Autumn is the season of love here in our city — the colourful leaves and the cozy weather are a recipe for romance! And with so many sweet fall date ideas in Toronto, your S/O will be swooning until the first snowfall.

From scenic orchards and pumpkin patches to charming train rides and spa getaways, you’ll be making the most of these beautiful autumn weekends.

So, dive right into these must-do fall date ideas in Toronto and start planning your next date!

Stroll on a boardwalk

Long walks on the water are the quintessential romantic activity, especially in the fall.

Located in Milton, the boardwalk trail spans 1.8 km and loops around the lake, and weaves through lush forest landscapes.

This lake shimmers with bright blue and green hues. It’s one of the very few meromictic lakes in Canada, where different layers of water don’t intermix, creating a mesmerizing sight.

Where: 3115 Conservation Road, Milton

Apple picking at a scenic orchard

Nothing says autumn romance like a trip to the apple orchard, and there are so many great apple picking spots in and around Toronto.

Fill up on Gala and Cortland apples at Chudleigh’s in Halton Hills, and go for a cute tractor ride while you’re at it.

Or if you’re looking for someplace extra scenic, Albion Orchards in Caledon was recently rated one of the best in Canada.

Where: See the best orchards in the GTA

See some Pumpkins After Dark

Snuggle up in your car as you drive through an enchanting tunnel filled with thousands of glowing jack-o-lanterns. These pumpkins are hand-carved and there are live carving demonstrations so you can see how the pros create their masterpieces.

The orange glow of carved pumpkins will make for some dreamy mood lighting.

Where: Country Heritage Park, 8560 Tremaine Road

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Wander in a sea of pumpkins

You and your boo have to pay a visit to Downey’s Farm Pumpkin Fest and feast your eyes on their famous orange sea of gourds.

Thousands of pumpkins are on display at this charming family farm in Caledon, just 45 minutes outside of downtown Toronto.

The annual fair is full of fall-themed activities and photo ops on the pumpkin-filled lawn.

When: September 23rd to October 31st, 2023
Where: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon

Take a scenic steam train ride

Autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Ontario, and what better way to see the changing leaves in all their glory than through the window of a heritage steam train?

The South Simcoe Railway is located less than an hour from the city and it’s holding special scenic train rides this October through the majestic Beeton Creek Valley.

Where: 28 Mill Street West, Tottenham

Get lost in a corn maze

Wander hand-in-hand through this 10-acre corn maze just north of Toronto. Maybe you’ll do a little sneaky corn maze smooching, maybe you’ll lose each other for a second only to be lovingly reunited a moment later.

You can also get tickets to explore the maze at night on Fridays and bring your dog on Saturdays.

Where: Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze, 266 Ashworth Road, Zephyr

Explore a hidden coffee shop

If you’ve been to all the popular cafes in the city, you can take your date to a dreamy hidden coffee shop.

Freshly brewed coffee paired with a delicious breakfast and/or pastry is not too shabby on a Sunday morning.

It’s the simple things in life that go a long way!

Where: Check out Toronto’s hidden coffee shops

Plunge into a sea of cranberries

If you and your love aren’t afraid to get a little down and dirty, Ontario cranberry plunge is a silly and surprisingly romantic date idea to try this fall.

Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh is a sprawling 27-acre farm that produces up to 400,000 lbs of cranberries each year. This huge harvest is something you have to see to believe, and you can get the best view possible by strapping on some waders and plunging right in.

And yes, there will be plenty of adorable photo ops!

Where: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, 1074 Cranberry Rd, Bala

Get spooked at a haunted theme park

Stay close and cover each other’s eyes as you run through the terrifying attractions at Halloween Haunt.

The annual event is back this year at Canada’s Wonderland, with the new Day of the Dead Festival and Pandemonium, a haunted maze under the mountain.

Once you’re good and scared, you can switch it up and go on a few nighttime rollercoaster rides and treat yourselves to a well-deserved funnel cake.

Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive

Take an easy fall hike

Fresh air and nature are a recipe for a good time, especially with your S/O.

With so many scenic hikes to do in Toronto and the GTA, you’ll be spoiled with some of the best views around.

Whether you’re up for a sweaty climb up a tree-lined staircase or want to meander along a cliff with sweeping views all around you, you won’t have to travel too far out of the city to find what you’re looking for.

Where: See the best easy fall hikes around Toronto

Visit Riverdale Farm

Stroll among the charming barns and cottages at the historic Riverdale Farm, and pay a visit to the horses, cows, pigs, ducks, goats, and sheep that call it home.

You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported from the city to the quaint countryside, and the colourful fall leaves will make it all the more picturesque. Visiting is free, but there are many ways you can help support this special place.

Where: 201 Winchester Street

Head to a harvest festival

The annual Harvest Festival is back at Square One, and it’s the perfect place to go for a romantic fall-themed experience.

It’s going to be a magical festival filled with delicious eats, warm sips, rides, games, a marketplace, and a pumpkin patch.

Don’t forget to pose for photos on the hay stacks!

When: September 29th to October 8th, 2023
Where: Parking Lot 6, Square One Shopping Centre, Mississauga

Soar on a sky-high chairlift ride

It’s time to soak up the beauty of autumn in Ontario, and there’s no better place to do that than on a scenic chairlift ride.

Every weekend, you can soar above the trees on a chairlift ride up or down the Escarpment to get an unbeatable view of the fall colours.

It’s located in a conservation area with tons of beautiful trails and a boardwalk around a lake.⁠

Where: 5234 Kelso Road, Milton
When: Every weekend from September 30th to October 29th (including Thanksgiving Monday)

Day trip to a charming small town 

Fall in Toronto is a beautiful thing, but nothing compares to the charming atmosphere of small towns in Ontario.

The historic buildings, quaint boutiques, and vibrant foliage make this special season one of the best times to visit.

Treat your loved one to a romantic day trip and head to one of these scenic destinations.

Where: See the most adorable small towns here

Unwind at Vettä Nordic Spa

It doesn’t get more romantic than this!

Vettä Nordic Spa is a peaceful oasis hidden in a picturesque valley just one hour north of Toronto.

This spa offers a traditional Finnish hydrotherapy circuit of heat, cold, and relaxation.

The property is nestled in the highlands of Horseshoe Valley, making you feel as if you’ve truly escaped from the city without having to travel too far.

Where: 3210 Line, 3 Line North, Oro-Medonte