Fall and Thanksgiving are rapidly (and shockingly) coming up and if you haven't made definite plans yet, we got you. If the thought of whipping up a dozen dishes to feed your small village of a family puts you in a panic, you might want to consider these fun day trips instead. Stepping out of the city can be exhilarating and refreshing.

These are all great options if you want to take a break from your hectic city life. You have the option to plan an unforgettable weekend away, or spontaneously take a day trip with your friends and family. The Fall season is prime time for nature-gazing and admiring all the little things Earth has to offer!

Here are 22 scenic destinations near Toronto you should consider taking a trip this Fall: 

Have A Picnic At Ontario's Famous Bruce Trail 

Distance From Toronto: one hour

Forks of The Credit Provincial Park is notorious for scenic hiking trails and picnics. This beautiful provincial park is situated on Ontario's famous Bruce Trail — it is one of the most relevant and closest major parks to Toronto that will be gorgeously displayed this fall. It is also a popular spot for fishing, so remember to bring your gear!

Go Hiking In Cottage Country Port Perry

Distance From Toronto: one hour

This cottage country town is the perfect destination to recharge by the waterfront. You can take a hike

 in Port Perry's natural Oak Ridges Moraine which actually runs through some areas of Southern Ontario! It is filled with quaint shops, restaurants and ice creamerys in their downtown area and it is a simply escape from the bustling city of Toronto.

Visit The Pilliterri Estates Winery

Distance From Toronto: 1 hr 30 min

It's your last chance to soak up amazing weather before the harsh Canadian weather hits. Take an exciting day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a classy vineyard experience. Pilliterri Estates Winery offers free tours of their winery including a fragrant red and white wine tasting! 

 

Rent A Cozy Cabin 

Distance From Toronto: one hour
Cost: $129 per night

There is a modern comfort meets rustic charm secret destination about an hour from Toronto located in New Tecumseth — it is a cabin retreat blended with modern interior design. It's NOT completely secluded in the middle of nowhere, so yay for cell signal.

 

Experience A Harvest In Prince Edward County

Distance From Toronto: two hours 15 minutes

What better way to experience fall than experience Prince Edward County's fantastic and indulging flavours? You can visit local artisan shops, farmers markets and discover handcrafted preserves and other local-grown goods. You can pop into breweries, wineries, cidery, and scrumptious ice cream shops for treats. You can also stay at a winery as they crush the grapes for the year.

 

Go Swimming In Tobermory's Aquamarine Waters or Camping In The Bruce Peninsula 

Distance From Toronto: three hours 40 minutes

Tobermory is home to over 25 shipwrecks and they can be explored with one of the local tour boats! In September, the Georgian Bay waters will still be refreshing enough and warmed up by the Canadian sun to go for a quick dip. The Georgian Bay waters have always been slightly colder all year round, but you can always find Canadians swimming in these ultra-blue waters. August and September may be the best month to go for swims — but if the water is too cold for you, you can always rent a cottage or cabin and bask in Canada's natural greenery and eat BBQ.

 

St. Jacob's Farmers Market

Distance From Toronto: one hour 15 minutes

The St. Jacob's Farmers' Market is located o

utside Kitchener and hosts some of the most adorable farmers markets in Ontario! There is shopping, horse-drawn carriages, endless options for food and drink, flea markets, a theatre, railway and animals on-site you can feed and play with! This is the perfect fall vibe.

 

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm 

Distance From Toronto:  45 minutes

 

Ontario’s largest lavender farm is located just 45 minutes west of Toronto and you can admire their beautiful landscape and lavenders. Their high season is during the start of summer, but you can still admire these beautiful blooms and get your Insta pic until Sept. 1. They are open everyday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and last entry to the farm is at 4:30 p.m.   

Experience Muskoka In Bougie Resort Style

Distance From Toronto:  two hours 35 minutes

Cottages are great and all, but once it's too cold to swim, it's nice to enjoy all that Muskoka has to offer at a resort. There's no better option than Deerhurst when it comes to the range of activities offered, from golf to ATV riding to treetop trekking and much more.

 

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain

Distance From Toronto: 2 hours

Sometimes you just need to take a trip out of the city and pamper yourself silly — what better way to indulge in that than a spa? Blue Mountain's beautiful Scandinave Spa is a zen atmosphere where you can relax in a steamy bath, get a facial, massage or sauna. You can also admire their beautiful nordic waterfalls and earthy views of Blue Mountain. Sounds like the perfect Girls' Night. 

