Friday, October 11, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend Festivals & Events, Fall Colour Road Trips, Sightseeing Air Tour & Scenic Boat Cruises


There are a number of Resorts offering great Thanksgiving getaway packages and many  Events  happening in communities during the Thanksgiving long weekend.

Fall Colours Ontario Weekend Road Trips 
Suggested "Fall Colour" routes and road trips.

Before heading out check the designated fall colour progression report for updates on leaf colour changes in resort and tourist regions north of Toronto.

Fall Colour Sightseeing Air Tour:

Parry Sound
Book an amazing Fall Colour Sightseeing Air Tour over Georgian Bay. A wonderful way to see the beautiful fall colour vistas.   The new 35 minute Fall Colours Tour will highlight the vistas of red, orange, and yellow from the air! 
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Parry Sound

Fall Colour Cruise Options:

Port Severn

Fall Big Chute Cruise September 21-October 12, 2013Midland Tours Inc. offers 2 1/2 hour Fall Colour Tours on the Muskoka Trent-Severn Waterway departing from Lock 45 in Port Severn, Ontario. Stay in Port Severn 


30,000 Islands Boat Cruise - Muskoka-Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands to October 14, 2013.  Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Midland Ontario


Fall Colour Chair Lift Rides:
Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton
Scenic Chair Lift Rides -Great Activity for the Famiily
Saturdays & Sundays   Sept. 1 to Oct 12. 2013 10:00 -3:00
Best seat in the Haliburton Highlands to enjoy the beautiful fall color changes?  Sir Sam's chairlift on Saturdays and Sundays. Great way to see the magnificient view over Eagle & Moose Lakes from the top of Sir Sam's Ski and Bike!

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the Haliburton Highlands Destination

Ottawa Valley Rural Ramble
September 1 - October 31, 2013

The Rural Ramble is a traditional self-guided driving tour throughout the Ottawa Valley featuring four themes: Adventure & Exploration, Agriculture & Food, History & Heritage and Arts & Culture.  Rural Ramblers’ will be able to customize their own Autumn touring experiences based on the themes and location that interests them the most.   Wander the website, select the Rural Ramble sites that interest you the most and plan your very own personalized Rural Ramble Route. 

More information on the Ottawa Valley Destination 
Book your hotel and resort accommodation in   Barry's BayOttawa & Ottawa Valley, Pembroke and Petawawa

Dave Beckett Studio/Gallery 
Plan ahead to Book a Fall Weekend Pastel Workshop -October 19 & 20.  Limited Space Available.
These workshops give students with all levels of ability "step-by-step" instruction in the art of pastel. 
Stay at Resorts, Inns & Hotels in Orillia area



ROUNDS RANCH - Join the Fun

Elmvale   7 km. east of Wasaga Beach, 4 km west of Elmvale
Weekends in October
Its PUMPKIN MANIA Season at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures. Everyone gets a free pumpkin!
Enjoy the large corn & straw mazes, petting zoo, pony rides, water maze, barrel train, shooting gallery, duck races, pedal cart race track, western playground, zip lines, giant jumping pillows, tractor rides, swinging tire horses, bouncy ponies.  Great family fun for all ages.  
Stay at Resorts. Inns, Hotels in
Wasaga Beach

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre-Midland
October 12-14
Guided walks and paddle with Canoes and Kayaks, Wet N Scaly Shows and Wonder Wye Themes with a Wye Marsh Naturalist.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
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Apple Harvest Festival 
Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury & Clarksburg
October 12-14, 2013
Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario's largest apple growing region.  There's no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music, 
The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails,gallery tours and much, much more!
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in Blue Mountains / Collingwood



Fall studio and arts shows in resort destinations introduce many rural artists and craft experts.

2013  Images Thanksgiving Studio Tour
ORO MEDONTE, SCENIC HORSESHOE VALLEY, LAKE SIMCOE SHORES, ORILLIAOctober 11-14, 2013  Open 10 am to 5 pm daily (Free Admission 10 am to 5 pm daily)
This highly acclaimed self-guided tour takes you to the studios of some of Canada's finest artists and craftspeople. Over thirty artists and fine crafts people will exhibit their work over 4 days and 16 locations.  You'll find an amazing selection of paintings, pottery, textiles, metal and glass, photography, woodcraft, jewellery, basketry, clothing and accessories – from fine art and sculpture to home d├ęcor and fashion to funky and fun! Don't miss this popular Thanksgiving tradition. You'll discover exceptional art, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful fall colours
Stay are Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the 
BarrieHorseshoe ValleyOrillia

Annual Haliburton County Studio Tour
Haliburton County

October 12-13, 2013  Thanksgiving Weekend 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the studios of Haliburton County's artists and craftspeople while enjoying the autumn colours of the Highlands. Visit each studio and experience the creative process. Talk to the artist or watch demonstrations.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Haliburton
More information on the 
Haliburton HIghlands Destination

Victoria County 25th Annual Studio Tour
Artists in the beautiful City of Kawartha Lakes

