From Halloween haunts to glowing pumpkins and Fall fairs, there are plenty of fun and fabulous activities to do with your family and friends on the Thanksgiving weekend. Here is a list of 80+ things to do this Thanksgiving weekend across Ontario.
80+ Things to Do this Thanksgiving Long Weekend in Ontario
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1. Windsor-Essex Region
Immersive Dinner Experience at the Scarehouse
Go Raptor Watching
See raptors on their fall migration. Windsor-Essex region boasts fabulous parks where you can enjoy the glorious colours of Fall and see these majestic birds.
Visit some or all of these parks this weekend:
- Point Pelee National Park
- Holiday Beach Conservation Area
- Hillman Marsh Conservation Area
- Pelee Island Bird Observatory
- Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary
WAMBO Car Show
Enjoy live music, get farm-fresh food and local craft from Wallaceburg Farmers’ market and see classic cars, motorcycle displays at Wallaceburg Antique Motor and Boat Outing Thanksgiving weekend event.
Fun at Rondeau Provincial Park
Rondeau Provincial Park protects North America’s best examples of a Cuspate Sandspit. It is also a birding hotspot! Visit this provincial park as there are plenty of fun events happening this Thanksgiving weekend.
3. Elgin County
Clovermead Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate the wonderful world of pumpkins this weekend at Clovermead Honey Shop & Adventure Farm. Enjoy a wagon ride, bee train ride, visit farm animals, get lost in the corn maze, and enjoy the fall decorations and family photo spots and more during Clovermead Pumpkin Festival.
Port Stanley Terminal Rail Scenic Train Ride
Ride the rails and travel through the beautiful auburn-coloured woodlands of scenic Kettle Creek Valley. The 13.6 km round trip from Port Stanley to Whytes Park scenic ride is sixty-minute long.
4. Norfolk County
Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show
Visit the largest outdoor horse show in Canada! You’ll also find wonderful displays, competitions, art, a wide variety of food, indoor local markets, and top-notch concerts! You don’t want to miss this celebration.
The Long Point Sunset Tour
Explore Long Point Biosphere Reserve on a sunset boat tour while enjoying some local and natural history discussions with Long Point Island Hugger Tours.
5. Haldimand County
Fox Lair Stables
Visit Fox Lair Stables to enjoy a Fall colour trail ride through the 100-acre property. Rides are by appointment for individuals or groups and vary in length from 1-4 hours.
Rock Point Provincial Park
Enjoy a lovely walk along the beach and see whether you can spot any Monarch butterflies while combing the limestone shelf with exposed fossils.
6. Niagara Region
Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival
Enjoy the 47th season of the Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival. The festival will feature 50+ in-person craft and artisan vendors, delicious foods, craft beverages and wines, local farmers’ market vendors, live acoustic music and children’s entertainment, historical demonstrations, heritage tours, and nature hikes.
Downtown Pie Fest
Try a variety of creative and delicious pies from several of St Catharines’ restaurants. Cheer on our pie-eating contest and pay to pie some politicians in the face while supporting local charities!
Fall colour paddling
Go on a guided Fall colour paddling on the Grand River experiencing Canada’s most bio-diverse region with hundreds of species of fish, birds and plants, including 400 rare plants & animals with guides from Grand Experiences Outfitters.
Join in the celebration of tradition, culture, friends, family, good food & “more-ish” beer. Dress for the occasion; when you wear your lederhosen or dirndl, you will get a free pretzel from Paris Beer Co.
8. Oxford County
Visit Fear Farm during the 2021 season and enjoy the world-famous hayride and outdoor haunts and the Hiller House if you choose.
McCully’s Fall Harvest Festival
Bring your family to scenic McCully’s Hill Farm and enjoy wagon rides, corn maze. pumpkin catapult, barrel train, sand mountain and more! Don’t forget to pick your pumpkin for Jack O’ Lantern!
Heritage Walking Tour
Go on a self-guided Heritage walking tour of Petrolia.
Reapers Realm Haunted Forest Ride
Take Canada’s only haunted ride through a southwestern Ontario forest this Halloween. The haunted ride isn’t the only attraction at Reaper’s Realm, they also have many other things to do including Bickford Oaks House of Nightmares and The Vault of Terror.
10. Huron County
Ghost Tours @ Huron Historic Gaol
Listen to the staff tell untold stories of inmates who perished in jail, as well as the circumstances that landed criminals, vagrants and ‘lunatics’ behind bars as you go on a night-time tour of the Huron Historic Gaol. Explore the dark side of over 130 years of Huron County history with the tragic and sometimes strange tales of the men, women and children who lived and died at this national historic site.
Barn Quilt Trail
The Quilt Trail takes you on a journey throughout the highways and back roads of Huron County where you experience not only the beauty of the county’s agricultural landscape during Fall.
