Discover Fall in Burlington
It’s that wonderful time of year when the air is crisp and sweaters and pants make a reappearance in our wardrobes, we relish the time before the snow flies and the temperatures drop. Here in Burlington, Fall is the perfect time to visit, with our escarpment views and miles of trails and lots of themed events you are sure to find something that invites you to discover Burlington and the surrounding area.
If you want the best view of the fall colours in the area then make plans to visit Conservation Halton Parks for Fall into Nature. This festival incorporates all 7 parks and runs Thanksgiving (Oct 12-14) and the following weekend (Oct 19-20). With so much to see and do you will want to take the time to visit the website for a full schedule of events and plan your visit in advance. At Kelso, you will be awed as you travel up the chairlift to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views of the fall colours. Once at the top you can make the trek down by foot, or hop back on for a ride downhill. Other great locations for viewing the colours include Rattlesnake Point (also try your hand at rock climbing), Robert Edmondson and Mount Nemo. Families will enjoy the activities planned at Mountsberg and Crawford Lake in addition to the trails and wildlife. Last year we sent guest writer Denise Davy out to experience the event, check out her blog.
Nothing says fall like pumpkins and Halton Region has launched the self-guided Pumpkin Trail (running the month of October) to help you discover all the great fall products and everything pumpkin in Halton. Visit participating on farm markets, restaurants, specialty retail shops,accommodations and local attractions for pumpkin food, fun and more. View the online map and start planning your route. Kids (and their families) will love the Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm (weekends in October). I have to say that Springridge is a favourite of ours and my girls could happily spend the day there even without the festival activities, but the puppet shows, boo-barn and themed activities just add to the fun. While your there be sure to stop by the bakery and pick up a pie or pastries made from scratch, and leave time to visit the gift shop (if you’re really keen you could start your holiday shopping here). For the best views of the fall colours hop on the wagon ride or hike up the escarpment lookout and enjoy. Another family-friendly stop is Stonehaven Farms where on weekends you can visit the kids zone, corn maze take wagon rides and bring home yummy baked goods and delicious fresh produce. Both of these locations and many more are on the Pumpkin Trail.
Check out this video of Springridge Farm and all the fun you can have!
We also can’t talk fall without mentioning Hallowe’en and there are some really fun events happening that are sure to scare up some fun! Bring the kids to Downtown Burlington for Treats in our Streets on Oct. 26th; get in some end of season camping with a twist at Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Camper Hallowe’en ( Oct 18-20 & 25-27); for some outdoor fun visit Mountsberg Conservation Area for their Spooktacular Hallowe’en event (Oct 19-20 & Oct 26-27) and last but not least head north to the Streetcar Museum for some haunting experiences during Hallowe’en Spooktacular (Oct 19 & 26) – costumes encouraged.
The Great Outdoors
I have to admit, there is nothing I love more than a fall hike and fortunately there are a plethora of trails to explore no matter what your level of expertise. For leisurely hikers like myself, the trails of Conservation Halton (over 82km of trails), Bronte Creek Provincial Park (over 10km of trails) and Royal Botanical Gardens (27km of nature trails) offer a chance to get some exercise, enjoy the fall colours and see some wildlife. Another great resource is the interactive maps of the Bruce Trail, the Iroquoia Section runs through Burlington and some of the trails are quite challenging. If your looking for a more organized excursion, consider the Halton Outdoor Club, their website also offers lots of information on cycling routes and cross-country skiing (although we’re not quite ready for that yet!). You can also visit our website hiking page for more information.
Cyclists will also find lots of road touring and trail riding opportunities in Burlington and area. Kelso Conservation Area is a great location for trail riding and they have suggested riding routes from the Summit entrance for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced riders. Visit their website for routes and information. If you’re looking for an added challenge/fun be sure to check out the newly added Kelso Cyclo-Cross Race Series Tuesday evenings until October 29th. Other great route resources include Welcome Cyclists, see Halton routes or visit our webpage for information on the welcome cyclist program locally.
If you prefer a more adventurous approach to activity then Rattlesnake Point with its three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods is for you. For those that are interesting in trying this out, consider visiting during Fall into Nature when you can climb the rock face of the Niagara Escarpment under the supervision of certified instructors. You can try it for $30. (Must be age 9 or over). More information is available on the Zen Climb website.
Farm Fresh Experiences
Fall is a great time to visit a local farm or market and load up on the seasonal harvest. In Burlington, you can visit the Burlington Mall Farmers’ Market starting at 8am on Wednesday (to 2p), Friday (to 4p) and Saturday (to 2p). The market features a wide variety of vendors and runs to October 26. On Sundays head to the Centro Garden Market in Downtown Burlington (runs to Thanksgiving weekend). This market focuses on local growers and makers of natural and organic foods and is a great way to spend a Sunday morning. If you are looking for an on-farm market or pick your own, you can get a complete listing at Halton Farm Fresh.
Foodies will want to get their tickets quickly for this Sundays (Oct 6) Harvest Halton – Farm to Chef Experience at Country Heritage Park. Sample cuisine created by some of Halton’s most prominent chefs from local restaurants paired with amazing local farmers, enjoy live entertainment and try some local wines and beers.
We hope that we have inspired you to get out and enjoy the fall season. If you want more ideas on what to see and do in Burlington visit our website or join in our #VisitBurlON twitter party on Wednesday October 9th. Let us know what your favourite fall activity is – we’d love to hear from you!