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Bay of Quinte Bucket List: Fall Edition

Fun in the Bay of Quinte doesn’t end when summer does. Put on a cozy sweater, embrace the pumpkin spiced-everything and explore the region’s autumnal festivities! Are you one with nature, a history fanatic or just looking for a good cup o’ joe to get you going? This list is sure to spark some fall-tastic ideas.

APPLE ORCHARDS

Across the region

The Bay of Quinte region is chock full of apple orchards—there are over 10! —so you won’t have to travel far to get that crunchy, sweet fall fix. Many orchards also offer pick-your-own apples, so you can make sure you grab the perfect bushel for all your baking, snacking and bobbing needs.

Here are some spots offering all things apple:

Two baskets of red apples.
Cheer Farms Apples by: Courtney Klumper

PUMPKIN PATCHES

Cricklewood Farm, Crews Country Market and Wynn Farms

A pumpkin patch with people in the background. Heading out to a local pumpkin patch is a great activity with the kids to do this fall in Bay of Quinte!

 

Speaking of pick-your-own fall festivities, BoQ also has some great pumpkin
patches (catch the Charlie Brown reference?)

The quintessential fall décor awaits you at Cricklewood Farm in Brighton, Crews Country Market in Quinte West (Best of the Bay’s Best Pumpkin Patch winner) or Wynn Farms in Napanee.

Happy Carving!

COFFEE SHOPS

Photo by: The Brake Room

Across the region

Whether drip coffee, Pumpkin Spice lattes or herbal teas suit your fancy, each of these shops will surely serve up a variety of hot beverages to accompany the crisp chill in the air. Sweater weather, here we come!

SPOOKY SPOTS IN THE BoQ

Proctor House by: Garrett Harvey

Across the region

While we’re on the topic of chills in the air—why not explore some goosebump-inducing sites? Apparently, this region is all the rage with the paranormal, which makes sense given its vast history.

If you’re looking for a bit of a fright, here are some supposedly spooky spots:

Belleville Cemetery—check out the tombstone of Susanna Moodie, a famous 19th century writer, who took particular interest in the occult while living in Belleville and reportedly even held seances. (Please be respectful when visiting cemeteries).

Haunted streets in Belleville—Take a walk down John Street in Belleville, where seances were said to be held in some of the homes or check out Bridge St W, where the Moodie Cottage stands.

Proctor House Museum—this museum has been proven to have plenty of spirits hanging around by Paranormal Seekers, if you believe in their accounts, of course. (http://www.proctorhousemuseum.ca)

FALL FLOWERS

Photo by: Dahlia May

Dahlia May and Philburn Farms

Did you know that there are plenty of flower varieties that only bloom in the fall? Brighten up your space with some fall flower arrangements.

Dahlia May in Quinte West offers seasonal arrangements year-round and Philburn Farm, also in QW, offers cut-your-own flowers through to October.

Can’t make it to Quinte West? No prob – The Brake Room in Belleville carries Dahlia May arrangements every Friday, for all of your convenient flower needs!

HOCKEY EH!

Photo by: Belleville Senators

Grab your favourite team jersey and get ready for a good ol’ hockey game. Quinte West is home to the Trenton Golden Hawks Junior A team and Belleville is home to the Senators AHL team.

Stay tuned for updates from each team as they share schedules and protocols for the upcoming season.

FARMER’S MARKETS

Across the region

Did you know the Bay of Quinte has FOUR farmers’ markets? If you’re looking for some fresh fall produce or baked goods, you’re in the right region. Stock up on squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin to make some delish seasonal dishes or get busy making soup to last you through the winter!

  • Belleville: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 5 pm | Market Square
  • Brighton: Sundays | 10 am – 1 pm | 2992 County Road 30 (Codrington)
  • Greater Napanee: Saturdays | 9 am – 2 pm | 16 McPherson Drive (closed for the season)
  • Quinte West: Wednesdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 1 pm | 67 Front Street

CHECK OUT THE FALL FOLIAGE 

Across the region

A large rock with trees in the background. Check out this family-friendly list of fall hikes in the Bay of Quinte by Kathryn Dickson of Kathryn Anywhere.
Bleasdell Boulder by: KathrynAnywhere

Hop in the car, turn up a good playlist and take in the fall colours around the region. Check out our ‘Take a Drive’ guides to get started and explore BoQ while the leaves are changing.

HIKE THE BoQ

Across the region

Two people pointing at colourful fall trees. Check out this family-friendly list of fall hikes in the Bay of Quinte by Kathryn Dickson of Kathryn Anywhere.
Sager Conservation Area: Photo by Kathryn Anywhere

Breathe in the Bay of Quinte’s scenic side on a hike or wander down one of the region’s many trails. Be sure to pack binoculars to help you spot some furry friends.

 

A-MAZE-ING CORN

An aerial shot of a corn maze. Exploring a corn maze is one of many awesome activities to do with your kids this fall in the Bay of Quinte!

Cricklewood Farm, Brighton

Cricklewood Farm is home to the Best Corn Maze, as voted in Best of the Bay.

With a one-acre mini maze and a six-acre maze, you’re sure to get lost for a little while—though hopefully not for too long!

RIDE ON HORSEBACK THROUGH OAK HILLS

The Bay of Quinte team on horseback!

Fina Vista Farm, Quinte West

There’s no better way to experience Oak Hills than on the back of a Paso Fino horse at Fina Vista Farm.

Take a guided trail ride through the winding forested pathways and open rolling fields on a guided tour. And don’t worry if you aren’t a pro, these smooth-gaited horses are the perfect introduction to riding.

DRINK SOME BREWS

Photo by: Signal

Across the region

Take flight and experience the craft brews of the region. Whether a classic pilsner is your go-to or you’re all about the IPA’s, these breweries will hook you up with just the right bevvy to suit your fancy.

 

GET HISTORICAL

Photo by: Glanmore House

Across the region

Pick up some historical fun-facts or brush up on your knowledge of the region at one of BoQ’s museums or historical sites.

We’ve curated a Road Trip guide that covers the must-visit spots—from an Air Force museum to one of two Royal Chapels in Canada.

 

 

ALPACA FARMIN’

Photo by: Hickory Lane Alpacas

Across the region

Looking to make some new furry friends? You’ll become BFFs with the alpacas at Hickory Lane Alpacas and Silver Birch Alpacas, both in Greater Napanee. Fall in love with these wonderful creatures on a tour at Hickory Lane, and then head over to Silver Birch where you can adopt one of your own—forget the pony, ‘alpaca’ will be at the top of your wish list.


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.

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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.