Thanksgiving Events & Activities

Ontario's Lake Country Fall Touring

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year. Families gather and enjoy fall colours and the fall harvest accompanied by the traditional roasted turkey dinner. It is a busy travel weekend as family members from near and far gather for a celebration. This weekend usually holds great family and kids events, fall fairs and other festivals, craft shows and artisan/farmers’ markets.

Events in the area are not only great for day trips out of the city, but many Ontario family accommodations are offering great weekend long getaway promotions. Whether it is just your family or all your relatives too, there are thanksgiving weekend holiday packages out there families of all sizes. See Ontario Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways
 
When is Thanksgiving long weekend in Ontario?  
The 2018 Thanksgiving long weekend runs from October 5-8, 2018, with the holiday being the Monday October, 8. 

Veggies iconFall Fairs          Fall Leaves   Fall Colour ReportPainters palette icon Fall Art Studio Tours

Lake Simoce & Barrie

Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour
October 5-8, 2018
Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily). This artist-run, juried event is one of Ontario’s finest and longest running studio tours. Over thirty outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work over the 4 days at 19 different studios. Discover exceptional art and enjoy the beautiful fall colours of Simcoe County. You will meet painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellery and clothing makers – a wide selection with something for everyone. This self-guided Tour roams from Barrie through the scenic Horseshoe Valley and along the Lake Simcoe shores to Orillia. Come for the day, come for the weekend! Click here for Map & Brochure.

Thanksgiving Family Fun Pass
Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston   
Treat the kids this Thanksgiving Weekend to our Family Fun Pass available to the public from October 6th to 9th! Your day pass of fun includes swimming, 100ft waterslide and 4 mini-golf passes for only $55.95 + tax for up to 4 people. No stay is required.
 
MacLaren Art Centre
Barrie
The MacLaren offers a warm, welcoming environment. The Gallery is open to the public seven days week, excluding statutory holidays. Admission is by voluntary donation. The building is wheelchair accessible. Adjacent parking is available. The facility also accommodates meetings, information sessions, corporate receptions and social events, such as weddings, memorial services and birthday parties. 
 
Hardwood Ski and Bike
Ride the trails, play disc golf and have a great meal and family fun.

Treetop Trekking
Treetop Trekking Barrie is Ontario’s original aerial game and zip line park. Located at Horseshoe Valley Resort, come spend an adventure filled day climbing and zipping from tree to tree in the setting of a full service year round resort.

Thanksgiving Weekend | Harvest Adventures
Horseshoe Resort
Gather your family and friends around our table this Thanksgiving. Offering both brunch and dinner options, indulge in succulent, traditional favourites such as roast turkey with pan gravy, sage & onion stuffing, Ontario sugar pumpkin soup, hand carved beef tenderloin and tempting autumn desserts.

Southern Georgian Bay

Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village
October 6-8, 2018
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.
 
Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
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.  Click here for Fall Eco Tour Specials

Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch, Elmvale

September 22 to October 28, 2018
Coloured leaves, crisp air and pumpkins everywhere! Visit Rounds Ranch to get in the spirit of Fall during our Pumpkin Mania Festival! Enjoy wagon rides, goofy pumpkin-themed games, corn mazes, farm animals and our Western Playground! Each Guest will visit our large pumpkin patch and pick their own pumpkin to take home. Make this Fall unforgettable at Rounds Ranch!

Flashlight Corn Maze
Rounds Ranch, Elmvale
October 5, 2018
Challenge the 3 acre CORNfusions cornfield maze in the dark. Solve all 12 cornfusions to fill out the Word Search puzzle and figure out the secret word. All correct answers will be entered in a draw for a Corny Party for 10 people. We will open at 7pm for those who want to go on a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick their own FREE pumpkin and to play in Ranchland. End the evening socializing around the bonfire.

Haliburton Highlands

See more Fall fun in Haliburton Highlands & Ontario’s Highlands

Abbey Gardens
Haliburton
Looking for an outing on Thanksgiving weekend? Stop by Abbey Gardens for a day of food and fun! Challenge someone to a game of checkers, tic-tac-toe or life-sized jenga in the garden, take your little ones through our sunflower mini maze, pick a pumpkin from our patch, visit our chickens & ponies and play in our Enchanted Forest. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, savour a hearty, homemade lunch at the Food Hub.

Wagon Ho! The Fall Colour Edition
Yours Outdoors, Haliburton
October 5, 6 & 8, 2018
Catch some fall colours on a horse drawn wagon ride. Local character Irvin Holland and his horses will take you throughout his property, and along some quaint rural roads. After the ride you will stop by the barn to meet Pete, a small but mighty horse and a family of donkeys! Horses, donkeys and an awesome autumn, oh my!

Algonquin Highlands Trails
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands. 

Kawartha Lakes

 
Pumpkin Festival
McLean Berry Farm, Buckhorn
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. There is lots for the whole family to do – from wagon rides out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, to corn mazes, the pumpkin cannon, straw bales to play on and even the haunted barn – there is lots for everyone to enjoy!
 

Mattawa

See more Fall fun in Mattawa Voyageur Country

Thanksgiving Dinner
Mattawa River Resort
October 7, 2018

Midland & Area

See more Fall fun in Midland

Georgian Bay Cruise
Midland, Penetanguishene & Port Severn
Take a sightseeing cruise aboard the Miss Midland or Serendipity Princess and experience the sparkling water, the windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Muskoka-Georgian Bay’s 30,000 Islands – the finest cruising area in the northern hemisphere.
 