11. Stratford & Perth
Bike Guelph to Goderich (G2G) Rail Trail
Plan a Fall colour bike ride of the Perth County portion of the Guelph to Goderich (G2G) Rail Trail. One of the top cycling routes in Ontario, the G2G Rail Trail stretches 127 km between Guelph and Goderich.
Visit some animals
Take kids to see lots of different animals such as fallow deer, a llama, donkeys, goats and a variety of birds such as ducks, geese, peacocks, pheasants, chickens and turkeys at West Perth Animal Park.
12. Middlesex County
Thanksgiving Day at FPV
Explore the heritage buildings at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, celebrate Harvest and join the Villagers for the last day of the Regular Season.
Kustermans Fall Festival
Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm. Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm.
Don your Tracht, raise a stein, enjoy delicious Bavarian cuisine from local restaurant partners, polka around and toast all that we love about Bavarian Culture during Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
Farmers Market Day Train Ride
Take a Farmers Market Day train ride which is over 90 minutes in length travelling through Woolwich Township’s and Waterloo Region’s beautiful farming landscape rich in Mennonite heritage with Waterloo Central Railway.
Enjoy Giant Pumpkin & Vegetable Weigh-Off and Mini Tractor Pull, Midway, Vendors, Homecraft Displays, Ag Awareness Display, Livestock & Horse Shows, Truck, Tractor & Horse Pulls, Live Entertainment, Concessions, Demo Derby, Ontario’s Only “Equine Tent”, Kid’s Pedal Pulls, 4H Achievement Days and more!
Harvest Fun at Strom’s Farm
Join in on the fun and experience harvest fun activities including Corn Maze, Cedar Spiral Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Ride and more!
Something Else! Festival “On the Bay”
Enjoy some of your favourite Ontario & Quebec artists’ performances as part of Something Else! During Thanksgiving weekend, listen to Tim Baker, Death From Above 1979, The Halluci Nation, Kiesza & More at Rock Bayfront Park.
Stories in the Stones: Art Crawl Tour
Meet the artists, poets, and musicians of the past and learn their stories at the Hamilton Cemetery. On the way, learn about cemetery art, statues, and Victorian symbolism.
16. Halton Region
Seeing the Invisible
The most ambitious and expansive exhibition of contemporary artworks ever created using augmented reality (AR) technology is now at Royal Botanical Gardens. Enjoy Fall colours and see this groundbreaking exhibition this weekend.
Chair Lift Rides
Take a chairlift ride up the escarpment and admire the changing colours from above the treetops at Kelso Conservation Area.
17. Peel Region
Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest
Each Fall season at Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest is exciting. There will be plenty of fun activities and entertainment throughout the farm.
Spooktacular Light Show
Spooktacular Light Show will be featuring over a million lights on a 2KM route of your family fun favourite characters, pumpkin-filled drive-thru tunnel, from 2D to 3D displays, music lights and much more this Halloween season!
18. York Region
Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at the Fair! Now in its 174th year, the Woodbridge Fair offers so many things to see, learn and do! A jam-packed weekend with activities for the whole family including Midway rides & games, and Music main stage.
Halloween Nights of Lights
Nights of Lights is the must-see drive-through event of the Fall season for all ages. Turn up the volume and roll down the windows because this dazzling lights display only happens once a year!
Toronto Pumpkinfest has something for all ages. Come experience this family event over 3 days with great food, vendors, entertainment and loads of pumpkins!
Fall for The Distillery
A locally curated selection of delectable seasonal treats, pumpkins and fresh fall flowers await at The Distillery Historic District’s Fall Market.
Fried Chicken Fest
Food trucks compete serving juicy fried chicken, all in one spot. Toronto’s Fried Chicken Fest by Street Eats Market will be taking place outdoors at Scarborough Town Centre and admission is free!
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20. Durham Region
Pickering Fairy Tours
Pickering’s picturesque forest, village, and gardens are home to not only some incredible natural creatures but also some magical creatures. Locate and visit a series of whimsical fairy, elf, and gnome homes scattered in the village and forest and learn about the history and folklore of the magical creatures of the forest.
Fall Colours Trains
If you enjoy the fall season, what better way to appreciate all it has to offer than from the comfort of a classic heated 1950’s heritage car of York Durham Heriatge Railway. The train travels through the Oak Ridges Moraine, an ecologically important landform that you can view just outside your window.
21. Simcoe County
Flashlight Corn Maze
Can you solve our interactive maze puzzle to find the secret…in the dark? Bring your flashlight and try to navigate your way through the twists and turns. Try not to get lost! at Rounds Ranch, Elmvale!
Hometown Harvest Festival
Experience the beauty of the season wrapped in history and visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons’ outdoor market, featuring crafters and food vendors showcasing a variety of local products.
