Toronto Guide: The Ultimate Fall 2017 Bucket List
It’s the start of crisp fall weather, beautiful foliage, sweater weather and the return of pumpkin spice lattes. From fall activities to beautiful hikes, we’ve rounded up a list of the top things to do this fall in Toronto
For Fall Foliage Views:
Dundas Peak: Dundas Peak is a popular fall hike/look-out point as it provides stunning forest views of Dundas and Hamilton. The trail is located within Spencer Gorge, an hour outside of the city
Evergreen Brickworks: The Brickworks is a popular eco-friendly hub located in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley. Enjoy the markets and go for a stroll and enjoy the surrounding fall foliage and uninterrupted view of Toronto’s skyline
Scarborough Bluff: This is a popular summer hiking spot but offers some spectacular views in the fall of the lake surrounded by orange/yellow colours of fall leaves
Clifton Hills Boardwalks (White Water Walk): This scenic stroll down the Clifton Hills Boardwalk is just two hours outside of the city. Admission to the boardwalk is $12.50 for adults
Algonquin Park Lookout Trail: Prepare to be rewarded with a panoramic view of the changing fall colours after this 2 km hike (~1 hour)
Killarney’s Crack (7 km): This is a challenging hike that will bring you to one of the most spectacular views in all of Killarney Provincial Park with spectacular sparkling inland lakes, rolling white hills and the vast coastline of Georgian Bay. Make sure to get an early start for this trail - and bring proper hiking shoes as there are several challenging points throughout this hike.
Harvest Festival & pumpkin picking: Head to a Harvest Festival for a perfect fall day. Pick the perfect pumpkin for that homemade pumpkin pie or to carve for Halloween. Enjoy a wagon ride, wander and get lost in the corn maze and indulge in the tasty treats. There are a number of harvest festivals with pumpkin patches that run from Mid-September to Halloween
Downey’s Farm Market (Inglewood): Open daily in October for their annual Pumpkinfest. Admission feet: $9 during the week and $14 on weekends
Brooks Farms (Mount Albert): Fall Fun Festival is $14 and runs all October
Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze (Zephyr): Single pumpkin for $4 or three for $10 with a 10 acre Game of Thrones themed corn maze. Admission fee: $9
Forsythe Family Farms (Uxbridge): Admission: $3.50 on weekdays and $7.95 on weekends
Pingle’s Farm Market (Hampton): Free wagon ride to pumpkin patch. Admission for activities (corn maze, mini golf, sandbox, farm animal visit) is $5 on weekdays and $7 on weekends
Ressor’s Farm Market (Markham): Fill a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins for $35 or pick 3 for $25. The pumpkin patch is free to enter but the corn maze will set you back $3 per person or $10 for the whole family
Springridge Farm (Milton): Runs every weekend. Admission is $12
Whittamore’s Farm (Markham): Famous for their Pumpkinland and Harvest Festival Weekends. Admissions: $9 on weekdays and $13 on weekends (Access to spooky forest, mazes, swings and shows)
Apple picking: No better way to spend a fall weekend than to go apple picking with an apple cider in hand and munching on freshly baked apple treats! These are some of the best orchards to go apple picking in Ontario:
Applewood Farm Winery (Stouffville): Admission: $7.50 and apples are $20 for 20 lbs. Bag
Brooks Farm (Mount Albert): Pricing: $12 for 5 lbs, $20 for 10 lbs and $36 for 20 lbs
JC Agri Orchards (King City): Apples are sold by the pound but you can also find pre-picked and bagged apples!
Chudleigh’s (Milton): Don’t miss the farm’s signature apple blossoms and other fresh baked goods
Downey’s Farm Market (Inglewood): No entrance fee but minimum of $5 apples picked per person
Dixie Orchards: Choose from 23 varieties of farm-fresh apples here
Albion Orchards (Caledon): No admission charged and there’s a country market stocked with pies, jams and gifts on site
Pine Farms Orchard: Over 20 types of apples to be picked and sold by the pound
Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery (Bowmanville): Pick Silken and Gala apples here
Organics Family Farm (Markham): Admission: $10 (includes a 5 lbs. Bag of PYO apples)
Ziplining: For a unique fall foliage viewing, head on over to Stouffville for the Treetop Trekking Aerial Park and zipline atop the canopy
Halloween Haunt: Brave your way through horrifying mazes at Canada’s Wonderland this September - October
Legends of Horror at Casa Loma: Casa Loma will be transformed into a haunted house. Immersive theatrical interpretation of all of the classic horror figures as lead our audience through a one hour, 2 km self-guided walking tour
Festivals & Shows
EDIT Festival: Design Exchange is throwing its first EDIT (Expo for Design, Innovation, Technology) festival in this 150,000 square-foot abandoned soap factory. Wander and explore the installations in all five floors of this space (each with its own theme). This highly interactive festival will also feature performances, pavilions and “futuristic meals”. This 10-day festival will take place from September 28 to October 8. Get your tickets here.
Nuit Blanche: From sunset to sunrise, watch the streets transform into a contemporary art gallery. September 30th is the 12th edition of Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s free contemporary art festival.
Cask Days: Taste one of a kind beers from October 20 - 22 at Brickworks. Cask Days gives Toronto access to hundreds of unfiltered, unpasteurized cask-conditioned ales from across Canada and the United States
What are some other fall activities you’re looking forward to this year?