The Golden Horseshoe area covers a sizeable swath of the province, wrapping around Lake Ontario, including Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls near St. Catharines. If you’re looking for great destinations for your group’s fall trips in Ontario, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the region.
Best of all, the concentration of wonderful destinations are all within a reasonably short bus ride. In fact, charter bus trips that short don’t require fancy coach buses with on-board bathrooms, a school bus will do fine – often costing half the price!
Fall trips to Toronto
A visit to Toronto wouldn’t be complete without checking out some of its top attractions.
Ripley’s Aquarium is our number one pick, offers fun for all ages, and is one of the most popular attractions in the GTA for good reason. Take part in its many educational programs, or go on a self-guided tour of their ocean galleries from around the world, including Canadian Waters, Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, Discovery Centre, Ray Bay, Planet Jellies, and interactive Shoreline Gallery.
Other great things to see in the GTA include Toronto Island Park, the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewery, Hockey Hall of Fame, and events at Rogers Centre.
Fall trips to Hamilton
Want to see a castle without the expense of flying to Europe? Dundurn Castle in Hamilton will do the job nicely. This national historic site was built almost 200 years ago on Burlington Heights, and today offers informative tours, historic cooking workshops, and even birthday party packages.
More things to see and do nearby include the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, waterfalls of Hamilton, Westfield Heritage Village, Spencer Gorge, and the HMCS Haida National Historic Site.
Fall trips in Ontario’s Niagara area
This is one of the best known regions in Canada, and is well-worth a visit. The one thing that everyone visiting this area absolutely must check out is the world-famous Niagara Falls. Be sure to consider a guide to take you on a tour — you can even venture behind the falls themselves for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Adrenaline junkies can get a real rush from flying to the falls at over 70 kilometres an hour on a zip-line. The land around the falls is well-developed, and offers everything your group might need before and after your exploration of the falls themselves. You’ll find world-class hotels, casinos, shopping, hiking opportunities, and so much more.
Other things that should be considered for a spot on your must-see list include the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Skywheel, Bird Kingdom, and Niagara Glen Nature Areas. Last, but not least, don’t forget there’s a thriving wine industry here – a winery tour will be a nice addition to your time here.
Make your fall trips in Ontario easy by using a school bus to transport your group
Planning what you’ll see and do is so much fun, but don’t forget about how you’ll get there. School buses are a great to do so affordably and with ease. Game night at Rogers Centre with your buddies will be easier if you don’t have to worry about parking. And any sightseeing trip is made much more fun with company along for the ride.