Outdoor Fall Activities
Posted on October 14th, 2015

Well I think we can all agree that we have had an absolutely amazing fall in Toronto so far! It’s always beautiful at this time of year when the weather starts cooling down, people are getting festive for the various fall holidays, and the leaves are changing to their vibrant fall colours! There is a level of comfort and coziness when the weather changes from summer to fall that is unlike any other time of year.  It is a great time of year to grab a warm drink and enjoy the outdoors around the city. At Alma, we believe in health and natural wellness in all forms, and believe getting outside is one of the best things we can do for our mind, body, and soul.
 
Today, we decided to write a blog post about some of our favourite ways to enjoy the outdoors in fall in Toronto.
First on our list is Evergreen Brickworks and its Saturday farmer’s markets. At this time of year, there is an abundance of local produce in Toronto. From apples and squash to various other root vegetables in season at this time of year, Brickworks is a great place to get fresh produce. There is also no shortage of fresh baked goods and local artisans, as well as a food court with a large variety of options. Evergreen Brickworks is a great place to check out on Saturday mornings. In addition to the Saturday market, there are walking trails, an eco-play area for kids, a café, and a short walk to a look out with a great view of the city. No matter how busy it is, Evergreen Brickworks always has a great atmosphere. It is a great place to meet your local farmers, pick up some fresh groceries, and have breakfast with friends or family.  
Next on our list are all the beautiful places for a walk in nature around the city. High Park is an excellent choice. There are trails all throughout the park to enjoy the fall foliage, as well as an off-leash area for dogs, and there’s never a shortage of birds and other wildlife at Grenadier Pond. High Park also has lots for kids. The Jamie Bell Adventure Playground is absolutely fantastic, as are the numerous fields for a friendly game of soccer or playing catch. In addition to High Park, some of our other favourites are the boardwalk along the lake, Scarborough Bluffs, Sunnybrook Park and Edward Gardens, and a little bit of a drive away, Rouge River.
On milder fall days, bundling up and going for a bike ride is another way to get outside and get some fresh air while enjoying the scenery. Biking along the Don or Humber Rivers is always absolutely breathtaking, as is the Waterfront Trail. Along the rivers right now the valleys are ablaze with shades of orange, red, and yellow offering a stunning contrast to the rivers and grey fall skies. Another great place to bike or walk are the Toronto Islands. The islands are just a short ferry ride away and yet everything seems more relaxed. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air when you get there, and the views of the city skyline and sunsets can’t be beat. Going to the islands is a perfect urban escape and the laid back vibe makes it easy forget you’re still in the city.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget about taking a trip to a pumpkin patch at this time of year! A great day for everyone in the family, it’s a throwback for many parents to their childhoods, and kids love all the activities and excitement! There are many pumpkin patches in the GTA, but a popular choice for families is Whittamore’s Farm. At Whittamore’s Farm, your family can pick your pumpkins, watch the pumpkin cannon fire, go on a wagon ride through the haunted forest, and one of our personal favourites, try and navigate your way through the corn maze. It’s a great way to get festive in the fall!
As much as many of us complain about the weather changing in the fall, it truly is a wonderful time of year! What are some of your favourite things to do to enjoy the fall weather in Toronto?
 


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