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5 Reasons To Love Fall In Ontario - Barbecue World

5 Reasons To Love Fall In Ontario

There’s more to enjoy than just the spectacular fall colours

There’s a lot of love about Ontario year-round, but fall is perhaps our favourite, as it’s the start of fireplace season. That’s why we pulled together this list of unique ways to enjoy the season this year.

Fall Foliage

Does Ontario have the most vibrant fall foliage in the world? We’re not sure; we’ve never felt compelled to look anywhere else. There’s nothing quite like a grove of maples turning from orange to rose and finally to such a bright, vibrant colour that the word ‘red’ seems insufficient. Not that we aren’t just as thrilled by the radiant golden yellow you get with paper birch or rich brown of black oak leaves. Put it all together and you get landscapes like no other.

Of course, when planning to view fall foliage, plan quickly. Ontario’s fall foliage is so popular that line-ups at Algonquin on a peak weekend can stretch to four hours. So go midweek and be sure to check the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower in the Township of Algonquin Highlands.

Pro-tip: leaves start turning in the north first and they might go faster than you think.

Delicious Food

We know that Ontario produces great food year-round, but harvest season is special. No matter where you are in the province, eating local is easy. After all, there’s at least 180 farmer’s markets to choose from.

But maybe you’d like more of a culinary adventure. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of culinary destinations in Ontario. Check out Butter Tarts and Buggies for the best in butter tarts in and around Wellington North. Or, if apple pie is more your speed, you can follow the Apple Pie Trail, which features forty of the best apple pie destinations around the Georgian Bay. We’re partial to Chudleigh’s Farm in Milton. Oh, and did you know that there’s a Bacon and Ale Trail in Stratford? And a Cheese Trail in Oxford? Now that it’s fall, cheese makers are serving up all kinds of delicious smoked cheeses. And of course, most regions have their own specific food tours, such as the Taste Trail in Prince Edward County and Niagara Culinary Tours in Niagara.

Fall Road Trips

Step aside summer, fall is the superior road trip season. The weather’s nicer, there’s fewer tourists, and nothing beats roadside apple stands. Aside from all the leaves you’ll peep and amazing food you’ll eat, there’s all kinds of cool things to see and do. But put aside all the attractions you’ve heard about like Niagara Falls and the CN Tower; you can save those for when Grandma visits.

How about Mazinaw Rock, which features over 260 Aboriginal pictographs? You can find that in Cloyne. If leaf peeping takes you up to the Bruce Peninsula, make sure you stop by the Bruce Peninsula Grotto, a natural cave known for its turquoise blue waters. If you’re into history, visit Camp 30 POW, a camp for German soldiers during WWII. It’s in Bowmanville. In Burk’s Falls, you can find a massive stone castle, which also features a dungeon, a forest of tree-shaped sculptures, and a garden of stone screaming heads. It’s a little different than the ROM, right?

And finally: Pumpkinferno. Ever wanted to see thousands of carved pumpkins during an eerie nigh time tour? Well, now you can.

Hockey Season Is Back (And You Don’t Need the NHL)

Professional sports too expensive? We get it. That’s why if you’ve never enjoyed an Ontario Hockey League game live, now’s the time to do it.

From Sault Ste. Marie to Owen Sound, Sudbury to Kingston, there are local teams whenever your fall adventures take you. For example, you could visit the 5 Paddles Brewing Company, catch an Oshawa Generals game, and then finish up your trip with the fall colours at Darlington Provincial Park. That’s peak Ontario right there.

Drinks By The Fire

Fall means crisp cool weather without the obligation of snow shovelling in the morning, right? That’s why the best way to end a perfect fall day in Ontario is with drinks and good company by the fireplace.

Of course, you can keep it local. Ontario has at least 29 craft cideries, 230 craft breweries, 180 wineries, and over a dozen distillers. Do you like your drinks to be local? Or do you really like trying something new or unique? Or is your favourite kind of souvenir bottled? No matter where you are in the province and no matter what your taste in beverages, Ontario has something for you.

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