For families heading back to school, labour day marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of autumn. However couples without kids, or retirees the official start to fall will be around September 22. The beginning of the peak fall colours road trip season. For others fall means Thanksgiving-Canadian Thanksgiving the second Monday in October.
Fall or Autumn Season?
The British (English) prefer Autumn, as do many descendants of the United Empire Loyalists. However, Canadians being somewhat different than either the Brits or Yanks know the real “New England” is really Upper Canada, and the Province of Ontario. The dense hardwood forests of Maples, Oaks, and Birch are abundant and display some of the best fall colors and foliage in North America.
The peak fall colour season will run from mid September to mid October depending on weather, geography and frost. This is the perfect time for a fall road trip to see autumn leaf colour changes. See fall getaways. The late fall period runs until the Winter Solstice around December 22 and takes in the pre-Christmas party and shopping season with festivals of lights and late fall getaway weekends.
Fall Romantic Getaways
For couples looking for a romantic hike or walk, the sounds of crunching leaves and possible wildlife viewing combined with evening sunsets and a warming bonfire is the ultimate romantic time. More than 70 romantic getaway suggestion are available north of Toronto. Favourite fall romantic destinations are varied from Haliburton to North Bay, Muskoka to Lake Simcoe.
Fall Family Getaways
Weekends are best for families wanting to take in the fall foliage changes. Visits to fall fairs, farmers’ markets on a family autumn road trip will be one of the best adventures kids will remember. See one of the best Fall Family Getaway Package choices for travel north in Ontario.
Fall Hiking & Walking
The beauty of fall is often viewed looking up as the leaves are drifting downwards on to the hiking path. Views breaking through the trees to blue skies mixed with reds, and oranges and yellows can be inspirational. Ideas for fall hiking getaways can be found.
Views of Ontario woodlands and forests can be appreciated from the water on a canoe adventure or a river kayaking experience, With blue waters in the foreground and majestic palettes of colour in the background makes for some excellent photo opportunities. See Canoeing and Kayaking Getaways.
Fall Fishing Tournaments
Many fishing experts prefer the fall as the best fishing season. A number of tournaments take place throughout Ontario. Prizes for the biggest fish and lots of catch and release fishing derbies. See Fishing Tournaments in Ontario.