Among the things we’re thankful for this year living in Ontario: getting to witness the natural beauty of the changing seasons, and the wide range of outdoor activities at our disposal year-round.
Around the province, fresh produce is available at local markets and farms, and now at ONroute locations too. When you visit many ONroute locations this fall, you’ll be able to buy pumpkins and bagged apples grown by farmers in our own communities! Stop in at the Port Hope, Innisfil, King City, Barrie, Cambridge North and South, and Newcastle plazas to pick up local produce.
And to help you make the most of the autumn season, we’ve put together a list of some of the best pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes and farmer’s markets to check out along your Thanksgiving route.
Snyder’s Family Farm – Bright, ON
This family run farm has tons of activities to offer. Tickets get you two-hour admission to all of the attractions, including a physically distanced five-acre corn maze, animal barnyard, and cart peddle track.
Pick your own pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, then settle in for some hot dogs and smores by the campfire.
Fruition Berry Farm – Kingston, ON
Stop in at Fruition Berry Farm for the “Bees” themed corn maze, and take the wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins and squash for your Thanksgiving feast. The farm also features a small market, selling honey and delicious apple cider produced using apples from their crop.
Strom’s Farm and Bakery – Guelph, ON
In addition to a well-stocked bakery and market, your family can explore over 6 km of corn maze trails, while also helping to raise money for a great cause! Strom’s is donating admission costs for the maze to Guelph General Hospital Foundation.
While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the pumpkin slingshot and to smash some pumpkins!
iMaze – Thamesville, ON
The iconic corn maze near London features an incredible new design every year, with this year commemorating 40 years of the Terry Fox Run. The maze itself is huge, and a bigger challenge than most on this list. The farm also features a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, animals, and mini mazes for younger visitors.
Apple Land Station – Thorndale, ON
Head to Apple Land to pick your own baskets full of fresh apples, while enjoying other classic farm experiences. Before you go, check out the online “Apple Report” to see which of your favourites are ready to take home!
Chappell Farms – Barrie, ON
Chappell Farms “Fall Festival” is open all the way until Halloween and offers events and activities for all ages. Visitors can spend up to two hours feeding the animals, walking the trails, or exploring the hay bale run and corn maze.
Chappell Farms also sells local products and gifts at their Produce Stand and Gift Barn, so you can stock up on seasonal jams, pies, and other treats.
Getting outdoors to enjoy the crisp fall weather and cozy time with family is what this season is all about.
As you head out on your autumn adventure, visit us at ONroute for even more seasonal treats and to take care of all your road trip needs. Pair your pumpkin picking with everyone’s favourite fall flavour: Pumpkin Spice. Starbucks and Tim Hortons have you covered with menus full of pumpkin spice from lattes and cold brews to donuts and muffins.
Spending the day at the apple orchard? Try an apple cinnamon tea or hot apple cider instead!