Autumn is one of the most spectacular seasons in Ontario’s Lake Country, where you can experience the magnificent fall colours in ways limited only by your imagination.
Ontario’s Lake Country has great self-guided scenic routes available to you on their Fall Tours site. Whether you opt for a captivating drive, an awe-inspiring hike, an eye-popping bike ride or opt to see fall’s beauty reflected in the region’s crystal-clear waters from a boat or kayak, Ontario’s Lake Country is an ever-changing canvas with a palette of evolving hues and colours that are tracked and updated weekly – just check out the Ontario Fall Colour Report from Ontario Travel before heading our way.
DRIVING – To get a sense of the depth and breadth of the beauty of Ontario’s Lake Country in autumn, a relaxing drive along the lakes and waterways that define the region will provide memorable moments and camera-worthy stops. Several driving routes have been developed that will afford you opportunities to dine, shop or play and be immersed in autumn postcard-like views that will leave you breathless.
BOATING – In Ontario’s Lake Country, you can also revel in the kaleidoscope of fall colours while taking a scenic boat cruise or paddling on the region’s pristine lakes that provide breathtaking vistas of shorelines painted in vibrant hues of red, orange and yellow. Bring your own canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard or rent a vessel from a local outfitter and try one of the many scenic routes that have been developed and range in length and degree of difficulty.
HIKING – For hikers, Ontario’s Lake Country is a haven where trails of all shapes and sizes provide outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to experience quiet beauty and a varied landscape ablaze in colours that almost defy description. There are dozens of choices, including the Trans-Canada Trail connection, the picturesque Ganaraska Trail, the rugged Uhthoff Trail, the scenic Lightfoot Trail, the paved Millennium Trail or those found in local provincial parks, conservation areas or the Simcoe County Forest – the largest of its kind in the province.
CYCLING – If you prefer life in the saddle, there are numerous options for mountain biking and road cycling and a variety of routes that give cyclists a chance to traverse gorgeous trails along the water and through rolling country roads. Ontario’s Lake Country is also home to Hardwood Ski & Bike, a world-class mountain-biking Mecca with more than 80 kilometres of challenging trails – most under a canopy of mature trees erupting in colour.
Casino Rama Resort offers cyclists a sure bet with their Tour de Fall package. Casino Rama Resort is an ideal headquarters for cyclists; its all-suite hotel offers complimentary valet parking that allows you to drop your bikes at the door and features spacious elevators that easily accommodate two bikes and allow riders to come and go. This package includes a deluxe suite, a $100 resort credit that can be redeemed at the spa or at one of the casino’s eight restaurants, a goodie basket, map of cycling routes courtesy of Cycle Simcoe and more. Cost is $235 per suite for two people ($335 weekends).
Another way to enjoy autumn in Ontario’s Lake Country is by playing a round of golf – or two – at one of the many spectacular courses in the region. Horseshoe Resort and Stone Gate Inn both offer golf packages that combine great hospitality with great golfing. It’s also a great way to see first-hand the exploding colours that annually transform the landscape.
For families looking for a getaway, look no further than Fern Resort’s Not So Spooky Halloween package. Be sure to bring your costumes, because this package includes fun family Halloween activities and entertainment! Bayview Wildwood Resort’s Thanksgiving Weekendpackage has all the Thanksgiving trimmings. Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch looking out on the beauty of Sparrow Lake without having to worry about basting your own turkey.
Whether you live for adventure, pine for a romantic get-away, desire a retreat dominated by culinary excellence or want to experience live entertainment or music, Ontario’s Lake Country is the place to be. Check out the variety of packages designed for you atwww.OLCpackages.com.
Whenever you’re visiting Ontario’s Lake Country, there is always plenty to do. The fall season offers a full calendar of events with something for everyone from world-class acts on the Casino Rama Resort stage to the Scarecrow Festival in Brechin, the Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour in Oro-Medonte Township, the Harvest Festival at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and the popular Pumpkin Festival at Chappell Farms.
Culture Days, which take centre stage in Orillia from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, offer a unique opportunity to experience arts and culture in the area. Conduct, sing, dance, explore, learn art and more during Culture Days where there will be entertainment galore. Check out the City of Orillia’s website (www.orillia.ca) for more details.
Traditionally, fall is a time of harvest – and a perfect time to check out our popular farmers’ markets. It’s also a time when chefs are using their bounty to create unique seasonal dishes during the tasty Harvest the Fall Flavours of Ontario’s Lake Country event. Participating restaurants, from Oct. 21 to Nov. 6, over delicious and unique lunch and dinner fare for a great price…bon appetit!