21 Things To Do In Ontario That You Have To Add To Your Fall Bucket List

Bring on the pumpkin spice season!
Ontario's Fall Activities You Need To Add To Your Bucket List
Associate Editor

It's time to swap out your bathing suits for some pumpkin spice. This colourful time of year brings with it so many beautiful views and fun things to do, and you're not going to want to miss out on anything. Ontario's fall activities will spice up your life this season.

There are so many reasons to love Ontario autumns. The landscape transforms with shades of orange and red, pumpkins fill the fields, and cozy sweaters are basically mandatory.

If you're already looking forward to this stunning time of year, then you need to add these spots to your bucket list.

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The season is never complete without a pumpkin picking trip, and you can find yourself in pumpkin paradise at Downey's Farm.

Eagle's Nest Lookout will bring you towering views of the fall foliage below, so dust off those hiking boots.

To add some extra magic to the season, hop on your broomstick and check out the Wizards Festival & Hallows Express Train Ride.

Another unique experience that's not to be missed is the Cranberry Plunge. You can splash into a sea of red berries with your friends this harvest season.

Get ready to make this autumn the best one yet!

Visit A Haunted Castle

Price: TBA

When: TBA

Address: 1 Austin Terr., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Casa Loma will be transforming into a spooky fortress with haunted walkways and theatrical experiences.

See The Fall Foliage

Price: Free

Address: Directions

Why You Need To Go: The best way to see the fall colours is from up high. Eagle's Nest Lookout will take you far above a forest so you can see the stunning shades.

Fill Up On Pie

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Indulge in all sorts of sweet treats by adventuring along the Apple Pie Trail.

Get Your Pumpkin On

Price: $12+ per person

When: September 19 - October 31, 2020

Address: 13682 Heart Lake Rd., Inglewood, ON

Why You Need To Go: Head over to Downey's Farm to celebrate fall at the Pumpkin Fest. You can enjoy duck races, straw jumps, lots of pumpkins, and more.

Indulge In All Things Apple

Price: Prices vary per activity

When: Various dates

Address: 1468 Hamilton Regional Rd. 8, Stoney Creek, ON

Why You Need To Go: Puddicombe Estates is hosting Apple-lee Fun Weekends this season. You can sip cider, take a fall harvest train ride, eat marshmallows, and more.

Take A Fall Drive

Price: Free

Address: Hockley Valley, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a relaxing road trip through the slopes of Hockley Valley to see an array of gorgeous colours.

Splash Through A Sea Of Cranberries

Price: TBA

When: TBA

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala, ON

Why You Need To Go: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery is hosting the annual Cranberry Festival, and you can eat all sorts of cranberry treats as well as plunge into a pool of red berries.

Go Apple Picking

Price: $25 per 20-pound bag

When: TBA

Address: 12416 McCowan Rd., Stouffville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Apple picking is a must during the fall, and you can load up on tons of red fruits at the charming Applewood Farm.

Cozy Up At A Cafe

Price: Prices vary

Address: 28 Kensington Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sip on a warm spiced beverage at the cozy FIKA Cafe for the perfect fall afternoon.

Gaze At The Colours From A Gondola

Price: $69 + per adult

Address: 190 Gord Canning Dr., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy 360-degree views of the colourful world below from Blue Mountain's open-air gondola.

Take A Trip To The Wizarding World

Price: $34.99 for grounds, $64.99 for train

When: October 2-4, 2020

Address: 19 Railway St., Uxbridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Wizards Festival & Hallows Express Train Ride will whisk you away to a magical world. Fight dark wizards and explore the Enchanted Alley.

Get Lost In A Cornfield

Price: $15 per adult

When: Opening August 28, 2020

Address: 1001 Hwy #5 W., Dundas, ON

Why You Need To Go: This giant, 20-acre corn maze at Hanes Corn Maze & Tiny Shop Bakery is one fall adventure you won't want to escape from.

Take A Wagon Ride Through The Colours

Price: $145+

Address: 2572 Muskoka Rd. 10, Huntsville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Back Of Beyond Equine Centre hosts horse-drawn wagon rides through the countryside and farm. It's a unique way to see the fall foliage.

Get Spooked At Saunder's Farm

Price: $25 + per person

When: October 2020

Address: Lansdowne Park - 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Visit a new site filled with scary surprises at Sawmill Haunt.

Admire A Waterfall

Price: Fees vary

When: Opening September 2020

Address: Harvest Rd., Dundas, ON

Why You Need To Go: Webster's Falls gets even more beautiful in autumn, when the surrounding trees turn gorgeous shades of red and orange.

Wander Along A Glowing Pumpkin Trail

Price: TBA

When: October 23 & 24, 2020

Address: 680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a trip along a dreamy fall trail lit with hundreds of pumpkins.

Stop By The Big Apple

Price: Prices vary

Address: 262 Orchard Rd., Colborne, ON

Why You Need To Go: This giant apple landmark is a must-visit in the fall. You can watch pies and bread being made, shop for baked goods, grab a meal from the restaurant, and enjoy free activities.

Cuddle Up At A Drive-In Movie

Price: $14 per adult

Address: 2332 Ninth Line, Oakville, ON

Why You Need To Go: Drive-ins aren't just for the summer. You can get extra cozy with blankets and pillows this fall and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Sip Some Soup

Price: Prices vary

Address: 98 Wellington St., Stratford, ON

Why You Need To Go: Soup Surreal will give you major cozy vibes. There are tons of steamy bowls to sip from, and you can get flavours like Maple Bacon and Thai Pumpkin.

View The Colours From A Towering Bridge

Price: $26.50 per adult

Address: 260 Scenic Caves Rd., The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a 420-foot long suspension bridge over a colourful leafy forest at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.

Go On A Gooey Butter Tart Adventure

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Butter tarts are good year-round, but especially during the harvest season. You can road trip through beautiful fall colours and stop at tons of bakeries on the Butter Tart Tour.

Go Glamping

Price: $225 + per night

Address: 18692 Hurontario St., Caledon Village, ON

Why You Need To Go: Relax in a tranquil forest at Alabaster Acres. With twinkling lights, a bonfire and cozy tents, this outdoor experience is far from roughing it.

Pick Up Goodies At A Farmers Market

Price: Free

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Address: 878 Weber St. N., Woolwich, ON

Why You Need To Go: St. Jacobs Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on fresh produce and more for the harvest season.

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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.