Located north of Toronto, the York Region offers incredible views of the red, orange, and yellow spectrum of colours that characterize autumn. Here, you’ll find authentic outdoor experiences, wonderful wineries and breweries, and captivating sites. Here are 25+ experiences to enhance your fall days in York Region.
1. Halloween Nights of Lights
An immersive, drive-thru experience like none other, featuring more than 700,000 LED lights animated and synchronized to your favourite Halloween tunes. Turn up the volume and roll down the windows because this dazzling light display is the first of its kind in Canada!
Address: Improve Canada, 7250 Keele Street, Vaughan
2. Enjoy the fall colours at the Rouge Park
Known as the first national urban park in the GTA, the Rouge Valley Park comes alive with bright fall colors every year. Plenty of hiking trails and amazing natural and agricultural landscapes are home to lots of biodiversity.
Address: 50 Charlotte Angliss Rd, Markham
3. Go fishing at Lake Wilcox
Access the Oak Ridges’ community’s beloved Lake Wilcox from across Jesse Vanek Park or Sunset Beach and go kayaking or fishing.
4. Pick a pumpkin
Applewood Farm provides apple, berry, and pumpkin picking. Admission for pumpkin picking includes one pumpkin or squash free, and use of the farm play yard, corn maze, straw mountain, and a wagon ride and farm animal visit.
Address: 12416 McCowan Road, Stouffville
Join for the first York Region Zombie Hunt in support of St. John Ambulance. This year’s Zombie Hunt will have an estimated 31 activities, sponsored by local York Region organisations, to be completed during the month of October.
6. Make your way through a corn maze
Head over to Round the Bend farm – a family farm that sells seasonal vegetables, fruits, and flowers. They are also well-known for their fall season, which calls for fun fall activities, seasonal events, and their corn maze.
Address: 16225 Jane Street, Kettleby
7. Pick apples at Pine Farms Orchards
Pine Farms Orchards has been owned by the Rolph family for more than half a century. They offer over 21 fresh varieties of apples for the pick-your-own season and a bakeshop for all your baked good needs.
Address: 2700 16th Side Road, King
8. Visit The Schomberg Pub & Patio
The Schomberg Pub & Patio has an authentic treetop vibe that incorporates new trendy dishes, local sustainability, and long-time pub favorites. It is essential to the essence of the community and stands by affordable prices.
Address: 226 Main Street, Schomberg
9. Trek through the William Granger Greenway
The William Granger Greenway Nature Walk is an eye-catching green and rugged outdoor space with unique flora and fauna. It spans a near 9 kilometres and boasts a quiet and tranquil atmosphere for a hike.
10. Check out the Whitchurch Conservation Area
If you’re looking for a heavily forested area to hike and explore, the Whitchurch Conservation Area is the place to go. The area teems with incredible wildlife and has a man-made pond.
Address: Aurora Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L3Y 4W1
11. Go on an adventure at Treetop Trekking Stouffville
Challenge your abilities at the Treetop Trekking aerial park located in Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area. Try your hand at the zipline and aerial game trek, the treewalk village, or even the night trek if you’re feeling brave.
Address: 3291 Stouffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville
12. Enjoy the Willow Springs Winery
The Willow Springs Winery is an award-winning winery that is situated atop the Oak Ridges Moraine. With incredible views, prime growing conditions, and the perfect setting for special occasions, the winery is top-class and offers wines to match.
Address: 5572 Bethesda Road, Stouffville
13. Haunted Hollows Scream Park
Haunted Hollows Scream Park is what your Halloween fears are made of. With one and a half acres filled with over thirty individual scenes, professional animatronics and live actors, the scream park will heighten all of your senses.
Address: 18444 Yonge Street, East Gwillimbury
14. Tour the King Brewery
King Brewery creates authentic lagers, some of which have won awards. Their brews are made using the most authentic and traditional important German imports.