22. Grey County
Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Weekend
Fabulous fall colours, crisp autumn air and even crisper apples. Apple Harvest Weekend features live music on the Coca-Cola Floating Stage, family activities, fall colours hiking, apple pie eating contests, cider tasting, sidewalk sales, Agora Path of Light and more!
Irish Mountain Lookout
From the top of the natural vista, you’ll be able to take in breathtaking Fall views of Georgian Bay, Nottawasaga Bay, and some of the Niagara Escarpment. Rolling hills, orchards, sparkling water, majestic trees- you’ll be able to see it all. @26556 Side Road 25, Meaford
22. Dufferin County
Amaranth Bale Trail
Dufferin County is beautiful during Fall. Take the kids and drive around Amaranth Township in search of amazing and whimsical bale sculptures.
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Visit the newly opened Bravery Park in Orangeville that commemorates the sacrifice of Canadian Armed Forces members.
23. Bruce County
Ascent Ariel Park
Experience a zip line like no other at the Ascent Ariel Park, which features Canada’s first ‘zip coaster!’ The zip line is fixed along a roller coaster track, suspending the rider below the frame while attached to a trolley.
Lions Head Lookout/Dark Sky Deck
Enjoy breathtaking Fall scenery from Lions Head Lookout (McCurdy Drive Parkette, Bruce Trail, Lion’s Head).
Online reservations are required for McCurdy Drive parking lot in Lion’s Head.
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!
Great Muskoka Paddling Experience
Take part in the Great Muskoka Paddling Challenge and paddle 5, 10 or 20 km from Kelvin Grove Park enjoying Fall views of Bracebridge.
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The Studio Tour
Wander through artist’s studios with a unique opportunity to speak to artists and see demonstrations. Discover unique art in glass, jewellery, mixed media, painting, pottery, woodworking, and more.
Explore Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride
Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride transforms into a magical place with its dense forests looking like a stunning painting with vibrant shades of fiery red, orange and golden. On October 9th, they hold the annual open house when you can snag deals for the winter ski season.
26. Peterborough – Kawarthas
Browning Reptiles Zoo Walk-Thru
Visit Browning Reptiles for a self-guided tour of “The Reptile Bar” and view over 50 individual creatures and how they live the rich and famous life in captivity.
Meet the undead and find out if you can survive the horrors of the night when Escape Maze’s Halloween event.
Visit Cricklewood Farm, a scenic 8-acre apple orchard located along the north and eastern shore of Lake Ontario. You can enjoy corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more!
Ganaraska River that runs through Port Hope is one of the best places to watch silvery coho salmon and migratory brown trout jump up the fish ladder.
28. Prince Edward County
Make your very own scarecrow that you can take home with you during the Scarecrow Festival. The event is an annual fundraiser for The Department of Illumination.
Visit Birdhouse City
See this whimsical park located at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area that features 100 birdhouses that provide safe nesting places for wrens, bluebirds, chickadees, tree swallows and purple martins.
Immersive live theatre experience
Join the Tweed and Company Theatre in an immersive live theatre experience at the O’Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area. In this guided theatrical production around the grounds of the O’Hara Mill Homestead you will travel from campfire to campfire, one performer, one version of the story at a time…This theatrical thriller with live music, atmospheric lighting, and up close and personal interaction with the performers is sure to leave a lasting impression, and may even inspire you to return time and again to try and learn the truth.
Eagles Nest Park
Hike to the top of Eagles Nest Park for a true bird’s eye view of the Fall colours covering the town of Bancroft and valley below.
30. Lennox Addington
Moonlight Corn Maze
Bring your flashlight and complete the Wynn Farms corn maze in the dark! When you are done, grab a caramel apple or cup of fresh warm apple cider and warm up by the camp fire.
Fall Driving Tours
Scenic to serene, autumn is the perfect time to get you up close and personal with Mother Nature in Lennox and Addington. Lennox Addington has mapped six pre-planned route itineraries across the county where you can enjoy fabulous fall colours.
31. Frontenac & Kingston
Pumpkinferno at Fort Henry
See Fort Henry transformed into the enchanted wonderland that is Pumpkinferno. Guests of all ages will tour the spectacular outdoor experience of glowing pumpkins inside the walls of this historic site.
Haunted Walk of Kingston
Experience the 75-minute walking tour of Kingston that has been captivating visitors and locals alike for over 25 years! The Original Haunted Walk is led by the best of local storytellers, dramatists, and amateur historians, who share some of the most hair-raising and spine-chilling real-life ghost stories from the area.
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32. Leeds and Grenville
Art in the Yard Show and Sale
Join 14 local artists/artisans at various Brockville locations for an outdoor show and sale.
1000 Islands Tower
Take the elevator to the top of the 1000 Islands Tower and enjoy breathtaking fall views of 1000 Islands & St. Lawrence River.
