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Autumn Ontario overnight getaways — from high adventure zip-lining, mountain biking and star-gazing to elegant mansions and wine tours

Autumn is a time when we can break out the sweaters and curl up with a good book while we watch the changing of leaves. It is also a time to get outdoors and have fun without worrying about what havoc the sun’s rays might reap on our skin or without being bothered by too many bugs.

Why not try out that high adventure you’ve been dreaming of — zip-lining, bee-keeping, mountain biking, zodiac boat tours and kayaking.

 

How about an adventure get-away? Eco Adventures in St. Williams, Ontario has everything from ziplines and suspension bridges to bee-keeping and observatory star-gazing.

 

Or, perhaps you’d like to see the leaves, hike the trails, do the bed and breakfast tour, or catch some stars at an observatory.  If you are itching to get out of the house and yet are at a loss for what exactly there is to do around here, then continue reading to discover some of the best overnight getaways in the Greater Toronto Area.

Let’s start with some high-adventure.

 

Within an hour of Toronto enjoy excellent star-gazing.

 

Long Point Eco-Adventures in St. Williams, Ontario

Choose from Long Point’s Camping Pods, Wilderness Pods, or Wilderness Suites for a unique camping experience. In addition to the typical camping activities, guests are treated to a variety of activities and adventures that will make this the ideal vacation. Photographer Leanne Gauthier-Helmer offers a Nature Photography Workshop, where guests can learn about lighting, composition, and techniques for capturing amazing photographs.

 

Kick back at night with a telescope and star-gaze. There are many places in Ontario to star-gaze. The best locations are as far from the glow of city or town as possible. Eco Adventure tours has an ideal observatory set up with telescopes.

 

Enjoy a wide range of activities including

  • apiary tours
  • axe throwing
  • Zodiac boat tours
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • zip lining.

 

Ontario has many world-class mountain biking trails, notably on the Bruce Trail. Eco-Tours also has hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails as part of the adventure experience.

 

After a full day of non-stop action and adventure, wind down with a breathtaking view the night sky from the Long Point Observatory.

Information on Long Point Eco-Adventures>> 

 

Prince Edward County, Ontario

Hit the road for a trip to Prince Edward County, where you will enjoy world class entertainment, fine dining, and fun for the whole family (or group of friends). Book an overnight stay at one of their amazing hotels, including Huff Estates, Drake Devonshire Inn, and The Merrill Inn. A selection of restaurants and wineries awaits, and The County Cider Company is highly revered. If you are in the mood for a little entertainment, visit the historic Regent Theatre or Mustang’s Drive-In. Visitors also enjoy picking berries at local farms, such as The Blueberry Patch.

Events in Prince Edward County>> 

 

Picturesque Prince Edward County.

 

Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario

If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, check out  Langdon Hall, where you can enjoy:

  • afternoon tea
  • a world class spa
  • à la carte dining
  • morning tours of the gardens, and more.

 

Beautiful Langdon Hall in Ontario makes an ideal fall overnight get-away.

 

Join their Sommelier for wine tasting on Saturdays and one of their Chefs for a cooking demonstration on Sunday morning. Fine dining is accompanied by a selection of over 1,400 wines from around the world.

Information on Langdon Hall>>

 

Blue Mountain in fall is as beautiful as winter.

 

Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain isn’t just for skiing. The Massive Blue Mountain Resort offers guests an experience like no other in any season. Spend time in the 40-acre pedestrian village and eat at any of the 45 bars and restaurants. Enjoy a day of pampering at the Scandinave Spa. Guests have a wide range of activities from which to choose. Some of the most exciting activities include mountain biking, Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Mountaintop Segway Tours, and the open-air gondola. More relaxing activities include golf, tennis, and the aquatic centre. This resort has something for everyone.

Information for fall escapes to Blue Mountain>>

 

Suspension bridge near St. Williams, Ontario. 

 

 

Algonquin Provincial Park

Rent a yurt, try camping in one of the developed campgrounds or lodges, or take your RV to one of their campsites. Visitors can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, such as canoeing, biking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, swimming, and wildlife watching. Spending the day observing the area’s natural and cultural history at the Algonquin Visitors Centre, Logging Museum, and Art Centre. Take your friends and family out for a frightening experience during the Haunted Halloween Weekend, October 27th and 28th, where you can sit around the creepy campfire, listen to some tall tales, and more. Compete in the pumpkin carving, spookiest campsite, and best costume contests. Little ones can have their faces painted and trick-or-treat at Mew Lake and Lake of Two Rivers Campgrounds.

More information on Algonquin Park>> 

 

Algonquin park is famous for its lakes and its loons. For a real wilderness getaway, it’s worth the drive.

 

As you can see, there is plenty to do here this time of year, regardless of your tastes and interests. So get out there and find your adventure. It is never a dull moment in the Greater Toronto Area.

 

Zodiac boat tours to remote hiking beaches is part of the Eco-Adentures experience.

 

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