Fall is such a fun time for families – although the weather begins to get cooler (and let’s be honest, we’re ready for some cooler weather) there are still lots of activities that can be done outdoors. From hikes to check out the Fall foliage, carving pumpkins, sipping autumn drinks, and playing in the leaves, there’s lots for families to do. Just in case you need some ideas, here are some fun Fall outings in Ontario.
10 Fantastic Fall Activities in Ontario
- Leaf Peeping
It’s the season for leaf peeping! Whether you plan a trip to Algonquin park or nearby Ontario Parks/ conservation areas, do not miss the spectacular art of Mother Nature! Hike, cruise ,ride the rails or take a road trip to watch the leaves change colour and become a riot of yellows, oranges, and reds.
- Fall Fairs
Fall is the time for fun and frolic across Ontario at Fall Fairs held by Ontario’s agricultural societies. See prized produce, pick up a few artisan crafts and gifts for the fall table and enjoy the thrill of amusement rides!
- Cranberry Harvest
Turkey Dinners and Cranberry Sauce!! Visit Cranberry Marsh and take part in an experience that is unique in Northern America!! See how 27 acres of marsh that produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries are harvested!Bala Cranberry FestivalCelebrate the harvest of the cranberry with family and friends, entertainment, bazaar, juried arts and crafts, tours of two cranberry marshes and much more!
- Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest
Perhaps, no Fall festival in Ontario is as famous as Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival! Enjoy floats, performers and bands in Canada’s largest Thanksgiving Day Parade, stop by Willkommen Platz for tasty treats and live entertainment and more this Fall! Details
1. Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada VillageTake a tour through this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometer long path in a picturesque 19th century backdrop. This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages! Details2. Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour
See amazing carved pumpkins in larger than life forms, fun activities for the family and the Terror Zone awaits!
3. Pumpkins After Dark
Witness magnificent works of pumpkin artistry – 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins, creating more than 100 sculptures, displayed among a series of jack-o-lanterns all illuminated after dark.
- Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival
Enjoy a hike to the falls and explore over the wares of 150 juried artisans, food vendors, demonstrators, enjoy live entertainment and have a blast at this four-day long annual tradition. Details
- Trip to Sault Ste. Marie
Plan a train ride on Algoma Canyon Train, enjoy vibrant fall colours and various sights of the region. Take a seat as Canadian and International musicians invade Algoma and see an exhibition of over 20 pieces from the Permanent Collection of The Art Gallery of Algoma of Canada’s Iconic Group of Seven and their contemporaries.
- Fall Getaway
Enjoy the best of fall with an autumn getaway in Ontario.
- Owen Sound Salmon Celebration
Visit Owen Sound and watch the salmon spawning in their natural habitat, in streams and rushing rivers, migrating upstream to lay their eggs in the shallows before winter settles in. DetailsWhere to See Salmon Run in Greater Toronto Area
- Ontario Farms
Take a hayride, get a perfectly shaped pumpkin for Jack O’ Lantern, pick apples, get the best produce for your Thanksgiving Table, Fall dinners and preserves for Christmas, by visiting an Ontario Farm or Farmers Market near you!Get lost amongst giant stalks of corn near you, you may even encounter devilish children of the corn!