Rushing River Provincial Park: A Fall Lover's Dream Come True

Confession time: our favourite season is fall.

Don’t get us wrong. Spring brings the happy, our summer festival season is second to none, and thanks to local traditions like Festival du Voyageur and river skating at The Forks, we’ve come to accept learned to love the long cold winters our city has become famous for. But brief as it can be, autumn is the time for crisp air, crunchy leaves, cozy crewnecks, crackling bonfires, spooky movies, haunted houses, steaming mugs, chunky blankets, simmering soups, and pumpkin-inspired everything. And, of course, the most magical of colours.

And while there’s plenty of natural beauty to explore in our own backyard, a camping excursion to Ontario’s Rushing River Provincial Park should definitely be on your autumn bucket list. About 240 km east of Winnipeg, it’s an easy (and gorgeous) road trip but far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city to feel like a proper retreat.Β From the moment you pull into the park’s front gate to the time you pack up your tent, you’ll forget that a world beyond the amber foliage and sparkling water even exists.

Goodbye devices, hello Mother Nature!

But Rushing River’s natural beauty is just the beginning. In addition to fishing, boating, birding, interpretive programs, kayak rentals, multiple canoe routes and four (FOUR!) beaches, the park has some incredible hiking trails. In fact, the best way to admire the autumn scenery in all of its blazing glory might just be the Granite Knoll Trail.

Skirting the shoreline of Dogtooth Lake, the 2.7 km loop takes you through open Jack Pine forest, some pretty gnarly granite hummocks and a clearing of trees that once burned and will surely burn again. All of this to the distant sound of cascading water and birdsong from the warblers, sparrows and vireos who call Rushing River home. The views along the water aren’t too shabby either.

While it’s hard to imagine any trip to Rushing River being less than ideal, fall is a particularly perfect time to check it out. In addition to the stunning scenery, the park is less crowded than the peak weeks of summer, there are fewer insects around, and the crisp cool temperatures make for THE best campfire sessions. Honestly, what’s better than grilling meat, roasting s’mores and tipping back a few beverages before falling asleep to the distant sound of a rushing river?

Nothing, that’s what. Absolutely nothing.

This post was created in partnership with Ontario Parks. For reservations and more information visit Ontario Parks online.Β 

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