Whether it's "a place to grow" or "yours to discover", Ontario is full of hidden gems and breathtaking places you simply have to visit in the fall. From diving into a lake of cranberries to travelling down the cheese trail (yum!) there's no shortage of Ontario fall things to do! So grab a pen and a pal and start checking these adventures off your bucket list today and throughout fall!

Cranberry Harvest

Price: Free entry

When: Late September until Oct. 31

Address: 1074 Cranberry Rd., Bala

Why You Need To Go: Fall is cranberry season in Ontario and Muskoka Lakes Farm has numerous cranberry-themed activities for you to enjoy. Take the plunge into the cranberry-filled waters, taste sweet cranberry wines, enjoy hiking, wagon rides, and more!


Oxford County Cheese Trail

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations in Oxford

Why You Need To Go: Cheese? Yes, please! You can spend the day, or even an entire weekend, exploring over 20 different curated stops along Oxford's cheese trail. From brie to gouda and everything in between, you can learn a little about cheese and, of course, sample some cheesy snacks along the way! We wouldn't dair(y) miss it!


Murphy's Point Provincial Park

Price: Free

When: Daily from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Address: 2243 Elmgrove Rd., Perth

Why You Need To Go: Of course, you can view beautiful fall colours from nearly every park in Ontario, but at Murphy's Point, the real views come from underground. You can spend the day exploring an abandoned mine from 1900s. You won't believe the size and beauty of this hidden underground gem!


Price: Starting at $16

When: Sept. 27 until Oct. 27

Address: 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg

Why You Need To Go: Each year, Upper Canada Village lights up thousands of pumpkins and transforms into a truly magical adventure. And we're not just talking everyday jack-o-lanterns either! You can expect to see dinosaurs, classic paintings, trains, and more, all constructed from pumpkins.


Price: Ticket prices vary

When: Friday, Oct. 11-19

Address: 17 Benton St., Kitchener

Why You Need To Go: The Kitchener and Waterloo Oktoberfest has been around for over 50 years now and is the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world! With various events and delectable German treats throughout the nine-day festival, there's sure to be fun for everyone!


Prince Edward County Wine Tours

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations in Prince Edward County

Why You Need To Go: You can tour the bountiful PEC wineries on your own, or with a tour guide. If you go for the guided tour you'll have the choice of a bus, limo, or even a Rolls-Royce. No matter what your chariot of choice is, rally the squad and head out to the county for delicious wine and cider sipping this fall.


Price: Ticket prices vary

Address: 55 Queen St., Stratford

Why You Need To Go: From classic Shakespeare to fun, modern plays, there is always something to see at the Stratford Festival Theatre! After the show, be sure to wander the streets of Stratford to see where Justin Bieber grew up!


Price: Free admission

When: Saturday, Oct. 12 until Monday, Oct. 14

Address: 70 Canuck Ave., North York

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through an enchanting sea of pumpkins at Toronto's annual festival. Enjoy activities like pumpkin bowling, costume contests, and pumpkin carving. Inflatables, games, food trucks, and more will also be available. 


Eagle Canyon Adventures 

Price: $20

When: Daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Address: 275 Valley Rd., Dorion

Why You Need To Go: Ontario is home to Canada's longest suspension footbridge, and the views from here are incredible! You can walk across the bridge and if you're daring, there's even a zip line! The bridge only stays open until Oct. 15, so plan your trip ASAP.


Temagami Fire Tower

Price: $2

Address: Caribou Mountain, Temagami

Why You Need To Go: Who could pass up a birds-eye view like this? You can soak in the beauty of Ontario in the fall from the top of this 30-metre tower. The tower sits atop Caribou Mountain, making it even taller. So it's fair to say that if you're afraid of heights, this might not be the one for you!


Heart Lake

Price: Free

Address: Ompah

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for somewhere romantic to take your S/O this fall, then this natural wonder is the place to go. Surrounded in the fall by stunning foliage, this is one hidden gem you'll want to check off your bucket list ASAP! You can see the lake's exact location here, just off of Mosque Lake.


Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Price: $7.75

When: September and October weekends, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Address: 9496 Heritage Rd., Brampton

Why You Need To Go: You could easily spend an entire day taking in all of the super fun activities at this orchard. They offer apple picking, barn beam walks, corn mazes, wagon rides, sunflower fields, treats, and more! You can even stick around and bake a pie on-site with the apples you picked yourself!


