Autumn activities in Canada for family fun


Autumn, or fall, is a season to celebrate the harvest and prepare for the arrival of winter. With the cool crisp air and the beautiful autumn sceneries, there is so much to appreciate about the season.  And there is plenty to do with families, too.

Appreciate nature

Enjoy the natural beauty of the season, with the array of colours in the leaves, crisp autumn air and refreshing rain. It is often great for photo opportunities with the autumn foliage. Go for a nature walk, jump into the piles of leaves, splash in rain puddles, or collect some leaves to create beautiful art.

Visit orchards and gardens

Visit local orchards and farms for family-fun experiences like apple-picking at a local orchard or picking the perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch. Many farms also have petting zoos and corn mazes. 

Maintain your garden

Make the most of the outdoor experience by continuing with some gardening work. Turn the chore of raking leaves into a fun activity with children. Make it a race to see who is the fastest or who can rake the most leaves. And don’t forget to plant some bulbs such as daffodils and tulips now so the flowers will bloom in spring.

Cook the season’s harvest

Take advantage of the abundance of autumn fruits and vegetables to make and share delicious food. Pumpkin pie, apple crumble, butternut squash soup, to name a few.  Alternatively, consider freezing, drying or pickling extra fruits and vegetables, or turning them into sauces and jam, so the delicious harvest can be enjoyed over the winter season.

Also, try new recipes or family favourites of comfort food for the cooler weather, such as chilli, soups and hot chocolate to warm up. Make extra food for your friends and family, neighbours, coworkers and local charity organizations.

Celebrate fall holidays

Taking part in the many wonderful autumn festivities is a great way to bring people together. Start with Thanksgiving on October 9, an important holiday for Canadians. It’s a time to be grateful, celebrate with family and show appreciation for all that we have.

In addition, there are several multicultural holidays such as Oktoberfest (Germany), Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese) and Diwali (Indian), with local celebrations. What better way to learn about Canadian diversity than participating in these different celebrations?

Of course, then there is Halloween, where children wear costumes and go trick-or-treating on October 31. Enjoy the holiday by carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns, handing out packaged treats at your door on Halloween night, or participating in Halloween festivities in the community.

Whichever holidays you take part in, there is one common theme among them all: to come together with your family, friends and neighbours, to share and to be grateful for all that we have. Happy autumn!