20 Outdoor Things to Do This Fall in Ontario

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Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just planning a visit, Ontario is amazing.  If you love the outdoors come celebrate the natural beauty, creativity, and culinary delights of Ontario in the fall. Come enjoy our many festivals, beautiful foliage, miles of hiking, or world class skiing and snowboarding. There’s always something happening in Ontario!

Here are twenty outdoor adventures to explore this fall in Ontario!

1. Pumkinferno Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg Ontario

Come and stroll through a spellbinding outdoor exhibit of almost 6000 hand-carved pumpkins inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Winner of the Festivals and Events Ontario “Best New Event Award.”

2. Toronto Island Park

Toronto Island Park is a chain of three small islands just offshore. Interconnected by footbridges, they’re a “car-free” sanctuary a short ferry ride from downtown. During fall, Toronto Island Park becomes a wonderful place to getaway to and unwind. It also features miles of hiking and biking trails.

3. Fall Foliage Hike

Enjoy a long hike through the fall foliage of the Haliburton Highlands. A beautiful canopy of scarlet and gold as far as the eye can see. Climb the Dorset Lookout Tower for a panoramic view.

4. Thousand Islands

The 1000 Islands region is a romantic retreat in the fall. The thousand Islands are ablaze with color. Cruise from Rockport and view the beauty along the banks of the St. Lawrence.

5. Tour the Niagra Wine Region

Fall is the perfect time to tour Ontario’s three internationally acclaimed wine regions. Featuring more than 90 wineries with some featuring their own restaurants.

6. Fall Kayaking

Ontario offers over 75 provincial parks throughout the region where you can spend a beautiful day kayaking. There’s no better way to experience the colors of fall than paddling one of Ontario’s magnificent lakes!

7. Skate the Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal is one of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa. In summer Rideau Canal is filled with boats, but when the weather gets crisp and the canal freezes, it becomes the “World’s Longest Skating Rink!”

8. Winter Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls is amazing any time of year, but in the fall it truly shines! The Winter Festival of Lights runs from Nov 15th – January 12th. Walk the 5 kilometer illumination route and witness millions of lights illuminating the city, the Falls,  Dufferin Island and the surrounding districts!

9. Mountain Biking on Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain is Ontario’s largest mountain resort and offers some of the most scenic mountain biking trails found in the province. Spectacular in the blaze of Fall colors!

10. Snowshoe Hike the Julian Lake area

When the weather turns cold and the first heavy snow falls, visit Julian Lake for some early season snowshoeing.  Nothing is as serene as trekking through the first snow of the season and the hills and forests surrounding Julian Lake are beautiful and peaceful.

11. Hike the Sandbanks Provincial Park

Jutting out into Lake Ontario, Sandbanks is the world’s largest freshwater baymouth barrier dune formation. The park features miles of walking trails exploring the dunes and wetland habitats of the park.

12. Take a Walking Tour of Queen Victoria Park

Queen Victoria Park is bounded by the steep Fallsview moraine and the Niagara River Great Gorge. The park is spectacular in the fall. Enjoy a romantic horse and carriage tour of the Park!

13. Late Fall Skiing at Calabogie Peaks

Calabogie Peaks features some of the earliest skiing in the province. Alpine and cross-country skiing are available. Calabogie offers the highest vertical drop in Ontario at 780 feet.

14. Birding Watching on Pelee Island

The southernmost point of Canada, Pelee Island in Lake Erie offers world class bird-watching in the fall. Almost 400 different species of birds pass through here annually!

15. Enjoy a late season Fishing Trip

The unique climate in Windsor/Essex allows for year round fishing. Spend the day on the waters of Lake St.Clair fishing for Muskie, Bass, Walleye and Northern Pike.

16. Bikes and Beers Cycling Tour

Take a four-hour scenic bike ride along Windsor’s beautiful waterfront overlooking the Detroit skyline and visit some of the cities breweries and brewpubs.

17. The Darn Heritage Tour

Two-hour guided canoe trip and walkabout where you can learn about the local history. Topics include rum running, Indian burial sites, historical landmarks, bridges and churches.

18. Walk the Battlefields at Fort Malden

Fort Malden played a pivotal role in the War of 1812. Spend the day walking the battlefields. Step back in time to get a glimpse of what life was like 200 years ago.

19. The Boardwalk Trail

Enjoy biking through the largest protected remaining prairie in Ontario. Observe nature in this oasis in the city while off road cycling through this unique environment.

20. View the Fall Foliage from a Hot Air Balloon

Have a one of a kind experience in the skies over Rice Lake. Nothing is more romantic than floating over the rolling hills and the views are simply amazing! Each ride concludes with a celebratory champagne toast.

Ontario is a beautiful place to visit anytime of the year. In winter, Mount St. Louis Moonstone offers serene skiing environment. Enjoy the splendor of the great outdoors in Ontario this fall. It will be a vacation you’ll remember for the rest of your life!












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