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Fall Fun Burlington 2017

by Pam Belgrade

The temperatures might feel more like summer these past few days but fall officially starts soon and we’re ready to celebrate.  With a beautiful palette of red, orange and yellow, autumn is the perfect time to enjoy fall fun in Burlington.

Make some time this fall to get outdoors.  Burlington offers the perfect location to cycle or hike along one of the many multi-use trails from beginner to advanced. Scale the escarpment at Rattlesnake Point or Mount Nemo or get some late season camping in at one of our area campgrounds including Bronte Creek Provincial Park, KOA Toronto West or Conservation Halton.

fall camping

Fall also know as “harvest season”  is a wonderful time to head to the farm – Chudleighs has PYO apples.  Kids will have a great time enjoying scenic tractor wagon rides, visiting with the farm animals and burning off some energy in the play area complete with 4 slides and tower, huge hay maze, a nature trail and swing ropes.  Pumpkins are for picking over at Stonehaven Farms. Head out to the patch every weekend to find the perfect pumpkin for carving.  Children will have loads of fun in the giant corn maze, on a scheduled wagon ride or with the other fun activities on the farm.  For those less inclined toward PYO, visit our local farmers’ market at Burlington Mall (Wed., Fri., & Sat) or head to downtown Burlington on Sunday mornings for the Centro Garden market.  Also check out local communities festivals like Alderfest on September 16 and the Car Free Street Festival on September 24.

Picking Apples in Fall

If you can’t get enough of pumpkins, then the Halton Pumpkins to Pastries Trail is for you. Explore locations across Halton as they feature unique pumpkin and harvest themed experiences throughout October. View the online map for participating locations and offers.

Pumpkins on the Farm in the Fall

There is plenty of weekend fall fun starting September 23 through to October 29, at the Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm.  Springridge is a favourite family activities for many locals where little ones can happily spend the day there enjoying the puppet shows, boo-barn, fun farm yard and themed activities. For the best views of the fall colours hop on the wagon ride or hike up the escarpment lookout and enjoy. Details on the website.

 

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Make plans to head to Bronte Creek Provincial Park as the Friends of Bronte Creek present the Fall Festival (Sept 23-24) complete with pumpkin craving, wagon rides and lots of other family fun. Be sure to leave time to visit with the farm animals and explore the children’s playbarn.

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Our friends at the Museums of Burlington will be hosting several fall events at Ireland House Museum. Toddler Days is offered on Thursday mornings starting September 14.  This program is designed for children 2-4 years and preregistration is strongly recommended. Register online here, or call 905-332-9888.  On Sunday Sept. 17,  the Museums host their annual Applefest Fall Fair.  The day is filled with family friendly activities, entertainment and of course – apples!  For full details visit the website.

Photo Courtesy of Museums of Burlington

Photo Courtesy of Museums of Burlington

 

There are a number of new exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington and it is a fabulous way to spend a few hours plus admission is free!  This fall the Gallery in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is presenting the first Canadian Craft Biennial. This event will celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can! Featured Exhibitions to October 29 include: International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders; National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!; Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition and the AGB Provincial Exhibition on until December 31: Setting Ontario’s Table – Once Upon a Time. Get creative at the Art Gallery of Burlington Creative Hub on Sundays from 1-4pm, you can create art projects from recycled materials.

As we move into October, the events just keep coming…October 7-9 & 14-15 the parks of Conservation Halton Fall into Nature event offers a variety of unique outdoor experiences including fall hikes, chairlift rides and wagon rides, bird of prey shows,  kids’ activities, and more to celebrate the fall season.  Visit the website for details on what is planned for each individual park.

Wagon rides fall

Also in October, we celebrate Culture Days (Sept. 29 – Oct. 1) and Doors Open Burlington (Sept 30) with plenty of free activities to celebrate our rich cultural heritage.  Be sure to stop by the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on September 30 for their Arts & Culture Marketplace where you can connect with local arts organizations, groups and artists.

Doors Open 2015

As we move later into the month there will be lots of great Hallowe’en events, and we will feature these in another post.

Planning your visit to Burlington? We are always here to help, for more information on what to see and do in Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.

 

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