Visit A Waterfall In Hamilton

Distance From Toronto: one hour

Hamilton is home to more than 100 waterfalls! You can make it your goal to visit as many waterfalls as you can in this nearby city for a weekend trip! Hamilton is a nature lover's heaven — you can go on hiking trails, bird-watch, bike-ride and

eat at delicious local artisan restaurants.

Go Chasing The Northern Lights

Distance From Toronto: two and a half hours

The Aurora Borealis might be one of earth's most beautiful wonders, and you may have to travel super super north to see it. But you can easily star gaze near Gravenhurst at the Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve

. Their conservation reserves are areas of land that are regulated under the Public Lands Act by the Ministry of Natural Resources, to protect earth's natural features. This means you can see some of the most GORGEOUS stars out here!

Visit The Elora Mill Hotel And 3-Storey Spa 

Distance From Toronto: one hour 30 minutes

The Elora Mill Hotel & Spa is another secret destination where you can pamper yourself silly and admire the changing colours of the leaves all around you. The gorgeous and earthy Elora Mill Hotel is a one-of-a-kind attraction near Toronto that sits on top of a rushing river, dramatic gorge and also features a classy spa that sits on top of a WATERFALL. This is the perfect getaway come Fall, where you can admire all the beautiful nature in their glass solarium.

Go Mountain Biking At Blue Mountain

Distance From Toronto: two hours

Blue Mountain isn't always just good for skiing or winter activities! This overlooked activity is great for Fall, and is equally as fun without the snow! This giant Ontario ski hill is actually the most pristine spot to go mountain biking. It's a great family activity to engage in during Thanksgiving Weekend and will give you magnificent views of Georgian Bay.

Admire All The Autumn Leaves At Edward Gardens' Walkways 

Distance From Toronto: 20 minutes

This garden very close to Toronto is set in a ravine that is connected to other ravines by hiking and cycling trails. It leads the way to the shores of Lake Ontario and nature lovers can appreciate the beautiful nature especially during Fall. During Fall, the garden features massive maple trees with all its stunning and prepossessing colours. You will see sharp reds, yellows and oranges all around you!

Take A Day Trip To Our Lovely Nation's Capital 

Distance From Toronto: four hours 15 minutes

Ottawa is another lovely location to hit up during the Fall months. You can take a stroll alongside the Rideau Canal, hit up Byward Market for some sugary Beaver Tails or enjoy some late night bar hopping across the market!

Visit The Big Apple To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Distance From Toronto: one hour 30 minutes

Stop at The Big Apple in Colborne and try some of their famous pies while posing for a photo with their giant blown-up red apple. Their baked goods are made right in front of you and their delicious pies, breads and other apple-inspired goodies are the perfect celebration gift baskets or family-gathering gifts! Your family won't be disappointed with these excellent desserts.

Snap Some Fall Pics At Dundas Peak 

Distance From Toronto: one hour 10 minutes

You won't find many destinations near Toronto that give you gorgeous fall vistas like Dundas Peak, as it has an amazing lookout over Spencer Gorge and you can really see all the beautiful fall colours from the top of the hill. The views are majestic.

Experience The Raw Power of Niagara's White Water Walk

Distance From Toronto: one hour 45 minutes

The boardwalk beside the Niagara River offers a first-hand experience of the peril and raw adventure of their 6 white-water rapids. It is the perfect vibe for your walk and puts you at many viewing platforms, right at the river's edge. You won't want to miss this!

Take An Epic Hiking Trail By Belfountain

Distance From Toronto: one hour

Belfountain is a picturesque and appealing Hamlet near Credit road in Caledon. The drive leading up to this earthy spot is scenic and fun and once you're at Belfountain, you'll notice their beautiful conservation area full with various historic sites, hiking trails, and suspension bridge!

Spend A Day At Rattlesnake Point

Distance From Toronto: one hour

Rattlesnake Point is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario! You can spend the day here during any season and admire crazy turkey vultures that soar through their steep slopes from Buffalo Crag lookout and study their thousand year-old cedar trees. You can camp under the stars, rock-climb on their cliffs, practice some yoga in the nature or just enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends.

Treat Yo' Self To A Retreat On The River 

Distance From Toronto: 2 hours

There is a spacious and unlimited WiFi retreat near Haliburton. It accomodates seven people — great for a spontaneous weekend getaway. It is located ABOVE A CLIFF which is ABOVE A RIVER and it is the ideal setting to admire all these changing fall colours! Their interior design is especially noteworthy as it's exactly what you'd expect from a large, rustic cabin. It is $224 per night.

 
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