Unlike most countries, Autumn can be fleeting in Canada (a.k.a. The Great White North), so it's all the more important to get outdoors and enjoy the season before Winter arrives and gets everyone huddled back indoors wrapped in their thick blankets!
Are you ready to savor the new season? Here are the five best ways to spend Autumn in Ontario, Canada.
See The Fall Colors
Are you excited for Autumn? One of the best ways to enjoy the fall foliage is to hop into a car and head out for a drive. Wherever you are in Ontario, all you need to do is head to the countryside and treat yourself to scenic fall views as you drive winding country roads-- while making sure to stop to take photos of the stunning colors!
For closer areas to visit in Toronto, try Schomberg, Caledon, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, or the Niagara area for beautiful fall colors.
Picking apples is an Autumn tradition for many, and the good news is that after the fun activity, you get to eat the "fruits" of your labor! Come out and go to the nearest farm to pick your own apples-- here are a few farms around the area that you can visit.
- Downey's Farm in Caledon – no reservation required. No entrance fee, however, they ask that a minimum of $8 of apples be picked per person. Check site for harvest calendar.
- Carl Laidlaw Orchards in Brampton – no reservations required but check the website for dates, admission pricing, and Covid-19 restrictions.
- Chudleigh's in Halton Hills – The admission fee includes full access to the farm and activities. Check site for harvest calendar.
Farmer's Market Hopping
In Ontario, Fall is harvest season, so get your grocery bag and check out the abundant fresh local produce available from the growers at local farmers' markets in your area! There are more than ten markets you can visit in Ontario, so be ready for an adventure!
Plan A Nature Hike
The cold (but non-snowy) Fall weather makes it the perfect time for nature hikes and trails. Appreciate the province's colorful fall foliage from the local parks and conservation areas while getting some fresh air and exercise. The Bruce Trail, Niagara Escarpment, and Algonquin Provincial Park are a few sites you can visit.
Enjoy Local Fall Celebrations and Festivals
Canadians love their festivals and celebrations, so expect an array of Autumn events to visit while you're in Ontario! A few examples are lighted pumpkin trails in different areas around the city, culinary trails to tickle your tastebuds, and the Bala Cranberry Festival in October. You can also look for Ontario wine tours and spend some "couple time" decompressing!