Experience Fall Activities in Bruce County
Crisp autumn temperatures, sunny skies paired with dramatic clouds, quiet country roads and vistas of changing leaves below scenic lookouts on the Niagara Escarpment – this is fall in Bruce County.
Often considered a summer destination, fall is a hidden gem that’s slowly being discovered by visitors (a secret locals have long embraced). The waters of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron have spent all summer heating up creating perfect swimming conditions, the bugs are long gone and your favourite attractions and hiking spots have fewer people, offering you a chance to truly enjoy the experience. There are endless opportunities in Bruce County but we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite fall activities to help you plan your trip.
Enjoy the Fall Harvest
Fall is harvest season so along with hitting our local farmer’s markets, make a plan to visit Smith’s Apples near Port Elgin to pick your own apples and pumpkins. Let the kids attempt the corn maze in The Outback play area before filling your basket in the market with fresh baked goods and fresh-pressed apple cider. Open from Labour Day to Thanksgiving, make Smith’s a family fall tradition.
A stop at Hi-berry Farms will prove fruitful (see what we did there?). Be sure to visit their website before heading out to find out what’s fresh that day.
Add the annual Pumpkinfest celebrations to your harvest festivities. This award winning attraction is one of Ontario’s most unique events. Occuring the weekend before Thanksgiving, this attraction features giant weigh-offs, one of Ontario’s largest two-day car shows, market vendors, and tons of family attractions.
Paddle the Saugeen River
This epic 102-kilometre river runs from Hanover to Southampton and can be completed as several shorter day paddles or with an overnight camp out. While the river can be busy with group floats in the summer months, the fall offers a quieter opportunity to enjoy the beauty a paddle here provides. and embrace the scenic fall colours. The Saugeen Valley Conservation Area gives a great overview of the route and you can find info on all the access points here. Need a canoe or kayak rental or prefer to go with a guide? Check out Thorncrest Outfitters for all your paddling needs.
Watch the Salmon Jump at Sauble Falls
Before you’re stuck inside watching the nature channel all winter, why not experience a magical natural phenomenon up close? Head to Sauble Falls Provincial Park and watch the Chinook salmon make their way upstream to spawn. You’ll find yourself cheering on these mighty fish as they battle their way back to their birthplace. The park is open for camping until October 31 so consider making it a weekend getaway.
Swim on Both Sides of the Peninsula
As anyone who’s had to return to school or an office after Labour Day can tell you, some of the nicest, sunniest days happen in the fall. Be sure to carve out some time off, take advantage of it with a trip to the Bruce. With the warmer temperatures having heated up both Georgian Bay and Lake Huron all summer, fall is a great time to take a dip at our local beaches. Whether you head to Lion’s Head, Singing Sands, Sauble Beach, Kincardine’s Station Beach or even book a timeslot at The Grotto, a quick dip is perfect after a fall hike. Just be sure to pack your hoody and sweatpants for the evening’s campfire. Cool fall nights pair perfectly with warm autumn days.
Enjoy Bug-Free Hiking on the Bruce Trail
One major bonus of visiting in the fall is the joy of hiking on bug-free trails. By autumn, most of the black flies, mosquitoes and deer flies have buzzed off for another year, meaning you can tackle your favourite fall activities and Bruce Trail hikes in peace. We believe this is the most scenic portion of the entire 864kms of Bruce Trail and it’s not hard to see why. Find a hike in Bruce County by visiting The Peninsula Bruce Trail Club and the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club.
Take in the Fall Colours from a Scenic Lookout
With the Niagara Escarpment running along the Peninsula to Tobermory, there’s no shortage of stunning scenic lookouts to enjoy-and fall is the perfect time to do so. Be sure to pack your camera as the leaves below offer an ever-evolving canvas of colour over the autumn months. Take a hike at Purple Valley, Devil’s Monument or to Bruce’s Caves and step into a painter’s palette of fall colours.
Discover the best time of year for golfing
With an abundance of golf courses in the area, you’re sure to find a few to play on a weekend getaway. In the summer you’re surrounded by a sea of green – find the contrast in fall with the ‘green’ being highlighted and enclosed by the distinct difference in colours of autumn.
Have your clubs ready?
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