Fall colours are still changing during mid-October 2016 at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.

Fall colours update for Mid- October 2016Aerial-view-of-Scenic-Caves in Fall

In the south Georgian Bay region, the fall colours are progressing more slowly and for an extended period of time.  We have not reached ‘peak intensity’ yet!

Plus, experts say that pockets of leaf colours are brighter and showier against the green foliage.

As of Oct 20/16, Ontario Tourism is reporting “South Georgian Bay” (Collingwood and Blue Mountain area) is showing a 100% fall colour change.  The predominant colours:  Nice mix of yellows, oranges and reds”.
+ View Fall Colour Report:  https://www.ontariotravel.net/en/plan/kevin-reports

There’s more good news here in apple country. While early forecasters throughout Ontario suggested the hot, dry summer might shorten the fall colour season, the Ontario Apple Growers said to expect “an extremely sweet and flavourful apple crop this year. The head of the association says the sunlight has an effect on the fruit’s starch levels and sweetness.”
+ Read article from the National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com/toronto/good-and-bad-news-for-autumn-lovers-southern-ontario-will-see-less-colourful-leaves-but-sweeter-apples

Why do fall leaves change colours?Fall leaves changing colour

The length of daylight as well as temperature play a role in colouration. Shorter hours of sunlight triggers the leaves to begin shutting down. As the leaves shut down, water and nutrients stop coming into the leaf and the chlorophyll dies.

There are many factors which affect how vibrant the colours are, such as too much or too little water, drought, extreme heat or cold and air pollution.

What fall colours might you see at Scenic Caves?View fall colours from suspension bridge

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is a prime location to view the fall colours from Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. Suspension Bridge as well as from various lookouts from the nature trails at top of the Escarpment.  The 200 year old forest of 100 ft. tall deciduous trees is set in a UNESCO biosphere reserve at the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment.

Sugar Maples flame apricot-orange-red. Birch, Elm, Beech + Ironwood sparkle brilliant yellow, while the Poplars radiate golden. Oaks and Hawthorns transform to russet-brown. White Ash blush purple and Sumach glow fiery red.

Which trees are native to Ontario?Fall colours on nature trails

The government of Ontario’s Tree Atlas is a terrific resource. It details what the leaves look like, where they are found, and interesting facts.
+ View https://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/tree atlas?_ga=1.172262117.794385534.1476472686

There’s still time!

If you are a leaf peeper, there is still time to get outdoors and savour the splendid fall colours.