Fall Activities in Southern Ontario

With the leaves turning to warm hues and the temperatures cooling, autumn is a great time to be out and about. The scenery is dazzling, you can spend hours outdoors without getting sunburned, and there are several excellent late-summer and fall fruits that are in season and ready for the picking. Here are some of our favourite local fall activities to help you make the most of the season:

Leaf appreciation
The changing of the leaves is one of those stunning feats of Mother Nature that brings us awe and wonder year after year. The vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange are truly beautiful, and the meditative act of simply admiring their beauty is a great way to relieve stress, appreciate the moment, and be present. Visit your local park or conservation area to take a hike to appreciate the leaves, or go for an afternoon road trip to really take them in. The Ontario Parks Leaf Colour Report is a fun tool that can help you discover the peak viewing spots near you.

The bounty of local farms
Local farms are lots of fun in the fall – think hay rides, perfect pumpkins for your Halloween jack-o-lantern, corn mazes, apple picking, and more! There are plenty of local farms and farmers’ markets that are open through to the end of October. Find a farmers’ market near you here to get to know your local farmers. Fall is also a great season to visit and tour a local winery or brewery.

Fall crafts & baking
Crafting and baking are great ways to make the most of the autumn season on those cold, grey days when you’d rather stay indoors. Kids will love fall-inspired crafts, like pinecone bird feeders, leaf lanterns, or easy paper bag autumn wreaths. When it comes to baking, our fall favourites are classic pumpkin pie and apple pie. Already had those at Thanksgiving and looking for something a little more inspiring? Try out this pumpkin bread, easy cranberry and apple cake, or hot spiced cider for a delicious change.

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