Admire the amazingness of autumn in Toronto

 

Autumn in Toronto is an amazing time of year. The fall foliage can be a bit fleeting, but fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to experience it. Don’t let autumn fall away without taking in the beautiful (and free) show nature puts on. Here are some great spots where you can admire the amazingness of autumn in Toronto.

 

Moore Park Ravine / Evergreen Brickworks

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The Moore Park Ravine (205 Moore Ave.) is easily accessible on foot from Davisville Village. You can enter the trail just south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery and follow the tree-lined path along the river, through the ravine, down to the Evergreen Brick Works. The grounds behind the Brickworks are complete with trails and ponds. They are also a great place to admire the fall foliage, especially if you hike up the hill on the east side by the train tracks and look out over it all. If you are too tuckered out to hike it back on foot, there is a TTC bus that stops at the Brickworks and takes you back to Davisville station.

 

The Don Valley

 

There may be no better place to take in the brilliance of the fall colours than the Don Valley. You can connect to the Don Valley trail system from the Brick Works at Crothers Woods and follow the paved trail along the Don Valley River. If you’re lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the spawning salmon as they swim upstream and attempt to leap over the small waterfalls along the way. You can follow this treed path all the way to Taylor Creek, Edwards Gardens, and Sunnybrook Park. The perfect time for fall colours and salmon spotting is right around Thanksgiving. If you never explored this part of your city, you won’t believe your eyes. You can learn more about this trail in our recent article.

 

Riverdale Park

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Riverdale Park West begins just east of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood near Village Green. You can stop by Riverdale Farm to visit the animals and feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside. Take the pedestrian bridge over the DVP and you’ll find yourself in Riverdale Park East. This bridge will also connect you to the Lower Don Valley Trail. Walk up the hill on the park’s eastern side and you’ll get a breathtaking view of not only the fall colours but one of the best views of the Toronto skyline in the city. Plan to be there for sunset for the most Instagram-worthy photo ops.

 

Glen Stewart Ravine

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The Glen Stewart Ravine is located in the Upper Beaches neighbourhood. It runs just north of Queen Street East up to just south of Kingston Road. This often-overlooked nature trail is one of the best places in the city to surround yourself with the brilliant colours of autumn.

 

Scarborough Bluffs

 

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The East End of Toronto is home to some world-class green space. During the fall, this green space is reborn in gold, red, yellow and orange. The Scarborough Bluffs are beautiful no matter what season you visit, but when fall rolls around, it can feel downright magical. The brilliant colours of the leaves are complemented perfectly by the deep blue water of Lake Ontario, and it’s all framed by the majestic bluffs rising toward the light blue sky. Head to the base of Brimley Road South to take it in from the beach, or hike the upper trails that dot the top of the bluffs, all the way to Guild Park and Gardens.

 

Rouge Park

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Rouge Park is never more aptly named than in the fall as the leaves change to brilliant reds. Pack a lunch, bring some water and hike the many trails that literally lead you over the meadow and through the woods, as well as along the river. It’s only a short drive from downtown or midtown but feels very rural. You won’t believe you’re still in the same city!

 

Humber Valley

 

The West End of the city is no slouch in the natural beauty department. There are many beautiful parks along the banks of the Humber River, from the mouth of the river where it feeds into Lake Ontario all the way past Steeles Avenue. Some standouts to check out are Lambton Park, Humber Marshes and Summerlea Park. Etienne Brule Park is a great place to walk along the river, take in the colours and catch the salmon leaping over the falls around Thanksgiving. You’ll be grateful you did. Take the Bloor subway out to Old Mill and walk down the hill to the north.

 

High Park

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High Park is another perfect fall foliage hotspot that also has its own subway stop. Plan a fall picnic, hike the trails, or simply take it easy and sit by Grenadier Pond as you let an unbelievably beautiful autumn day pass by.

 

Toronto Islands

 

Boarding the ferry at Jack Layton terminal, at the base of Bay Street, is breathtaking in the fall. Just across the water lies a whole other world. The Toronto Islands are never more beautiful than in the fall, and the summer crowds have thinned out considerably. If you plan an escape on a weekday, you may feel like you’ve got the place to yourself! Coming back is also lovely, as you’re treated to the best city views imaginable.

 

Tommy Thompson Park

 

Located at the southern tip of Leslie Street is the Leslie Street Spit and the gateway to Tommy Thompson Park. Talk a long walk, or a leisurely bike ride, along the wide pathway. In addition to the colourful leaves, you’ll pass by the marshlands and the bird sanctuary before you loop around the lighthouse and head back the way you came. You’ll be surprised by all the beauty you missed on the first pass, like the brilliant blue lake, yacht club and stunning city views.

 

Don’t let your autumn fall flat. Get out there and explore all the beauty your city has to offer!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to inspire you to explore and celebrate your amazing city and community this season.  For more information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Where to go apple picking near Toronto

 

The cool days of fall are perfect for picking some crisp, ripe apples. As the leaves begin to change, it’s the perfect time to spend a day in the nearby countryside, enjoying the fall colours, just slowing things down a little. Grab a cozy sweater and get ready to take a country drive. This is where to go apple picking near Toronto.

 

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Carl Laidlaw orchards self pick, u pick, pick your own apples

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Carl Laidlaw Orchards (9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton) is a 7th-generation family farm run by Mark and Laura Laidlaw. Carl is Mark’s dad. The farm was originally a mixed farm with sheep, pigs, cows, wheat fields and vegetable crops, as well as a few apple and pear trees. The orchards were planted in the 1960’s and the pick-your-own business has been up and running since the 70’s. Today, there are over 20 varieties of apples, and 3 kinds of pears, for the picking on this 100-acre farm in lovely Credit River Valley. Take a wagon ride out to the orchards, pick as much as you please, and enjoy the fresh air. You can have even more fun if you try the Barn Beam Walk, jump in the hay barn, and stop to shop at the Barn Market.

