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The splendour of flaming red maple, deep yellow poplar and white-barked birch transforms Ontario's landscape into a new, captivating wonderland, and becomes the backdrop for touring artisan studios and savouring the rewards of the harvest season. Discover local art, food and drink inspired by autumn. Combine adventure with the spectacular view of the changing colours on an aerial or rail tour.
Discover Ontario’s rich and vibrant fall foliage on a scenic driving tour. Meander winding back roads and sweeping countryside – don’t forget to your camera; you’ll want to capture the awe-inspiring brilliance of the fall colours from nature’s grand show.
Enjoy the fall colours that paint the rolling hills of Northumberland on one of their themed drives. Tour the rustic farms, lush vineyards and charming towns that dot the landscape of Prince Edward County. Follow the Taste Trail and enjoy locally grown food from local artisans and farmers’ markets. Explore 91 kilometres of the Beaver Valley Fall Driving Route and discover waterfalls, apple orchards and butter tarts. Tour Highway 105 through boreal forest surrounded by the rugged Canadian Shield from Vermilion Bay to Red Lake. Plan a road trip against the beautiful fall backdrop in Ontario this season.
During the season many local artists and craftspeople welcome guests to visit their studios; discover new talent, browse their wares and chat about the creative process. Original paintings, fine jewellery, glass art, sculptures, quilts and pottery are just some of the treasures you will find.
The Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour was conceived more than 30 years ago and gives people a glimpse into the studios where raw materials are transformed into superb art pieces. Not far behind, artisans on the Uxbridge Studio Tour have been opening their studios to visitors for more than 25 years. The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour includes the Art Gallery of Peterborough, as well as fine art and crafts studios in the area. This year marks the 33rd anniversary of the Victoria County Studio Tour in the Kawartha Lakes.
And for two weekends at the end of September and early October artisans of the Merrickville Artists Guild welcome you to their homes along the shores of the historic Rideau Canal. The canal has been in operation since 1832 and connects the city of Ottawa to the city of Kingston. September is a busy month in Central Counties with the Headwaters Arts Festival, the Hills of Erin Studio Tour and the Caledon Hill Studio Tour.
Celebrate the harvest season at the Norfolk County Fairand Horse Show or Fall Countylicious in Prince Edward County. Follow the Apple Pie Trail along the Georgian Bay coast or discover delicious treats along the Huronia Food Trail. Toast the fruits of a year’s worth of labour at the Niagara Wine Festival and at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.
Sample Mennonite and Pennsylvania-German foods such as homemade pies, cheese curds, sausages, apple butter and hand-made ice cream at the Pioneer Harvest Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Celebrate Ontario’s Indigenous culture during the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival at Sainte Marie among the Hurons or at the Annual Thanksgiving and Harvest Pow Wow in London.