Great Family Events Happening this Thanksgiving ‘north’ of Toronto

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A promising forecast opens up a world of endless events and activities to consider when touring the colourful fall areas in resort destination cities and towns ‘north’ of Toronto this holiday long weekend. 

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway packages you can find them here: 

Festivals and Events are a great focal point to any day trip or getaway. If you’re in these areas this weekend, we consider you check out the following events. 

Looking for a Thanksgiving Dinner? Eat-in or take out, some of the finest resorts in cottage country are offering solutions to having a turkey dinner while away from home. You’ll find a list of options at the end of this events blog (bottom of page). 

* Don’t  forget your camera *


in Cottage Country and resorts towns ‘north’ of TO! 




Find Fall Fairs in Elmvale and Norwood. 


Ontario TufRack Enduro Series
Horseshoe Resort
Oct. 11

The third stop of the Ontario TufRack Enduro series hits Horseshoe Resort on Saturday October 11th! The course will consist of three stages with timed descending sections. Day of registration will open at 9:00am with Pre-Ride from 10:00am-12:00pm and race start at 1:00pm. 



Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village

There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours at Blue Mountain, Clarksburg and Thornbury. Free family activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, adventures, stilt walkers, hiking, biking and fall driving tours. 

ALL WEEKEND LONG – Plunge! Ridge Runner Coaster, Dockside Boat Rentals, Rock Climbing, Woodlot & Timber Challenge Ropes Course, Cascade Putting Course, Triple Zip Line, Mountain Top Segway Tours, Gondola…..




Annual Turkey Tent Event
Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain’s Annual Turkey Tent Event is back and bigger than ever before! Save up to 75% off of skis, boards, bindings and outerwear for kids and adults. Plus, you can purchase your 2014/15 Blue Mountain Season Pass at the Early Bird Rate. 

Featuring brands such as: Eira, The North Face, Burton, Spyder, Bonfire, Jupa, Salomon, Orage, Laundromat, Hurley, Nixon, and more!





Bracebridge Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Downtown Bracebridge 



Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch

It’s PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm adventures. Enjoy Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Catapult, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Pumpkin Hockey and much more.






Sir Sam’s Annual Open House
Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike

Participate in this Downhill point series race. Food service and camping is offered for this event.



Experience Haliburton

Find out what’s happening in #MyHaliburtonHighlands. Lots to do and see in one of the most scenic and beautiful places in Ontario! Events this weekend include farmers markets, heritage happenings at the museum and a ghost walk in Minden. Events include art exhibites, scenic chair lift rides, farmers’ market and more.






Pumpkin Festival
McLean Berry Farm

As the season continues, the harvest becomes even more bountiful. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the McLean’s again welcome the community to their farm for another festival. This festival takes place at their Buckhorn Berry Farm location Pumpkin festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend.



Annual Turkey Dinner
Sat, October 11, 5pm – 7pm 

Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market

October 11 10am – 1pm 


Thanksgiving Harvest Festival & Arts & Crafts Sale
Sainte Marie among the Hurons

A family favourite, this Thanksgiving event celebrates the Fall Season and features pumpkin decorating, seasonal displays, costumed staff, activities on the historic site, and over 40 exceptional artisans and crafters. 



Family Scene Presents Mad Science “Fire & Ice”
Oct. 11
Midland Cultural Centre

Mad Science turns laboratory science into fun, interactive learning experiences for kids. Most appropriate for children 4 years of age and older. Get ready for some sizzlin’ excitement, just in time for Halloween. Join us for safe and scientific fun with fire and ice! Learn about the amazing properties of fire and combustion.Then, cool off with spectacular demonstrations involving dry ice! Check out the Big Burp and the famous Mad Science Shower, as we will explore the science of sublimation.   

Singer / Songwriter Workfest & Open Mic
Sept. 13 & 20
Midland Cultural Centre

Open Mic at the MCC’s Cafe Roxy. Saturdays from 1pm – 4pm. Free Admission.  

