The first few days of fall in Canada have arrived and the festivities are beginning! From fall hikes and apple picking to pumpkin carving, here are some creative and festive ways to celebrate the season of harvest in Ontario.
1. Explore the beautiful changing colours of autumn foliage
There are so many beautiful parks and trails in Ontario that become incredibly scenic with changing fall colours as the temperatures get cooler. Here are our favourite places to go paired with some cozy picks to stay stylish in for the road trip.
Dundas Peak in Hamilton is a true spectacle especially in the fall. The hike up to the peak is not too strenuous but reaps a gorgeous view of Dundas, Ontario. Be sure to check the parks website here for details about reservations and booking your hike: https://conservationhamilton.ca/spencer-reservations/
The Doube’s Trestle Bridge in the Kawartha Region brings a breathtaking view of streams and woodlands. Explore this bridge and its surrounding trails: https://www.mykawartha.com/community-story/4943268-four-great-places-to-hike-in-the-kawartha-lakes/
For a foresty hike in the woods, the Durham Regional Forest is a magical place to go. The forest encompasses a 596 hectar area located at the top of the Oak Ridges Moraine and is a popular spot for cross-country skiing, mountain miking, hiking and horseback riding. For more information check out this website: https://www.lsrca.on.ca/durham-forest
Bundle up yet still look cute for the hike in our new cozy fleece picks!
2. Go Apple Picking or Visit a Pumpkin Patch
The apples are ripe! The orchards are open for apple picking and often times the apple orchards have other special additions like pumpkin patches and places for kids to play.
Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery: https://archibaldswinery.com/ For a nice drive out to the east end check out Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery in Bowmanville which is only an hour away from Toronto.
Applewood Farm: http://applewoodfarm.ca/ Applewood Farm in Stoufville is a great pick for an orchard closer the GTA. Be sure to check out their website to see about their pumpkin patches and opening times!
3. Make these Hearty Fall Recipes
The harvest season calls for some delicious soups and bakes with the fall crops. Here are some of our favourite and scrumptious recipe picks to try out this season!
This Pumpkin Soup from Made like Mums: https://www.madelikemums.com/post/pumpkin-soup
These Homemade, 5-Ingredient Granola Bars from the Minimalist Baker: https://minimalistbaker.com/healthy-5-ingredient-granola-bars/
For an extra challenge, this Slow Cooker Apple Cider from Sally’s Baking Addiction: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-apple-cider/
Look cute while cooking in the kitchen in these relaxed pieces. Pictured from L-R: Melody Long Sleeve Top in Wine paired with Julie Slim Pocket Joggers in Wine, Kara Square Neck Top in Deep Rose, Caitlin Sweatshirt in Anchor Blue paired with Kara Ruched Jeggings
4. Check out Local Fall Markets
Local farmers markets and fairs are a great place to take the family or hang out with friends while supporting local businesses. Here are some awesome markets open for the fall in and around the GTA that are worth stopping by.
Healthy Mom’s Marketplace on October 24th: Come stop by our booth at the Healthy Mom’s Marketplace in the Distillery District on Sunday October 24th! Get your ticket here: https://www.gohealthymoms.com/pages/healthy-moms-toronto-marketplace
Grab some extra fresh produce at the Whitby Farmer’s Market that happens every Wednesday and Saturdays. Get more info about the locations here: https://www.whitbyfarmersmarket.ca/
The Evergreen Brickworks Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday and features local artisan vendors from all around Toronto!: https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works/markets-food/saturday-farmers-market/
For a trip to the market opt for these adorable outfit picks! Pictured from L-R: Tina Denim Tunic in Blue Denim, Anna Print Tunic in Teal, Ada Turtleneck in Caramel with the Ashton Denim Skirt in Blue Denim
We hope these ideas get you in the mood for autumn festivities! Happy October!