looks like such a beautiful place and I know there would be so many great things to see!
I would stay at the Vancouver, BC Radisson!
I would take a road trip to Indianapolis for the kids museum
I would love to stay at a radisson hotel in NYC for my birthday!
i love vancouver and haven’t been since i was little, so i would either use it there or i would use it in quebec. I’ve never been and really want to
Goodness, what a great Fall Road Trip. There are so many great stops on your itinerary. I didn’t know that Canada’s Thanksgiving was on October 10th (good info to know). I would love to see the foliage by rail on the VIA Rail Sudbury-White River Train. Seeing Niagara Falls has been on my Bucket List for years. Also, the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto Harborfront looks like a great place to stay – beautiful Hotel.
I would stay at the Radisson in Cleveland, Ohio !!
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel San Diego – Rancho Bernardo.
So glad I came across this post! I have been thinking about taking a road trip around Canada soon but had NO idea where to start! This was extremely helpful! Will be saving this for the future!
I would love to visit Toronto. I went as a kid but would love to go back as an adult.
I’d love to stay at the Radisson in Niagara Falls!
I would like to use the hotel stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Marrakech
MaryAnn, the prize is good in the US and Canada, but that sounds like fun!!
We’d probably use it at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria 🙂
I love your Niagara Falls pic! The colors are pretty–tranquil blue. I’ve always wanted to go there but haven’t had the chance yet! <3
I would love to go to the all-night modern art festival on October 1, 2016, Nuit Blanche. Sounds like fun! And you forgot to mention the casino in Niagara! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.
I love that you highlight the arts and culture of the spots on this list. Sounds like this trip would be perfect for me! And I didn’t know there’s a Canadian Thanksgiving! I think I need to get in touch with my family friends and go for a visit 🙂
By the way, I’m assuming the Maman Sculpture outside the National Gallery is by Louise Bourgeois. I love this artist! There’s a twin sculpture outside the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
I’d love to use this to take the family on a road trip to Baltimore, MD for a weekend! We’d check out the Inner Harbor: the aquarium, maybe take a boat tour to Fort McHenry, eat at Cheesecake Factory…then spend the night at the Radisson!
We would stay at the Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada
We want to go see a Hockey game in November so what a treat it would be to win this giveaway.
Thanks for the review. Ottawa has so many interesting things. I love that they show awesome videos on the
Parliament Building at night. Coolest thing ever. The area is filled with children and adults alike.
I’d spend the free night at the Radisson Hotel Fort Worth South. It seems like a good base to explore Fort Worth from.
Oh wow! I’ve never been to Ontario and never really thought to until now! It looks like there’s tons to do, I’ll have to check it out!
This hotel sounds wonderful! I have yet to even have a honeymoon so even one night would be nice!! I have checked out a few of them and am thinking I would love to stay at the one at Boston , MA.
I would go snow shoeing in Algonquin while staying at Radisson Hotel
we’d probably go to the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson Vancouver, BC while visiting my niece
I have always wanted to see Niagara Falls! Looks like a great trip!
I would add a visit to the butterfly conservatory in Niagara. Make sure to wear bright clothes so the butterflies will land on you!
I would also check out the Canadian War Museum, it sounds interesting. I would like to stay at the Radisson Admiral Toronto Harbourfront.
I’d like to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre in Calgary. I’ve heard the Aero Space Museum of Calgary and the Calgary Zoo are must-sees! And Banff National Park (close by) is high on my travel bucket list. Would be a perfect trip!
Incredible! I’m from Minnesota yet I’ve only been to Quebec! I’m dying to visit Toronto, especially that shoe museum! Thanks for sharing!
I’d use the free night at the Seattle, WA Radisson!
I would use my free night at the Radisson in Toronto Vaughan. I see it there and have been wanting to check it out.
I would stay at the one in Winnipeg for a staycation!
I’d love to staycation in Houston!
I remember a few years back there was a survey or travel magazine that listed Toronto as one of the best cities to visit in the world. I would love to come see it someday.
I would love to take this trip. I would like to go into Buffalo, New York and do the other side of the falls too.
My family would stay at the Country Inn and Suites located in Historic Williamsburg VA. We homeschool and would make a great education family trip!