 

Organics Farm

Organics Farm GTA apple picking

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Organics Farm  (7550 19th Ave. Markham) had been growing conventional fruit for decades before they made the decision to go organic and take a more sustainable agriculture approach back in 2001. Their goal is to farm the land with the least negative environmental impact possible.

 

The pick-your-own orchard is open weekdays, from 9 am until 6 am, and weekends, from 9 am to 5 pm during apple season. The season runs from late August until mid-October. You can call ahead to listen to a recorded crop update and learn which apple variety is currently being picked.

 

There is a $12 minimum charge for each person over 3 years old to enter the orchard. This entrance fee includes 5 lbs of apples to take home. Additional apples are $2.40 per pound to pick your own.

 

Chudleigh’s Farm

Chudleigh's Farm Milton

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Chudleigh’s Farm (9528 Regional Rd 25) is a third-generation family farm. They first opened to the public in 1967 as a U-Pick apple farm. They are open weekdays, from 10 am until 5 pm, and weekends, from 10 am until 7:30 pm during Harvest Time (until October 31st). Admission fees are $15 per person or $52 for a family of 4. Kids under 3 are free. In addition to apple picking, there is a lot more fun to be had at Chudleigh’s Farm. Take a walk along the nature trail to unwind. Kids will love taking pony rides and playing in The Play Area which is equipped with giant slides and bridges, a hay maze, tire swings, a sandpit, and more! Remember to stop by the Farm Kitchen to take home some freshly-baked baked goods.

 

Applewood Farm Winery

Applewood Farm Winery

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Applewood Farm Winery provides a down-home farm experience not far from home. Apple Picking starts in early September and runs through October. There is also a farm store full of Fruit Wine, Ciders, Mead, Fresh Honey and Preserves. Kids will love the playground, tractor rides and the corn maze.

 

Frootogo Orchards

Frootogo Orchards

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Frootogo Orchards (573 Parkside Dr, Waterdown) is a family farm open for self-picking from 9 am to 5 pm daily (please leave your pets at home). The friendly staff can help you choose the variety that is right for your needs, or you can check out their Apple Variety Guide to choose your own. There are trolleys to place your harvest in, and the apples are easy to pick from the dwarf apple trees. When you’ve gathered your harvest, it’s time to play! The Playland offers slides, swings, monkey bars, a sandbox, jumping straw, a corn maze and more! Visit the Bakery and Farm Store for the trip home.

 

Myers Apple Farm

Myer's Apple Farm

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Myers Apple Farm (37 Hamilton Regional Road 52) offers the peace and tranquillity of the farm, and the freshest apples available. Enjoy the fall foliage as it comes into vivid colour, and breathe in the cool, crisp, country air this autumn. There are a wide variety of apples to pick. Choose from quarter bushel (10 lbs) or half bushel bags to take home. Pull wagons are available to help you carry your harvest. Head to the Orchard Store before you head home to pick up some fresh apple products, fresh flowers, fruits and veggies, as well as jams, jellies and preserves.

 

For your convenience, they provide two sizes of pick-your-own apple bags, a quarter bushel (10 lbs), and a half bushel (20 lbs). They offer pull wagons that you can take out to the orchard to assist with your harvest.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the amazing things that surround you. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Check Out the Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair

 

We love the neighbourhoods we operate in. They are vibrant and truly feel like communities. It’s almost time for the annual Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair. Mark your calendar for this great community event on Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a perfect weekend activity for residents in our Davisville Village community.

 

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Traditionally, harvest fairs celebrate community and the abundance of food available in early fall. The Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair is no exception. It’s a giant annual neighbourhood celebration that attracts between three thousand and five thousand people each year. The event is presented by Meridian and hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA. We spoke with Keven Menager, Administrator of the Mount Pleasant BIA, about the local event.

 

We asked Keven about who typically attends the event each year and what attracts them to it:

 

Primarily attendees are area residents.This is their neighbourhood! It’s our biggest event of the year, the one most people come out for. They come for the variety of activities, to get in touch with the [local] businesses, and to see what’s going on!

So what can residents expect at this year’s Fair? Quite a bit, actually! The day is packed with family-friendly fun! For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as arts and crafts tables! Stroll and shop at sidewalk sales featuring various local vendors and, of course, there will be special food offerings! You can even register to attend a flower workshop presented by local personality Frankie Flowers. It’s sponsored by Birch Bistro and Apricot Flowers, and it’s sure to help you celebrate the season!

 

Music lovers will appreciate the three live bands at the event. Expect performances from the three piece powerhouse; Pepper Shakers, as well as Gareth Berges, and Bruce Griffin.

 

Join your community at the 8th annual Harvest Fair, brought to you by the merchants of Mount Pleasant Village! Swing by Mount Pleasant Road, between Eglinton and Davisville, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd.  Celebrate your neighbourhood and connect with your local community.

 

Greenrock Property Management wants to show you what your neighbourhood has to offer! For information onGreenrock Rental Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Converting your Entryway into a Fall Mudroom

In fall and winter months, muddy rain boots, umbrellas, snow boots, and jackets seek a home in the mudroom where they can easily be kept organized and in place. Here are a few suggestions for a modern mudroom makeover that will have the entrance to your North York apartment ready and prepared for fall and wintertime. Greenrock has apartments throughout Toronto’s most sought after locations including our Wingreen Court apartments.

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