8 Gorgeous Small Towns In Ontario That Are Like Stepping Into A Fall Fairytale

These are magical spots to spend an autumn day. 🍂

Woman holding leaves while standing by a tree. Right: A bridge over a river surrounded by fall colours.
Associate Editor

Woman holding leaves while standing by a tree. Right: A bridge over a river surrounded by fall colours.

With fall around the corner, it's time to start planning some seasonal adventures. These quaint small towns across Ontario transform into an autumn paradise, and they're worth a day trip.

You can wander along historic streets lined with colourful trees, explore scenic parks and warm up at cute cafes in some of these villages.


Address: Unionville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located just outside of Toronto, this sweet little hamlet is like a trip to Stars Hollow and actually served as this fictional town during the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls. You can find cute cafes and a gazebo surrounded by fall colours.


St. Marys

Address: St. Marys, ON

Why You Need To Go: Featuring rolling hills and scenic vistas, this spot is a beautiful place for a fall road trip. You can enjoy vibrant trails, a farmers market and more.



Address: Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: This quaint town is gorgeous during any season, but it's especially magical during the fall. The stone buildings and changing leaves will sweep you away to an autumn dream. During the spooky months, giant monster sculptures pop up along the streets.



Address: Dorset, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're on a trip to Vermont at this little village. The area bursts into colour each autumn, and you can enjoy the views from the trails or lookout tower.



Address: Perth, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can step back in time this fall by visiting this historic village. From parks with red and gold trees to events like ghost walks and autumn studio tours, there are endless things to do.



Address: Merrickville-Wolford, ON

Why You Need To Go: Perched aside a river, this quaint town is full of coziness. You can stroll the historic streets while enjoying the crisp weather and find some spooky vibes at Wick Witch Apothecary.



Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: The quaint shops and streets in this town were just made for fall. You can browse local boutiques and explore some of the surrounding wineries for a dreamy autumn adventure.


Blue Mountain Village

Address: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: Flanked by rolling mountains, this European-like village has so many things to do in the fall. Hike scenic trails, take a gazebo ride through the colours and sip seasonal beverages for an incredible autumn getaway.


Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.