I may be biased, but I think there are few better places to celebrate the fall than in Ontario, Canada. There’s really nothing like watching lush forests change colour, the excitement at farms as people flood to pick up their pumpkins and the few weeks we get of perfect “Canadian” weather…
Wondering how to celebrate the season this fall? Here are some of my favourite ways:
1. Apple Picking at Brantwood Farms
Apple picking is a must in the fall, and Brantwood is one of my favourite places to do it. I love layering up and picking fresh apples—especially with the intention of baking with them later. At Brantwood, “Fall Festivals” are held every single weekend in October, with hay rides, corn mazes, a market and more.
2. The Pumpkin Patch at Dyment’s and Nauman’s
The annual family trip to the pumpkin patch has always been my favourite part of fall. I grew up in Hamilton, so Dyment’s was always our farm of choice. Since moving to the Waterloo region, Nauman’s is the new go-to. Although it’s a smaller farm, there are so many pumpkins that there’s always a great selection even if you can’t make it out at the beginning of the season. They also have stunning potted mums to pretty up your porch and some of the best butter tarts I’ve ever had.
3. Hiking at Dundas Peak
A trip to Dundas Peak is one of the best ways to take in fall views in Ontario. Just outside of Hamilton, you can reach the peak along the 3.9 km Dundas Peak Trail, lined with views of trees and waterfalls. Opt to hike the trail in the morning or a weekday evening, if you can. It’s often packed with tourists on weekends in the fall!
4. Checking out Fear Farm
Going to Fear Farm is one of the most fun (and definitely one of the most terrifying) things I’ve ever done in my life. Snyder’s farm is family-friendly by day, but by night in October, it transforms into a “haunted” park with 5 different horrifying attractions. One of the attractions, “Stalking Dead”, involves walking through a haunted corn maze in the dark while the farm’s staff are paid to scare you as much as possible. Let’s just say that the second year I went, I volunteered to hold coats for friends until they were done.
5. Attending the Buttertart Festival
Buttertarts are one of the best parts of being Canadian… but what’s even better is a full festival dedicated to them. On October 13, thousands of buttertarts including raisin, pecan, chocolate chip, apple and pumpkin spice flavours will be available at the Paris fairgrounds among other food trucks and vendors. They’re crowning the best buttertart baker in Ontario and you get to be the judge!
6. Apple Cider Donuts at Bennet’s
Bennett’s is the right place to go for anything and everything apples. Their Apple and Cider market is where the magic happens, though—the cider is made and pressed onsite and the apple cider donuts are baked daily, dipped in sweet cinnamon sugar.
I hope there’s something on this list that inspires you to get out and enjoy this beautiful season in October. What are your favourite things to do this time of year? Xo
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