5 Reasons for a Fall Drive in Windsor Essex

Elaine Sia | September 1, 2016

As leaves turn gold and the air turns crisp with the scent of the harvest, are you ready for #FallDriveYQG? You’ll discover that Fall is an amazing time to visit Windsor Essex. Situated at the southernmost tip of Canada and surrounded by the moderating effects of Lake Erie, the region boasts an extended season – staying warm enough for plenty of outdoor fun (including golf!) several weeks longer than the rest of Ontario. This means there’s plenty of things to do in the Fall in Windsor Essex, Ontario.

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1. Apple picking fun

Gather your family and head out to the country for some old-fashioned fun. Your whole family will love Thiessen Orchards – after you’ve filled your bags with plenty of ripe apples, little ones will be delighted with The Fun Acre, a giant play area filled with a giant tube slide and climbing areas while your older kids will be thrilled to conquer the giant corn maze. For a full list of Pick Your Own farms in the Windsor Essex area, check out our Self-guided Pick Your Own (PYO) Farm Tour.

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2. Be filled with awe as you gaze in wonder at the spectacle of migration.

Our unique geography means we are a critical stopping-off point and migratory corridor.  Holiday Beach Conservation Area is one of the best places in North America to observe large concentrations of migrating raptors between mid September and late November. If possible, visit during the Festival of Hawks (Sept 10 – 11 & 17 – 18) to have the chance to meet experts and participate in special activities. If you are lucky enough to time your visit correctly, you’ll also get the rare opportunity to witness hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies darkening the skies as they take flight en masse at Point Pelee National Park during the Monarch Migration.

Our region has long been famous for our work with migration and conservation. The Kingsville Migration Festival (Oct 15 – 16) celebrates the legacy of the town’s most famous descendant, Jack Miner, whose conservation work with the Canada Goose and other waterfowl and winged creatures is internationally acclaimed.

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3. The pursuit of hoppiness

It’s Oktoberfest all year long on our new Barrels Bottles and Brews Trail. And since beer is better in company, raise a pint of cheer at the LaSalle Craft Beer Festival or the Windsor Craft Beer Festival. If you’d like some history mixed with your brews, take a spin on a Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour.

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4. Celebrate the harvest

Celebrate the diversity of our local offerings at the Windsor Essex Harvest Festival in its spectacular setting on the Amherstburg waterfront. The festival will feature local beverage producers of wine, craft beer, and distilleries and pair food growers and producers with local chefs & restaurants for delicious culinary tastes. Or step back to a simpler time at the Harvest and Horses Festival, where your kids will meet the horses that made the harvest possible 200 years ago.

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5. Extend your tee time

As Canada’s southernmost region, our climate allows at least 4 more weeks of playtime compared to other areas. Some years, you’ll find avid golfers on the course in December! Several of our impeccable courses have hosted Canadian Tour Championships and are home to amateur champions. To get great value for your golfing dollars, book an Ontario’s Southern Swing package – which offers you 3 distinctly different golf experiences for one low price.


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