15 Ways to Celebrate Autumn in Waterloo, Ontario

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Nauman's Pumpkin Patch: RR 1, St. Clements, Ontario. With more than five thousand pumpkins to choose from, Nauman's is the ultimate pumpkin patch. After you've chosen your pumpkins, you'll enjoy playing on the hay bales, running through the corn maze, and shopping for Halloween decorations...all set against the lovely fall foliage of St. Clements.

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Enjoy Waterloo's fall colors from a saddle on a 1, 2 or 4 hour trail ride for beginners and veteran riders alike. All rides include river crossings on horseback, trails through wooded areas and open rides. The four hour ride even includes a stop in St. Jacobs for lunch. Conestoga River Horseback Adventures: 535 Northfield Drive E., Waterloo

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Chudleigh's Apple Farm: 9528 Hwy 25,Halton Hills (near Milton) Chudeligh's Apple Farm is a 40 minute drive from Waterloo, but it's worth the trip for a day of Autumn fun with the kids. Pick your own apples, then spend the afternoon enjoying pony rides, tractor rides, hay bale slides and face painting.

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Enjoy 5.5 kilometers of local history on the Iron Horse Trail, a well maintained trail that once linked the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo by rail, and now is enjoyed by bikers, walkers and joggers. Bring your camera, pack a lunch and spend the afternoon. Iron Horse Trail: Between Erb Street West in Waterloo and Ottawa Street in Kitchener

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Dine Her: Harmony Lunch: 90 King Street North, Waterloo Get your fill of zombies this season at Dine Her, a unique dinner theatre event where the Harmony Lunch diner itself is the set. Written and directed by Second City Veteran Bruce Hunter, you'll enjoy dinner, and a show at Harmony Lunch while enjoying a frightfully funny zombie comedy. Seven shows Only: October 22-31. $40 per person.

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Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival: Wellesley, Ontario The folks in nearby Wellesley (just 15 minutes from west Waterloo) kick off autumn with their Apple Butter festival and and antique car/truck parade. Stating with a pancake breakfast at dawn, enjoy a tour of a cider mill, a model boat regatta on the pond and an old fashioned horseshoe tournament. September 27, 2014

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KW Thanksgiving Oktoberfest Parade: Thanksgiving Day: October 13, 2014. King Street starting in Waterloo and ending in Kitchener This nationally televised parade is one of the hallmarks of the KW Oktoberfest festivities (the second largest Oktoberfest in the world). Bring your lawn chairs and thermos of hot chocolate, and enjoy impressive floats, balloons and entertainers. And don't forget to bring a few non perishable food items to donate to our food bank.

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Sundance Air Balloon Rides: Kitchener and St. Jacobs, Ontario With three launch locations near Waterloo, you'll enjoy the fall colour show in the silence of a hot air balloon. Travelling over the Conestogo River, you'll never forget your bird's eye view of Waterloo region in the fall.

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Waterloo Central Railway : Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo Planning on heading to the Farmer's Market to stock up on local fall produce? Why not travel their by Waterloo's historic railway: The Waterloo Central. You'll travel through Waterloo to St. Jacobs Market and be let off for shopping, before returning. A great, relaxing way to enjoy the fall foliage, and they even offer a Halloween ride where kids are invited to dress up.

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Snyders Family Farm: Blenheim Road, Ayr (20 minutes from Waterloo) A family farm decked to the nines for Autumn and Halloween, Snyders Farm has plenty to do including hay rides, puppet shows, Straw Mountain and a Haunted House. They're also open at night for their "Fear Farm," where a large part of the farm are transformed into a haunted forest and homestead.

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The Kissing Bridge: West Montrose, Ontario (15 minutes from Waterloo) The last remaining covered bridge in Ontario is just a short, picturesque drive from Waterloo. Known as the "Kissing Bridge" because the covered bridge offers privacy for a quick smooch, it's a gorgeous return to days-gone-by set against our region's lovely fall colors. West Montrose is a charming little village, so stop for lunch or an ice cream while watching the Mennonite buggies cross the bridge.

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Elora Monster Month: Elora, Ontario (25 minutes from Waterloo) The village of Elora touts itself as the best Halloween celebrations in Ontario, and they certainly pull out the stops. From The Twilight Zoo by Tim Murton (an amazing village-wide display of Tim's monster sculptures, featured on Martha Stewart), all month long you can enjoy lantern walking tours, costume parties and dining by moonlight.

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Veterans Memorial: University Drive across from Laurier University: Waterloo Local sculptor Tim Schmalz's masterpiece honoring Canada's fallen is a popular stop on and around Veterans Day (November 11). Surrounded by benches and lit at night, the memorial invites all who see it to sit, ponder and reflect on the lives of Canadians lost in combat.

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One of the best kept secrets in Waterloo is Columbia Forest with more than 5 kms of manicured walking trails beneath soaring canopy of colorful trees. Your walk through the forest will include crossing foot bridges, throwing rocks in ponds and photographing the 30 foot deciduous trees in full display. Columbia Forest (Clair Hills neighbourhood in Waterloo)

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St. Jacobs Farmers Market: St. Jacobs (10 minutes from Waterloo) A staple of Autumn traditions in Southern Ontario is celebrating the harvest with our local growers. The St. Jacobs Farmers Market is a perfect place to shop for colorful mums, autumn produce, local wine and cheese, all while supporting our local farming community.

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For more amazing images of Autumn in Waterloo, visit our Pinterest Board: Autumn inWaterloo