The unpredictability of late-fall weather can make planning outdoor excursions a little tricky. Within a few hours, things can shift from balmy sweater weather to the season’s first flurries. That’s no reason to hole up inside, though! Here are some excellent options for outdoor fun to enjoy no matter what weather Mother Nature sends our way during those final weeks of fall.
Cast A Line
Get the gear and the guidance you need to spend an afternoon fly fishing the Grand River in Paris right through November. Fly Water Guiding is offering a five-hour Introduction to Spey Casting course that will demystify spey casting, lines, and fly presentation and help you get started fishing with confidence. Get more details.
Walk The Bruce Trail’s Waterfalls
Fall rains make autumn a wonderful time of year to catch Hamilton’s waterfalls in all their gushing glory. Choose from our collection of self-guided trips or Grand Experiences’ all-inclusive five-day Bruce Trail Waterfall Walking Tour, which includes an expert guide, shuttle service to and from hiking points, meals and accommodations. Get more details.
Ti One On
Even the nastiest fall weather doesn’t stop Hamilton Ti-Cats fans from enjoying their home games. This fall’s home games are about so much more than the touchdowns and tackles with all kinds of fun for the whole family at Tim Hortons Field, including live music at Canada’s largest outdoor bar, a Family Zone with the Stripes’ Jungle playground, Families On The Field opportunities, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and more. Get more details.
Pick A Day For One Last Paddle
Chilly fall waters are uninviting, but Grand Experiences’ expert guides and excellent rental gear will help ensure you stay on top of the Grand River instead of in it! Excellent trip options available this fall include The Grand Canoe Camping Experience, Experience The Grand Package, Pedal & Paddle Canadian Adventure, Voyage Of The Iroquois and Mohawk Run. Get more details.
Eat And Explore
Tasty Road Trips offers self-guided tours, including Explore Paris Like A Local, Home of #99: A Brantford & Paris Tasting Adventure, A Day By The Grand – Paddle, Taste & Tour that include lots of time to take in local nature trails and scenic views in between all the delicious stops. Get more details.
Explore Hilton Falls By Bike
Hilton Falls Conservation Area offers excellent mountain biking on six different trails. As its name suggests, The Bent Rim trail is perfect for those looking for a technical two-wheeled challenge. Red Oak Trail offers a more relaxed ride around the reservoir. Get more details.
Strap On Some Skates
Hamilton Waterfront’s Pier 8 Outdoor Rink serves up fun skating all year round. There is recreational roller skating during warmer weather, and when winter arrives, it becomes an ice rink.
Should winter weather arrive early, Burlington’s 10,000 square-foot Rotary Centennial Pond with year-round water feature offers ice-skating on an artificial ice surface. Harmony Square in downtown Brantford is home to another wonderful outdoor rink. Weather permitting, Conservation Hamilton also offers ice skating at Valens Lake and Fifty Point. Check their Ice Status before you go to verify that the ice is safe for skating.
Keep On Camping
While many campsites shut down for the season at Thanksgiving, Valens Lake Conservation Area offers campsites on a first-come, first-served basis all fall and winter long. The cozy cabins at Chiefswood Park are another excellent option for campers who don’t want to brave cooler fall temperatures in a tent.
Find even more ways to get outside and enjoy the final weeks of fall with our suggestions for cycling, hiking, golf and more.