Fall fun is aplenty in the Durham Region. The colourful sights of the season turn our thinking to fun fairs, fall festivals and the rich harvest that this community is known for. There is much to do in Durham at this time of the year, and activities that will appeal to the whole family. From apple picking to hiking, pumpkin farms and festivals, this region offers the best of the season.
Fall Festivals & Fairs
Durham Region is known for its fall festivals – notably Bowmanville’s annual Applefest & Craft Sale, taking place this year on Saturday, October 14. The event features live entertainment, a children’s carnival, craft tents and a plethora of apple goodies from cider to fritters. Upcoming family events that are sure to please include: the Beaverton Fall Fair, Newcastle Harvest Festival, The Durham Region International Film Festival and Whitby Heritage Day.
Farms & Markets
Durham Region is home to many beautiful farms and fresh food markets. Knox Pumpkin Farm, located in Hampton, Ontario, offers a corn maze, farm animals, a straw jump, wagon rides and more. Pingle’s Farm Market also located in Region is home to many beautiful farms and fresh food markets. Knox Pumpkin Farm, located in Hampton, Ontario, offers a corn maze, farm animals, a straw jump, wagon rides and more. Pingle’s Farm Market also located in Hampton, features a fully operational bakery, greenhouse and market. They offer pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and many fun farm activities. Stop by Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery, a fourth generation family farm located north of Bowmanville. They offer wine tours and complimentary wine tasting, as well as pick-your-own apples and a children’s play area. A farm visit is a great way to teach children about nutrition and the benefits of eating locally-grown foods.
Fall Train Rides on The York-Durham Heritage Railway
Climb aboard a beautifully preserved 1950’s diesel locomotive and take a scenic trip back in time. The York-Durham Heritage Railway Association is a nonprofit organization whose mandate is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canadian railways of South-Central Ontario. This fall, experience the “Fall Colours Train Ride” and enjoy the wonders of autumn from your seat, while travelling through the picturesque Oak Ridges Moraine. Onboard entertainment and refreshments are available.
Get Active In Durham This Fall
The Durham Region offers beautiful spaces for outdoor enthusiasts. More than 350 kilometers of recreational trails and conservation areas weave through Durham Region. Fishing, biking and hiking are all excellent outdoor fall activities for the active Durham family. This summer, Durham Region’s stretch of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail was put on the map when it received official designation as an Ontario Trail of Distinction from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, which works with stakeholders across the province, announced the news that the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail received this first-ever honour, which marks it as one of the best trails the province has to offer. In Durham Region, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail travels through five municipalities and is approximately 84 kilometers long.
Ontario Culture Days
Ontario Culture Days is an annual 3-day event, running from Sept 29 – Oct 1. It features engaging community arts activities held in various locations around the region. Free and hands-on, Ontario Culture Days activities invite members of the public into the behind-the-scenes world of artists, creators, heritage workers, architects, curators and designers.