Cornwall and SDG Counties bursts with fall colour at this time of year – but there’s more than just changing leaves. As the season’s switch, this is a place that caters to fun experiences that would make for perfect dates, trips with friends, and a place to bring families together. Read on to reveal the top 7 things to do in Cornwall and SDG Counties!
1. Quench Your Thirst
Cornwall and SDG Counties is an emerging mecca for wine and beer enthusiasts. Touring between breweries and wineries is the perfect fall day well spent. Beautiful countryside? Check. Refreshing bevvies? Check. Ambience through the roof and trend-setting brew houses? Check. The hardest part about a wine and beer tour in Cornwall and SDG Counties is deciding where to stop first!
Stone Crop Acres is known for treating their grapes like family. They are hand-harvested, crushed and pressed on-site in Morrisburg. Each wine is crafted in their own winery is small artisanal batches. With a patio and tasting room, Stone Crop is open for weekends during the fall. Look here for exciting live music, too!
Stonehouse Vineyard is a five-acre vineyard, situated in a park-like setting in Lochiel. In addition to a beautiful stone house, a large, renovated timber and beam barn houses the winery and store, providing scenic views of the surrounding vineyard and farmlands. Drop by for a Stonehouse store tasting or patio tasting or book a unique package!
2. Pick Your Own Fall Adventure At Avonmore Berry Farm
Fall is family time at Avonmore Berry Farm as the farm welcomes apple and pumpkin pickers of all ages. There are lots to see and do at the farm, with wagon rides, picnic areas, numerous play areas to explore including a hay mow, swings, sand area and more. Start a new fall family tradition by savouring local produce – pick your own apples and choose a family pumpkin. Complete the experience by celebrating a last hooray to summer and eating an ice cream or enjoying fresh baking on site at “The Pantry”. Or, just have fun revelling in time spent at a local farm!
3. Set The Night Ablaze At Pumpkinferno
Pumpkinferno is one of the most anticipated festivals of the year in South Eastern Ontario! Held at Upper Canada Village, this hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit showcases close to 6,000 awe-inspiring, hand-carved artificial pumpkins. Once lit, the night-time backdrop makes for an incredible sight! Pumpkinferno is the most inspiring and memorable event you can experience this fall.
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4. Have Fun On Two Wheels
See the fall colours unfold before your eyes while biking along the Waterfront Bike Trail, spanning the length of Cornwall and the South Dundas Glengarry Counties. This marvellous meandering cyclist recreational path encompasses the entire waterfront in Cornwall promising amazing views of the changing fall foliage as a backdrop to the blue of the water. Be sure to stop in Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park along the way to enjoy the relaxed pace that fall brings!
5. Get Crafty This Fall
Leave no leaf unturned and no pint un-sipped this fall when discovering locally-crafted beer at Rurban Brewery – the first brewery back in Cornwall in about a century. This fiercely independent brewery crafts quality beer with all-natural ingredients where taste matches the unparalleled commitment to customer service here. Come explore the taproom at Rurban, open throughout the week, to get a taste for a local brew!
Humble Beginnings Brewing Co. is just down the road in Ingleside and has a surprise in store for this fall: it’s crafting a Welcome Great Pumpkin (Milkshake Spices) ale this season which should hit shelves in October! This small-batch brewery, taproom, bottle shop and beer garden, has even been designated as a bicycle-friendly brewery.
You don’t have to be family to love this place – stroll around and get in the know at Wood Brothers Brewing. This microbrewery offers tours, frosty beers and friendly brewmasters – as well as events! Lastly, crafted locally using small batches of select apples from SDG Counties, the Upper Canada Cider Company is the newest on the scene and uses minimal filtration and all-natural ingredients. Look for their Three County Cider as the first available to fill your glass.
6. Swing Into A New Season
Hit the links in Cornwall at Summerheights Golf Links, featuring two dynamic 18-hole golf courses in one location. Dating back to 1962 Summerheights continues to be family owned and operated and evolve as the game does. Enjoy the matured MacLennan South Course – this one requires some smarts on the tees – and finishing, too! Don’t be shy with your putter to finish strong on this course. The Matheson West Course within Summerheights is the newest featuring large greens, tree-lined fairways and water. Round out the day at the lively Clubhouse to share your hole-in-one story.
7. Upper Canada Playhouse
The Upper Canada Playhouse sets the stage for enlivening professional theatre in Morrisburg. Operating for more than three decades, The Playhouse produces an April to December season with a minimum of eight productions built and rehearsed onsite and plays to an audience of over 40,000 patrons annually. It operates out of a charmingly converted, 275-seat former toothbrush factory!
Edited & Updated By Rosanne Lake and Lindsay Medeiros