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Plan now to leave it all behind and make Simcoe County the natural choice for your fall break from the everyday.  With its unspoiled settings, sparkling waters, spectacular vistas, awesome fishing, colourful cycling routes, golf, camping, trails, festivals and events, waterfront parks and attractions, you’ll find yourself in a virtual paradise.
Fall is the perfect season to experience Simcoe County outdoors.  Take a tour by water and paddle the Nottawasaga River (known locally as “the Notty”) or glide through the Wye Marsh on a guided canoe tour.   For touring by bike, rail and community trails are just right for a leisurely ride with family and friends.

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Up for a cycling challenge?  You’re in luck as Simcoe County has plenty of winding and hilly roads to tackle. Hardwood Ski and Bike offers the ultimate mountain bike experience and is the perfect place to try the growing sport of cyclocross.  You can register now for the Northern Ontario Cyclocross Series, three Provincial Cyclocross races being held in Simcoe County.  The three races are:  Hardwood Cross at Hardwood Ski and Bike, October 8th, Baseball Cross, Barrie, on October 15th and the Silver Goose Cyclocross, Midland, October 21st and 22nd.
If you prefer to travel by foot, you’ll love hiking at the Wye Marsh, the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Trail, and the long stretch of sand and boardwalk at Wasaga Beach.  They are just a few of the trail choices available for hikers in Simcoe County.  If rugged is more your speed, the minimum impact Ganaraska Trail joins up with the Bruce Trail near Collingwood, with side trails to Midland and Wasaga Beach.  And, if a leisurely walk is more your speed, park the car and stroll Simcoe’s historic downtowns with charming shops, eateries and art districts, such as Peter Street in Orillia

Drop a Line in Ontario’s Best Known Fishing Hole

Lake Simcoe is perhaps the most popular fishing lake in Ontario.  And, the “king” of the lake may just be the smallmouth bass.  Due to the lake’s ideal bass habitats, there’s outstanding smallmouth bass fishing right into late fall.  Hot spots?  Try the limestone shoals in Lake Couchiching and the drop-offs in Kempenfelt Bay.  Other fish just waiting for the perfect lure are perch and pike.  Both Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe are home to trout and whitefish.  

Long ago and not-so-far-away

Step waaaaay back in time - the 1630s to be exact – and celebrate Thanksgiving at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons’ Thanksgiving Harvest Festival.  Costumed interpreters are on hand to assist with lots of hands-on activities.  From Thursdays to Sundays in October, Discovery Harbour’s brilliant Pumpkinferno is a spooky lead in to Halloween. The Simcoe County Museum houses the treasures and history of the area’s past, with an impressive collection of over 30,000 artifacts and ten heritage buildings to explore on the museum grounds.

Refuel and Refresh

Be sure to take a break from your travels to sample and sip the local food and drink. Visit a farmers’ market, a farm store and sample the local cuisine at Simcoe County’s many restaurants.  For beer lovers, five craft breweries are on the menus at local eateries. Or you can tour and sample the brew at two of them, Flying Monkeys, Barrie and Creemore SpringsNorthwinds Brewhouse and Kitchen in Collingwood and Redline Brewhouse in Barrie combine the best of both worlds with good food and good beer all in one place.  Relatively new to the fold is the Wasaga Beach Brewing Company – find their Beach One Cerveza at the LCBO.  Pick up or download the handy Saints and Sinners pocket map to continue the brewery, wine and cider tour into Grey and Bruce.

And Carry On...

Enjoy an evening out on the town, take in a concert at Casino Rama or simply relax on a weekend away from home.  Many of our accommodators make planning your trip a snap with getaway packages for families, golf or the spa.
Plan to have some fall fun….in Simcoe County!


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