This article is one of my dearest ones, as it marks the beginning of my blogging period, a time when I was very brave to start this adventure and wise enough not to stop it.
*** You can read the Romanian version in here ***
Towards the end of 2015 me and my now husband decided to spend a few months enjoying beautiful Canada and travel as much as possible the areas surrounding Toronto, his hometown city.
I don’t think we could have chosen a better time to experience the true Indian Summer in Canada as the autumn months are the best in here, making the nature and the way it’s changing the real hero of this season.
If the term of Indian Summer is not very familiar to you, all you need to know is that it represents a very short period of time during mid or late autumn with very warm and dry weather. And this is the time when jump on the car/plane and enjoy travel as much as possible.
And why is it so special in Canada you might ask? Well, the maple trees make it that special, as they all turn from green to yellow and in the end to red, creating a breathtaking scenery, especially outside the crowded cities.
It was mid October when we took advantage of a sunny, warm and clear day to drive all the way to Algonquin Park. The road trip to Algonquin (around 3hrs drive from Toronto) is incredibly beautiful, with nature all around, colourful trees, lots of water lakes, and chic small lake houses, just perfect to spend your summer and late autumn days there.
Algonquin Park is one of the most beautiful and oldest parks in East Canada, covering now over 7000 sq. km, and this is about a quarter the size of Belgium. Can you imagine now how small Europe is? 🙂
This provincial park is definitely a must go if your travelling takes you to Canada. And more so if you are into outdoor activities, as you’d have about 2500 lakes to practice some canoeing or simply enjoy nature in campsites.
Unfortunately we were not properly equipped to camp for the night or do more longer hikes, but we were happy to just do a day visit and admire the surroundings. And I made a promise to definitely come back and camp on one of the small islands.
On the way back to Toronto we decided to take a different road and explore more the area, and we went by the city of Rosseau. The area is just on the shore of the lake, with small wooden houses, and beautiful cottages with sunset view.
It was definitely a true Indian Summer day, all the maple trees were already turned red, as if all waited for us to be there and soak all the beauty. The landscape really convinced us that having a summer cottage in this area, is one of the best ideas ever.
We were back to Toronto, and for the next days the late autumn began to show her real face, making the days more shorter and gloomier.
Let me know in the comments if you visited the area or you have other special things to share about visiting Canada for the Indian Summer.