Oct 9 2019

· 3 min

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you are looking for ideas on what to do this long weekend, here are five fun activities to try out!

1. Go apple picking

Thanks to Canadian farmers, there are many apple farms around where you can pick your own apples, get a taste of country life and enjoy delicious treats. At Chudleigh’s apple farm, there is also a play area for your little ones and fun family activities, such as wagon rides, hay bale jump, nature trail, and more. This is a great way to bond with your loved ones while relaxing and breathing in fresh air.

Thanksgiving apple picking

2. Go on a hike

Organizing and going on a group hike is not only beneficial to your health, it is also a great team-building exercise. You will be engaging in physical activity while enjoying the company of your friends, family and even your furry friends! Plus, fall makes for beautiful weather. What’s better than taking a stroll through a nice trail, inhaling cool air and observing the vibrant colours of fall leaves?

If you are looking for new experiences with your hike, you will love the Muskoka Lakes trail. Not only is it in a naturally beautiful setting, there are also fun activities that you can do with your family. For instance, the Cranberry Plunge is the most popular harvest activities at the Muskoka farm. You can submerge yourself in a sea of floating cranberries, take striking photos and create unforgettable memories.


3. Visit pumpkin patches

Fall is not complete if you don’t visit a pumpkin patch. Pumpkin patches are perfect for a day out with your kids or for a romantic date with your partner. Indulge in your inner child on a hayride or in a corn maze, and leave with the best pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Finally, the best part is the freshly-baked goods; you can even pick up a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner.

See the best pumpkin patches in Canada here.

pumpkin patch

4. Cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner

Similar to its American counterpart, the Canadian Thanksgiving meal often features turkey, ham or other roasts. On the side there is usually gravy, stuffing and vegetables.

If you are thinking of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and don’t know where to start, Butterball has a perfect solution for you. With simple recipes and instructions on where to get the ingredients, Thanksgiving dinner will be as easy as pie. If you are looking for other places to get turkey, Hayter’s Turkey and Hybrid Turkey are also Erb’s favourites.


5. Shop at farmer’s markets

Make Thanksgiving more meaningful by showing gratitude to your local farmers. Support Canadian agriculture by shopping for fresh produce at farmer’s markets. Not only are these markets filled with delicious seasonal fruits and veggies, they are also fun to go with your friends and family. Other benefits include cutting your ecological footprint and getting to know your local community.

Farmer's market produce

These are only a few ideas of fun things to do this long weekend. However, it doesn’t matter if you are picking pumpkins or if you’re knee-deep in cranberries; the only thing that counts is that you are with the people you love. So whatever you do, don’t forget to have fun and be thankful!