It’s time to get over the fact that summer is gone and welcome the beautiful fall weather and colours up north. So grab those cozy sweaters, build a bonfire and gather ’round with sweet cup of cider in hand. You might even want to put on a big pot of slow-cooking chili for when the bellies start to grumble. There is something about fall that welcomes outdoor activities, like chores around the cottage or a nice long walk down a country road.

If you are looking for something to do in cottage country this fall, you might want to consider an artisan studio tour. From pottery to painting, metalwork to miniature figurines, there’s something for every taste:

Arts and crafts not your thing? Maybe a brewery tour is more up your alley. Spend an afternoon learning about beer and tasting some of the best brews cottage country has to offer. Many of these breweries even offer food in addition to their tours and taste testing and allow you to purchase product on-site for you to take back home.

The best shopping isn’t always in the outlet malls. Head into town and support your local stores and bakeries – a lot of these businesses will have end-of-season sales where you can score some great deals.

Looking for some family fun? Peterborough Zoo offers free admission. Or you can visit the Wolf Centre or do the Walk in the Clouds in Halliburton. Why not go for a hike or a bike ride on the plentiful paths and trails throughout cottage country?

For a classic out-of-the-city experience, take a slow drive through the back roads and marvel at the amazing colours of the fall foliage. Keep driving and you’ll make it all the way up to Algonquin Park. Just 3 hours north of Toronto, this provincial paradise is the perfect place for hiking, canoeing, and wildlife watching.

It’ll be many long months before the splendours of summer are back, especially for those who close up their cottages for the winter. So get up there at least one more time before the snow flies, and enjoy everything autumn has to offer.

About the author

Kyle H.

Kyle H.


Each weekend my wife, baby and I climb into my Chevy Colorado... aka the white sheep… aka the cottage vehicle and drive up to the cottage in hopes to make it up before the sunset or in time for a quick ski or for dinner. We are really hoping to fit in all three! But, if we don't get it all in Friday night, we still have the rest of the weekend to do that plus… play games, BBQ's, see friends and family, campfires, swimming, skating, tobogganing, beers, pranks, boating, cliff jumping, rope swings, water falls, river rides, fire works, relax and so much more! I love the cottage and everything that goes with it.