Address: 5645 King Rd, Nobleton
15. Play a game of mini golf at Timber Creek Golf
This family fun centre is a hotspot for mini golfing and other classic activities like the driving range and batting cages. Each of the 37 holes are challenging and will please beginners to advanced mini golfers along with landscaped grounds and themed areas.
Address: 12772 Ninth Line, Stouffville
16. Visit the Thornton Bales Conservation Area
The Thornton Bales Conservation Area is most famous for the 99 steps that get visitors down to the ravine. On top of the ridge, you’ll find panoramic views, as well as on the Greenbelt Route.
Address: 1260 19th Sideroad, King City
17. Enjoy Brooks Farms’ Fall Fun Festival
Brooks Farms’ annual Fall Fun Festival includes farm animals, zip lines, a corn maze, a forest walk, a farm market, and tons more activities to make your fall season special.
Address: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
18. Eat at the Boondocks Eatery
This beautiful restaurant is a family owned and operated restaurant on the Ferry Docks to Georgina Island. Feast on a comfort food menu in an atmosphere that fits all occasions.
Address: 7751 Black River Road, Unit 5 Sutton West
19. Attend the Stouffville Country Drive-Thru Ribfest
The Stouffville Country Ribfest is hosted this year in a drive-thru format so that everyone can still enjoy championship ribs with award-winning BBQ sauces this fall.
Address: Memorial Park, Burkholder Street and Park Drive, Stouffville
20. Go on the East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Tour
The East Gwillimbury Farm to Fork Tour is an annual one-day event that takes you to nine farms/historic locations in the area. You’ll partake in interactive activities like farm exploration, food sampling, learning from the farmers, and be able to take home foods, flowers, and fall decor.
21. Walk in the trails in Sheppard’s Bush
This forested nature area includes mature pine plantations, an old sugar bush, eleven soccer fields, several historic buildings, as well as a ton of recreational trails that take you to other trails and nature spots.
Address: 120 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket
22. Watch a flick at the Stardust Drive-in Theatre
Especially given 2020, drive-in theatres are a new novelty that heeds to both safety and entertainment. The Stardust Drive-in Theatre is a classic drive-in that shows double features new and old.
Address: 893 Mt Albert Rd, Sharon
23. Travel through the York Regional Forest
This national forest is a year-round natural space made up of 2400 hectares of protected land. Over 140 kilometres of multi-use trails are available for bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more.
Address: 15470 Kennedy Rd, Newmarket
24. Hike through the Kortright Centre for Conservation
The Kortright Centre encompasses 325 hectares of pristine woodlands, a natural oasis perfect for sustainable education programs and outdoor activities like hiking. You’ll find courses, workshops, and health and wellness events all fall season.
Address: 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge
25. Purchase a butter tart at The Maids Cottage
Home to the famous butter tart, this family-run business is also known for their home cooking and down-to-earth restaurant. They also offer a full menu of sweet treats like date square and lemon meringue tarts.
Address: 223 Main Street S, Newmarket
26. Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village
Step right into 1860s Ontario and explore the Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens, historical buildings, historic artifacts, and rare and heritage breed animals. You can even get hands-on and enjoy activities and explore discovery stations.
Address: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto
27. Take a fall getaway at The Briars
The Briars is an amazing opportunity for a staycation on the shores of Lake Simcoe. With rustic guest rooms, country-style dining, spa, golf club, and plenty of local attractions, there won’t be a fall day unfulfilled.
Address: 55 Hedge Rd, Jacksons Point
28. Go cycling on The Butter Tart Ride trail
This popular cycling trail is a favorite for an active fall day. It involves paved and unpaved trails and bike-friendly streets, and fun stopping points where you can rest at parks and enjoy cafes in downtown Newmarket.
29. Visit Corn Maze and Adventure Farm
Buzzing Bees Adventure Farm is a family friendly farm just opened in Sunderland. This year the farm includes a 9 acre Corn Maze, pumpkin patch, and farm fun activities like pedal karts, a hay jump, rope maze, elastic band shooting range and more.
Address: Buzzing Bees Adventure Farm, 1070 Concession rd 5, Sunderland