There’s something special about road-tripping in Ontario’s Southwest during the fall. It could be the scenic backroads that you take or the picturesque small towns you visit along the way. Or maybe it’s the restaurants you discover that only serve the freshest, locally sourced, fall flavours. If you haven’t had a chance to experience our historical destinations or appreciate the breathtaking views and vibrant colours of Ontario’s Southwest during the fall, this is your chance.
It doesn’t matter if you are a foodie, a cider fan, an art appreciator, a wine lover, a history buff, a craft beer connoisseur, or a combination of the six. We’ve thought of you and created a driving route specific for you to enjoy this fall. Just don’t forget to call ahead and make sure that the locations listed are open on the day that you want to visit.
We’ve created six must-drive routes that are themed, so no matter what you are interested in, you can enjoy a meaningful road trip like no other this fall. Keep reading to see where they'll take you.
1. The Foodie
Do you like to plan your vacations around the local cuisine? Do you enjoy trying new foods and are excited to sample the local specialties? Then, “The Foodie” must-drive route was created for you! Along the country roads in Oxford County, you’ll drive through beautiful fall foliage and encounter delicious farm-to-table food at each of the following stops.
Foodie Stop One: 1909 Culinary Academy
This chef-owned schoolhouse hosts foodie-friendly cooking classes. They also host private events where a culinary instructor guides you as you create an appetizer, entrée, and dessert worthy of being served in a restaurant! You will then have the opportunity to sit down and appreciate the results of your efforts by enjoying the meal you created.
You’ll need to register in advance, but this allows you to set the time and date that works for you to hit all of the other stops on this route.
Foodie Stop Two: Snyder's Family Farm
After you’ve fuelled up, drive the backroads to Snyder’s Family Farm where you can visit the pumpkin patch. You should try their seasonal fall treats, like the pumpkin spice whoopie pie. Starting in September, you can book a campfire where all of the hard work is done for you. You'll arrive to a lit and maintained fire and all you need to worry about is how many s'mores you can eat.