There’s nothing quite like fall in Ontario. It’s one of the best destinations in North America to come and soak up the beautiful foliage, quaint towns and some of North America’s best agriculture. With the last sunny bits of summer fading away, the landscape gives itself over to a new season. Rich, earthy colours, warm drinks and delicious hearty foods await us with the onset of autumn. Fall is the perfect time to drive on up to Ontario and soak up what nature has to offer. Here are some best fun ideas for your visit.
Go Apple Picking:
A classic autumn activity, apple picking is a fun way to spend some time with friends or family. An outing that is accessible to mostly everyone, apple picking is an enjoyable way to experience the bounty of fall, without it being too exerting. Also making for a great first date activity on a sunny October day, hop into a Ford Mustang, get out of Toronto and bring home a bushel of apples. Here are some orchards just outside of Toronto:
1) Applewood Farm Winery:
One of Ontario’s first pick-your-own farms, this Stouffville orchard comes complete with hayrides into the fields.
2) Brooks Farms:
With a wide array of apples, this farm is great for a day outdoors. Choose from Ida Red, Macintosh, Golden Delicious or Royal Gala.
An annual tradition for families in Milton, Chudleigh’s apple picking season extends from August to October. Don’t miss their freshly baked goods.
See the Fall Colours:
Fall in Ontario is iconic because of the amazing display of foliage. With colours ranging from greens and yellows to oranges, to reds and browns, the forest of Mother Nature is truly spectacular. With many Torontonians making the annual pilgrimage to the north, seeing the fall colours is a great day trip to embark on. Here are some places to check out them out.
Muskoka in the summer is a no-brainer, but what about Muskoka in the fall? With the changing colours, the landscape is truly magical. The reds and oranges of the maple trees can be seen from some pretty awesome vantage points – kayaking, boating, zip lining and tree trekking.
2) Algonquin Park:
A bit of a further drive away, but still doable for tourists, Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Here, cast away on one of the thousands of lakes and rivers. Soak up the canopy of colour by canoe and keep an eye out for wildlife.
3) Walker Woods and Glen Major:
Take a trip into north Uxbridge and set foot in the beautiful forest filled with red, green, orange, and yellow leaves. Don’t forget your camera!
Go for a Hike:
Nothing beats a rigorous hike in the fall. With the cooler temperatures and breathtaking scenery, a hike through one of Ontario’s many trails is a great way to spend an afternoon away from the city. Here are some spots to go for a hike.
1) Dundas Peak:
Just a short drive away near Hamilton, Dundas Peak is a charming hiking area that caters to any level of hiker. The Spencer Gorge or Webster’s Falls Conservation Area is filled with trails that meander through the rainbow foliage.
2) Rattlesnake Point:
Along the Niagara Escarpment, this conservation area is in Milton, an easy drive from Toronto. With more moderate trails, this is great for a leisurely walk through the forest for a nature day.
3) Forks of the Credit:
Located on the Bruce Trail, this provincial park is gorgeous in the fall. Admire the ever-changing leaves, and bring your fishing gear for a day on the water.
Visit Quaint Towns:
An autumn visit to a small Ontario town is a great way to spend a day or a weekend away from the bustle of the city. Relax, rejuvenate and indulge in some nourishing food and drink. Here are some quaint towns to visit just outside of Toronto.
1) Prince Edward County:
A great place to spend the day with your love, Prince Edward County is quaint, scenic and beautiful in the fall. Spend some time tasting locally made wines at the many vineyards, visit the Sandbank Provincial Park, and end your day with a journey through the Taste Trail, a culinary montage of artisanal cheeses, cafes, wineries and restaurants serving local ingredients and gourmet dishes.
Famous for being Ontario’s wine country, a day at Niagara-on-the-Lake is a fall favourite for many Torontonians. Take a wine tour via bicycle, have a picnic by the lake, see a play at the Shaw Festival or tour a pumpkin patch at one of the many local farms.
3) Blue Mountain:
Well-known as the ski region of Ontario, Blue Mountain is a fun city escape in the fall. Indulge in delicious food, zip-line through the fire-red trees, excite yourself with a ride in a downhill roller coaster and end your day with a relaxing Scandinavian bath at the famous spa. Check your calendar and try to make it in time for the Apple Harvest Festival.
Visit Farmer’s Markets:
Nothing says fall like the bounty of nature. With delicious seasonal vegetables in abundance, farmer’s markets are chock-full of freshly picked gourds, pumpkins, squashes, root vegetables, and more. Here are some farmer’s markets to check out this fall:
October is probably one of the best times to pay a visit to the famous St. Jacob’s Farmer’s Market. Transport yourself back in time with the unique Mennonite lifestyle that is still practiced today, complete with horse-drawn carriages. Pick up some delicious locally made baked goods, apple butter, and jams.Albion Orchards:
2) Albion Orchards:
Nestled in the countryside of Caledon, Albion Orchards offers both a pick-your-own apple session with wagon rides, and a bustling farmer’s market. Stocked with pies, jams, vegetables, and more, this is a perfect place for a fall day.
3) Watson Farm:
Head out to Bowmanville to Watson Farm. Here, you can expect to find a wide variety of locally grown produce. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are abundant, and you’ll go home laden down with weeks’ worth of groceries.