Don’t let high gas prices cut road trip fun short this fall. Instead, find a closer-to-home destination filled with activities that will make you feel like you’re a million miles away.

Downtown Hamilton

The six perfect autumn drive destinations that follow are just a quick trip away from most of southern Ontario. Each article has helpful links to sensational suggestions for outdoor fun, unexpected attractions, nearby farm finds, cool local shops, craft breweries and cideries in the area, buzzed-about restaurants, and neighbouring towns you can add to your day trip.

Fancy a leisurely fall afternoon exploring unique shops and a fabulous fall cycle followed by an over-the-top meal? Point your vehicle toward the charming towns of Dundas and Ancaster.

Ancaster Village

Prefer some hip urban exploring with a tasty restaurant row, a farmer’s market that gives St. Lawrence Market a run for its money and a network of waterfalls, underground caves and streams that you have to see to believe? Head to Hamilton.

If a perfect fall day for you involves digging into the beauty of Canada’s largest botanical garden, setting out on a walking tour filled with historic buildings, scoring a stylish new autumn outfit and then resting your feet on a picture-perfect patio, Burlington beckons.

Add sparkly Lake Ontario views, a fun game of disc golf when it’s time to stretch your legs, and sensational specialty food shops to the menu if you make time for an afternoon of exploring in Oakville.

Downtown Oakville

Stunning Niagara Escarpment vistas, the home of one of Canada’s most beloved authors, incredible outlet shopping and farm-to-table fun that features some of the country’s best baking are in store for you and your crew when you set out for a day of exploring in and around Halton Hills.

A road trip through Grand River country offers unexpected finds around every twist and turn, like a lazy paddle along a Canadian heritage river, the chance to spot rare birds, shopping for incredible handmade Indigenous items, and a meal that will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to France.

Paris Riverfront

This fall is the perfect time to stretch your road trip out a little longer with an overnight stay along the way. 

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Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Self Guided Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

Now thru April 4

Yoga at the Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru February 23

Gentle Yoga

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

February 12

Heritage Workshop: Candle Making

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

March 13 - 17

AGH March Break Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru November 1

Bee Beard Experience

Backed By Bees

6214 Appleby Line, Burlington, Ontario L7M 0P7


February 1 - May 24

Toddler Days

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

February 18

Rock City Minis Dance Camp

Toronto Rock Lacrosse Inc.

1132 Invicta Dr, Oakville, ON L6H 6G1

April 1 - 2

Where Are We? An Online Workshop with Larry Brown

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 1 & 2 Duration: 2 days Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm...

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

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