• A meandering river steeped in Canadian history ✔️
  • Endless stretches of Carolinian forest in the flashiest of fall colours ✔️
  • The freshest of fall produce ✔️

If you’ve been looking for an ideal fall day trip destination, the search stops here. Exploring the communities located along and beyond the banks of the Grand River, including Six Nations of the Grand River, Brantford, Paris, St. George, Burford, Mount Pleasant and Scotland, is the perfect way to brighten up a fall weekend.

Take It Outside

Temperatures may be dropping, but it’s not too late to squeeze in a Grand River paddle. Outfitters like Grand River Rafting and Grand Experiences will look after all the details and equipment. You just have to show up ready to paddle!

Try Something New

Thanks to the area’s extensive woodlands and wetlands, over 300 bird species flock to the Grand River area. Fall is a particularly active time as the birds prepare to migrate for winter. You can expect to see more than your average backyard Blue Jay when you spend an hour or two scanning the skies here. According to the Grand River Watershed’s Bird Checklist, you could spot feathered friends like Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, a wide variety of owls, and more. This beginner’s guide to birding blog post shares some of the best spots for birding in and around Brantford.

Stock The Trunk With Fall Flavours

The crunchiest of fall apples await in the orchards of Brant County. Pick-your-own orchards like Brantview Apples and Cider in St. George and Orchard Home Farm are great options for spending some time outside. If you’d prefer to skip the picking, stop by Elberta Farms Country Market in Paris.

Score One-of-a-kind Finds

From handcrafted cornhusk dolls to beaded jewelry, arts and unique gifts, Everything Cornhusk has a fascinating collection of items that make the store a must-stop shop in the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.

Visit Shop Local in Brant for an up-to-date directory of local shopping or explore Brantford’s shops and businesses.

Sip Something New

Brant County’s craft beer scene is really brewing. Don’t miss the country hospitality at Scotland’s Flux Brewing Co. Housed in a former horse stable, the brewery has a cozy vibe with ten taps that include four dedicated to rotating seasonal brews. For lovers of local, Flux beers are made with hops grown just 7 km down the road! The large patio, which overlooks a pond, farm fields and a rustic barn, offers a perfect place for enjoying a sunny fall afternoon pint!

Settle In For A Tasty Meal

If there’s ever been a time to enjoy a meal that leaves you feeling like you’ve been transported to another place, 2021 is it! Juniper Dining Co. isn’t just in downtown Paris (Ontario!), dining there will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to France. The delicious food you’ll enjoy here reflects the fact that the chef and owner of this French-Lyonnaise-inspired bistro was born and raised in Paris. Not too far away you can discover more dining options in Brantford.

Explore A Little More

Round out your Grand River country itinerary with additional ideas from Brant Tourism, Discover Brantford, Downtown Brantford, Downtown Paris, Six Nations Tourism and St. George Business Improvement Association. While you’ll have no problem filling an afternoon discovering all the corners and communities around the Grand River, stretch out the fun with some urban exploring. Hamilton and Burlington are great options!


Find new ways to play in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall. Explore available experiences, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town.

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Now thru December 13

Art Crawl on James North

James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L2, Canada

Dates & Times: Second Friday of Every Month, 5:00pm till 8:00pm Free Event

Now thru June 30

MYndful Movement: Stretch, Gentle Yoga, Qigong, Mindfulness

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Dates & Times: Every Thursday, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Class Costs: Drop-In: $20 6 class package:...

May 18 - October 13

On The Water with Six Nations Tourism

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Season Dates: May 18th to Oct 13th Length: 3 hours. All tours must be booked...

April 17

Harmonious Creation: Art and Sound Therapy Session

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Date & Time: Apr 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Session Price: $50.00

Now thru May 19

Arnold Jacobs – Power of the Feather

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Date: Mar 23rd - May 19th

April 22

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Zazen Studio: An Herbal Approach to Easing Anxiety

ZaZen Meditation Studio 251 Lakeshore Rd. E. 2nd Floor. Oakville, ON L6J 1H9

Date & Time: Apr 22nd, 7:30pm to 8:30pm Free Event Registration Required

Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Virtual Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru December 31

Home of #99 Taste Adventure

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a five+ hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

Now thru December 31

Private Date Night Painting for 2

studio k2

The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Whenever Date Night is! Event Price: $165.00 + hst per couple.

Now thru December 31

Brant Eats

Brant Tourism

31 Mechanic St, Paris, ON N3L 1K1

For your enjoyment all-year round!

Now thru May 17

Ranjni Perera – Futures

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

Exhibition Period: Feb 13th - May 17th

Now thru April 21

Winter Exhibit – Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Dates & Times: Jan 27th to Apr 21st Time-ticketed Event

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