Serendipity Princess, Port Severn
A 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 – the only marine railway of its kind in North America still in use.
 
Downtown Shops & Docks
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids – check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.
 
Huronia Museum
Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Fun exhibits for the whole family and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities.
 
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Midland
October 6-7, 2018
Celebrate the Fall Season with the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and the return of the popular Arts & Crafts Show and Sale. Harvest activities and displays, the history of corn, Native foods, and more! The quality Arts & Crafts Show features outstanding artisans offering a diverse range of craft and food items. Admission to the show is included in the price of admission to the historic site.
 
Pumpkinferno
Discovery Harbour, Penetanguishene

Thursday to Sunday, October 4 to October 21 (7 pm to 10 pm), Every evening, from October 22 to October 30 (7 pm to 10 pm)
It’s Pumpkinferno and Discovery Harbour is haunted! Amazing carved pumpkins, scary scenes and evil creatures await you around every corner if you dare! Zombies and ghouls lurk in the darkness! Every Thursday to Saturday evening in October!

Explore Outdoors
Wye Marsh, Midland
Get out and get close to nature every day. Guided tours/programs by knowledgeable Naturalists – guided walks, canoe/kayak, ecotours, Birds of Prey demonstrations and over 20 km of trail including a floating boardwalk. This year take part in Marsh by Moonlight canoe tour, October 6 & 7.
 
S.S. Keewatin
Port McNicoll | Open Daily
Take a step back in time by touring the S.S. Keewatin, a 110 year old Edwardian-era passenger steamship.

Muskoka

Come up for an extended stay or find a Fall weekend getaway package that suits you. Take a scenic hike through the colourful Muskoka forests and venture up to one of our lookouts for a spectacular view. Or try one of our recommended driving tours and see how the colours of the trees change before your eyes. Get out on horseback or hit the golf course to see the beautiful colours up close and personal. See for yourself why Muskoka is a favourite fall getaway in Ontario. More: Muskoka Tourism & Discover Muskoka Events
 
Sunset Cruises
Port Carling
The “Muskoka Experience” always includes a cruise on the big 3 Muskoka Lakes, with their rugged & beautiful Canadian Shield vistas & gorgeous cottages. Enjoy live commentary including history & local lore. Departing from Port Carling – 7 days a week – June to October. Sunset, dinner & private/bridal cruises too!
 
Treetop Trekking
Huntsville
Treetop Trekking Huntsville is the most exciting adventure activity in Muskoka! Located in a beautiful setting at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario, thrill yourself in our huge aerial game and zipline park.
 
Cranberry Harvest Season
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
Harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when we (quite literally) get to see the fruit of our labour! We start two weekends before Canadian Thanksgiving and are usually finished by October 31st. We harvest only once a year. We have 27 acres to pick and produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries.

Ontario’s Lake Country

See more Fall fun ideas in Ontario’s Lake Country

Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour
October 5-8, 2018
Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily). This artist-run, juried event is one of Ontario’s finest and longest running studio tours. Over thirty outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work over the 4 days at 19 different studios. Discover exceptional art and enjoy the beautiful fall colours of Simcoe County. You will meet painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners, jewellery and clothing makers – a wide selection with something for everyone. This self-guided Tour roams from Barrie through the scenic Horseshoe Valley and along the Lake Simcoe shores to Orillia. Come for the day, come for the weekend! Click here for Map & Brochure.
 
Live Entertainment
Casino Rama Resort, Orillia
Celtic Thunder October 5, 2018 and Straight Up Paula, October 6, 2018

Ottawa Valley

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
The annual Rural Ramble – a free self-guided driving tour featuring four weekends during the fall months of Adventure & Exploration, Agriculture & Food weekend, History & Heritage weekend and Arts & Culture. Click here for Ottawa Valley Tourism More: Ottawa Valley Tourism

Parry Sound

AMAZE at the natural beauty of Muskoka and Georgian Bay by seaplane! Let Georgian Bay Airways make your vacation a memorable experience. We provide many services with our legendary seaplanes including sightseeing tours and flying adventures. Join our nearly 1,000 passengers a year to experience our signature “Fly & Dine” to World Famous Henry’s Fish Restaurant.
Eastern Georgian Bay Studio Tour

Eastern Georgian Bay Studio Tour (“EGB Studio Tour”) includes visual artists in the surrounding townships along the northeast shore of Georgian Bay.  This dynamic tour will represent Seguin Township, Parry Sound District and its surrounding townships… All the way up to Britt! Come see the amazing works of our Visual Artists!  We have a vibrant community of eclectic artists who are eager to show you their work in their own personal studios. While you venture out to enjoy the fall colours over the Thanksgiving long weekend, they will be throwing open their doors to welcome you!

 

Turkey IconThanksgiving Brunches & Dinners

Be thankful you won’t have to cook the turkey this year and enjoy a family feast at one of Ontario’s finest resort restaurants.

Hockley Valley Resort, Mono

Millcroft Inn, Caledon

Rawley Resort, Port Severn

Nottawasaga Inn Resort, Alliston

The Briars, Jackson’s Point

Mattawa River Resort, Mattawa