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10 Things To Do Around Toronto Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Hands up if you love a good fall fair! What about apple cider, colourful leaves, and warm sweaters? Tis the season for all those things, so if you’re looking for something to do with the family this Thanksgiving long weekend, we’ve got you covered.

The Woodbridge Fall Fair

If it’s been happening for 170 years it has to be good, right? Country-meets-the-city, good old fashioned fun is the name of the game every Thanksgiving weekend in Woodbridge where petting zoos, games, rides, and pioneer living all come together for the long weekend.

Blackcreek Pioneer Village

Some of the city’s oldest buildings are located at Black Creek Pioneer Village, which makes it the perfect backdrop for a spooky nighttime walk complete with ghost stories. Or visit in the daytime where music, rides, games and animal interactions await from 11:00-4:30 all long weekend.

Kidapalooza Fall Festival at the Markham Fairgrounds

As if the PJ Masks meet and greet wasn’t enough, you’ll also get loads of indoor and outdoor fun at this three-day event including rides, a petting zoo, stage show, rock climbing, and a pumpkin patch. 2 adults and 2 kids can get in for $60 online or at the door. Admission includes all rides (excluding ponies), activities and stage shows.

Treetop Trekking in Stouffville, Barrie or Brampton 

If you’ve got kids aged five and up and you REALLY NEED TO GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE, try Treetop Trekking. The Kids Discovery Course (at the Stoufville and Barrie locations only) is a perfect way for little kids to be part of the fun while bigger kids take on the Treewalk Village (adult supervision required) or the Monarch (as in butterfly) zip line.

Fall Fun Festival at Brooks Farms

This annual tradition in Mount Albert is everything a fall festival should be featuring autumn favourites like the corn maze, train rides, farm animals, pumpkin cannon show and duck races. Brooks is now open weekends 9-5 and if you’re planning on going Thanksgiving Monday get there early because that’s the farm’s busiest day of the year.

Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland

Looking for a pre-Halloween activity that won’t scare the dickens out of your littles? From the end of September through the end of October Camp Spooky offers scare-free activities for kids including trick or treating, mazes, foam pits and all your favourite rides including the KidZville and Planet Snoopy kids areas. Entrance to Camp Spooky is free with park admission.

Oktoberfest Parade

Print off some fall-themed colouring sheets, fill your thermos with hot cider and hop in the car for a drive to Kitchener-Waterloo on Thanksgiving Monday to take in the annual Oktoberfest parade. Lederhosen is optional but a stop in St. Jacob’s on the way home isn’t. World-class culinary delights, pastries, home goods, decor, clothing and jewelry stores all await you in this charming and irresistible town.

Brunch at Casa Loma

Served in the stately elegance of Toronto’s most famous castle, this is a special holiday event the whole family will remember. Tickets include castle admission so wander away at your leisure after your delicious buffet-style meal featuring breakfast selections, a raw bar, pasta and salad stations, traditional Thanksgiving favourites and a sweet table.

PumpkinFest at Downsview Park & Richmond Hill

Two events, one theme: Pumpkins! Enjoy pumpkin-spiced everything from event vendors and food trucks. Take advantage of free admission where costume, pumpkin carving and pumpkin eating contests await. Both venues are open from 10-6 Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Passes for the kids’ midway are $23 online and $25 at the door for riders ages 2-12.

Take a Waterfall Hike

Believe it not there are hundreds of waterfalls within a two-hour drive of Toronto, including 100 in the boundary of Hamilton alone. So pack a picnic, leash up the pup and get outside to enjoy the fall colours before everything turns white.

 

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