The Durham Region’s Oak Ridges Moraine bursts with colour in the fall. It is also famous for beautiful conservation areas and opportunities to hike and cycle. There are plenty of farms in the Durham Region to get lost in thecorn maze or whether you want to go apple picking or choose a pumpkin for Jack-O-Lantern. You’re spoiled for choice with activities and chances to wind down, and fall is an amazing time to take advantage of that. Here are just 25 of the things to do this Fall in Durham Region.
Haunted Ghost & Christmas Drive-Thru Tour
Take a driving tour of the historic Pickering Village Museum at night and hear stories from the past that still haunt us today. Learn about paranormal investigations that have found evidence of spirits and ghosts, and hear stories of past.
And then come again in November and experience the spirit of Christmas through the brand new Christmas Drive-Thru Tour.
Address: Pickering Museum Village, Concession Road 6, Greenwood
Explore the Greenwood Conservation Area
The Greenwood Conservation Area is popular for its 38 kilometres of trails with one along Duffins Creek. They allow visitors to fully explore the area and escape from the city.
Address: 2290 Greenwood Rd, Ajax
See the Salmon Run
During Fall, salmon migrate upstream from Ontario’s Great Lakes to lay their eggs in the shallows before winter settles in. Hike the Seaton Trail from Whitevale Park that meanders by the Whitevale Dam where you can see Salmon jumping up the dam. Bowmanville Creek fish ladder located along the wheelchair-accessible trail Bowmanville Creek Trail (at 35 Roenigk Drive, Bowmanville) gives you another opportunity to see these awesome fish journey over the fish ladder.
Cycle the Durham Region
The Durham Region is home to many scenic spots like the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Oak Ridges Moraine. These stunning landscapes beckon cyclers to get on their bikes and cycle its exciting loops.
Play a game at the Deer Creek Golf Club
The Deer Creek Golf Club is a scenic and elegant golf club with two courses – the North Course with a 27-hole elite course, and the South Course that includes water bodies and beautiful fairways.
Address: 2700 Audley Road North, Ajax
Enjoy the Heber Down Conservation Area
Located on the Lake Iroquois Shoreline, the Heber Down Conservation Area offers 5 kilometres of accessible trails, fishing opportunities, and recreational opportunities in an incredible habitat.
Address: 5000 Cochrane St, Whitby
See Fall Colours at Altona Forest
Altona Forest in Pickering is home to 100+ bird species and 35 distinct vegetation communities. Enjoy the sounds of birds as you hike the myriad of trails that cover the 53-hectare forest.
Address: Various, Pickering
Go hiking in the Durham Regional Forest
The Durham Regional Forest comprises plantation forests that were established over 90 years ago. Located at the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine, there is plenty of room for recreational activities including horseback riding.
Address: Concession Rd 7, Uxbridge
Visit the Applewood Farm and Winery
The Applewood Farm and Winery is most known for making wines in Stouffville, but also for their pumpkin, strawberry, mulberry picking opportunities and fall activities like their corn maze and wagon rides.
Address: 2055 Saintfield Rd, Scugog
Challenge yourself at the Treetop Eco-Adventure Park
The Treetop Eco-Adventure Park is an exciting place for a day out in nature going zip lining, making your way through obstacle courses, and trying out new activities like combat archery and axe throwing.
Address: 53 Snow Ridge Court, Oshawa
Visit the Ocala Winery
The Ocala Winery is the Durham region’s only grape grower and oldest winery. You won’t want to miss the chance to try over 30 varieties of wine, and to tour the century-old apple orchard.
Address: 971 High Point Rd, RR2, Port Perry
Go fishing at Lake Scugog
Lake Scugog is an angler’s paradise. With the amazing Muskellunge available here, many flock to the area just to try their hand at catching them.
Go apple and pumpkin picking at Watson Farm Market
The Watson Farm Market is a humble spot to find fresh produce grown in Ontario like apples, sweet corn, and pumpkins. You can find delicious, easy-to-make recipes on their Details that you can make with their produce.
