This year’s Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a somewhat mild fall colours display for our region. No one here at Northeastern Ontario Tourism wants to believe it, but just in case, we’ve put together 10 other ways for you to enjoy fall in our BIG region – fall colours or not.
1. Take in a Performance at the Capitol Centre
A Led Zeppelin tribute, a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and even an appearance of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter – the Capitol Centre has a TON of stuff going on. This 934 seat, fully accessible theatre features both national and international acts and art. See their full event listings here.
2. Bug Free While You Tee
Fall is the perfect time to take in a game of golf, so head out for a round at Hollinger Golf Club. Founded in 1922, this course is “Northern Ontario’s premier 18-hole Championship fully bent grass golf course”. After completing the course, head inside to warm up at the Hollinger Restaurant & Patio. Last day of the season is October 10th, 2016.
3. Check Out the World’s Largest Lake Enclosure for Polar Bears
Inukshuk, Canada’s most prolific breeding polar bear, is coming to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat! To accommodate this 1,200 lb bear (during the winter season) the Habitat has responded by constructing a new enclosure – 12 acres of lake and natural environment to call his own. Visitors can see for themselves at the Grand Opening, October 4th at 9 am.
4. Hockey is Back!
This year the City of Timmins has something special to celebrate – the Hometown Hockey Tour is coming to Northeastern Ontario! Join the community as they celebrate Canada’s game with hosts Ron McClean and Tara Slone, live music from local performers and the Cheer Like Never Before contest. This free festival takes place November 26th & 27th.
Can’t make the festival? Visit the cites of Greater Sudbury or North Bay to take in a game of their local OHL teams, the Sudbury Wolves or the North Bay Battalion.
5. Antique’s Road Trip Anyone?
Founded in 2011, Cabins in the Maples is an antiques shop in the Mattawa area – but not just any antiques shop. Nestled into a maple forest, the Cabins are a series of buildings with constantly changing contents. Search for that perfect side table, a refurbished collectors item or just browse for treasures.
Even if you’re not hunting for antiques, the Cabins are a popular destination on their own. Photographer’s, painters and nature lovers alike will be inspired by their surroundings. Open through October.
6. Savour Seasonal Flavour
Northeastern Ontario might not be the first place you think of when looking for ‘seasonal fare’, but this is the time when our foodies really come out to play! Even if the fall colours aren’t prepared to show themselves, our local producers aren’t shy when it comes to showcasing the season’s best produce and products. Seek out fall-themed tasting menus, roadside produce stands and fall events taking place through the region. We’ve already done some of the work for you!
7. Go Paint-Balling
Hockey isn’t the only sport on offer in Northeastern Ontario! Whether it’s for yourself or the kids, your family will love going on an outdoor paint-balling adventure in Mattawa-Bonfield with Pyramid Paintball.
With four fields to choose from, a variety of games to play and a shop to fill all of your paint ball needs, Pyramid Paintball will keep you occupied for a Saturday or Sunday. Participate in their year end event, Costume Carnage, October 29th, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm.
8. Escape to a Lakeside B&B
While there are multiple bed and breakfasts to choose from throughout the region, we thought we’d make things easy for you by talking about two of our favourites. Treat yourself to a pampered getaway!
- Situated on the shores of Lake Nipissing, Adani Beach Bed and Breakfast provides scrumptious breakfasts for guests, offers spa services (book ahead). The calm atmosphere is complemented by a wood fireplace. This B&B will provide a relaxing getaway from the fast-paced grind of day-to-day life. Adults only.
- “Enter as guests and leave as friends” is the motto at Sunset Bay Inn, located on Big Nellie Lake near Iroquois Falls. This cozy, modern three room inn is a home away from home, providing guests with a fully furnished kitchen, Netflix, in addition to paddle and motor boat rentals.
9. Take a Hike (or Nature Walk)
Literally, take a hike. Fall colours or no, fall is an exceptional time to get outside for a little exploration, wildlife watching and exercise in Northeastern Ontario. Birds are migrating, mammals are preparing to hibernate, and cool, damp weather is causing mushrooms to pop up.
Whether you’re out taking photos, hiking for a view, or searching for that perfect addition to your fall table decor, fall is a good time to do it in any part of the region. Fall is also hunting season, so it’s best to stick to known trails and wear bright colours if walking in the forest.
10. Fish On
Pike, walleye, muskie, bass – there are still plenty of open seasons for anglers to choose from and enjoy through the fall. Make sure to check local fishing zones and seasonal regulations before heading out.
If you aren’t an angler, but still love to eat fish, check out our article on the Canadian shore lunch tradition. Author Jeff Morrison has a great recipe for beer-battered fish that you’ll want to try out – whether your cooking inside, or outdoors.