Get swept away in Guelph this Fall

Karen KesselDowntown Guelph, Special Events

Fall LeavesFalling leaves, crisp mornings and a world of colours are all signs that Guelph is falling into autumn, but those aren’t the only things this season brings! The City of Guelph and surrounding areas have plenty of activities for those looking to enjoy being out and about during this time of the year.

Whether you’re scrambling through the corn maze or picking out a pumpkin, fun for families and friends can always be found at Strom’s Farm. At their Market and Bakery, open daily, you’d be hard pressed to find something you wouldn’t enjoy with a menu filled with fall treats like pumpkin pie and butter tarts. If you’re looking for adventure, the Farm’s corn maze is the place to be. Each year Strom’s Farm chooses a different charity to model the maze after and support through admission proceeds. If that’s not thrilling enough, the maze will be open at night from 6:00 – 9:00pm starting October 19th – just make sure to bring a flashlight!

For more outdoor fun, take a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Throughout October, you have the opportunity to spend time with the nearly 100 donkeys being cared for at the foster farm. The volunteers take you through the process of brushing and grooming a donkey and offer educational Donkey Talk info sessions. There are also beautiful nature trails surrounding the farm that are open to hikers. Visitors are welcome every Wednesday and Sunday of the month, from 10:00am – 4:00 pm. There are no admission fees, but the Sanctuary is always accepting donations.

If you’re an early riser possibly looking for some locally grown gourds, downtown has just the place for you. On Saturday mornings only, from 7:00am – 12:00 noon, the Guelph Farmers Market is the place to go for fresh produce and a true feeling of community. Their wide selection of fresh foods isn’t their only attraction either. The Market’s local artisans also bring an array of top-quality handmade art, gifts, trinkets and clothing.

In the spirit of supporting your fellow Guelphites, if you love the good old hockey game you’ll find a Friday night well spent attending one of the many Guelph Storm games. Buy some popcorn and don’t forget your foam finger when you go cheer on your local OHL team.

The weather is getting cooler doesn’t but the fun doesn’t end there. Explore the beauty of Guelph this fall, and enjoy what your city has to offer.