Five of Canada’s Top Fall Festivals
As summer turns to autumn, Canadians gather to take advantage of the last of the warm weather. Some of Canada’s best festivals take place in the fall, against the colourful backdrop of red, orange and yellow leaves. Get out and join the fall fun.
Wine enthusiasts will pop their corks at the Niagara Wine Festival (September 21-30) and the Okanagan Wine Festival (September 28 – October 7). Local wineries open their doors to visitors, offering tours of the vineyards and samples of their latest wines. Learn about wine making and food pairing from experts and show your support for local producers.
Nothing tastes more like fall than pumpkin pie. Prince Edward County, Ontario is where you can find the country’s best and largest pumpkins. On Saturday, October 13th, decorated pumpkin-filled wagons stroll down Main Street in the pumpkin parade while proud growers show off the largest of their crops at the weigh-in. Last year, a world record was set by a Quebecois growers’ pumpkin - weighing in at 1818.5 lbs. Games, pumpkin carving contests, food and entertainment make Pumpkinfest an event the whole family will enjoy.
All the way from Munich, Germany, this two-week festival of beer is now celebrated worldwide. Kitchener-Waterloo hosts the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America. From October 5th to 13th, the town opens to 700,000 guests for a celebration of German food, drink, music and culture. Beginning with the ceremonial keg tapping, celebrations continue with barrel races, a car show and Canada’s largest thanksgiving parade.
From August 31st to September 3rd, colourful balloons fill the Gatineau sky. Over 80 hot air balloons in a variety of shapes and sizes invite guests to view the region from a unique vantage point. Apart from balloon competitions, visit the local artisan market, attend a kite show, enjoy musical entertainment and don’t miss the night show when illuminated balloons light up the sky in an amazing musically choreographed performance.
International Film Festivals
Cinema buffs will line up to view some of the world’s best cinema – and a few famous faces - at The Toronto International Film Festival (September 6 – 16) and The Vancouver International Film Festival (September 27 –October 21). Welcoming directors and actors from around the world, these festivals screen over 300 films from more than 60 countries.