Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate indoors — yet. With its vibrant colours and crisp cool air, the fall season in Canada offers plenty of opportunities to connect with nature and explore some of the country’s best activities. Whether you’re looking for great food, festivals or fauna, the autumn season has it all. Here are fantastic fall activities.
1. Visit farmers’ markets. Expand your palate with the fall’s harvest. From sweet potatoes to radishes, winter squash and fall fresh fruits such as apples and cranberries, some of Canada’s most flavourful produce is available in the fall. Farmers’ markets are a great place to go to learn about these delicious harvest foods directly from the people who grow them. Farmers are always keen to share their favourite ways of preparing the fruits of their labours. Try your hand at preparing seasonal favourites such as butternut squash soup, apple pie or pumpkin bread.
2. Tour a pumpkin patch. A pumpkin patch is a great place to spend an afternoon with your family. Throughout the month of October, you can pick your own pumpkin to carve, or simply to eat (pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin seeds are Canadian seasonal favourites). Pumpkin patches often offer hay rides and other activities for the young ones in the family.
3. Hike along some of Canada’s best trails. Fall is nature’s playground. Hiking trails are lined with colourful leaves in pumpkin oranges, candy apple reds and golden yellows. And the weather is not too hot for a strenuous climb.
4. Rake the leaves. As trees shed their leaves, the ground becomes littered in a patchwork of colour. Raking the leaves in your own backyard can be a fun chore to do as a family. Kids will love to make a large leaf pile and take turns jumping in.
5. Visit an apple orchard. There’s nothing more delicious than biting into a fresh, crisp apple. Take the family on a trip to the apple orchard and enjoy picking your own fruit. Try a glass of warm apple cider after as a reward for all your hard work. Many orchards offer activities for kids including hay rides and face painting.
6. Hit the stage. Fall is the start of theatre season in cities across the country. Check out the many playbills, dance productions and symphony schedules in your city. Many theatre companies offer discounts in the fall for those who purchase multiple tickets for the season.