The former capital of Canada – Kingston, and the 1000 islands – a beautiful archipelago on Lake Ontario, are both places to see the best of fall in Ontario. These stunning waterside locations offer down-to-earth fall experiences like apple picking, corn mazes, sightseeing, hiking, and more.
1. Take a cruise/boat trip
The Kingston-1000 Island Cruises are all about food, entertainment, and enjoyment while cruising down the waters around the region. Choose between wonderful sightseeing cruises to see the natural and historical sights or dining cruises for a scenic meal.
2. Go apple picking
An orchard and farm store serving the Kingston community and surrounding cities, this wonderful heritage orchard offers apple picking and fresh store products like cider, honey, and baking kits and supplies.
Address: 1345 Washburn Road, Kingston
3. Tour the Kingston Penitentiary
This famous penitentiary has visitors flocking from all over the country, and the world. You can opt for a standard tour or an extended tour and see part of the pen such as a cell range, the programs wing, segregation, a metal shop, and the recreational yard.
Address: 560 King Street West, Kingston
4. Take a Kingston Trolley Tour
Take a classic Kingston Trolley Tour to see an overview of the wonderful city of Kingston and its historical buildings and sights. This 1-hour guided tour shows off 300+ years of history. During Halloween, go on the special Ghost and Mystery Trolley Tour. This evening tour departs takes you off the beaten path to Kingston’s lesser-known and difficult-to-access haunted spots. Hear stories from Kingston’s mysterious past from your tour guide, including some dating back 200 years.
Address: 248 Ontario St, Kingston
5. Hike on Rock Dunder
This wilderness area includes three hike-able trails, including the Cabin Trail, the Morton Bay Loop, and the Summit Loop. At the end of the loop trails, you can find panoramic views and peninsular outlooks over the Bay.
Address: Rideau Lakes
6. Attend Fort Fright
This yearly Halloween spot is located at Fort Henry and the event runs throughout the month of October. Visitors can explore the site and prepare to be spooked by new scares and the unknown.
Address: 1 Fort Henry Dr, Kingston
7. Go on the original Haunted Walk
The Haunted Walk is a great way to explore Kingston’s most haunted spots on a guided tour that tells you stories on the way. It features haunted hotels, burial grounds, the old Sydenham Ward, and more.
8. Visit the Fruition Berry Farm Corn Maze
For 2020, the Fruition Berry Farm Corn Maze theme is “Honey Bees.” Head over to the farm and make your way through the maze and enjoy the cool fall weather.
Address: 3208 Hughes Rd, Kingston
9. Try a specialty drink at Sipps
Sipps is a cozy coffee shop located in the older part of Kingston by the waterfront. This beautiful little cafe serves up delicious specialty drinks every season like pumpkin spiced lattes.
Address: 33 Brock St, Kingston
10. Venture through Lemoine Point Conservation Area
Lemoine Point Conservation Area is a stunning 136 hectares of natural land surrounded by the waters of Lake Ontario and Collins Bay. Visitors can enjoy cycling, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing in the area.
Address: 1440 Coverdale Dr, Kingston
11. Visit the Rideau Canal’s Jones Falls
Part of the group of prettiest lock stations on the Rideau Canal, this location near Kingston boasts the “Great Stone Arch Dam” and incredible scenery.
Address: Kenneys Rd, Elgin
12. High Tea Experience
Experience High Tea by Top Tier Bakery in the beautiful setting of Hochelaga Inn. Choose from the menu that feature creations from makers and artisans from Kingston. You will be served 4 desserts, 3 sandwiches, local jams and Damman Freres tea.
Address: Hochelaga Inn, 24 Sydenham St, Kingston
13. Head to BUSL Cider
BUSL Cider is a family-owned craft cidery that is loved for their unique ciders and stunning 280 acre property. Their BUSL boutique offers the chance to try their premium ciders first-hand. Be sure to attend their Pumpkin Cider Launch on October 10th.
Address: 75 Quabbin Road, Mallorytown
14. Explore the Thousand Islands National Park
The Thousand Islands National Park is a picturesque place home to rare species of birdlife and other animals, incredible hiking trails, an unmatchable wilderness, and unique waterfront oTENTik accommodations.
Address: 1088 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Mallorytown
15. Hike through the Landon Bay Centre
The Landon Bay contains 5 trails, including the grassy and accessible Garden Loop Trail and the Lookout Trail which boasts views of the St. Lawrence River and Landon Bay.
Address: 302 Thousand Island Pkwy, Lansdowne
17. Kayak around the 1000 Islands
Head on a kayaking tour in the 1000 islands before the weather gets too cold, and experience the best of the islands up close. Opt for either a self-guided or guided tour that offers a getaway from the land.
Address: 110 Kate St, Gananoque
18. Explore Marble Rock Conservation Area
Offering both challenging yet beautiful trails on part of the Canadian Shield, its rich flora and fauna as well as unmatched views are what draw visitors to the conservation area each fall season.
Address: Marble Rock Rd, Gananoque
19. Go on an unforgettable helicopter tour
A helicopter tour is a must-do in the 1000 Islands region, offering a beautiful birds-eye view with five different tours to choose from – the 1000 Islands tour, the Boldt Castle Tour, the Aerial Views and Seaway Hues, the Kingston Tour, and The Works.
Address: 88 County Road 32, Leeds & Thousand Islands
20. Compete in a golf game at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course
Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course is your chance to play an authentic 18-hole golf game surrounded by beautiful gardens and island view scenery. Complement your experience with a gourmet dining experience at the resort.
Address: 418 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Lansdowne
21. Go camping at the Brown’s Bay Camping Site
The oldest park in St. Lawrence is the Brown’s Bay Park, located in the Brown’s Bay Campground. This campground is right next to the Skywood Eco Adventure Park and the beach, and has enticing views of the water.
Address: 1259 – 1000 Islands Parkway, Mallorytown
22. Ride horses at the DreamCatcher Farm
Get an enriching experience this fall connecting and riding horses at the DreamCatcher Farm. With friendly and knowledgeable staff and a beautiful facility, the farm provides lessons in indoor and outdoor facilities.
Address: 3185 McGarvey Rd, Inverary
23. Go fishing
Fishing charters like 1000 Islands Fishing Charters can take you through the region’s waters, filled with a large fish variety like northern pike, walleye, large and smallmouth bass, and muskellunge.
24. Head up the 1000 Islands Tower
The 1000 Islands Tower is another way to see the breathtaking views of the 1000 islands from new perspectives. The elevator takes visitors to three platforms that provide photo ops of the islands and St. Lawrence River.
Address: 1000 Islands Tower, 716 Highway 137, Lansdowne
25. Bike down the Thousand Islands Parkway
Rent a bike from the Thousand Islands Bicycle Co. and bike down the Thousand Islands Parkway, or go for a guided bicycle tour.
Address: 20 Byng Avenue, Brockville
26. Scheuermann Vineyard and Winery
This elegant winery offers acres of vineyards, and boasts the Westport Sculpture Garden and beautiful sunsets by Sand Lake They offer wines by the glass and wood grill meals.
Address: 82 Bedford St, Westport
27. Join for Frontenac Challenge
What better way to spend the crisp fall days than to get outside and take a hike? Participate in Frontenac Challenge which challenges you to hike all trails between Sept 1 and Oct 31.