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Bay of Quinte Bucket List: Fall Edition

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.


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:

a bunch of apples in baskets on a table.
a group of people walking through a field of pumpkins.


Cricklewood Farm, Crews Country Market and Wynn Farms

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!


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!

a cup of coffee being poured into an espresso machine.
a brick house with green shutters.


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. (

History and Hauntings Ghost Tour in Napanee—this haunted tour will take you on a leisurely stroll in and around downtown Napanee, making stops at historic sites. Learn the history of the town and some of the haunted stories that goes with it.


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 and Small Scale Bread in Belleville carry Dahlia May arrangements every Friday, for all of your convenient flower needs!

many colorful dahlia flowers in a garden.
a group of hockey players are celebrating a goal.


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.


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)
  • Quinte West: Wednesdays and Saturdays | 8 am – 1 pm | 67 Front Street
a blue sky with white clouds.
a large rock sitting in the middle of a forest.


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.


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.

two boys standing on a railing overlooking a forest.
an aerial view of a corn maze in a field.


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!


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.

a group of people riding horses in a wooded area.
a glass of beer next to a glass of hops.


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.


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.

an ornate living room with ornate furniture.
a white alpaca is standing in front of a group of other alpacas.


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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a man riding a wave on top of a surfboard.

Let’s see what we got!

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The Bay of Quinte RMB Land Acknowledgement

The Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board is committed to acknowledging, appreciating and understanding the Indigenous peoples’ historic connection to this land and to raising awareness by building relationships in collaboration with Indigenous partners and communities. 

We recognize and acknowledge that we are living and working on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Mississauga, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee which includes the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte) with whom we work in direct partnership with. 

This partnership focuses on the common goal of celebrating the region with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka who are equal partners within the organization and at the Board of Directors table contributing to the mandate and operations.

This mandate includes listening to, learning from, and collaborating with the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka and actively incorporating their culture and heritage into the practice of responsible destination marketing and management of the region.

We understand that this land acknowledgement is only a small step towards the larger process of reparations and reconciliation.

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