Published on September 21st, 2017 | by Miriam Porter

Five Fun Fall Activities in Ontario.

If you have been paying close attention, the green leaves have slowly started to turn red, yellow, and orange to let us know that autumn is on the way. With the official autumn equinox starting on September 22, it’s time get in gear for some fun fall activities in Ontario. Here are five to get you started for an exciting season.

Stratford in the Fall.

Autumn is a wonderful time to take a road trip to Stratford for a weekend getaway or even for the day. It’s not too cold yet for a hike or bike ride along one of the many paths or trails where you can appreciate Stratford’s natural beauty. There are lush gardens to explore including the Shakespeare Gardens, home to the oldest double arch stone bridge in Ontario. Of course, Stratford is also famous for award winning live music and theatre. In October, you can check out a concert by INNERchamber at Factory 163 as they present works by Haydn and Beethoven. If you are daring, join the Ghosts of Stratford Theatrical Walking Tour presented by the Theatre School, and for all things Halloween there is a Pumpkin Trail and Fall Harvest Festival.

Sainte Marie Among the Hurons.

Take a drive to Midland, under two hours from Toronto, and check out this unique festive Thanksgiving Harvest Festival happening on October 7 and 8. This fun family event features activities such as pumpkin decorating, torch-making demos, and costumed staff explaining the story of this original 17th century Jesuit mission. Stick around to browse through the artisan’s unique items such as birch bark greeting cards, fan carved birds, wildlife carvings and Native drums. If you can’t make these dates don’t fret – there are exciting fall activities happening all season long where you can learn how the mission was brought to life dating back to the 1600’s when it was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission and the Huron Wendat people.

Bala Cranberry Festival.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the exciting Bala Cranberry Festival taking place from October 13 to 15, although the cranberry celebrations continue throughout the harvest. Located in the famous cottage country of Muskoka, the small town of Bala is home to only 700 people, yet this festival has attracted over half a million people in the last 32 years. The mission of this event is to improve quality of life in the community through scholarships to individuals and organizations in need.  The many vendors include a country bazaar, arts and crafts, farmers market, and of course the cranberry sellers. While in Muskoka check out the spectacular fall colours – especially the bright red of the cranberries.

Evergreen Brickworks.

Located in Toronto on Bayview Avenue, this community environmental center is a great destination for fall activities. The Saturday Farmers Market is open until November 4 and you can purchase locally grown in season produce while supporting local farmers. There are numerous hiking trails and a stream running through the forest where you can get back to nature and see the leaves changing colour. On October 22, there is a Drop, Shop, and Swap event where you can recycle your gently used electronics, clothing, toys, housewares, art, and accessories in exchange for tickets that you use to get other items at their Swap Mall. It’s the perfect opportunity for some fall cleaning and a sustainable way to connect to the community.

The Kortright Centre.

Drive over to Woodbridge to visit Ontario’s premier environmental and renewable energy education centre located west of Highway 400. This natural oasis is the perfect place to spend a fall day with 325-hectares of woodlands where you can hike along stunning nature trails with colourful leaves all around you. They are open daily and have several activities lined up for this season including a Fall Colours Celebration starting on October 7 with a guided walk, tour, and campfire for an enjoyable outdoor adventure. This event runs on select days until October 29. Check their website for specific dates and times. The Kortright Centre believes in nature preservation and species conservation and raises awareness about our connection to the earth.

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