There is a nostalgic feeling that settles in when Autumn arrives. It’s vibrant reds and golden hues warm the heart and soothe the soul. The crisp air has you nuzzling closer to loved ones and breathing deeply. Baby blue skies fade into clear starry nights that call for a flannel blanket and a hot campfire. It’s a time for big wool sweaters, cozy scarves and cute booties. Not to mention the tastes of the season; pumpkin, apple, cinnamon and squash.
As Summer slowly slips away, Fall swoops in with the most magnificent colours taking us on one more glorious and fiery whirlwind before Winter arrives. The season is fleeting, so we have to make the most of it while we can. Here are my favourite, and totally unique, experiences to embrace Autumn and all its glory.
1. Ride to the top of Calabogie Peaks
Hop on the chairlift and glide up 780 feet to the top of Dickson Mountain for a breathtaking view of the beautiful Ottawa Valley. At the top, explore the Skywalk interpretive hiking loop or wander down any of the ski trails. Don’t forget your camera, you will want to capture this Insta-worthy shot. Rides run from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM weather permitting on October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, and 21.
2. Soar through the sky in #MyHaliburtonHighlands
What better way to see the majestic fall colours than from the sky? It’s a surprisingly calming and surreal experience. Instead of letting your fear of heights get in the way, let SkiMazing strap you into a parasail and take you for the ride of your life over Kashagawigamog Lake.
3. Conquer the Dorset Lookout Tower
The vantage point from the top of this scenic lookout tower is worth every step! The view of Lake of Bays from the 360 degree observation deck is nothing short of incredible and makes a great background for the perfect Fall selfie.
4. Feel the need for speed at Sir Sam’s Ski & Ride
Don’t blink, or you might just miss the colours on the way down! Feel the rush of the season by rippin’ down one of Sir Sam’s mountain biking trails. Not feeling that brave? There are plenty of awesome hiking trails for those who like to play at a slower pace.
5. Make it a Maple weekend at Wheeler’s Pancake House
Although it might seem strange to take a hike through the sugar bush in the Fall rather than the Spring, I promise you won’t regret it. Just imagine walking among the massive maples as a light breeze swirls colourful falling leaves all around you. Magical right? Not to mention you can feast on pancakes afterwards!
6. Walk in the Clouds Canopy Tour at Haliburton Forest
Is it even possible to get a better view of the leaves, than from the treetops themselves? Take in the vibrancy of the season while wandering along a canopy board walk that weaves its way through Canada’s first sustainable forest.
7. Sip and Savour the Season at Potter Settlement Winery
Local, delicious wine and rolling hills of colour. Need I say more?
8. Take the ultimate Fall ride through The Highlands
There is something so exhilarating and freeing about riding the open roads, feeling the wind against your body and taking in the Fall colours without any barriers between you and nature.
Insider Tip: Loop counter clockwise on this route to avoid traffic, driving through Algonquin Park from east to west.
9. Saddle up with South Algonquin Trails
Wander through Algonquin Park’s mosaic of colours on horseback. Rumour has it, park employee’s call this Southern tip of Algonquin park the ‘rogue section’ as it is the only part of the park where you can ride horses, snowmobiles and ATVs on the trails.
Storyteller: Claire Nelson. Hometown: Toronto, ON
A coffee-lover and sunset-chaser, Claire is always on the go, searching out hidden spots and unique opportunities. Travelling is her way of gaining perspective and she sets out on each trip with the goal of embracing something new. When not sipping coffee, Claire can be found daydreaming about history-filled towns, boutique-lined streets, and breathtaking views.