After two years of shutdowns and cancellations, fall events are back in the West GTA and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you want to visit a fall fair, drop by a community event, or hike to see the changing leaves, this promises to be an awesome fun-filled autumn.
No matter your views on pumpkin spice lattes, you’ve got to admit that Ontario in the fall is the perfect mix of sunny days, chilly nights, and breathtaking colours.
Who doesn’t love spending a day touring a family-friendly fall fair? It’s the perfect way to kick off autumn and gives us something to look forward to as summer comes to a close. With abundant farmland, the West GTA is full of fall fairs celebrating the harvest season. Even in the heart of the city, it’s only a quick drive to visit one of these fun country fairs.
Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair
A family-friendly event, there’s a pumpkin carving contest, an arts and crafts corner, a bouncy castle, and live entertainers for the kids. The adults will enjoy the live bands and sidewalk sales.
Milton Fall Fair
The Milton Fall Fair dates back as far as 1853. With rides, live bands, a classic car show, livestock displays, vendors and fireworks display after dark, it’s a fun-filled day on the farm!
Applefest Fall Fair
Hosted at Ireland House Museum in Burlington, the Applefest Fall Fair celebrates autumn with vendors, museum tours, and delicious apple desserts.
Binbrook Fall Fair
The Binbrook Fall Fair is 3 days jam-packed with fun activities and events. It promises to be a fun time with a midway, derby, horse shows, rides, and vendors!
The Ancaster Fair
Running for 3 days in September, the Ancaster Fair is all about family fun with vendors, live entertainment, activities for the kids and animal competitions.
Rockton Worlds Fair
Running since 1868, Hamilton’s Rockton World’s Fair has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many. Run by the Rockton Agricultural Society, this fair has all the classics for a fun family day.
Enjoy Fall Colours
Ontario in the fall is an incredible site! With many areas part of the Niagara Escarpment, the views from the West GTA are breathtaking. The timing is different every year, depending on the weather, but the best colours are often seen between late September and early October.
Mount Nemo Conservation Area
High on the Niagara Escarpment, Mount Nemo provides exquisite views. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the CN Tower!
Dundas Peak offers stunning views of fall colours. Looking out over the Spencer Gorge Conservation Area, the expanse of colours is one of the most breathtaking in the area.
In the heart of Milton, Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has rocky cliffs and towering views of the Niagara Escarpment for a stunning show of fall colour.
Whether you want to see the fall colours or enjoy a crisp fall day, West GTA hiking trails deliver! With abundant green space, towering cliffs along the Niagara Escarpment, and stunning views, the area has incredible trails, parks, and conservation areas to explore this autumn.
Hendrie Valley Trails
Located behind the Royal Botanical Gardens, Hendrie Valley Trails is a 100-hectare area of protected land with 4.5KM of trails, lookouts, and quaint bridges. It offers stunning views and is perfect for an autumn hike.
The Bruce Trail
The Toronto section of the Bruce Trail runs for over 45KM. It’s a moderate trail, great for bird watching, camping, and backpacking.
Waterdown Trail to Smokey Hollow
This Waterdown Trail is a peaceful spot overlooking the falls, offering beautiful scenery and stunning views of the fall colours. A moderate trail, you’ll be able to finish the loop in about 3 hours.
Doors Open Burlington
Hosted by the Ontario Heritage Trust, Doors Open showcases cultural and historical sites around the city that shape this incredible community.
Canada’s largest Ribfest returns this fall! There’s something for everyone with rides for the kids, delicious food, and live bands. As a bonus, all event proceeds go to the Burlington Lakeshore Rotary Club.
Oakville Fall Fest
Running through the month of October, Oakville Fall Fest celebrates the season and beauty of autumn with activities, vendors, and delicious treats highlighting the town’s downtown core.
Spooktacular Light Show
A spooky Halloween event in Mississauga, the Spooktacular Light Show offers over a million lights along a 2KM route. You’ll see your favourite Halloween characters, a pumpkin-filled drive-thru tunnel, and 3D light displays. You can even tune in to the dedicated radio station to hear Halloween music as you drive.
Hanes Corn Maze and Tiny Shop Bakery
Hanes Corn Maze and Tiny Shop Bakery offer sunflower and corn mazes to explore, delicious home-baked cookies, tarts, squares and over 30 varieties of pies in their bake shop!
Dyments Pumpkin Patch
Open to the public in October, Dyments is the perfect place to get your Halloween pumpkins. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, visit the petting zoo, grab a snack at the fry truck, or let the kids climb in the playground.
Located in Milton, Springridge Farm is so much more than a family farm! Yes, you’ll find freshly grown produce and home-baked goods, but also a carefully curated selection of fine foods, home décor, and gifts.
While we enjoy the last few weeks of summer, we’re already looking forward to all of the fun lined up this autumn! From fall fairs to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, these must-see events in the West GTA are the perfect way to welcome fall.