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《A Recent Eye-Opening Visit to Northern Muskoka》__ Daniel Ho (67)

An extra bonus of living in places of more northern latitudes, such as Canada, is the opportunity to witness clear-cut four seasons and visualize the colorful grandeur of deciduous trees in the autumn.  Canada is blessed with owning wide stretches of natural habitats, from coast to coast and from the American-Canadian border up to the Arctic.   Canada is endowed with having numerous forests with uncountable numbers of trees and large varieties of plants, many freshwater lakes, clean air and often blue sky.  According to one source of information, there are some 1,600 lakes (large and small) in Muskoka alone.

It is amazing that the fall leaves are of many colors and of multiple shades even with the same color --- yellow, orange, golden, pale green, reddish orange, deep red.  I personally like the maple leaves which stand out as red.

As a rule, the autumn leaves in Toronto are not the most spectacular in color.  On the other hand, people may not need to go too far up north in order to see impressive fall colors.   For instance, Central Ontario, which is at a distance of two to three hours car driving from Toronto, presents glorious fall color scenes.  In Central Ontario, the District of Muskoka is very popular with visitors and tourists seeking beautiful fall colors.  (Of course, Muskoka is also a popular cottage destination in the summer.) Along Highway #11, the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville are better known and are frequently visited throughout the year.

   
                                                         Huntsville                                                              Algonquin

In the later part of the week of the Thanksgiving 2016, my wife and I had an opportunity to drive to Huntsville for sight-seeing.  The colors of the fall leaves may change daily, depending on the ambient temperature and the presence or absence of bright sun.  There, we were blessed to be able to catch a glimpse of the fall leaves in their last days of glory before fading away.  We also further drove another 30-45 minutes towards north-east to the world-renowned Algonquin Provincial Park.  We briefly ventured into the western border of the Algonquin and walked a trail.

I have found this fall trip very worthwhile and gratifying, both physically and spiritually.  There, the ultra fresh air was wholesome and invigorating.  The cool weather was refreshing.  The tranquillity of the environment was soothing.  The magnificence of the fall colors quietly reveals the wonders of the handiwork of the Creator.  In addition, getting away from the hassles and fast pace of the big city is a welcome change. 

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