I’d love to go to the Niagara Food and Wine Festival – sounds awesome!
Love to stay at the Radisson in Toronto! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂
Road trip? Would not mind staying at one of your hotels along the way.
I love Canada! I live on the west coast now, but have lots of good memories from Niagara Falls. Good idea for a roadtrip!
I think going the highway #7 route is much nicer
A night for my birthday in indianapolis i would love at the radison
I’ve never really visited Canada only drove through it from Michigan to Maine, I would like to do some hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park.
I would like to go to he Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lake George (Queensbury), NY
I love this itinerary especially checking out the food and wine festival! If I were to win this I think I would use my free night at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor. My husband and I have wanted to visit downtown Baltimore for a while and staying there would make it easy to do without the hassle of driving and parking!
I would use my free night to go stay in Vancouver! Always have wanted to go.
Love it! I think we’d choose Denver or Niagara Falls–both are on our list!
id love to stay in Vancouver. Seems so pretty and looks like lots to do.
I do agility with my dog, but always stick to local trials since I can’t afford hotel rooms in addition to trial entries. Would love to use this to try an out of town trial.
Oh my gosh, I choose Niagara falls. Spectacular there.
i would use my free night at the Radisson in Utica NY!
My daughters and I stayed at the Radisson Martinque in New York City when they were teenagers. We all loved it. It was within walking distance to so many attraction and Macy”s. The restaurant at the hotel was so good that we ate there 3 times. Best of all the price per night was excellent. I am a single mom so I am always on the lookout for a good deal and boy did we get one with that Radsson hotel.
Wow! Ontario and Niagara look beautiful! My favorite would be staying at the Downtown Salt Lake City hotel for our 3rd wedding anniversary. It’s a beautiful hotel.
Those falls look amazing. I would love to visit someday. We like hiking and spending a lot of time in nature when we go on vacations. 🙂
Would love to go to Canada! Sounds amazing!
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview in Ontario and visit Niagara Falls!
I’ve always wanted to see Niagara falls, it looks like you had a blast and I wouldn’t change a thing. If I won I’d check out the fall colors in Asheville NC.
I’d love to stay at the
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Madison, WI and visit the Wisconsin Dells!
What a great road trip! This photography work is dope!
I’d like to stay at the one in Seattle!
Beautiful Road Trip!! Love the falls picture!!
I would love to use the free night at the Park Inn & Suites By Radisson in Vancouver, BC. It would make for a great romantic weekend getaway!
This trip sounds fun! I want to stay in the Radisson Hotel New Orleans Airport because I have never been to Louisiana.
That looks like a beautiful trip! I’d love a free stay overnight in Chicago on a girl’s getaway.
I’d love to visit the RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES FALLSVIEW, ON
This trip looks like so much fun! I would love to stay at the RADISSON HOTEL OAKLAND AIRPORT
Adding on a visit to Quebec City would be amazing if you had the time
I’d use it at the Radisson in Seattle.
the first night of our honeymoon 14 years ago, we stayed at the Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor . It was beautiful. We haven’t been away since our honeymoon so I would love to win a night there for us to do a weekend get away which we badly need.
I’d love to stay at the Radisson in Bedford, New Hampshire!!
I live so close to Canada and I’ve never been! Would love to go someday. I’d probably use the free night at the Radisson in Seattle or Portland Oregon and have a little “staycation” with my husband.
I would like to add Niagara Falls and possibly stay at a Radisson near there, awesome trip, never been to Canada or the falls
The Ontario trip sounds fantastic. I have been there before and really like it. I’d love to use this freebie for a getaway for me and my hubby, near KC, MO.
This sounds like a beautiful, scenic trip. To visit Canada and see Niagara Falls has always been my wish list.
I would love to visit Canada. Our budget means an overnight stay at Park Inn by Radisson Houston North would be a mini vacation.
I’ve never been so I wouldn’t know what to add but I think out of the items listed the haunted tour would be my favorite. Visited link on 10/01
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor is where I would like to stay.
I would have loved this road trip! My dream would be to go to Canada, but more realistically would probably be an overnight trip somewhere not-too-far from home!