7 Nights in Havana
Midland Cultural Centre

A new photographic exhibition of the UNESCO designated World Heritage city Havana, Cuba will be on display at the Midland Cultural Centre from September 26 until October 31. Entitled Seven Nights in Havana, the exhibit is a collaboration of three local photographers and a joint presentation of Quest Art and the MCC. Admission price for the evening is $15 with all proceeds from the exhibition donated to the Midland Cultural Centre.


Live Animal Shows: Birds of Prey and Reptiles
Wye Marsh

You will be brought face to face with the grace, majest, power and intelligence of birds of prey. OR Discover Ontario’s native reptile species. Participants will learn plenty of fun facts and identification tips, as well as discover the importance of environmental stewardship and the role that individuals can play in helping Ontario’s Species at Risk.  

Saturday 8 am – 1 pm

Town Dock – Main Street 

Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm

Across from the Town Dock 

Link to: Midland Tourism 



Featured event includes 2014 Canadian Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Championships, plus Heritage Perth Walking Tour, plus area award winning artisans in their studios on the Inroads Studio Tour road trip.


Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour

Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily). This highly acclaimed self-guided tour takes you to the studios of some of Canada’s finest artists and craftspeople. Over thirty artists and fine crafts people will exhibit their work over 4 days and 16 locations. You’ll find an amazing selection of paintings, pottery, textiles, metal and glass, photography, woodcraft, jewellery, basketry, clothing and accessories – from fine art and sculpture to home décor and fashion to funky and fun! Don’t miss this popular Thanksgiving tradition. You’ll discover exceptional art, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful fall colours.  

Port Severn Fall Colours Cruise

Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 ½ hour fall colour tours on the Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. The Serendipity Princess cruises to the Big Chute Marine Railway – it is the only marine railway of its kind in North America still in use. 

Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm

4500 Fairgrounds Road just off of Hwy 12 W. 

Saturdays 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Orillia Public Library 

Concerts at Casino Rama

This weekend catch Boys II Men or Uncle Kracker. 

Link to: Ontario’s Lake Country Area Tourism 


Rural Ramble
Now until October 31

Organized by the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA), the Rural Ramble is a free, self-guided driving tour set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colours. One of only two regions in the world with the unique combination of climate and topography that results in brilliant fall foliage, the Valley is a magnificent destination to enjoy throughout the autumn months. Glorious colours and crisp, cool weather make it an excellent season for exploring the countryside.




Family Fun Events in Tweed and area!

The Municipality of Tweed is located half-way between Toronto and Ottawa.  Known for being the gateway to both the Bay of Quinte and Land O’ Lakes Tourist region;  we have an abundance of outdoor experience right here in Our Backyard.  We invite you to come visit our area and experience world-class musky/black crappie fishing, events, culture and heritage, hiking, atving, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and so much more. 

Find other events in Tweed and Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Destination



Turkey Buffet at Horseshoe Resort – BarrieLeave the cooking to Horseshoe Resort and spend more time with your family this Thanksgiving. 

Deerhurst Resort Holiday Turkey Dinner To Go – Huntsville

Why fuss when you can let the Deerhurst kitchens prepare your Thanksgiving or Holiday turkey feast for you to serve at home. Order by October 4 to secure a Savour Muskoka turkey for Thanksgiving. 

Cranberry Resort Thanksgiving Meals – Collingwood

This year, Cranberry Golf Resort is excited to announce both Thanksgiving Brunch and Thanksgiving Dinner for Sunday October 12th. Enjoy a lovingly prepared buffet selection lined with traditional family favourites. Executive Chef Patrick Barton will be cooking up different items for brunch and dinner; perfect for guests looking to spend the day at the resort!

Open to the public, reservations required to guarantee seating. 

Viamede Resort – Woodview

Join Viamede for Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings on Sunday, October 12. $35 for adults, $19 for kids. Call 1-800-461-1946 to reserve!  

Have a wonderful fun filled long weekend! 

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