‘Tis the season for chunky knit sweaters, all things pumpkin themed , cooler temperatures and traffic light coloured trees (red, yellow and green). Before hibernation and cozy nights become the norm for the coming months, here are a few fall activities for Toronto area that you can do with your loved ones.
- Apple Picking at Chudleigh’s Farm or Andrew’s Scenic Acres
Apple season typically runs from Mid-August to Mid-October, but this varies every year pending Mother Nature. Chudleigh’s farm is located in Halton Hills, 45 minutes from Toronto, and is one of the more popular farms to go apple picking. They have a variety of apples including Creston, Russet, Golden Delicious, Fuji and Granny Smith, to name a few.
In addition to picking apples from the Orchard, families can go on wagon rides, check out the farm-friendly animals, kids can ride a pony, and there is also a market.
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Andrew’s Scenic Acres, located in Milton (45 minutes from Toronto), also has some apples orchards. In addition, they offer a wider variety of produce to pick including pumpkin, sweet corn and flowers. They also have a farmer’s market with a variety of produce and baked treats including pies and tarts.
2. Pumpkin patch at Downey’s Farm or Andrew’s Scenic Acres
Downey’s Farm, located in Brampton (30-40 minutes from Toronto), offers “Pumpkin Fest” which includes wagon rides, live entertainment, a farmers market, and an opportunity to explore an 8 acre corn maze, in addition to picking up your perfect pumpkin for Thanksgiving or Halloween.
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As mentioned above, Andrew’s Scenic Acres offers pumpkin picking. For more information, check out the following link:
3. Pumpkin pie from “Wanda’s Pie in the Sky”
Fall = pumpkin everything! The branding is everywhere- you can’t avoid it especially for PSL (pumpkin spiced latte). I do not like coffee so PSL isn’t an appeal for me, and I am not a fan of pastries, BUT I do love pumpkin pie. If you are in or plan to visit Toronto, I highly recommend going to Wanda’s Pie in the Sky, in Kensington Market, for a slice with some tea.
They of course have a variety of flavours, but since this is pumpkin season, may as well jump of that band wagon and experience all the fall feels.
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4. City Strolls for Fall leaves
Living in a city does limit the amount of greenery available but they aren’t non-existent. One of my favourite things to do every fall is to grab a tea from David’s Tea (this season I am obsessed with maple nut and pumpkin chai), grab a friend/loved on, and roam around parks and neighborhoods, searching for the changing leaves.
Some of my favourite spots include High Park, Trinity Bellwoods and random neighborhoods with trees lining either side of the road.
5. Brunch and hiking trails at Ever Green Brickworks
Evergreen Brickworks is the perfect Sunday escape from the city. It is a short 20 minute drive from downtown, just along the Don Valley. It was built as a hub where flourishing cities can experience sustainable practices. What does that mean? They have transformed heritage buildings to space for farmers and artisan markets, restaurants and cafes, host conferences and events, arts and exhibits, and offers access to nearby trails.
Cafe Belong, one of the restaurants, offers Sunday brunch with a menu that changes every week. Last week we went and enjoyed mouth-watering French toast that was perfect for the fall season.
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6. Hiking trails and parks eg Dundas Peak, Erindale Park
September -October, even early November, is the perfect season to go hiking. It’s not too hot, not too cold, and with the appropriate layers, it can be just right. This past weekend Toronto was graced with a sunny weekend 10-15 degrees Celsius, which was perfect for doing some physical activity and scoping out the changing leaves.
Some of my favourite places to hike, a short ride outside the city include Dundas Peak (approx 1 hour outside Toronto) where the trails are even and the views of the escarpment are breathtaking. I also love going for hikes in parks like Erindale Park in Mississauga, 20 minutes from downtown, whereby the abundance of red and orange trees with the occasional sighting of deer add for a charming experience.
The fall season is almost over so be sure to make the most of the next few weeks. If you don’t manage to get to these activities this year, save this post for next fall. These activities are timeless.