October 5-6 & October 12-13,  2013
Come by car or bus to the City of Kawartha Lakes or by boat along the scenic 
Trent-Severn Waterway during the Fall season and experience the changing colours first hand – and our Artistic interpretation on site with practicing and professional artists
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in the Kawartha area

Kinmount & Area Harvest Homecoming Studio Tour
October 12-13, 2013
Thanksgiving Weekend
This tour offers a perfect opportunity for family and friends to spend time together touring beautiful fall scenery and exploring Studios and Artists, all within a 15 km radius of Kinmount.
Stay are Resorts Inns, Hotels in 

Blue Mountain Tour of the Arts 
Blue Mountain, Thornbury, Clarksburg Kimberly, Craigleith
Octobe12-14, 2013 Thanksgiving Weekend
14 well established locations with 20+ artists and guests in Thornbury, Clarksburg Kimberly and Craigleith.  Paintings. Photography.  Pottery. Fashion.  Sculpture.  Jewellery. Wood.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in 
Blue Mountains / Collingwood

Escarpment Studio Tour
October 12-13, 2013
Thanksgiving Weekend
Bognor, Massie, Queen's Landing, Walters Falls
Spectacular Fall Vistas, Artwork, and Fine Crafts with over 20 artists in and around Bognor, Massie, the Queen’s Valley and Walters Falls
Stay in Walter's Falls at  The Falls Inn  Stay in the Georgian Bluffs at Evergreen Forest Resort B&B

Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour in the towns of Clayton, Blakeney, Almonte, and Mississippi Mills in beautiful Lanark County! 
Thanksgiving weekend
October 12-14, 2013
Discover the quality craftsmanship and skill of local artists amidst the vibrant colours that define our fall season. During the Tour, studios are open from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free!
More information on the 
Ontario's Highlands Destination
More information on Fall Studio Tours


Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale
Sainte-Marie Among the HuronsOctober 12-13, 2013
Celebrate the Fall Season with the Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and the return of the popular Arts & Crafts Show and Sale.  Harvest activities and displays, the history of corn, Native foods, and more!  The quality Arts & Crafts Show features outstanding artisans offering a diverse range of craft and food items.  Admission to the show is included in the price of admission to the historic site.

Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in 
Midland Ontario  on Georgian Bay.

Thanksgiving Harvest Craft Show
Buckhorn Community Centre
October 12-14, 2013

More than 120 artisans from across Canada offer jewelery, designer clothing, soaps, woven goods, handmade furniture, home accessories and even local gastronomical delights including candy, honey, jams and jellies.
Stay in Buckhorn aWestwind Inn


Elmvale Fall Fair
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 10-12 2013
Enjoy the midway or the tractor pull.  Watch the competition in the cattle or horse rings.  Browse through the award winning baked goods, crafts, needlework, school displays, preserves, field crops, photography or floral exhibits.  Come enjoy the Heavy Horse, Cattle and Sheep Shows along with the Farm Animal Display and the Small Animal Show.
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in 
BarrieWasaga Beach

Norwood Fair
Thanksgiving Weekend
October 12-14, 2013
Accommodation at inns, resorts, hotels in the Peterborough area.


Huntsville Fair Grounds
October 12 
5pm- 12am

Live Music by: Big East, Shawn Stockman, Scott Gilson, Matt Allen, The Newfie Chicks...and more.
$20 Admission - includes a free coffee and sausage.  All proceeds go towards the Huntsville Disaster Relief Committee.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Huntsville area



Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike Open House
Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday, October 12  (11-4)
Great Savings off ski passes and books of 8 tickets. Complimentary beverages and snacks, free draws. Algonquin Outfitters holds an annual ski/snowboard sale including clothing and accessories. Take a scenic chairlift ride to take in the spectacular fall colors and magnificent views over Eagle and Moose Lake. 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotelin  
Haliburton area

Turkey Tent Event Ski Sale The Blue Mountains
Thanksgiving October 10-14, 2013

Blue Mountain’s Annual Turkey Tent Event is back and bigger than ever before! Save up to 75% off of skis, boards, bindings and outerwear for kids and adults.
Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in
Collngwood area

Hidden Valley Ski Area Ski & Snowboard Sale
Thanksgiving Weekend -October 12-13

Buy & sell new and used Nordic, Alpine and Snowboard Equipment!
Gear Drop off Friday Oct 11 from 6PM to 8PM     Saturday October 12 from 9AM to 12 noon
Sale Hours Saturday Oct 12 from 9AM to 4PM Sunday October 13 from 10AM to 3PM

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Huntsville

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Featured Resort Destinations and Events


Algonquin Highlands Trails|
Where Adventure Awaits!
~ Haliburton Highlands Water Trails – Frost Centre and Poker Lakes
~ Back Country Camping, Canoeing and Kayaking
~ 38kms of Hiking Trails, Hundreds of kms of ATV trails
~ Canoe rentals
~ Excellent fishing for Trout, Bass and Whitefish
~ Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
Best view of Fall colors in the highlands!
~ Ontario’s only full size historic Log chute 

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Minden, ON Haliburton, On
More information on Algonquin Highlands Trails  