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33. Prescott & Russel
Fall Colours at Larose Forest
Hike the many trails of Larose Forest – the second largest community forest in Ontario. It includes conifers, wetlands, mixed forest and is crisscrossed by the South Nation River, many smaller creeks and over 200 kilometres of roads and trails.
34. SDG Counties
Take a tour through this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a kilometre long path in a picturesque 19th century backdrop.
Drive the Long Sault Parkway
Go on a leisurly drive on the Long Sault Parkway. This 10-kilometre long road that connects a collection of eleven islands on the St. Lawrence River is visually beautiful and has significant history surrounding it, and a drive around the area allows you to explore the wonders and stories of the attractions along the way.
Escape The Ghost Ship
This new adventure blends immersive theatre, escape room puzzles, and a nautical excursion into one unforgettable experience. Aboard Pirate Life’s Island Rogue, a 50 foot passenger boat, a world of pirates and plunder will come alive all around you, while Secret City’s mindbending puzzles and new AR technology will complete the ghostly atmosphere.
Zombie Slayer Thrill Ride
Play paintball with a Halloween theme – stop the apocalypse from hurting our family and friends! Try it if you dare at Commando Paintball.
36. Lanark County
Mississippi Mills Art Romp
This Thanksgiving weekend, take a romp through the colourful and historic backroads of Mississippi Mills to enjoy three art tours in one special event! Mills Art Romp will combine the artistic expressions of the Maple Run Tour, the Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, and Art in the Attic. Over 45 artists at 10 stops.
Fall Colours Chairlift Rides
Visit Calabogie Peaks Resort and take the chair to the top of the mountain. Hike your way down, or hop off at the top to snap a few pictures of the sky high view & ride the chair back down to the bottom!
38. Nipissing District
Duchesnay Falls Trails
The Duchesnay Falls Trails in North Bay are a 3km loop of trails that run past the incredible cascades and falls of the river. This is a must-visit in the region.
39. Parry Sound
Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands Dinner Cruise
Join for a 2.5-hour sunset dinner cruise, and wend our way through the bays and islands of the Sound, including Hole in the Wall, ending with a spectacular Georgian Bay sunset aboard M.V. Chippewa III.
40. Manitoulin Island
6 Foot Festival
Visit Debajehmujig Creation Centre and take-in entertainment, shop from vendors, join for worshops and more during 6 Foot Festival this Thanksgiving weekend. The festival is organised by Debajehmujig Storytellers, a multi disciplinary arts organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Anishnaabek culture language and heritage.
Carve out family fun and excitement at Dynamic Earth. The Halloween event will feature favourites like Pumpkinferno, the Bug Bistro, and the Big Nickel Halloween show. In addition, you can enjoy indoor attractions, including a family-friendly haunted maze!
Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park
Located just off Highway 11, two kilometers south of Englehart, Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park is a fabulous park to visit during Fall season. The rushing Englehart River plunges down white-water rapids, over several cascades and waterfalls in a picturesque valley which you can see when you hike 2.5 km return Hell’s Gate Trail.
43. Cochrane & Timmins
Cedar Meadows Wilderness Park
View many different species of Canadian wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bison and mountain goats on tractor-drawn wagon tour of 100 acres of Cedar Meadows Wilderness Park. Cedar Meadows is also a resort and spa located on the mighty Mattagami River making it a perfect Northern Ontario getaway. Last minute trip, anyone?
44. Algoma Country
Thomson Farms Cider & Winery
Get lost in the corn maze, pick your perfect pumpkin and Fall treats at Thomson Farms Cider & Winery. The Pumpkinfest that runs during weekends in October features tractor wagon rides
corn cannon, corn maze, pumpkin patch picking, bon fire with s’more kits, pumpkin coffee & hot apple cider and freshly baked treats.
Fall Colour Train
Plan a trip for next year’s Thanksgiving weekend across Agawa Canyon on Agawa Canyon Train Tours. Thanksgiving weekend train tour always sells out as soon as ticketing opens for 2022 season. The journey will blow your mind, and you will see vast, magical forests, sparkling rivers, incredible rock formations and so much more.
45. Thunder Bay – In & Around
Historical Walking Tours of Thunder Bay
Discover the heritage of Thunderbay thsi weekend on a self-guided walking tour! There are five different tours located in different parts of the city including Thunder Bay North Core Waterfront and Vickers Park Area.
46. Kenora, Dryden – In & Around
Laura Howe Marsh
See how many migratory birds you can spot as hike the trails of Laura Howe Marsh. There are viewing platforms throughout the Marsh.
Rushing River Provincial Park
Located only fifteen minutes from Kenora, the Rushing River Provincial Park is absolutely beautiful during Fall seaon. Hike the 1.8 km looped Lower Rapids Trail 1.8 km loop that begins at the entrance parking lot on Highway 71.