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october 6, 2020

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U-Pick Farms, Corn Mazes & more Fall fun in Ontario

Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving on October 12, take advantage of prime harvest season with the bounty of U-Pick Farms and “fall” in love with the changing colours en route to your road trip destination. Whether you’re looking for the best apple orchards, pumpkin patches, or corn maze to explore, we’ve got you covered by region. Plus, there’s tons more of activities to do with the whole family while you’re there from playlands, campfires, and wagon rides. Happy October and picking season!

Eastern/Ottawa

article1oct62020.jpgThere are so many orchards and fall fun available, less than an hour outside of Ottawa! Log Cabin Orchard is the pick for a classic apple orchard, where apples are pre-picked or you can pick your own. Day or night, fall is prime time at Saunders Farm! Whether you’re here for their famous Haunting Season or you’re here to check out the 100 acre farm known for its full-sized hedge mazes or hayrides, this is the ideal day trip in autumn! Check out their campfire nights on Friday and Saturday nights until November 1. Packages (complete with s’mores!) are available for families, date night, or birthday parties. Book in a wagon ride after your picking at Mountain Orchards and don’t forget to indulge in some butter tarts and doughnuts along the way! There’s tons of family fun available at Cannamore Orchard, including their famous cow train, wagon rides, hedge mazes, and pedal cars.  In Hampton, Pingle’s Farm offers a farm market, a pick-your-own area, a corn maze, and more!

GTA

article2oct62020.jpgThere are so many farms to explore in the GTA region which means prime picking for apple and pumpkin season! Make sure to check the websites and book your tickets online, if needed, before you go. Chudleigh’s Farm offers over 22 varieties of apples for your apple picking adventures. In Mount Albert, come for the pumpkin and squash picking at Brooks Farms but let your kids stay for the barnyard playland, offering a multitude of activities for them to run and play! Explore a 10-acre corn maze while you pick up your farm box (and even bring your dog on Saturdays only) to Cooper’s CSA and Farm & Maze in Zephyr. In lieu of its Pumpkinfest, Downey’s Farm has its Fall Farmyard Play Area, which includes a new pirate cove and mini farmers golf, one of the dozens of activities available.

Central

article3oct62020.jpgUp the ante on navigating a corn maze at night at Rounds Ranch’s flashlight corn maze every Saturday evening in October from 4pm to 10pm. Get a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins and squash at Murphy’s Farm. Their fall festival is full of fun activities for the kids including an obstacle course and pumpkin cannon (on weekends only) until November 1. For something different, take a cranberry plunge which is exactly as it sounds! Wade into a sea of floating cranberries and stock up on turkey’s sweet accessory in time for Thanksgiving at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery. This is part of their all access pass for $55, which includes a wagon tour, tutored wine tasting and the cranberry plunge.

Southwestern

article4oct62020.jpgCreate a fun day trip or weekend by choosing a U-Pick Farm and a hike nearby. 20 minutes west of Hamilton in Copeland, choose from pre-picked apples or pick your own at Myers Apple Farm.  Pick-Your-Own season at Carluke Orchards ends in mid-October and features over 13 varieties of apples and pumpkins, too! Pick from over 7 varieties of apples in season and pumpkins at Brantwood Farms. Their fall festival includes a straw castle, haunted barn, and a hayride to the Magic Forest! Come to Snyder’s Family Farm for a 2 hour visit to the corn mazes, barnyard, and play areas. Stay for the sunset campfires.

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Featured Events


Dinosaur Drive-Thru

October 1- November 1, 2020; Wednesdays are dedicated to Walk-Through customers.
425 Bingeman’s Centre Drive, Kitchener (SW)

featuredevents1oct62020.jpgFulfill all of your Jurassic Park fantasies and learn all about dinosaurs at Bingeman’s Grand Experiences in the heart of Waterloo, Ontario! There is both a 2.25 km drive-thru experience for 30 minutes accompanied by an informative audio track and a walk-through experience that happens only on Wednesdays. The experience per vehicle depends on the number of people in the vehicle ($25 for up to two people; $40 for up to four people; and $65 for up to eight people).For the walk-thru experience, the price is $5 per person in advance.

Pumpkinferno

Sept 25 - Oct 18  7pm-10pm
Oct 19-Oct 31 6:30-10pm
Upper Canada Village (Ottawa)

featuredevents2oct62020.jpgGet into the Halloween spirit early this year at Pumpkinferno in Upper Canada Village, just outside of Ottawa. The village is transformed into a glowing 1km trail of handcrafted pumpkins from local artists, all the more to get you inspired for your own creations! Buy your tickets online for $16. Children 4 and under are free.


Toronto Pumpkin Fest

October 10-12, 10am-6pm
Downsview Park (GTA)

featuredevents3oct62020.jpgJust in time for Thanksgiving and Halloween, check out the Toronto Pumpkin Fest in Downsview Park. Fun for the whole family, the event will focus on all things related to the pumpkin and makes for a great day trip over the festive long weekend!

Featured attraction : CN Tower

featuredoct62020.jpgWhether you’re visiting Toronto or you’re a tourist in your own city, the CN Tower is a must-visit destination. Take your adventure to new heights and gear up to get one of the best views of The Six on the Tower’s viewing decks complete with the world-famous glass floor.  For those looking for some extra thrills check out the EdgeWalk then grab a bite at the 360 degree restaurant! Although the iconic tower just announced that it will be suspending its operational hours to prevent the spread of COVID-19, stay tuned for its reopening hours and protocol.

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

onlyinontoct62020.jpg Pickering Market
Did you know Canada’s largest indoor market is in the GTA! For a quick shopping escape 30 minutes outside of Toronto, The Pickering Market has everything you need! In addition to its 500 vendors covering a variety of categories (fashion, home decor, electronics, etc.), it features an antique market and an international food court.

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