In need of some fall day inspo? There’s a lot to see and do in a city like Toronto but if you’re itchin’ for a change in scenery, Ontario has a lot to offer in terms of activities and adventures this season.
Enjoy the outdoors and go out for a fall hike, get scared in a haunted house or go for a scenic drive and see the leaves change colour. Grab a couple of friends and hit the streets.
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Here are 10 of the best things to do in Ontario this fall season:
Spend a night in a real-life haunted mansion
Prepare to be scared. If Halloween Haunt isn’t spooky enough for you, this haunted mansion in Ontario is the real deal and you can spend a night there this October. Located in Penetanguishene, the Beck House is a red-brick Victorian home that dates way back to 1885. Whether you believe in the paranormal or simply love a good scare this time of year, the spirits of the Beck House are calling your name.
Where: Penetanguishene, Ontario
When: See available dates
Check out Pumpkinville in Toronto
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This isn’t your average pumpkin patch. Pumpkinville is a larger-than-life village filled with houses and displays made from over 30,000 real pumpkins. Be sure to add Pumpkinville to your autumn bucket list this year — you won’t be disappointed!
When: September 30 to October 31, 2022 (Thursday and Friday, 5 PM to 11 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 12 PM to 11 PM)
Where: CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, Toronto
Cost: $12 General Admission
Check out the beautiful scenery with a fall drive
It’s officially autumn, and we can already smell the pumpkin spice and hear the sound of leaves crunching under our boots. There are so many ways to enjoy this colourful season in Ontario, and you won’t even have to get out of your car to experience the magic. Throw on your coziest sweater and get behind the wheel because these postcard-worthy autumn road trips are calling your name.
Where: Spots include Forks of the Credit, 1000 Islands Parkway, Dundas and more
Take your furry friend to this giant fall festival for dogs
Pup parents, this one’s for you! Your pup finally gets to join in on the autumn fun this year at this giant fall festival for dogs. HalloWOOF will take place at Pingle’s Farm Market just outside of Oshawa at the end of October, with tons of activities that your pup is sure to adore.
Be sure to mark this day in your calendar! Your pup is sure to thank you with tons of kisses.
Where: 1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton
When: Sunday, October 30th, 2022
Cost: General Admission $20, Doggy Ticket $10
Venture through some of Ontario’s Biosphere reserves
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Did you know that Ontario is home to four of the over 700 rare ecologies recognized in the world? The province is home to multiple ecotourist destinations that are so significant they have been given a prestigious award by none other than UNESCO. If you’re in search of something thrilling this fall, it’s time to pack that bag and explore these four UNESCO ecotourist destinations scattered across Ontario.
Where: Frontenac Arch, Georgian Bay, Long Point, and Niagara Escarpment
Get spooky and check out these ghost towns in Ontario
Looking for a unique day trip? Why don’t you explore one of the many ghost towns in Ontario? While some of these towns are more for driving through and appreciating from afar, others you can wander and explore at your leisure. But they’ve all got one thing in common — they’re all very interesting (and kinda spooky) spots with fascinating and sometimes bizarre histories.
Where: Multiple towns in Ontario
Check out Cranberry Plunge at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh
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. You’ll have ample opportunity to snap photos and take in the incredible scenery. Afterward, you can stick around for a wine tasting, wagon ride, and hike through the gorgeous trails.
Where: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, 1074 Cranberry Rd, Bala
When: Until October 23, 2022
Cost: $20 per person
Scream and shout at a haunted house attraction
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The scariest month of the year is upon us. If you love everything there has to do with the Halloween season then you definitely need to go to a haunted house. Nothing screams Halloween like walking through a terrifying maze and griping your friends tightly to avoid jump scares. If you’re one of those people or live for the thrill of it, there are a handful of haunted attractions you need to check out in Toronto.
Where: Multiple locations
Solve clues & run from zombies at a terrifying haunted maze
We dare you to give this experience a try this spooky season! The Stalking Dead is a haunted escape game experience unlike any other. According to its website, The Stalking Dead was completely sold out before it even opened last year, which tells you something about how popular it is.
Where: Escape Maze, 156 Cedar Bank Rd, Otonabee ON
When: October 2022
Cost: $32.75+tax per player
Go on a fall camping trip
There’s plenty of fall hiking to do in our province, but have you ever tried fall camping in Ontario? The warm and sunny weather forecast, epic colours, and minimal crowds make this an incredible time of year to sleep under the stars, and several provincial parks have extended their camping season into the fall this year.
Where: Several parks across Ontario
When: Until the end of October 2022
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