Have you explored Ontario? We mean really explored it. Not just a weekend trip to the cottage (although those are great, too), but planned excursions to parts of the province that are more beautiful, fun or interesting than you know. Because if you haven’t, now is as good a time as any. With restrictions on travelling outside of the country, this fall would be an ideal time for exploring your home province.
Ontario is one of the provinces that experience big changes with each season. The colours of fall make it alluring, and with the weather still bearable, it’s still possible to enjoy a few outdoor activities. That said, things aren’t exactly normal this year. Places have modified their activities to meet the health precautions brought on by the pandemic. But even these new restrictions leave opportunity for some enjoyment, so consider trying one of these activities in Ontario this fall.
What you can do in Ontario this fall
Keeping in mind that there will be revised access to certain activities, these places are still welcoming to visitors.
1. Wildlife Watching at Algonquin Provincial Park
fox on a trail
This is the perfect mix of outdoor adventure with indoor activities. At Algonquin Provincial Park, you can visit the art exhibit or bookstore and nature shop to immerse yourself in the history and culture of the area. There are three biking trails – Old Railway, Minnesing Mountain and Byers Lake Mountain – that are still open to the public. And with over 140 species of birds, 55 mammal species and 32 non-venomous amphibians, wildlife watching is another fun thing to do at Algonquin. Read more about the best fall hikes in Ontario.
2. Stargazing at Lennox and Addington
Lennox and Addington is a county with over 5,000 lakes and 600 trails. It’s a prime outdoor experience during the fall, and somewhere you can return to again and again. One activity that is non-negotiable when visiting Lennox and Addington is star gazing. You’ll be placed in socially distanced circles and experience a dark sky night that is comparable to what it was 100 years ago. You can also visit the L&A County Museum or bring your flashlight for a nighttime corn maze.
3. Enjoy History and Architecture at The Library of Parliament
Walking into the Library of Parliament is literally stepping into history. It was constructed in 1876 and is one of Canada’s most renowned architectural buildings. In a normal year, about 350,000 people visit this site. It’s not only a library steeped in history; it’s also the Parliament of Canada’s knowledge centre where a group of staff are tasked with being a trusted source of information that supports how our democracy functions. It’s also possible to have a virtual experience of the entire Parliament from home.
4. Drive Thru Events
With so many restrictions on gatherings, both outdoor and inside, drive-thru events have been a bit of saving grace. There have been drive-thru concerts, there’s the drive-thru zoo in Toronto, and of course, drive-thru movies have become a popular option over the past year. Drive-thrus are great because you can still enjoy a live experience without being too close to anyone. It takes a minute to get used to the fact that honking is the new clapping, but it’s well worth it if you want to get out of your home to do something fun.
5. Go Fishing on the Lake
Fall in Ontario is definitely cooler, but it’s still warm enough to enjoy a morning or afternoon on the boat. If you’re already a fisher, you just need to grab your gear and go. For those of you who are looking to try a new experience, there are several fishing options in the GTA that will provide you with all the equipment and bait you need, plus help you get started. Fishing is one of those activities that is peaceful and almost spiritual, but still an activity you can enjoy with a couple of close friends or family.
6. Take Tours from Home
While travelling to Paris to visit the Louvre just isn’t feasible at the moment, it doesn’t mean you need to rob yourself of that experience completely. The Louvre offers online virtual tours of their galleries; you’ll sit back and listen to professional tour guides share stories of yesteryear from the comfort of your own home.
Fall activities for everyone
As you can see, there is an impressive list of activities you can participate in this fall. Depending on your appetite for adventure, you can travel to any of the destinations we’ve mentioned, stay local at a drive-thru event, or never leave your home and still enjoy a shared experience. It’s really up to you.
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