If you haven’t made plans for Thanksgiving weekend yet, we got you.
If just the thought of cooking up a huge meal leaves you feeling exhausted, family makes you anxious, and turkey’s just not your bird, you might want to consider stepping out of the city for the upcoming long weekend.
Take a break from your hectic city life by planning an unforgettable weekend away. Read below to learn more about our favourite long weekend day trips from Toronto that are all within three hours of the city.
Drive 2.5 hours east of the city and you’ll see nothing but vineyards, scenic beaches, and lush countryside as far as the eye can see. PEC is easily one of the best road trips in Ontario, and it’s just as good an idea in the fall as it is in the summer. Spend your days checking out the beautiful fall foliage and the famous Sandbank Provincial Park and complete your trip by eating your way through the Taste Trail which features artisanal cheese makers, cafes, wineries, and restaurants that serve dishes made from fresh local ingredients.
Filled with history and unparalleled vineyards, breweries, and restaurants, Niagara-on-the-Lake is even more stunning in the autumn months. Spend the weekend either on foot or on a bicycle, and explore the tree-lined streets, the wineries, and the lake. Autumn is also the perfect time to visit the falls as they aren’t as overrun with tourists, as well as the many apple orchards and pumpkin patches throughout the region.
Muskoka is always a good idea. But, experiencing Muskoka during the fall months when the leaves are changing is almost magical. Muskoka’s signature maple trees are now fiery red, creating a fall foliage scene that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The best part is, you can spend the weekend checking out the scenic views in a number of adventurous ways with kayaking, ATVing, hiking, zip lining, and boating being popular options.
Regardless of the season, there’s always lots to do in Blue Mountain and fall is no exception. From zip-lining and downhill roller coasters to Scandinavian baths and indulgent food, you’ll be able to keep yourself busy from sunrise to sunset. This weekend also happens to be the Apple Harvest Festival, so there’ll be plenty of festive events taking place in the village and the surrounding areas.
While any time of the year is a great time to check out St. Jacobs, October is particularly good as it tends to be less overrun with tourists. Steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River, St. Jacobs has a unique Mennonite history that’s unlike anything you’ll ever experience in the city. From the beloved St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and antique stores to the horse-drawn trolly tours and the iconic covered (kissing) bridge, you’ll find plenty of things to do while in town.
Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada and consists of thousands of lakes, rolling canopies of Sugar Maple Trees, and a variety of campsites that are suitable for all campers, from those who prefer comfort to those who like to rough it. Canoeing is a popular activity, as the Park’s interconnected ecosystem joins up with a variety of lakes and rivers, creating a truly remarkable experience. Hiking is also a preferred activity, especially during the fall as visitors can truly take in the beautiful fall foliage. Make sure to keep in mind that Algonquin is known for its wildlife, so be sure to keep your distance.