Unforgettable Fall Road Trips

Take a relaxed 50-km drive through Northumberland’s rolling hills. Go apple picking or goat shmurgling. Try a favourite back road adventure. Explore the wealth of options in Northumberland County with this list of routes chosen for their brilliant fall colours.

Northumberland is an easy day trip whether you are coming from Toronto, Peterborough, Belleville or even Ottawa. Nestled on the 401 corridor you can enjoy quaint towns with historic buildings such as Port Hope and Cobourg. Further along to the east, is a must visit in the fall – The Big Apple in Colborne. 

The most impressive views are found in Northumberland Hills with back road drives dipping you up and down through the ever changing kaleidoscope of fall colours.

If you’re wondering where to go to see the best fall colours on a scenic drive, Northumberland Tourism has curated a list to set you up with the best fall driving experience.  


Leaf It to Lang, Heritage Haunts, and More

Peterborough and the Kawarthas’ many driving tours combine great fall colours with plenty of places to stretch your legs or grab a bite from a local restaurateur. 

On the Peterborough and the Kawarthas driving routes you can experience settler history at Lang Pioneer Village Museum and see what the area looked like in the 1800s. Delve further into history at the Petroglyphs Provincial Park to see the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Canada. 

For nosh on the road there are plenty of options to choose from, including Muddy’s BBQ Pit, Elmhirst’s Resort, and Hobart’s Lighthouse. 

Some of the routes even take you to vineyards such as Kawartha Country Wines and Rolling Grape Vineyard. What better time to try wine than harvest season!    

Lovely Lakesides

Kawartha Lakes aims to help you spend less time planning and more time exploring with their curated list of favourite scenic drives. 

The scenic drives help you get off the highway and explore this stunning agricultural region teeming with gorgeous lakes reflecting the amazing fall foliage. 

You can choose from Plain Historic, Lovely Lakesides, Farm to Shield or Rolling Hills and discover what makes Kawartha Lakes so special. 

If the fall scenery inspires your artistic side, try the culturally rich Kawartha Lakes’ Arts & Heritage Trail. This driving route takes you to local artist studios, potters, galleries, outdoor theatres and cultural sites.

The Soundtrack to Your Travels

We’ve curated a fall driving playlist featuring local musicians and tracks with serious road trip vibes. Cue up these songs to create the perfect harmony between soundtrack and scenery.