Nothing beats the aesthetics of a historic small town in the thrall of autumn.

Brantford is a little over an hour’s drive from Toronto, and its storybook charm is a balm for the work-week-weary soul. This hidden gem is the perfect weekend getaway – especially in the fall. Enjoy stunning foliage, small-town comforts, and big-city amenities all in one place.

Here are our top 5 activities for your next weekend trip to make the most out of fall in Brantford.

Activities for the fall in Brantford
Photos by Sherry Smith via City of Brantford

Explore the amazing culinary scene:

Brantford’s got the goods, and we’re not just talking about the stunning foliage. When it comes to satisfying those sweet fall-time cravings, Brantwood Farms is the place to go. This charming family-owned and operated treasure trove has it all – fresh apples, homemade seltzers, delicious baked goods, and their very own Apple Cider Donuts that are a must-try.

If you’re in the mood for a gourmet meal, visit On The Lam- your tastebuds will thank you. Feeling adventurous? Take your culinary journey to the next level with a Tasty Road Trip through Brantford, and uncover hidden local gems!

Stroll along the Grand River: 

Craving a little nature escape? Then, you can’t miss the opportunity to take in the gorgeous fall foliage along the Grand River. Stroll or ride your bike on the extensive 70 km trail network. You can even canoe or kayak down the river if you’re feeling adventurous. The views are unbelievable, no matter which way you choose to experience them.

Woman enjoying breweries in Brantford
Photo by Tony F Photography

Visit the local breweries:

What better way to spend fall in Brantford than with an aromatic brewskie? If you plan on stopping for a pint, check out the Mash and Paddle Brewery in the Cordage Heritage District. This place is a local institution known as Brantford’s biggest, little brewery. They craft preservative-free, quality local beer inside a rustic, brick-and-beam space. Stop by the taproom for a pint or visit on a Saturday afternoon for live music featuring local artists. 

Unwind at the Grand Wellness Spa: 

Spa day, anyone? It’s never a bad idea to take a self-care day, but at the Grand Wellness Spa in Brantford, you can indulge your love for PSL at the same time!

Pumpkin Spice Latter soak at Grand Wellness Spa
Photo via City of Brantford

Try the spa’s seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte soak with fragrant ingredients like milk, pumpkin seed oil, coffee, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla. This treatment is packed with antioxidants for anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. Your skin will feel amazing – and you’ll smell even better! This special treatment is only available until November 11th, so try it out while you can.

Visit the Glenhyrst Art Gallery: 

Get a taste of some local culture with a visit to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery. This spot is located in a beautifully landscaped 16-acre park on the banks of the Grand River. The property was entrusted to the City of Brantford by Mr. Edmund Cockshutt in 1956 and has become an icon of the city’s history. The gallery showcases exhibits in the Main House every month that range from paintings and prints to photographs and crafts.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery
Photo via Explore Ontario

Discover fall in Brantford and enjoy the ultimate weekend getaway. Return to work on Monday feeling rested… and possibly smelling like a Pumpkin Spice Latte.