Chatham-Kent, ON - Rondeau Park is more than just a Provincial Park - it's a memory maker! A natural environment park for both the recreationalist and the naturalist, the southern hardwood forest is alive with Tulip and Sassafras. Catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer! In early fall, Monarch butterflies from all over Ontario begin their migration south to Mexico. Rondeau Park is a major stopover site for the Monarchs, and many thousands may be seen on a sunny late summer afternoon. September 14th heralds the 3rd annual Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival - experience this amazing migration first hand. Your route along the 401 and south on highway 40 will bring you to Rondeau Park.
Huron County - Ontario's West Coast has wonderful surprises and the best in fall colours, country drives, crisp fall hikes, fine food and dining. Treat yourself to a four-diamond experience while dining at the Benmiller Inn and the Little Inn of Bayfield - their award-wining chefs will create a memorable fall feast. Experience the goodness of a home cooked breakfast at a charming bed and breakfast featuring the fall bounty of the Huron Harvest Trail. Hike the Maitland Trail - always gorgeous and sometimes rugged. Cycle the Goderich to Auburn Rail Trail and enjoy the fall countryside vistas. Shop the scenic main street of Bayfield as fall leaves rustle about your feet. Huron County and its amiable villages can be found by exiting the 402 at highway 21, and traveling north, along the Huron coastline.
The Arboretum, Guelph, ON - Come and explore...the spectacular fall colours at The Arboretum, Guelph's best kept secret tucked away amidst the University of Guelph campus. This scenic 408-acre setting of meadows, forest and natural areas offers insights and experiences intriguing enough for a wide range of interests. Stroll along one of the nature trails or explore a variety of gardens, 40 plant collections and 3,000 trees and shrubs. During your visit be sure to pick up a seasonal program to learn more about the various workshops and events that run year round. Get away for a Sunday afternoon to Guelph - take highway 6 or 24, north of the 401.
Cambridge, ON - An outdoor adventure awaits you in Cambridge. This picturesque city offers a palette of colours in the heart of Grand River Country. The nature lover can discover the various scenic trail systems that run throughout the city and along the Grand. Discover Cambridge while enjoying a leisurely hike, mountain biking or a brisk stroll. Canoe and fishing enthusiasts will also appreciate the fall experience that the river offers. Whether you cycle, hike, fish, bird watch or canoe, you'll enjoy spectacular views, scenic lookouts and discover an abundance of things to see and do. Access Cambridge by way of the 401 or highway 24.
Brantford, ON - You're going to fall in love with Brantford, Ontario this year. Take in the majestic autumn colours along the banks of the Grand River - a Canadian Heritage River that winds its way through our community. Go for miles along the Trans Canada Trail and breathe in the fresh, crisp, clean air. Hike, bike or canoe and take in the splashes of crimson red and pumpkin orange our beautiful Carolinian forest has painted just for you! While in Brantford find antique treasures or specialty gifts at Grieves Mercantile - Antiques & Collectibles or Flim Flam Gift Gallery - one of North America's largest gift stores. The fall stirs up visions of holiday planning and gift giving so why not start early this year and pick up something special and unique in Brantford for that hard to buy for person on your list. Enjoy a myriad of fall fairs and special events including the Doors Open Brant - heritage celebration in September and the annual Brant Studio Tour in October. Our simply take a country-side drive to our community located in the heart of Southern Ontario and stop at the Brantford Farmer's Market for your supply of pumpkins, squash, apples, and stalks of corn. We are turning out all our true colours for you this fall! Come to Brantford along the 403 or highway 24.
Stratford, ON - Stratford offers many hidden gems, including the T.J. Dolan Natural Area. This park is located in the city, but away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy the brilliant fall foliage as you stroll along the paths, great for you and your dog to visit. Listen to the sound of the Avon River and watch the ducks along the way. After your stroll, plan a picnic along the banks of the Avon River under the willows. Or play a round of golf in the cool fall air. Manicured or natural the choice is yours. Take in a play at the Stratford Festival while you are here absorbing the gorgeous colours we have to offer. Find Stratford by traveling the 401 or highway 7.
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