The cool air of autumn heralds a time of country harvests, crunching leaves, and soothing drinks! There are plenty of fun fall activities to get you outside and here are 10 awesome Fall activities in Ontario.
For the year 2020, please see– 25+ Bucket List Ideas for Fall Activities and Getaways in Ontario. Many of the festivals and fairs are not taking place this year due to COVID-19.
1. Leaf PeepingIt’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 aroad trip to watch the leaves change colour and become a riot of yellows, oranges, and reds.
2. 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!
3. 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!
September 26 – October 31 @Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, 1074 Cranberry Road, Bala | Free Admission
Bala Cranberry Festival
Celebrate the harvest of the cranberry with family and friends, entertainment, bazaar, juried arts and crafts, tours of two cranberry marshes and much more!
Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ Various Venues, Bala | $10
4. 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 Village
Take 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! Details
2. Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour
See amazing carved pumpkinsin 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.
6. Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving FestivalEnjoy a hike to the falls and explore over the wares of 150 juried artisans, food vendors, demonstrators, enjoy live enetertainment and have a blast at this four-day long annual tradition.Details
7. 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.
8. Fall Getaway
Enjoy the best of fall with an autumn getaway in Ontario.
9. 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. Details
10. 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!
For more activities, see 55+ Activities and Festivals to Enjoy in Ontario this Fall Season