Top things to do in Ontario this fall!
It is hard to find a more beautiful country than Canada during the fall season. Ontario is the province where you will find Canada’s capital, Ottawa. It is also a great province to take in the beauty of the season for many other reasons.
There are many top things to do in Ontario this fall but first think of all the vibrant oranges, mustards and fuchsias of Canadian trees in the fall, glistening under the rays of sunlight and the crisp fall air perfect for exploring the city or country scenes.
There are a plethora of things to do in Ontario, whether your tastes are more geared towards country or city life.
The country offers picturesque farms, orchards and country trails but also vineyards and markets where you can taste local produce. In terms of wine tasting do try the Canadian ice wine because Canada is the greatest producer of this particular wine: grapes must be exposed to sub-zero temperatures which are plentiful during the winter months. More than 140 wineries can be found on the Niagara Peninsula.
Start with the top of Ontario or Northwestern Ontario. This region of Ontario has a generous amount of peaceful beaches and parks to appreciate nature. You must put on your list the Ouimet Canyon, which features panoramic views of a 150 metre wide openings and rugged cliffs.
The Lake of the Woods area and museum, to be found in the City of Kenora, promotes respect and safeguard of the region and its heritage. Permanent exhibitions expose aboriginal artifacts, intricate beadwork, quillwork, jingle dresses, ceremonial pipes, embroidery, birch bark and willow baskets. Photo displays show what life was like in the region hundreds of years ago.
Cross the suspension bridges of Eagle Canyon, Canada’s longest foot suspension bridge or take the zip line for a thrill overlooking this outdoor paradise.
Travel to 1815 in Fort William’s Historical Park by viewing demonstrations of canoe building or blacksmithing or period baking…and tasting!
The Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre is the brand new addition to the town of Sioux Narrows and offers information on the history of fishing as well as tips and tricks and fishing seminaries.
Discover Red Rock Marina, the quaint town and its wildlife. Visit Neys Provincial Park, the famous landscape that inspired Canadian painters, the group of Seven. Rocky islands and woodland caribou make for beautiful paddling routes and hiking trails.
The world-famous destination for canoeing is the Quetico Park.
After you have enjoyed all these beautiful landscapes you can welcome city life. Some of the best cities to visit in Ontario are Ottawa because it is Canada’s capital and Toronto because it is such a cultural hub.
First head towards Ottawa, Canada’s capital where you can admire Parliament Hill and walk around ByWard Market or cruise aboard the Empress of Ottawa for a historic sightseeing tour.
Nightlife in Ottawa offers theatre, “Come from Away,” or “Verdi Requiem” also playing at the Southam Hall at National Arts Centre, On Septemeber 22nd the tour whose name says it all will feature Dallas Smith & Dean Brody or Canada’s icon Celine Dion on October 15th. Go cheer Ottawa Senators in the capital of hockey.
There are many tourist attractions in Brampton, the suburban city of Toronto. Visit the picturesque Gage Park or Heart Lake Conservation area. Then take in an exhibit at the Peel Art Gallery Museum.
Finally hit the big city scene of Toronto, the fourth largest city in North America. Get a perspective of the big picture by visiting the CN Tower then check out permanent and temporary exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as the Royal Ontario Museum. Walk around the Distillery District and St Lawrence Market. The shopping scene on Bloor Street and Yonge street has a selection up to par with Parisian stores: all the posh labels are present.
Of course, Toronto being a very big cultural scene, nightlife and events are plentiful.
“The Who” will be at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario on September 3rd, “Lenny Kravitz” at Budweiser Stage, September 4th and if you are more country then enjoy “Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell & Jon Langston” on September 5th or “Shawn Mendes” on September 6th or “Kacey Musgraves”on September 9th. The eclectic Grace VanderWaal on her ukulele will be performing on September 11th. October 6th you can see “Avril Lavigne” or “The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds of Summer” on October 8th. October 26th will feature “Taking Back Sunday”.
It is always a sporting idea to catch a game of baseball: catch Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox on September 10th or New York Yankees on September 14th or any match throughout the fall season. In November you can cheer Canadian’s favourite sport by supporting the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Cirque du Soleil, world-renown and celebrated Canadian circus will be performing for several dates during the glorious season of fall. If you want to see Canadian humanity at its best see the record-breaking play “Come from Away”, inspired by real-life events of what happened when crew members and passengers of 38 planes landed unexpectedly in Gander, Newfoundland following the closing of U.S. airspace right after the 9/11 attacks.
During your stay try to catch the legendary Toronto Symphony Orchestra, this time performing Star Wars Return of The Jedi In Concert or the Canadian Opera Company: Johannes Debus - Rusalka on October 16th.
After taking your fill of the big city you are now only two hours from the famed Niagara Falls. The Niagara River serves as an international border between Canada and the US. There are actually 3 sets of falls, but if you must choose one then see the most spectacular fall: the Horseshoe Fall which is on the Canadian side. This is the best way to end your visit to Ontario: with a bang!