If you live in Toronto, you know how fun the city is in the fall. There are many different kinds of events and activities to celebrate the season. Whether you call Toronto home or you’re just in town for a visit, check out this list of the top five things to do in and around the city during autumn.
1. Get in the Halloween Spirit During Halloween Howl at Ganaraska Forest
On October 28 from 6 to 9 p.m., head to Port Hope for Halloween Howl at Ganaraska Forest. Guests can paint gourds, carve pumpkins, and sit around a campfire while sipping hot cocoa. A guided nighttime hike allows visitors to seek out spooky sights in the forest. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 16 and under.
2. Sip Your Favorite Hot Beverage at Tot the Cat Café
As the air gets colder, it’s time to curl up with your hot drink of choice. Getting a cup of coffee, chai, cider, or tea at Tot the Cat Café comes with an extra purr-k – there are kitty cats roaming the premises. These lap-ready cats help you relax as you sip your drink. If your job, the kids’ busy schedules, or the pending holiday season have you stressed, take a few minutes to visit Tot the Cat Café. After all, studies have shown that being around animals lowers anxiety and stress.
3. Pick a Bag of Delicious Apples
There are several farms near Toronto that allow visitors to pick apples right off the tree and take them home. For examples, Applewood Farm Winery in Stouffville has a picking season that runs through late November. Chudleigh’s in Halton Hills and Dixie Orchards in Caledon both offer apple picking through the end of October. At Dixie Orchards, there’s a bakery that serves piping hot apple pies and tangy apple cider.
4. Go Green at Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works offers a variety of activities this fall, including a self-guided scavenger hunt that takes you all over the grounds. On the weekends this fall, there’s a farmer’s market where you can buy fresh local produce.
October and November are also great months to check out the Evergreen Garden Market where you can do some early holiday shopping. The store carries seasonal products, food, gifts, décor, and toys. Closer to December, you can find Christmas trees fresh cut from local farms as well as decorative greenery for your home.
5. Indulge Your Taste Buds During the Toronto Chocolate Festival
Running from October 15 to November 6, the Toronto Chocolate Festival is a celebration of chocolate in all its tasty forms. Whether you want to sample chocolate or enter a chocolate-eating contest, you can do it during this events. Chocolatiers, restaurants, and bakeries participate in the festival, offering tastings at various times. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, enjoy chocolate high tea at the Omni King Edward Hotel.
This fall in Toronto is a great time to get outside, curl up with a cat and beverage, or try some chocolate.