Ontario Summer Fun Newsletter – Things to do in Ontario

 

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September 17, 2015
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Enjoy Ontario’s autumn colours in all their glory!
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Those living in the south may get the benefit of warm weather all year long, but ‘we the north’ get seasons, and all that comes with them. One of the best parts of the upcoming season is the chance to enjoy gorgeous fall colours, throughout the province. The combination of cool nights and warm days provide ideal conditions for leaves to change to the fiery red, orange and yellow we admire. When you walk through one of Ontario’s parks or gardens, you can get a gorgeous glimpse of the seasonal colours pretty much anywhere. However, if you are really serious about looking for the best of fall in Ontario, here are a few places that make “best of” lists.
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Algonquin Park is on everyone’s list when the topic is ‘beauty in nature’. With its outstanding rivers, lakes and forests, it is best enjoyed on foot or by canoe. In terms of fall colours, the Park is filled with Sugar and Red Maples, which are usually at their height of brilliant red colour from mid-September to mid-October. By October, you can also see the poplar and birch trees, which turn a yellow-orange colour. Finally, the Tamarack (Algonquin Park's only cone-bearing tree that changes colour and drops all its needles in preparation for winter) turns yellow and then winter is not far behind!
One of the best viewing places in Ontario is the Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest & longest marked footpath. Running along the Escarpment from Niagara to Tobermory, it spans more than 890 km of main Trail and offers access to the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO world biosphere reserve. Take a waterfall tour in the Hamilton Halton Brant area and watch the yellow and red leaves floating in the water. Or, in the Collingwood/Blue Mountain area, enjoy apple picking at one of the many orchards in the region. There are also activities and festivals galore at the Blue Mountain Village, so make it a weekend and enjoy. There is something particularly special about the fall colours on the mountains next to the water of Georgian Bay.
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Niagara Parkway
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The Niagara Parkway runs on the Canadian side of the Niagara River from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.  The section north of Table Rock in Niagara Falls is designated as an Ontario Scenic Highway (who knew?!). Between the majestic Falls themselves and the Niagara wine region, the area is known for its lush beauty. Stroll through the Niagara Parks to see beautiful fall colours or take a fall colour drive on the Parkway, and after stopping to view the Falls, head toward Niagara-on-the-Lake to enjoy some of its incredible restaurants. Don’t forget to book a designated driver or car service so you can sample their world famous wines too.
Approximately 3/4 of the trees in Muskoka change colour and 50% lose their leaves, so if you are looking for a place to go that will knock your socks off, head to Muskoka! See the colours from the water on a scenic boat cruise, in a car on a driving tour or check out one of the hiking trails that criss cross the region, along the Canadian Shield rock. With antique stores, quaint boutiques, charming towns, wineries, farms and the Muskoka Lakes and Lucy Maud Montgomery Museums, there is plenty to do. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the gorgeous resorts, inns and hotels that dot the area, many right on the waters of the big three Muskoka lakes (Rosseau, Joe and Muskoka).

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Ottawa
1000 Islands
While the fall colours in many regions are best viewed from a car, Ottawa’s fall colours are easily enjoyed from a bike or by foot. The beautiful paths that run through and around the city offer wonderful tree-lined promenades to enjoy the colours. You can also enjoy the colours from the water by taking a boat cruise on the Rideau Canal, which runs through the centre of downtown near the Parliament buildings. Late September is usually the best time to watch the leaves change in the Ottawa Region.
The 1000 Islands region is gorgeous year round, but autumn is a time when it really shines as each island becomes a dot of red, orange and gold on the blue water. Here is a place where fall colours are best viewed from the water. Take a boat cruise from Kingston, Rockport or Gananoque and marvel at the brilliant colours.  Or, if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 1000 Islands Skydeck Tower lets you view a wonderful panorama from 400 feet above the St. Lawrence River.
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Bring a camera or a paintbrush or just take in the sights as you travel around Ontario on your fall colour tour. There has to be at least one positive thing to look forward to as summer draws to a close, and this is definitely a part of fall that we all appreciate!.
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Fall Fairs
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Toronto Garlic Festival
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36th Annual Ruthven Apple Festival
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There are so many fall fairs going on that you can’t pick just one! Check out the 146th Roseneath Fair - Sept. 25-27, 2015, Fergus Fall Fair - Sept. 18-20, 2015, Carp Fair - Sept. 24-27, 2015, Port Hope Fair - Sept 18-20, 2015 and 161st Lindsay Exhibition - Sept 23-27, 2015 to name just a few.  With Shows, Midway, Derbies, Agricultural events, Concerts, and more, these fairs are a great way to spend the day in some of Ontario’s smaller towns.
Here’s a quote from JG Ballard: "One rule in life, if you can smell garlic, everything is all right".”  If you agree, head to the Garlic Festival to enjoy cooking demos, contests, workshops, specialty vendors, garlicky foods and more!
Sept. 20, 2015

(GTA)
This fundraising event, which benefits Community Living Essex County, is chock-a-block full of music, rides, a midway, parade, car show, craft & food vendors & a Farmers’ Market.
Sept 26-27, 2015

(Southwestern Ont)
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Casino Rama
Casino Rama is more than just exciting slot machines & gaming tables. With weekly world-class live entertainment, luxury hotel & spa facilities and 8 delicious dining options, it's the perfect entertainment experience, whether you want to try your luck or not! Check out the upcoming scheduled performances or roll the dice. A great getaway or day trip.
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Agawa Canyon
Agawa Canyon was created over 1.2 billion years ago by a geological fault and was widened and reshaped by the last ice-age that retreated 10,000 years ago.  The stunning scenery surrounding the canyon inspired the Group of Seven, and is particularly memorable when the colours change. (Northern Ont).
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If you cannot find a copy of Summer Fun Guide print edition 2015 at an ONroute Service Centre or another location near you (most have already been snapped up), you can check out the digital version online by clicking here. We love to hear from our readers. Please contact us by email or call 1-866-385-1550 with your questions or comments.
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