North America's Smallest Jailhouse

Price: Free

When: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Address: 61 Victoria St. N., Tweed

Why You Need To Go: As far as visiting old jails go, this one is probably the least creepy of them all! Located in the tiny town of Tweed, this extra small jailhouse is actually a pretty adorable site these days. Be sure to stop inside to take photos from inside the jail's one and only cell.


Mighty Marmora Mine

Price: Free

Address: Marmora Mine Road, Marmora

Why You Need To Go: This once fully-operational mine has since been turned into a gorgeous man-made turquoise lake. You can't get quite as close to the mine as you once could, but even from a distance, this beautiful hole in the ground is a sight you won't want to pass on!


Scandinavian Spa

Price: $65 

Address: 152 Grey Rd. 21, Blue Mountains

Why You Need To Go: You can take a relaxing break with a Scandinavian-style bath at this gorgeous spa! While you're there, you may want to treat yourself to one of the other spa services as well or simply soak in the on-point aesthetics on show. On Wednesdays, the baths are accessible for only $55.


Kingston Penitentiary 

Price: Starting at $35

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 9:40 a.m. until 4:40 p.m.

Address: 560 King St. W., Kingston

Why You Need To Go: There's no better way to give yourself a little spook this fall than touring an old max-security prison. Home to many infamous murderers in its day, the now-closed prison offers a variety of tours throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. 


The Pickering Markets

Price: Prices vary

When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Sundays until 5 p.m.

Address: 1400 Squires Beach Rd., Pickering

Why You Need To Go: With over 500 vendors, The Pickering Markets is one of Canada's largest indoor flea markets! You can enjoy affordable fashion, food, tech, decor, and so much more all from under the market's giant roof!


Visit A Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Ontario is home to some of the best provincial parks that offer stunning fall views. From Algonquin to Killarney, there's no shortage of natural Ontario beauty to soak in! It's yours to discover!


Donald Forster Sculpture Park

Price: Free

When: Daily from dawn to dusk

Address: 358 Gordon St., Guelph

Why You Need To Go: You can wander through this beautiful park, stopping to admire some of the best sculptures in all of Canada. With a number of permanent and temporary installations, there is always something to see here.


The Big Apple

Price: Prices vary

When: Daily from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Address: 262 Orchard Rd., Colborne 

Why You Need To Go: Nothing says fall quite like a warm slice of apple pie. You can enjoy that and a variety of other Ontario fall treats at The Big Apple, as well as taking part in a variety of outdoor activities, shopping, and more. Don't forget to snap a pic with the big red apple either!


Halton County Radial Railway

Price: Starting at $15.50

When: September and October weekends from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Address: 13629 Guelph Line, Milton

Why You Need To Go: You can explore and ride on a variety of vintage streetcars as they travel through the breathtaking fall foliage. One streetcar has even been turned into an ice cream shop!


St. Jacobs Farmers' Market

Price: Free entry

When: Every Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Address: 878 Weber St. N., Waterloo

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy seasonal Ontario fruits and vegetables along with artisan goods and so much more. With over 300 venues, St. Jacobs has a little something for everyone.


Ottawa Jail Hostel

Price: Prices vary

Address: 75 Nicholas St., Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the night in this spooky, 150-year-old jail cell. Adventure inside the solitary cells or even take a tour of the old death row if you dare! Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, you'll be just minutes from Parliament and the Byward Market.


Agawa Canyon Train Tour

Price: Starting at $54

When: Open daily until Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Address: 129 Bay St., Sault Ste. Marie

Why You Need To Go: You can take a relaxing train tour and soak in some of the best fall foliage in Ontario. Feeling more adventurous? The train also stops for 90 minutes in Agawa Canyon Park where you can see even more fall beauty, including a beautiful waterfall.


Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Price: Prices vary

Address: 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E., London

Why You Need To Go: Take a glimpse into our past at this old-timey village. Starting every year in October, you can visit the village and help the "pioneers" get ready for winter. 


La Grand Hermine Replica

Price: Free

Address: 2793 North Service Rd., Jordan Harbour

Why You Need To Go: If you've ever road tripped from Toronto to Niagara Falls, odds are you've noticed the giant shipwreck along the highway. The ship is a replica of one of Jacques Cartier's ships from 1535 and has been located at the Jordan Harbor since the late 1990s. It's creepy, it's cool, and it makes the perfect historical rest stop for those long fall drives.


Brockville Railway Tunnel 

Price: Free (donations are accepted)

When: Daily 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Address: Brock St. at Tunnel Ave., Brockville 

Why You Need To Go: You can go for a magical walk through this old railway tunnel. The once-abandoned tunnel has since come back to life with stunning light shows and music.


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