Fall To Do List

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I will admit that fall is my favourite season. I've always been a fan of "sweater weather" and there's something about the cool air that me in the mood for baking. We usually experience the kaleidoscope of fall colours as the leaves change in the forested area where we live, which adds to the beauty of the season. Factor in cozy knits, plaid patterns, and spicy aromas and you have a perfect combination for a heart-warming, comforting time of year.

I'm a "list person"; so, naturally, heading into the last quarter of the year I took some time to draft a list of things I'd like to do before the winter weather hits. Maybe you can relate; maybe you will be inspired by my ideas to try some seasonal activities yourself!

MY FALL TO-DO LIST

Apple Picking

Forest Hike

Photograph the Changing Leaves

Corn Maze

Visit Local Fall Fair

DIY Pumpkin Decor

Bake an Apple Pie

Picnic Out-of-Doors

Make Candy Apples

Fall Road Trip

Plant for Spring

Apple Picking

Apple orchard

Rows of apple trees

Living in rural Ontario means that apple orchards and farms are just a stone's throw away. One of my favourite places to go apple picking is Nature's Bounty, located at 651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry, Ontario. Owned by Cathy and Marvin, this 100-acre farm is situated on rolling hills and surrounded by trees, giving it a secluded and rustic charm. Here you'll find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, obstacle course, and every imaginable variety of apple. Their farm market offers all sorts of squash, gourds, corn, local honey, and fresh apple cider. Admission is free, so come for the day, take some fall photos, let the kids burn off some energy, and enjoy the Ontario countryside in all its autumnal splendor.

 

Forest Hike

Personally, I prefer hiking in the cooler months. The bugs have (mostly) disappeared, the air is crisp and fresh rather than heavy and humid, and the views are changing on a daily basis.

Canada has many amazing hiking trails from coast to coast. In our area we have access to East Duffins Headwaters/Dagmar North Trails, Durham Regional Forest, and Glen Major Forest. The Niagara Escarpment and Algonquin Park offer numerous opportunities for getting out of doors and into the fall foliage. Whatever region you find yourself in, there is likely a beautiful trail within a few minute's drive.  Or, if you're feeling extremely adventurous, you can hike from one coast to the other on the Trans Canada Trail!

 

Photograph the Changing Leaves

It's hard to match the autumn season for natural colour. Whether you consider yourself to be a photographer or not, capturing the fall hues makes for a fun solo or group activity and draws your attention to the beauty around you.

 

Corn Maze

Growing up there was a cornfield behind our church - the perfect place to play tag and hide-and-seek. A more grown-up form is the ubiquitous corn maze, which is less messy and just as much fun. Plus, it's something the whole family can take part in.

 

Visit a Local Fall Fair

After a year and a half of canceled and postponed events, it's a joy to be able to go to festivals and fairs again. For a list of fairs in Ontario, visit www.ontariofairs.org.

 

DIY Pumpkin Decor

Good-bye jack-o'-lantern! Using classic fall elements can be classy and sophisticated. I love white pumpkins and the heirloom varieties that come in endless shapes and colours. These pumpkins make for beautiful decor on desks, entryway tables, tucked amid eucalyptus leaves, and grouped with flowers.

Photo Credit: Belgrave Crescent

Other pumpkin inspiration I'm eager to try this fall:

Photo Credit: Best Friends for Frosting

 

Photo Credit: The Budget Decorator

Photo Credit: Sugar & Charm

Photo Credit: Craftberry Bush

Bake an Apple Pie

It's apple season! Hot or chilled, served alone or with a side of ice cream, nothing tastes and smells like fall quite like a freshly baked apple pie.

 

Picnic Out-of-Doors

While eating alfresco is considered more of a summer pastime, the fall season is just as pleasant for dining on a thick plaid blanket with a simple luncheon and good company.

Loving this inspiration from Inspired By This:

 

Make Candy Apples

The apple theme continues! Candy apples are a fun treat that everyone can customize to suit their tastes. Sprinkle and dip your candy or caramel apples in chopped candy bars, sprinkles, crushed cookies, gummies, pretzel bits, or any other sweet or savoury embellishment - and drizzle with melted chocolate for a truly decadent finish.

 

Fall Road Trip

Rows of trees

A road trip is a great way to see and photograph the changing leaves. I'm hoping to use my fall semester break as an opportunity to explore other areas of Ontario. This road trip itinerary from National Geographic hits northern-ish Ontario and parts of Quebec, although fallsroutes.ca has some amazing trip ideas for catching culture as well as nature!

 

Plant for Spring

It has been said that "to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow". The Canadian version of that might be "to plant a tulip is to believe spring will come again"! Yes, the winters are looonngg ... and cold. So find a package of tulips at your local garden centre and do some final gardening for the season. It will be something to look forward to, something your future self will thank you for.

What are you looking forward to this season? Fall is the year's going-away party - don't let it slip by without enjoying the beauty and unique opportunities to explore your locality!

 

- Katrina Elise

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