10 Fantastic Fall Activities in Ontario

Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission

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!

1. 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.

Ontario Parks Leaf Colour Report

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!

Fall Fairs in and around GTA

Fall Fairs in and around Ottawa

Harvest Festival in GTA

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 23 to October 31, 2017 | 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM Daily @ Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh, 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 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ Various Venues, Bala | $10

Foodie Road Trips in Ontario.

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

October 6 to 14, 2017 @ Various Venues, KW Region

5. Pumpkinfernos

Photo Credit: Upper Canada Village

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! Website

September 29 to October 29, 2017 @ Upper Canada Village, Village Rd, Morrisburg | Regular Admission

2. Pumpkinferno at Discovery Harbour

See  amazing carved pumpkins in larger than life forms, fun activities for the family and the Terror Zone awaits! Website

Thursday-Sunday, September 28 to October 29 and October 30, 2017 |  7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ 93 Jury Dr, Penetanguishene | $8.00 per person with a non-perishable food item,
Under 5, FREE

6.  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 enetertainment and have a blast at this four-day long annual tradition. Details

October 6 to 9, 2017 @ Ball’s Falls Conservation area,  3292 Sixth Avenue, Lincoln | $4 – $6

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.

Algoma Fall Festival: October 05 to 28, 2017

8. Magnificence of Chaudière Falls

Photo Credit: Ottawa 2017

Visit Ottawa to enjoy this special display that pays a powerful tribute to Indigenous people.  An ambient lighting display will illuminate the Chudierre Falls and  accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular highlight the Algonquin heritage of the region. Details

October 6 – November 5 @ Chudierre Falls, Ottawa

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

Where to See Salmon Run in Greater Toronto Area

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!

Or you might want to get lost amongst giant stalks of corn near you, you may even encounter devilish children of the corn!
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