Thanksgiving Events & Activities

Events are not only great for day trips out of the city, but many Ontario family accommodations are offering great weekend long getaway promotions to celebrate Thanksgiving with no worries. Whether it is just your family or all your relatives too, there are thanksgiving weekend holiday packages out there families of all sizes.

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Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe


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
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 in Horseshoe Valley, come spend an adventure filled day climbing and zipping from tree to tree in the setting of a full service year round resort.


Apple Harvest Festival
Blue Mountain Village
October 12-14, 2019
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.
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Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Blue Mountain
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.


Pumpkin Mania
Rounds Ranch, Elmvale

September 22 to October 28, 2019
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!


Georgian Bay Cruise
Miss Midland, Midland
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.
Downtown Shops & Docks
Downtown Midland
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.


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 
Take a step back in time by touring the S.S. Keewatin, a 110 year old Edwardian-era passenger steamship.

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

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

Abbey Gardens
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
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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
Algqonquin Highlands
Where adventure awaits. Just 2.5hrs from Toronto, in the heart of the Haliburton Highlands.


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 TourismMore: Ottawa Valley Tourism.


Kawarthas Northumberland

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!

Northern Ontario

Thanksgiving Dinner
Mattawa River Resort, Mattawa

Algonquin Park, Almaguin Highlands, Muskoka and Parry Sound

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
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, Bala
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.


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

Horsesehoe Resort, Barrie