Fall Bucket List
Fall is the perfect time to get out and about to enjoy our surroundings and take advantage of what this area has to offer. Not sure where to start? There’s so much to see and do that it can be hard to decide! Never fear, all you have to do is pick one item at a time from this Autumn Bucket List and you’re virtually guaranteed a great time!
Visit one of the many local pick-your-own apple orchards or fruit markets in the Collingwood/Thornbury area to select some fresh seasonal fruit, cider, preserves or baked goods. While you’re there, pick out the perfect pumpkin (or a few of them) to decorate your front porch this Hallowe’en.
For a full list of orchards, farms and markets in the Collingwood, Thornbury, Meaford and the Beaver Valley, take a look at this link to the Apple Pie Trail https://www.applepietrail.com/places-to-go
Autumn is a great time for a crisp stroll along the water and there are few better places to do so than Wasaga Beach. With long stretches of sandy shoreline, shallow water and a great mix of tourist attractions, quiet dunes, boardwalk and walking trails, Wasaga Beach offers a great location to enjoy watching the waves on a windy day, the scenery on a sunny day and the people on any given day.
For details on any of the 8 designated beach areas or general information, take a look at this link https://www.wasaga.com/beach-areas
This area is ideally located for taking in the fall foliage but don’t wait too long or you’ll miss the colour peak! Combined with the fact that we’re in the midst of the harvest season, there really is no better time to head out for a leisurely drive along the back roads and through the many hamlets and villages that make up this beautiful corner of southwestern Ontario. Don’t forget your camera and make sure to stop at least once for a steaming cup of coffee (pumpkin spice or not), some apple cider or a tasty treat from one of the many bakeries, cafes or restaurants you’ll see on your route!
For some suggested scenic driving routes through Beaver Valley, Clearview, the Blue Mountains and the Harbour Towns, visit http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/89p_great-scenic-drives.htm
The warmer weather has lasted longer than usual this year, making it ideal for stretching out your golfing days. Take advantage of this extended season by taking the family for a day of golf at Tomahawk in Thornbury. This par 3, 18 hole course is municipally maintained and operates under a “pay as you play” fee structure of $8 per person and kids under 12 golf for free. Open 7 days a week including holidays and generally in operation until November 1st, there isn’t a better option when it comes to getting your family outside this autumn!
See http://www.thebluemountains.ca/tomahawk.cfm for details and directions.
The Hallowe’en Spirit is alive and well in the towns around the Georgian Bay area! Design a great costume, pack plenty of eerie Hallowe’en enthusiasm and join in one of these spine-tingling seasonal celebrations.
Black Harvest Festival, Collingwood – The tradition continues as witches and warlocks take over the ‘Wood on Saturday October 28th! Enjoy Hallowe’en activities and events including some advanced trick-or-treating for costumed kiddies (look for the orange witch signs in participating store windows). https://www.collingwooddowntown.com/events/black-harvest-festival
Haunted Hill, Blue Mountain Village – On October 28th and 29th, Blue Mountain will transform into Haunted Hill where ghosts and goblins roam through the enchanted forest, play some macabre mini-golf and try their hand at creating devilish pumpkins. Don’t miss the Haunted Hill tour and stay for a full weekend of Hallowe’en-themed family fun! http://bluemountainvillage.ca/events/2017/halloween-hill-haunt
Picnic of the Living Dead, Midland – Join in the Third Annual Picnic of the Living Dead on September 28th at the Huronia Museum! Create your best zombie costume, pack a lunch and have a scream at the games, contests and festivities! http://gbay.ca/events/2017/picnic-of-the-living-dead.aspx
Marsh Monster, Midland – “See what awaits you when darkness takes over the Wye Marsh” on October 28th! Are you brave enough to last through the Zombie Walks, Scavenger Hunts, Haunted House and the spooky Marsh Monster Mystery Tour? http://gbay.ca/events/2017/marsh-monster.aspx