Top fall events across Canada
Fright Night is a popular event held every fall at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. PHOTO COURTESY TOURISM VANCOUVER
Sure, the leaves are falling and the thermometer is dipping dangerously low at night, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of great things to do across the country. Here are some fall events to check out in Canada.
VANCOUVER - Playland at the Pacific National Exhibition runs a “Fright Night” on selected nights between now and Oct. 31. Advance tickets start around $29. Admission includes access to 15 rides, seven haunted houses, The Monsters of Schlock show and the Radiant Heat Fire Performance show. Rides include the Hellevator, Atmosfear and more.
EDMONTON - Calgary has its famous Stampede. In Edmonton, they celebrate Rodeo Week in November with the Canadian Finals Rodeo, featuring indoor steer wrestling, bull riding, barrel racing and more. The 10-day affair also includes Farmfair International, including agricultural shows, stock dog trials, dancing, music and the 26th annual Chili Cook Off at Churchill Square. Rodeo Week runs Nov. 4-13.
ST. JOHN’S - The annual St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival is in its 27th year, making it one of the oldest running women’s film festivals on the planet. They have more than 50 films from Canada and abroad this year. They also run an interactive industry form, where aspiring filmmakers can learn from experienced industry members. This year’s festival opens Oct. 19 with a film by Academy Award-winner Brigitte Berman about Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent.
HALIFAX – The Halifax Pop Festival runs Oct. 19-22 and feature more than 180 bands at 18 venues. The festival showcases new and emerging music, art and culture. Music is a large part of the event, but you’ll also find general speakers and comedians. Performers this year include Hey Rosetta!, Basia Bulat, Keys N Krates and BadBadNotGood.
OTTAWA - Kids will love the Reptiles: Beautiful and Deadly exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature, which started Oct. 7 and runs until April 8, 2017. They’ll have live lizards, slithering snakes (including pythons and rattlesnakes), turtles, alligators and more. Visitors will learn all about reptile fangs, skulls and other interesting bits.
TORONTO - We don’t know yet how good the Leafs will be, but hockey fans in the Big Smoke can always enjoy The Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and Legends Classic, a weekend full of tributes and fan events dedicated to Canada’s favourite game. Inductees to the Hall of Fame this year include Toronto’s own Eric Lindros, as well as Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon and, posthumously, Pat Quinn. There’s also a legends classic with former stars such as Paul Coffey, Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler, Dale Hawerchuk and Wendel Clark. This year’s event runs Nov. 11-14.
QUEBEC CITY - The Plains of Abraham are home to Quebec City’s annual carnival in winter. In fall, however, they do Halloween with a number of activities, including a Ghoulish Walk, a Haunted Tower and a new attraction for adults called Tales of the Bad Old Days. The fun lasts from early October to Nov. 6, so there’s plenty of time to see the show.
NEW BRUNSWICK - Foodies will want to head to St. Andrews for Indulge, a food and wine festival that runs Oct. 14-16 in this pretty, seaside town. You’ll also enjoy music and art and a Harvest Feast at stunning Kingsbrae Garden, where they’re putting on a Festival of Pumpkins. www.indulgenb.ca
SASKATOON - The SunDog Arts and Entertainment Faire runs Dec. 2-4 and features more than 200 artisans and specialty food producers from across Canada. There’s also non-stop entertainment on the main stage, an ethnic food court, a children’s stage and more. It’s held at the SaskTel Centre and has been running for 41 years.
VICTORIA - The city famous for afternoon tea puts on a wonderful adult event called the Art of the Cocktail on Oct. 22, where you can sample fabulous drinks created by local restaurants and regional distilleries and also nosh on appetizers created by some of the top chefs on the West Coast. There’s also a bartending competition. Dress up in your finest evening wear and make a night of it.