We are just a few days into fall, just gearing up for the spectacular show of colour that nature has to offer this time of year. Oakville has several lush and lovely parks that draw crowds beginning as early as the last week of September in some years and as late as November in others. Trees in the area should start to show good colour change as we enter the first week of October. Here are some excellent places to take in the scenery.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
3201 Upper Middle Rd W, Oakville, ON
Size: 6.4 km²
Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and is part of the Ontario Parks system. The 6.4-square-kilometre park is located at the western edge of Oakville, bordering on Burlington.
1426 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, ON
Size: 9.6 ha (23.72 acres)
Coronation Park is a beautiful park situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is located on Lakeshore Road west of Fourth Line and east of Third Line. Coronation Park features five large designated picnic areas that are can be permitted through the town, including a covered/shelter area. Each picnic area comes equipped with picnic tables and a barbecue pit.
8 Navy Street, Oakville, Ontario
Size: 1.38 ha (3.41 acres)
The Erchless Estate gardens have been carefully restored to their historic appearance from photographs taken in the early 1900s. A stunning rock garden that was originally designed and built for Emelda Beeler Chisholm (1873-1951) in the 1920s continues to be enjoyed by visitors today. Visitors can stroll through the grounds and explore the many points of historical interest while enjoying picturesque lakeside views. The grounds are beautifully maintained by the Town of Oakville’s Parks and Open Space department.
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON
Size: 4.39 ha (10.85 acres)
Gairloch Gardens, consisting of a park and gallery in an old homestead, is located south of Lakeshore Road near Morrison Road. The gallery is a heritage home on the estate of the late James Gairdner who, in 1971, bequeathed his estate to the Town of Oakville. The gardens boast extensive rose gardens and 15,000 annuals that bloom between June and September.
Lions Valley Park
2417 Fourth Line, Oakville, ON
Size: 11.47 ha (23.34 acres)
Visitors will enjoy the new pedestrian bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, a newly constructed trail system from Fourth Line to the pedestrian bridge, landscaping and an asphalt-paved parking area. Enjoy the walking trails and lookouts from the new bridges on Dundas Street.
3307 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario
Size: 20.61 ha (50.93 acres)
Located in southwest Oakville, Shell Park boasts more than 500 blooming roses between June and September and 10,000 annuals in flower from May to September. Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy the demonstration garden featuring new plant varieties grown from trial seeds provided by All-America Selection (AAS).
South Shell Waterfront Park
3450 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, ON
Size: 2.76 ha (6.82 acres)
A picturesque waterfront park located on Lakeshore Road. South Shell Waterfront Park, in conjunction with Shell Park, Bronte Woods and Burloak Woods north of Lakeshore Road is considered by many local birders to be the best migrant stopover site in the greater Hamilton area. Dozens of different species have been recorded here, including a number of species at risk.
Get some exercise on Oakville’s beautiful trails while you take in the breathtaking view.
- Taplow Creek Trail
- Avonhead Ridge Trail
- East Joshua Creek Trail