Fallen Leaves by Gary J.Wood
Toronto is a great city to live in. And one of the best things about it is the diverse and wonderful seasons it offers its residents. Many people can be slightly disappointed by fall because it means the warm, relaxing days of summer are over. But fall can be a fun and enjoyable season as well — particularly when you live in this beautiful city of ours. Here are some great ways you can enjoy the autumn season this year.
1. Beautiful Paths
Beautiful Path by 松林 Ｌ
One of the most beautiful qualities of fall is the changing leaves. But it can seem hard to experience that when you’re living in the city and there are only a few trees on your block. Don’t be discouraged! Toronto has an abundance of parks, trails and ravines loaded with trees that you simply may not have heard about yet. A great way to begin experiencing more of the nature Toronto has to offer is by trying out one of the City’s Discovery Walks. The Central Ravine, Belt Lines & Gardens path, for instance, takes you on an 11km walk through the central trails, ravines, cemeteries and parks of the city. There are times you’ll genuinely feel as though you’re enjoying the forest-lands of Northern Ontario!
2. Pumpkin Farms to Visit
Fall’s Arrival by Gary J. Wood
True, downtown Toronto may not have any pumpkin patches. But the city’s central location means a quick drive or train ride will get you to a beautiful pumpkin patch just outside the city limits. Pick your own pumpkins, journey through the corn maze and snag some homemade goodies at the Southbrook Pumpkin Patch in Richmond Hill. The farm is located at 1150 Major Mackenzie Dr. West and also has a Family Fun Festival running on the weekends throughout October. Call 905-832-2548 for more information.
3. Family Fun at the Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a truly one of a kind historical site in Toronto. And there’s no better time to experience all the place has to offer in terms of fun and education than in the fall. Whether you want to experience a truly traditional Thanksgiving dinner, treat the kids to the Halloween themed Howling Hootenanny or check out the creepy All Hallows Eve on October 27th — there’s something for everyone. You’re sure to learn some new things and have a blast in the clean fall air at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
4. Walk Along the Water
Autumn Reflections by Diego Torres Silvestre
We are fortunate in Toronto to have a very sizeable lakeshore. It keeps our great city from getting too hot in the summer or unbearably cold in the winter. The beaches along the way see plenty of action in the summer but that can quickly dissipate when autumn arrives. This is really too bad considering how fresh and crisp the air can feel at this time of year. The lakeshore is often too windy to enjoy when winter comes along so seize your opportunity to take a stroll along the shore this fall! And if you’re out in one of the more spacious areas of the waterfront, such as the beaches, don’t miss your final opportunity to enjoy some quality kite weather. Because there are less people out in the autumn months, kite flying is far easier — not to mention, tons of fun!
5. The Toronto Zombie Walk
Granted, this isn’t an event everyone is drawn to. But if you’re a lover of Halloween and all things creepy, Toronto is the place to be on October 20th. Toronto was the first city in the world to host a Zombie walk and 2012 marks the event’s 10th anniversary. All you have to do is visit the website to register online. Then when the day comes, get dressed in your best zombie gear and makeup and stagger your way through the city’s streets with the masses. It’s a great way to get into the mindset of Halloween a little bit early.
6. The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
When the cooler weather starts seeping in, it’s easy to give up on your exercise routine altogether. But that’s a shame considering the cool autumn air can be perfect running weather. So if you’re in need of a little added inspiration, check out the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 14th. There’s a full marathon, a half-marathon and even a 5km if you’re thinking of joining the event. Or if you want to get in on the action but aren’t ready to run, consider volunteering on race day. Whether you’re handing out water or hanging medals around the necks of finishers, you’re sure to feel inspired. And if all else fails, cheering on the side lines is a great way to show your support and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Toronto.
7. Fall Events at the Toronto Zoo
We are fortunate in Toronto to have one of the biggest and best zoos in the world. So don’t miss your chance to take advantage of that fact this fall. September through November is a great time to visit the zoo because the summer tourism has died down and people have settled back into their usual workdays — making the zoo far less hot and busy. You can stroll through the paths without feeling overwhelmed by the heat and masses of people that are typical in the summer months. Plus, the zoo has some exciting events such as the Morning Howl Pancake Breakfast, Boo at the Zoo, the Creep Critters Family Program and the 27th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. Visit their website or call 416-392-5929 to find out more.
8. Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland
For some, Halloween is the best part of the fall season. If you love getting a little bit scared, then Canada’s Wonderland’s Halloween Haunt is for you. It’s open on weekend evenings from October 5th to the 28th and features some thrill rides, creepy shows and eerie mazes. It is one scary event! Visit the Canada’s Wonderland website for directions and how to score the best deals on tickets.
9. Cool Cooking Classes
For many, the fall season goes hand in hand with cooking. Between back-to-school, Thanksgiving and Halloween, there are plenty of bake sales to provide for, family dinners to hold and potlucks and parties to contribute to. Fortunately, with so many types and levels of cooking classes available in Toronto, you can easily get more confident in your culinary abilities. Consider checking out what’s offered at places such as Great Cooks and Culinarium to see if they have any classes that interest you.
10. Helping the Homeless
Toronto can be a great place to live. But it can also offer up its share of challenges — particularly to those who are hungry and homeless. And the cooler weather that comes with fall can make Toronto living even tougher. Consider showing thanks for all you’ve been given by helping out a food bank or soup kitchen. If you’re more of a hands-on volunteer, you may want to volunteer your time at an establishment such as the North York Harvest Food Bank or The Salvation Army. You can also help out by donating canned and packaged goods to a food bank in your area. Make everyone’s autumn a better one by giving back this season!
With so much to do, there’s no reason not to love fall in Toronto!