Blue Mountain Village 
Get away for some midweek adventure and enjoy unlimited daily access to some of our most popular mountain attractions including the new Wind Rider Triple Zips!  Package includes:  Overnight accommodations in room type of choice at The Westin Trillium House or Blue Mountain Village.  One Play All Day Pass for unlimited daily access to the NEW Wind Rider Triple Zips, Cascade Putting Course, Woodlot Low Ropes, Open-Air Gondola (Thurs-Fri) and 2 rides on  the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster.
Available for stays Sunday-Thursday, September 2 – October 10, 2013

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Experience a kaleidoscope of fall colours while exploring the self-guided trail of caves/ caverns and spectacular views from the Suspension Bridge.  Soar on Canada’s longest half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zip line or treetop canopy walk and zipline on a guided Eco Adventure Tour.   
  • Self-guided tour of caves & caverns an nature trails
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Guided Eco Adventure Tour
  • New! Thunderbird Twin Zip Line
    and more
Inquire about Stay and Play Packages

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Blue Mountain/Collingwood


MacLaren Art Centr
Family Sunday
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren! Regional artists lead creative projects that families can complete together.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels in Barrie


Sir Sam's Ski and  Bike-Haliburton 
Scenic Chair Lift Rides -Weekends until Thanksgiving.

Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike Open House
Thanksgiving Weekend Saturday, October 12  (11-4)
Great Savings off ski passes and books of 8 tickets. Complimentary beverages and snacks, free draws. 

Discover Mountain Biking Package $49.95 Sign up in advance for this 2/hr package that includes your bike rental/lift pass/ lesson. This package has a two person minimum and can begin at either 10:00am or 1:00pm.

Sunday Beginner Special
50% Off the Discover Mountain Bike Package (From 1:00 - 3:00).  Sign up in advance for this 2/hr package that includes your bike rental/lift pass/ lesson.  $25  - Must be reserved in advance.

Annual Haliburton County Studio Tour
Haliburton County 
October 12-13, 2013  Thanksgiving Weekend 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Haliburton,  Minden
More information on the Haliburton Highlands





Doran Bay Model Ship Museum  
Doran Bay Model Ship Museum provides marvel world-class collection of museum quality model ships, including a special exhibit of ships from the War of 1812

Featured Accommodation in Iroquois:  Doran Bay Resort 



5,000 Lakes  5,000 Adventures.  You can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, boating, hiking, cycling, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVing, motorcycling, or just plain relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery.

Click here for events and more information on the Land O' Lakes Destination



Sainte-Marie Among the Huron-Midland  Getaway and Explore a 17th century historic site Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is open seven days per week to October 13 and Monday to Friday October 14 to November 1.

Downtown Shops and Docks   Beautiful downtown Midland has more than 100 shops, boutiques and services located in a beautiful waterfront setting.  

Tourism Midland
The Town of Midland is situated at the gateway to Georgian Bay's picturesque 30,000 Islands and hosts many events throughout the year.

Stay at Resorts, Inns, Hotels Midland, ON
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You’ll discover an abundance of outdoor adventure, combined with original offering of arts, culture and heritage experiences, all set against a picture perfect backdrop of unspoiled wilderness and the small town charm of friendly communities.

Heritage Mica Days:
Thanksgiving DinnerTheatre at Silver Queen Mine -Perth
October 12
Experience the life of a mica miner in the early 1900’s at this unique Dinner/Theatre event. 

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Disc Golf at Harwood Ski and Bike
Hardwood Ski and Bike Disc Golf     
Perfect for families and non-bikers to experience the best trail facility in Central Ontario. Course Fees for 18 Holes: $7.00 + HST per person  Or buy a facility pass for $12.99 + HST and play disc golf all day or ride your mountain bike or use our other amenities like beach volleyball, horseshoes or badminton.    
Singletrack Challenge
October 20
Challenge a course of 50 km or 24 km on dedicated Mountain Bike Trails.  This event is limited to 300 riders.

2014 Super Early Bird MTB Passes On Sale Now
Super Early Bird MTB Seasons Passes now on sale.  Ride the rest of this season and all of next for a great deal.   On sale until October 31st only.    This is the lowest price of the year and one of the best bargains around.   Adult $109 + HST    Youth $99 + HST   Child $85 + HST.
Getaways include passes at Hardwood Ski & Bike and accommodation:



Ottawa Turkish FestivalIntercultural Dialogue Institute
October 12-13

The Festival will be open to general public free of charge and will display Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch’s Fall Family Fun Festival
Hugli's Blueberry Ranch, Pembroke
September 14-October 31
It is fall family fun season at Hugli's Blueberry Ranch.  Navigate the 6 acre corn maze with colour find game, watch the pirate pumpkin show & pig races, try to solve the new hop dot puzzle maze, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, play in the hay maze and jump, race around the pedal cart track, slide down the 125ft tunnel hill slide and more.  

Featured Accommodation & Attractions in the Greater Ottawa and Ottawa Valley Region:

Book your hotel Pembroke


There are plenty of exciting things to do in North Muskoka, all within close proximity. Activities such as Golf, Horseback Riding, Jet Ski Rentals and SPA Facilities are just around the corner.
Click her for activities and more information on Resorts of North Muskoka.

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