Thanksgiving weekend is definitely the time to get out and about while Mother Nature is showing off her colours. Road trips, day trips and even short family getaways are a great idea while taking advantage of the outdoor beauty and smaller crowds wherever you go. Ontario kids travel specialist Jeanine Jankowski says, 'Fall has its own special qualities like a change in smell, change in daylight, vibrant background foliage and many other details that make the things we did as kids stand out in our memories." A selection of activities especially geared to families and kids can be found at Thanksgiving Weekend Events.
Nature, history and adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario’s longest suspension footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Activities include gemstone mining, train ride, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop. See Fall Colours at Scenic Caves near Collingwood.
Pumpkin Patch Picking
Its 'Pumpkin Mania' at Rounds Ranch so saddle up and get down here for some serious fun and farm filled adventures. Everyone gets a free pumpkin! Event runs on weekends only starting September 28 - October 27 (open Thanksgiving weekend and Thanksgiving Monday). See Ontario Pumpkin Road Trip Routes for additional places to pick a pumpkin.
Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Fair in Elmvale
Ontario agricultural fairs, fall fairs & fall festivals are a "right of the harvest season". Enjoy the Thanksgiving harvest fun with demolition derbies, farm animals, kids mud races, horse shows, tractor pulls and fun harvest competitions. Elmvale Fall Fair just north of Barrie is a favourite over the Thanksgiving weekend. Find more Ontario Fall Fairs
Traditional Thanksgiving Crunching the Leaves
Hiking, walking and running on hiking trails filled with leaves is often the most simple activity offering kids outdoor activity and fun. Lots of leaves north of Toronto in the country along hiking and forest trails.
Thanksgiving Weekend Ski Swaps
Annual Ski Swap and Open House in Haliburton at Sir Sam's! Great savings on season passes and books of 8 tickets. Take out the bikes and have an outdoor adventure. Ride the chair lift and see the fall colours in the forest. Find more ski swaps in Ontario over this Thanksgiving weekend