With the arrival of the cool fall breeze fast approaching, it's nearly time to pack away all the summer clothes and activities. Even if some of us don't want this hot summer to ever leave, the months of September and October provide a plethora of exciting fall activities.
Below are our top six suggestions for fall family fun in the Greater Toronto Area.
1. Go Apple and Pumpkin Picking
A must-do fall activity is to go apple picking at a local orchard and pumpkin picking at a local pumpkin patch. Some of the most popular orchards and patches in the GTA include Downey’s Farm, Albion Orchards, Springridge Farm and Andrew’s Farm Market and Winery.
2. Go on a Fall Hike
Why not go for a fall hike? Tote your camera, kids, and binoculars and admire the beautiful fall transformations. Fall is still a great time to get outside and take in some of the art and beauty of nature and there are many excellent trails in the area.
While on your fall hike, you could turn it into a scavenger hunt for you and your kids. The young and old will love the thrill of discovery in the great outdoors. A fall scavenger hunt can include:
- Spotting animal tracks
- Gathering pinecones
- Smell the pine trees
- Identifying various leaves from different trees
3. Attend a Fall Fair
Another great and local fall activity to do with your family is to attend the fall fair. Many different communities have fairs that occur throughout the fall, so you may even be able to attend multiple fairs if it is something you and your family enjoy. Some great ones to check out include the Orangeville Fall Fair, Brampton Fall Fair and the Georgetown Fall Fair.
As the on-going situation continues regarding COVID-19, make sure to check online before planning to attend one of the fall events, as restrictions may cause these events to be postponed or cancelled.
4. Attend Oktoberfest
One of the most well-known Oktoberfest’s in Ontario is the one that occurs every year in the Kitchener and Waterloo Region. People from all over the GTA go here to participate in various activities through September 24 - October 11.
Although things this year may look a little different for Oktoberfest, they have created a 5 part family series on their website with different activities for families to complete. Each episode has a different video with several guided activities and entertainment options for you and your family to enjoy!
5. Go to Pumpkins After Dark
A must-do thing this fall that could easily become a new fall family tradition is attending Pumpkins After Dark. This drive-thru experience is an award-winning outdoor Halloween event that features thousands of hand-carved pumpkins and live carving demonstrations. The whole experience is about a 2.5 km drive with 45 minutes to 1 hour of programming.
So why stay cooped up inside this Fall? There is so much to do to enjoy our great Canadian outdoors! Get outside and have fun with the ones you love!