Fall is Here! 5 Things To Do in the GTA Before Winter

Posted 09/23/2015

Ahh... Fall. A time to detox after summer BBQ's and cottage trips. A time to pull out sweaters and boots and enjoy the last bit of nice weather before winter arrives like an uninvited house guest. The great thing about living in the GTA, is that we are situated in the hub of all the action. If you're from Mississauga like we are, you're not too far from downtown Toronto, and 25-30 minutes away from the calm quiet country. Getting outside and enjoying the weather before old man winter overstays his welcome is important, so in honor of the first day of fall, we've put together a list of upcoming events and places you can visit before that happens.

1. Belfountain Conservation Area, Caledon ON (Open 7 days/week)

Still considered part of the Greater Toronto Area, Caledon is quite rural in scenery, offering weekend farmers markets and small cafe's on Old Church Road. Caledon is part of the Niagara Escarpment offering a diverse landscape with walking and biking trails for conservation goers. Belfountain is just one of many conversation areas in Caledon. It offers walking trails for beginners where you can explore stone caves, flower gardens, fishing, a waterfall with a swing bridge to get across to the other side and of course, the beautiful Belfountain. General Admission Fees are $5 per adult.

2. Milton Fall Fair, Milton ON (September 25-27)

Just south-west of Caledon, you will find Milton. Milton has vastly increased in populaton and urban areas, however it still has a similar rural vibe like Caledon does. One weekend out of the year, you will find the Milton Fall Fair. With rides, food vendors, a petting zoo and entertainment from the demolition derby and tractor pulls. To put it into shorter words: It's a less populated, less flashy version of the Toronto Exhibition. It costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-12 years old.

3. Toronto Cider Festival, Toronto ON (September 26)

Yonge and Dundas Square is home to many events in the summer, from Pride and Canada Day celebrations, to Yoga and Food festivals. If you missed those this summer, you still have a chance to enjoy a few, like the Toronto Cider Festival on Saturday September 26. Nothing says fall like the sweet and spicey taste of a craft cider. This event will feature gourmet food trucks, contests, live music, and Canada's best craft ciders. Tickets are $30 but include drink tokens, food pairings and gifts.

4. Nuit Blanche, Toronto ON (October 3 & 4)

For 10 years in a row, the streets of Toronto are transformed into contemporary art projects by hundreds of local, national and international artists. The art festival starts at 7pm and goes into the wee hours of the morning. Best of all - admission is free!

5. Family Scavenger Hunt at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON (Aug 31, 2015 - Aug 31, 2016 - daily)

Although this event runs daily, this self-guided scavenger hunt is popular in the fall. The scavenger hunt takes approximately one hour, and teaches children and adults alike, about wildlife, ecology and brickmaking. The cost of the hunt runs on donations (they suggest $2 per person). Evergreen Brick Works also offers pottery classes, garden markets, art and exhibitions and is home to events like the Toronto Food and Wine Show. So... we'll see you there?

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