Address: 2287 Regional Highway 2, Bowmanville
Go through the corn maze at Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze
The Cooper’s Farm is well-known for its 10-acre corn maze that opens to the public in fall. It is a highly accessible maze that is wide enough for wheelchairs and strollers, and welcomes dogs on Saturdays!
Address: 266 Ashworth Rd, Zephyr
Visit the Parkwood Estate
This incredible beaux-arts estate is a historic and architectural beauty that has been around for 100+ years. It was previously the home of the founder of General Motors of Canada and is well-preserved for engaging opportunities.
Address: 270 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa
Visit Sir Monty’s Brewing Company
Sir Monty’s is a fun bar that offers unique weekly events like craft nights, live music nights, and growler Thursdays. This down-to-earth pub is suitable for any occasion and offers a fine selection of great craft beers.
Address: 1540 Durham Regional Highway 2, Courtice
Pingle’s Harvest Festival
Spend the day navigating thoughPirate Ship Corn Maze, have some farm-tastic fun in the Playland, take in the farm views & fresh country air on a wagon ride, pick-your-own delicious apples in our apple orchard and top off your day with some yummy savoury & sweet food & drinks!
Address: Pingle’s Farm Market, 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton
Bike along the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path
This is a 7 kilometre multi-use recreational trail that runs all the way from Lakeview Park to the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden. It is a wonderful trail surrounded by vegetation and meanders along the Oshawa Creek.
Try out some brews at Town Brewery
The Town Brewery is a brewery that has a strong focus on community. Although they prefer making modern pale ales and IPAs, they also experiment with sours and traditional ales. You can check out their events and projects on their Details.
Address: 1632 Charles St, Whitby
Play a game at Oshawa Golf
The Oshawa Golf and Curling Club is steeped in tradition as its inception stems back 100 years. It has outstanding clubhouse facilities and an incredible golf course with mature trees and well-manicured undulating fairways.
Address: 160 Alexandra St, Oshawa
Pick up a classic fall treat at The Baker’s Table
The Baker’s Table has an incredible array of homemade breads, pastries, cakes, and deli meats and cheeses for a full fall feast. This authentic bakery shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Oshawa.
Address: 227 Bloor St E, Oshawa
Visit the Purple Woods Conservation Area
The Purple Woods Conservation Area is a perfect access to the Oak Ridges Moraine. It offers 1.3 kilometres of trails and is the host of a maple syrup festival. The area is populated with spring and fall song birds and amazing fall colors.
Address: 38 Coates Rd E, Oshawa
October Harvest Festival
Pick your own pumpkin and Take a walk in the woods of Forsythe Family Farms or a ride on the wagon train. Get lost in the 2 acre corn maze and check out No Left Turn cedar maze in the Barnyard Adventure Playground.
Address: Forsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc, 1025 Cragg Rd, Uxbridge
Browse the Pickering Markets
The Pickering Markets is Ontario’s biggest flea market – a place to explore hidden treasures and experience a unique shopping experience. With 500 vendors, there is a huge variety of goods to rummage through.
Address: 1400 Squires Beach Rd, Pickering
Fall Fun Festival at Brooks Farms
Brooks Farms hosts an awesome Fall Fun Festival that gets bigger and better every year. Come out and enjoy the beautiful autumn season Brooks Farms style! Activities include Train Rides Gem Mine, Zip Lines, Giant Jumping Pillows, Live Puppet Shows, Singing Chicken & Fox Show, Corn Maze, Rusty’s Forest Walk,and more!
Address: Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Road, Uxbridge
Take a ride on the York-Durham Heritage Railway
Although most railway services are currently closed, the York-Durham Heritage Railway allows all to experience a vintage train from the mid-1900s and a unique time including railway memorabilia, a 1950s snack car, and souvenir stand.
Address: 19 Railway Street, Uxbridge