From classic family fun to date-night ideas, these 10 autumn adventures will help you make the most of the season.

 

This year, fall in Northeastern Ontario offers so much more than just a pumpkin spice latte to fulfil your fall cravings. Lockdown is over and guidelines are in place to make life safe and fun again, so go ahead and fully embrace the season! From outdoor concerts, pumpkin patches and the obligatory mazes to local farmers’ markets and fall fairs, here’s our list of ten events that will have you making fun fall memories in all the classic ways and maybe discovering a few new ones, too. 

If you’re planning a trip to see the fall colours throughout their peak, check out “Chasing Fall Colours Through The Seven: North Of Muskoka”.

 

North Bay and area

Leisure Farms Pumpkin Patch Activities 

September 25 – October 30

 

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Nothing says fall quite like pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fresh baked goods. Leisure Farms in Sturgeon Falls has you covered with a wide variety of pumpkins from all shapes, sizes and colours. Events include bonfire in the bush, tractor rides, different mazes and many other activities for the whole family or group to enjoy.

 

Sean Cullen at the Capitol Centre 

October 16

Add some laughter to your season at the historic Capitol Centre in downtown North Bay with Sean Cullen, an award-winning Canadian comedian. He has made his mark on Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival as well as internationally on The Ellen Show, Workin’ Moms and much more. 

 

Pumpkin Sign Workshop

October 29

 

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In the mood for some autumnal arts & crafts? Join The Work Shoppe in North Bay for a Halloween craft night! There will be something for everyone with various crafts and options to have some fun and get creative! Welcome autumn to your front porch, or make the perfect Hallowe’en gift for someone special! 

 

Sudbury and area

Pumpkinferno at Dynamic Earth

October 2 – October 30 

 

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This outdoor, award-winning exhibit created by Upper Canada Village showcases over 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins. It also includes a scavenger hunt and spooky stories shared  along the trails. This unique experience is sure to inspire some ideas for your own pumpkin carving this Hallowe’en! Make sure to book your entry time online before you go.

 

Wagonwheel Ranch 

October 2 – October 30 

 

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For those with friends and relatives who are fall-loving fanatics, you can lovingly indulge their fall spirit at the Wagonwheel Ranch! Weekdays and weekend admission tickets are available. Activities include a petting farm, horse and wagon rides, fall harvest and of course, a pumpkin patch!

 

Horizon Drive-In 

October 15 – October 16

 

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With the days getting darker earlier, brighten them up with Northern Ontario’s only pop up drive in-theater. Horizon Drive-In is bringing back the classic outdoor movie experience! October showtimes include Sudbury and New Liskeard with Monsters University, Halloween Town and Ghostbusters. Get your tickets early!

 

SOAR Film Fest

October 22 – October 24

 

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Date night idea alert! This outdoor film festival showcases the year’s best adventure films combined with a unique Northern Ontario component. SOAR (Sudbury Outdoor Adventure Reels) is the first of its kind in Northern Ontario. Laurentian University’s Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program (ADVL) and Sudbury Indie Cinema bring adventure film-lovers together in a safe cinematic environment with a curated programme of adventure and outdoor travel-themed features from around the world.

 

The Great Pumpkin Hunt in Kivi Park

October 23

Fun for all ages! Join the hunt for 500 pumpkins hidden in Sudbury’s Kivi Park. This year’s Great Pumpkin Hunt, sponsored by Lake City Realty, runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Other activities include a scary s’mores station and spooky story trail walks. 

 

New Liskeard

Craig Haven Farm and Garden 

October 2 – October 30

Open every weekend in October, Craig Haven Farm and Garden offers many activities to get into the fall spirit. Visit their pumpkin patch, enjoy wagon rides, explore the corn mazes and warm up in their café filled with a variety of warm tasty treats! Pumpkins + wagon rides + mazes = Fall Family Fun Trifecta!

 

Manitoulin Island

Wikwemikong ATV Poker Run 

October 5 – October 17

This annual event calls all ATV enthusiasts! Travel up to 60 km through backcountry trails on Wikwemikong Unceded Territory on beautiful Manitoulin Island. Compete for cash and prizes while enjoying stunning views of Lake Huron. Get a little muddy and end the day with a BBQ and entertainment. 

 

Central Manitoulin Fall Market 

October 16 

This local market hosts over 50 vendors selling local fall  harvest, crafts, fresh and locally made products, baked goods and much more. During this Fall Market you’ll also be able to support The Manitoulin Pet Rescue through their silent auction. The Central Manitoulin Market runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Providence Bay Arena. Stay for a walk on the longest sandy beach on Manitoulin Island!

 

BONUS: Click Fork Online Farmers’ Market 

Year round

Need a fall fix of Northeastern Ontario produce and artisanal products, but can’t make it to a market in person? Or maybe you’re just looking for some virtual options and want to avoid travelling or crowds. Either way, Click Fork has you covered! This online Northeastern Ontario farmers’ market makes it easy to support local producers. Click Fork makes regionally produced foods convenient and accessible to residents in Northeastern Ontario, while connecting eaters with the stories and relationships to where their food comes from.