That looks like a spectacular drive! I would probably stay at the Radisson in Niagara Falls, and I would definitely stop at Kill Kare Provincial Park. It’s so awesome!
I would stay at the Radisson in downtown St Paul, MN!
id stay at
Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport
I’d love to stay at Niagara Falls. It’s supposed to be beautiful!
I have fond memories of Ramada hotels when I was a little girl and all these years later still seek it out when traveling with my husband and children. My young daughter is a competitive gymnast so we would love to stay at the Ramada Waterfront in Sarasota, FL at her upcoming competition in Bradenton, FL.
Would love to visit Washington DC to visit some family members.
I would LOVE to take my kids to Niagara Falls for the first time!!! Thanks for the giveaway! We love the Radisson!
I will use my free night at the Radisson Hotel in St Johns,NL! Would be great to get away for a night!
I loved the idea of going to the Niagara Food and Wine Festival in September.
I would have to check out the local foods in Ontario.
I would love to stay at the radiation hotel on broadway in New York City!! Awesome giveaway!
we are on the westcoast and would LOVE to spend the night in Vancouver! there is so much to see in the city! thanks for the chance!!
In the itinerary you described, I loved many ideas. I especially liked the visit to the hedge mazes, and the the haunted walking tour of Ottawa. I also find a trip to the Bata Shoe Museum irresistible.
I would live to stay a night at the Radisson in Cocoa Beach, FL. I would be a nice staycation for the fiance and I before our big day in November. Just relaxing and listening to the waves roll in. Thank you for the opportunity. ?
I would use my stay at the Columbus, OH Radisson! 🙂
I would stop in Florida first, where it is warm
would love to go to Niagara Falls in the Fall
I would stay at the RADISSON HOTEL OTTAWA PARLIAMENT HILL
I’d love to use a free night in either NYC or the DC area. Looks like you had a great trip!
Always wanted to see Niagara.
I would love to use this at a Radisson location far, far away. Good excuse for an impromptu trip! Thanks for the chance.
Great ideas!! Love it. My road trip tip is bring lots of snacks haha and activities. So important for kids 🙂
I have done this trip up in Canada, so great. I would use this for my upcoming stay in Miami though!
I would stay at the Radisson Hotel & Suites in Niagara Falls.
I would use this to stay in NYC. Always great.
I would stay at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto Harborfront
I would love to spend the night at a Radisson somewhere near a Florida beach!
I would love to stay at the Toronto Harbourfront hotel, such a beautiful view and so much going on right outside the hotel. Thank you for this awesome contest ! Good luck everyone.
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I think your trip looks lovely! I’d use this certificate to stay in Green Bay!!
I’m from Michigan so a fall visit to Ontario would be so perfect and easy!
I absolutely love Radisson Hotel! Unfortunately, I can’t travel because of university but that trip looked awesome! I’d stay in Toronto since it’s nearby my uni and i love my city
I would stay at Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront!
I would use my free night in Toronto
I would like to stay in Toronto and visit friends there
The Bata Shoe Museum sounds really neat! Niagara Falls is incredible.
I would love to stay at the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson in Vancouver, BC,
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel Niagara Falls-Grand Island.
So many great choices to use the hotel voucher. But an idea while in Ottawa why not take a short walk across the river just to say you were in Quebec too.
I’d love to take a trip to the north shore on Lake Superior.
I would love to visit that part of the country! I have always dreamed of visiting Niagra Falls. But I would probably stay at the Radisson in downtown Austin, TX to hang out with my daughter.
I like the idea of going to Saunder’s Farms, the world’s largest selection on hedge mazes. I would love to have a night stay in Wisconsin!
That sounds so cool – Take a haunted walking tour of the city. I would like to stay in Wisconsin.
I would love to stay at Radisson Martinique on Broadway.
I would use it for a staycation in Rhode Island!
I like the:
Take a picture under the Maman Sculpture of a humongous spider outside of the National Gallery of Canada to use as your Halloween card.
Visit Parliament Hill, first taking a tour inside to learn of this countries history, then taking in the panoramic views.
I would stay somewhere in the USA.
I would use it at the raddison in SLC Utah!
