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Family Fun Guide North of Toronto for September 27-29

Taste is a big part of the fall experience! - parents canada
Taste is a big part of the fall experience!

This weekend in areas north of Toronto the best entertainment will be the fall colours that will be mostly near or at peak. This is a great time to get out the camera and go do something fun as a family. Parents looking to connect their families with nature this weekend have a wide range of activities and events to choose from. There are fall fairs, a pumpkin festival, giant letters on small downtown streets, fall colour cruises and more events that any family member will love.

For today’s blog, we’ve coloured coded the activities that will give your family the best of views to see the beautiful forests of Ontario in their fall colour glory! Events highlighted in orange promise a great outdoor experience amidst colourful trees. There are opportunities to see the leaves by suspension bridge, zip line, chair lift, mountain top…and more!

We also put together a MUST-DO list of fall activities for kids. If you’re looking for a short list of what will really makes the kids happy, you can read that article here: Must-Do Fall Activities for Kids.

Here are some events and activities listed by cities/towns, happening in areas north of Toronto this weekend.

This weekend’s ‘PLAY LIST’…


These events are within 1-3 hours north of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be within proximity or close to many of Ontario’s ‘cottage country’.

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Who doesn’t love a good fall fair? The midway rides, the candy and vendor foods, the animals, the impressive local produce and childrens’ creations displays and if you’re lucky a good tractor pull or demolition derby! Fairs are great for all families and also families with varying age groups. Fall Fairs offer something entertaining to all ages and a great way to have fun all weekend long.

This weekend you can get your fall fair on in: Coldwater and Bobcaygeon.

For upcoming fairs and featured area accommodations in these areas visit our FALL FAIRS page.   


FAMILY ART WORKSHOP: Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.

HORSESHOE RESORT ADVENTURE PARK: Fun for the family with the Zip Lining and Treetop Trekking course; build your golf skills and challenge the family to a round of Mini Putt, or explore the Copeland Forest on Segway. Families can also have fun mountain biking on forest trails.

HARDWOOD SKI & BIKE: Hit the day trails or play disc golf. Rent a bike or bring your own. Great trials for all ages and skill levels. Go now and take advantage of their ski sales!

MACLAREN ART CENTRE: Enrich your childrens’ days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation and be inspired themselves.



VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE: Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.

FALL COLOURS TOURING: It’s country road and river touring time. Enjoy local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking and unique Apple Pie Trail adventures.Not all events are kid friendly but you can pick and choose your own adventure with this one so both parents and kids can enjoy.

Take the exciting Ridge Runner ride or visit the now-open summer attraction park that includes fun activities like Mountaintop Segway touring, Open-air gondola rides, Mini-putt, Climbing wall and more!

EXPLORE SCENIC CAVES: Nature, history and adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Gemstone Mining, train ride, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop.



COLOURFEST: Bring your friends and family to Muskoka’s Downtown and experience seasonal flavours and fall fun at the annual Colourfest Street Fair.



PUMPKIN MANIA: It’s PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures. Everyone gets a free pumpkin! Event runs on weekends only starting September 28 – October 27 (open Thanksgiving Monday). 


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RIVER RAFTING:  High family adventure here with river rafting and zip lining! Age and weight requirements in effect. 


Take out the bikes and have some outdoor adventure. Ride the chair lift and see the fall colours forrest.



DORAN BAY MODEL SHIP MUSEUM: Doran Bay Model Ship Museum provides marvel world-class collection of museum quality model ships, including a special exhibit of ships from the War of 1812.



GO CRUISING: Head out on a 2.5 hour Georgian Bay cruise. Saturday the Miss Midland is offering 3 cruises amongst the tall ships. The later 2 cruises include dinner and live music.

MIDLAND FARMERS’ MARKET: Meet farmers and artisans and have a taste of Ontario! Sunday morning 9-1 across from the Midland town dock.

DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS: Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids and check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.

GUIDED CANOE OR KAYAK TOURS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW: Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times. *this weekend includes and Owl Banding Workshop. Contact the Wye Marsh for details.

HURONIA FOOD TRAIL: You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail.

LEARN ABOUT ONTARIO’S HISTORY: Visit Sainte Marie among the Hurons and see a french historical site in native territory from the 1600’s. 


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STREETS ALIVE LETTERS OF ORILLIA OUTDOOR ART CELEBRATION: City streets are alive with 6 foot high metal letter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists! This is a great free exhibit for kids. Bring a camera and take their picture by their name letter!

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GEORGIAN BAY AIRWAYS: Operating from May through October out of Parry Sound’s beautiful downtown waterfront in the Heart of the 30,000 Islands, Georgian Bay Airways Ltd. proudly offers a modern fleet of seaplanes to service your flying needs. Sightseeing Air Tours, Our Signature “Fly & Dine” to World Famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant, Charters, and Flying Adventures are just a sample of the Georgian Bay Airways experience. Not into flying? Well at least come say hello and visit the ice cream parlour and coffee shop!   

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Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 ½ hour fall colour tours on the Muskoka Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. The Serendipity Princess cruises to the Big Chute Marine Railway – only two of its kind in the world. The Serendipity Princess is a 265 passenger paddle-wheeler with triple decks featuring a patio on the upper level.

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