These breezy driving routes make for amazing fall road trips
Crisp air. Falling leaves. Hot apple cider in hand. Nothing says fall like a weekend road trip touring through small town Ontario. This year, slow down and celebrate harvest season in Ontario’s Southwest on one of these great routes.
Birds, bees and blooms
From watching wild swans, to strolling through herb and lavender fields and checking out Ontario’s largest beehive display, this three-day cruise is sure to please nature enthusiasts. With all that fresh air you’re sure to have sweet dreams at the local bed and breakfasts and inns we’ve suggested.
Wings and wine
Ontario’s Southwest is home to world-class birding and world-class wineries and this route shines the spotlight on both. Stand on the southern-most tip of mainland Canada at Point Pelee, sip delicious wines at Canada’s largest estate-owned winery, and snack on great locally sourced cuisine.
Sunsets and songbirds
The Lake Huron sunsets at Pinery Provincial Park have been ranked as some of the world’s best and this itinerary will put you right where the magic happens. In addition to spotting birds on their fall migration at the area’s many great birding sites, there’s time for live theatre, wine tasting, strolling on a world-class beach and leisurely meals.
Tour by trolley
Not all road trips require a car. Explore the wineries of Windsor and Essex on a trolley car. This blogger’s account of her trip will give you a good sense of the fun that’s in store.
Find ciders that a-peel
The cider scene in Ontario’s Southwest is booming and the fall is the perfect time for a visit to the orchards that are responsible for these sparkling sensations. Follow the route that these bloggers test drove and get a taste of the region’s non-alcoholic and hard ciders for yourself.
Discover some new brews
From nano breweries to a brewery farm that grows its own hops and craft brewers making some seriously storied ales, touring the breweries of Ontario’s Southwest is a fun way to spend a few days. We enlisted some well known beer bloggers to pre-test the trips for you, so all you have to do is follow in their footsteps and make sure you have a designated driver! Discover the region’s nano breweries, get to know some of our coolest beer stories, and taste some of the most uniquely flavoured beers.
Explore Ontario’s South Coast Wine Trail
What better way to spend a sunny fall day than cruising along the Lake Erie shoreline and discovering the area’s many new wineries and delightful towns like Sparta and Port Stanley? This blogger even provides dining and lodging recommendations from her trip.
Explore Canada’s Dairy Capital
Oxford County’s Cheese Trail is a bucket list trip for cheese lovers. Explore the 23 stops along the route at your own pace. For the ultimate experience, plan your cruise during this fall’s Big Cheese Days, which will take place September 11th and 12th. Design your own route or follow in the footsteps of this foodie.
Taste Homegrown Treasures
The fall is the perfect time to taste the farm fresh flavours in Ontario’s Southwest. This itinerary will take you into the heart of Sarnia-Lambton to markets, farms, mills and more. Get the complete itinerary.
Plan a sweet escape
Beekeeping is becoming a trendy hobby. Before you invest in a few hives of your own, why not take a road trip and get some first-hand experience with these fascinating insects. A blogger has already road-tested this route, which includes visits to two apiaries, a brewery, a lavender farm and a maple syrup maker.
Travel back in time
From the War of 1812 to the Underground Railroad and the discovery of insulin, Ontario’s Southwest has an incredibly interesting past. This three-day itinerary will take you to some of the region’s most storied stops. Get the complete itinerary.
Snap some share-worthy selfies
Your friends will be dying to know about your weekend travels if you post some pictures from this trip. Say cheese as you sidle up to roadside attractions like a Cold War-era submarine, a 50-foot catfish and a famous elephant from days gone by. Get the complete itinerary along with tasty dining recommendations.
Bring the kids along
With an awesome hotel waterslide, an interactive pioneer village, a horseback trail ride and two farms that are filled with fun activities for families, this trip will leave your kids thinking that you are a superhero. Get the complete itinerary.
Set sail for Pelee Island
After exploring Windsor Essex’s winery scene by bike, this itinerary will take you across Lake Erie by ferry for a romantic escape on Pelee Island where you can watch birds as they prepare for their fall migration, do some more cycling on the Island’s trails, or just relax.
Get your motor(cycle) running
In addition to being home to the legendary Friday the 13th Port Dover motorcycle cruise route, Ontario’s Southwest has scenic highways and byways that make it a Mecca for motorcyclists. These 12 routes are sure to thrill two-wheeled riders, but they also make for amazing scenic cruising for four-wheeled drivers and cyclists too.