By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Each year my husband and I try to take a drive to see the fall colors in the country. I know there must be a list somewhere on fall places across Ontario. I hope you know a booklet or phone number I can contact for more info.

A: Many Ontarians look forward to taking that country drive in fall to enjoy the symphony of color that transforms our thousands of deciduous trees. I love the winding route along the Niagara Parkway that starts in Fort Erie and finishes in the picture-perfect historical town of Niagara-on-the-lake.

You can treat yourself to a refreshing scoop of ice cream or relax with an afernoon tea at the Buttery or the Prince of Wales Hotel.

Both venues offer a different ambience. The former is elegantly laid back while the latter is more formal.

Another trip of course is around St. Jacob's country where the handicrafts line the streets along with carved pumpkins and stuffed scarecrows.

Around Barrie by Ontario's Lake Country, the Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour is now open and concludes tomorrow. You can plan your own tour and drop-in to see over 20 artisans displaying their art. Admission is free. For more info, visit or call 705-728-4283.

For a list of places across Ontario, Ontario Tourism has a special section on its web site devoted to all things autumn-related. Be sure to download the .pdf file, Ontario's "More to Discover" Fall Colour Report. This is Ontario's fall foliage progression report that is updated on Mondays and Thursdays. Visit

For more news on fall events and places across the province, mouse over to Ontario Tourism's official web site and visit or call 1-800-ONTARIO


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