Ahhh, it’s autumn in BruceGreySimcoe and the options are endless. It’s officially our most Instagrammable season. Whether you’re looking for kitschy-but-cool fall favourites from picking pumpkins to taking apple orchard selfies, or you want to tap into some of our more terrifying fall options like coffin rides and zombie hunts — there’s something for everyone just a short drive north of the GTA. Read on to find out which BGS adventure you should tackle first this fall!
Hop aboard The Beer Bus
Sure, fall is a season of pumpkin spice lattes, but if you’re looking for a more ‘hoppening’ adventure in BruceGreySimcoe, book a tour aboard The Beer Bus! Yes, that’s right, you may have endless public transportation options, but we have a bus that will take you to our breweries, wineries and cideries. The Beer Bus team has several great tours for the fall season. Their Breakfast Beers Tour runs Saturday from 10:45 am to 2:30 pm. Their Hoppy Hour Tour runs Saturdays from 3 to 7 pm, and their Grapes, Apples and Hops Tour runs Sundays to Thursdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Paul and The Beer Bus team will keep you safe, happy and fed as you visit our region’s booming craft beverage hot spots. Find out more at thebeerbus.ca/bluemountain
Take a coffin ride and brave the terror zone at Discovery Harbour
Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene hosts their annual Pumpkinferno event each October. This is a family-friendly event on the surface, with hundreds of intricately carved pumpkins illuminating the grounds of this historic naval base. But, if you look carefully, there are some terrifying options that transform this from a PG good time to an evening of bone-chilling terror. First, there’s the virtual reality coffin ride. You’ll climb into a real coffin, the lid closes and the screen inside simulates your journey to the grave — you’ll even be buried alive! If you’re not shaking after that, head to the Terror Zone. Navigate your way through a series of shipping containers with monsters and zombies chasing you at every turn. It’s like every horror movie you’ve ever seen, but now you’re the star. New this year, Boson’s Brig escape room also adds another scary challenge to their lineup. Don’t worry, the scary options are all just that — options. Pumpkinferno runs Thursday to Sunday from 7 pm to 10 pm from October 4 to October 21 and then daily from October 22 to October 30. Find out more at discoveryharbour.on.ca/dh/en/SpecialEvents/
Live it up in Blue Mountain Village
Need a fall getaway with your crew? Look no further than the Blue Mountain Village! With your accommodations, activities, shopping, restaurants, a craft brewery and a spa all in one spot, you can park your car Friday and not move it until you hit the highway home on Sunday. With plenty of nightlife options and live music at every turn, you can make your stay as relaxing or as energetic as you want. Find out more about the fall event lineup in the village here.
Hunt down a zombie
Wasaga Beach is well-known for being home to the world’s longest freshwater beach, but in October, the Zombies invade! Take a trailer deep into the dark woods of the Wasaga Beach Adventure Park, where you’ll shoot zombies with paintballs and help get the invasion under control. The Zombie Hunt Thrill Ride takes place every Saturday night in October starting at 6 pm with the final ride leaving at 11 pm. Book online at wasagaadventurepark.com/zombie-hunt
Explore our pumpkin patches
Maybe your journey north is a hunt for the great pumpkin? If so, we’ve got some great options for picking your own pumpkin and having some extra fun along the way. At Rounds Ranch in Elmvale, you can pick your own pumpkin for free at their Pumpkinmania event Saturdays & Sundays from September 22 to October 28, 10 am to 5 pm. You can also shoot a corn cannon, jump on the buckaroo bouncer, ride the zip lines or get lost in the corn mazes! You can also pick your own pumpkins at Fernwood Farms in Stayner and Barrie Hill Farms near Barrie.
Explore our orchards and pick your own apples
Don your Hunter boots and your cable knit sweater for fall’s most photogenic activity: Apple-picking. BruceGreySimcoe grows a huge percentage of Ontario’s apples and fall is harvest time. Think your local grocer has fresh fruit? Think again, an apple picked right from the tree is a different ball game! Try Smith’s Apples in Port Elgin, Avalon Orchards in Innisfil or Farmer’s Pantry near Thornbury.
You can also follow the award-winning Apple Pie Trail in the Blue Mountain and Collingwood area. With everything from apple-themed art to apple-infused cuisine, you can spend days getting lost in our orchards, eateries and cideries.
Hug a Scarecrow
Every fall hundreds of scarecrows invade the small Georgian Bay town of Meaford. Unlike Wasaga’s zombie invasion, these guys are cute enough to pose with for photos! Drive down the main street and stop at Meaford Hall to see them up close. It’s small town fun at its best. Find out more at scarecrowinvasion.ca Hurry because the scarecrows disappear for the year following the October 13/14th weekend.