Fall getaways in our neck of the woods are great for hiking, country drives and unstructured R&R, but there are also many scheduled events and happenings to get you out and about. I've listed some below. Check back for updates, or send me info about your own events in Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands.
Book a two-night getaway for any of these events and receive $100 in Fuel & Fun cards (book by Sept 15 and stay by Nov 15). See Fall Fuel & Fun for details.
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Burk's Falls Fall Fair
Burk's Falls Community Centre and Fair Grounds
Horse shows, horseshoe tournament, horse pull, poultry, art show, exhibits, displays, concessions, entertainment and midway.
True Colors Photography Workshop
Algonquin Park, East Beach Picnic Pavilion
Take a guided walk in the park and learn why Algonquin’s hardwoods turn such beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Explore and photograph along the way, with a focus on use of wide angle and telephoto lenses, use of focus and metering functions, and change settings to enhance the color and detail in your images. Each workshop is limited to a group of 15 participants. Visit Friends of Algonquin Park for details.
September 9, 9am – 3:30pm
Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
Athletes come from far and wide to compete in this test of speed and endurance. The 1-loop swim will take place in picturesque, Peninsula Lake. The 1-loop bike course circles Lake of Bays. The run winds through Muskoka scenery past pink granite rock and cascading waterfalls. Visit Ironman Muskoka for details.
Screaming Heads, Midlothian Ridge
Autumn Equinox arts and music celebration in the style of "Burning Man". Installation and performance art, live music, personal expression. Camping on site for total immersion or just spend an afternoon at the event. Visit Harvest Festival for details.
Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show
If four wheels are your passion, this one day car show is an adventure that will accelerate your heart rate. Check out 300 exhibits all along downtown Huntsville's main drag, trophies and door prizes. Visit Downtown Huntsville for details.
Heritage Place Ghost Walk
Muskoka Heritage Place, Huntsville
Follow your lantern-carrying guides to explore the haunted village and meet some ghosts firsthand. Venture into the darkness of an Orange Lodge, explore the terrifying history of a crossroads inn, and strain your ears to hear the spectral echoes of the blacksmith at work in his forge. For more information about this annual event, visit Muskoka Heritage Place museum and historical village.
Sept 15, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Film North Film Festival
Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville
Third annual film festival with a mandate is to provide a user-friendly environment for emerging Canadian and international filmmakers to exhibit, promote, entertain and inform the audience with carefully selected Canadian and international films and celebrity-led panels. Festival goers can also participate in opening and closing night receptions, dinners, and celebrate at the awards gala and after party. Visit Film North for program schedule and details.
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
Now in it's 34th year of presenting diversely talented artists. Take a glimpse into the studios and witness the artistic process at work through demonstrations and displays. The Muskoka landscape and the artists who draw their inspiration from it extend a special welcome to visitors for two weekends. Visit Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour for map and details.
Sept 22-23 & Sept 29-30
North Words Literary Festival
World class authors come to Muskoka for a weekend of literary excellence. Attend author readings and Q&A sessions, learn the ins and outs of the writing and publishing world with a full day of writer's workshops, rub shoulders at the gala dinner, film screening, children's events and more. See North Words Literary Festival for program schedule and details.
Thanksgiving Long Weekend
Fern Glen Inn
Not attending a big family dinner this weekend? Then head up north for some lovely fall scenery, invigorating hikes, slow country drives, stargazing by the fire, and of course some delicious seasonal food. Visit Fern Glen Inn for information about rooms, rates, the property, the breakfasts, or to book online.
Huntsville Girlfriends' Getaway Weekend
Time to get away with your best gal pals for shopping, demos and special events. Amanda Marshall performs at the Canada Summit Centre and Jeanne Beker hosts a Diva Soiree of fashion. Visit Huntville Girlfriends' Getaway Weekend for schedule of events and details.