I would definitely stay at the Radisson Admiral Hotel in Toronto on the Harborfront! I would also visit the CN tower and Ripley’s Aquarium, as they are both near to the hotel.
That road trip looks awesome! Love the colours of fall. Could use the certificate to stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport.
Wow that looks so beautiful. Great ideas!
The only place in Canada I have visited is British Columbia, so Ontario would be a whole new adventure to me. As for the Radisson, it’s a great place to stay.
Toronto sounds great
i’d love to win this! it’s such an awesome giveaway. thanks for the opportunity!
I would love to see the falls, definitely would stay there!
Chicago Radisson looks awesome!
I would go through the rouge urban national park!
I would love to take my daughters and stay at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago!
Looks like a great trip! One of my favorite things to do on any road trip is to stop off spontaneously at any thing that strikes my fancy. When my baby gets old enough for road trips, I’d like to make it a point to allow everyone one stop of their choosing each day.
That sounds like a great idea, Meaghan!
I’d use it for the Radisson hotel in Winnipeg for a staycation!!
I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A NIGHT FREE IN SEATTLE, JUST OVER THE BORDER FROM US 🙂
I’d love to spend the night in Halifax and visit Peggy’s Cove. Love your adventuring
I like the idea of visiting Niagara Falls because I haven’t been able to visit it before but know people who have and they liked it 🙂
Would love to see Niagra Fall, Ontario and Niagra Falls from the American side.
I love the idea of the haunted walking tour! We are recently retired and always looking for road trips and new adventures. Thanks for the great ideas.
Date night weekend getaway! My husband and I haven’t had a date night in over a year. I would love to get to drop the kids off with a sitter and have a weekend to ourselves. We could stay in the Houston area not far from home. Get dressed up, eat a fancy dinner, spend the night talking, laughing, remembering why we fell in love. This would be a gift for our marriage.
I would stay at the Raddison at Park City
I would redeem my free night in Philadelphia! My husband and I are trying to visit every MLB baseball stadium and Philly is still on our list!
We would stay in California by the beach!
I would use this voucher to stay in Calgary
I would want to go to Niagara Falls! I would probably go there if I won. My kids are planning their birthday vacation (instead of a party, we will take them somewhere!) THis would be great to win!
I would love to use this to visit family in another state!
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview Ontario. Hubby and I would love to see the falls and this would be perfect to celebrate my anniversary.
I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel and Suites in Fallsview Ontario, the falls look amazing.
I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver, so I would use my free hotel stay there.
What a beautiful trip! I wish I could go on it but I just opened a plumbing company and cant leave! If I won a hotel stay, my husband and I would take it here in Omaha for a well needed one night staycation!
Sometimes we just can’t get away too far but a stay at the Radisson would be a great getwaway in town for us!
I’ve never been to Canada, so I’m not sure what you should add to the itinerary. Maybe if I won the giveaway I would go!
A trip to Canada is on my bucket list, its one of the places that I would so love to visit. Niagara Falls is the one place that I think is just so beautiful and I want to see it first and then, Quebec, where my cousin lives. If I won I am not sure where i would use it, it would be somewhere on a road trip,
I would love to go to Nigeria falls and stay at a radius so near there ,or somewhere near buffalo ,
The Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown
whistler would be fun or vancouver
I agree with all the above. I would add that I would collect leaves from each area in Canada I visited and make a leaf book. I would love to see Niagara Falls during the fall as well. I would visit one of the hotels in the south on a day trip with my husband!
I would like to use it at Radisson in Orlando
That’s an awesome road trip! I need to get my passport so I can head over to Canada…haven’t been there in years! Always love visiting Niagara Falls and think it’s been about 15 years since I have been to Toronto. One of my favorite things to do there was see the theater productions! Phantom of the Opera was a favorite!
I would probably use my free night in Massachusetts at the Chelmsford-Lowell Radisson. Thank you for the chance to win!
Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, ON
Niagara falls will be great this time of year, and the fall colors along the way will be beautiful
i choose Radisson in Orlando, entry pls
Awesome guys! Canada road trip is really in my bucket list. I am planning for a family vacation. I would definitely use your tips & guidance. Thanks for great info.
Let me know if you have any specific questions, Saania!