Indian Summer 2011 was wonderful while it lasted, wasn’t it? But just as quickly as its surprise arrival, our warmer days have ended. Now, not only is it chilly outside, it’s been wet too! This has us bracing ourselves for winter… Though we wanted to remind you (and ourselves) that there is lots to love about Oakville in the Fall… Here’s our Top 10!
On drier days, number 10 has to be walking through Oakville’s many peaceful parks, marveling at the changing colours of trees and other foliage. The photos included here are from Village Wood Park in Bronte. However, if you are out with your dog(s), we also recommend Post Park on MacDonald Road.
#9: We’re very excited about the broad availability of Pumpkin Treats, with pies, tarts, muffins, scones, lattes, gelatos and beers available from local bakeries, cafés and restos.
Walt Poddubny wore number 8 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 80’s, and this time of year we’re grateful Hockey is back and our local rinks are booked solid! Did you know Oakville Arena on Rebecca Street is one of only 3 remaining ‘Barn-style’ arenas in Ontario? It’s worth a visit, for a skate!
With the holiday season around the corner, number 7 is a stroll to peruse fall window displays, and enjoy time spent shopping in Oakville’s historic downtown.
Tiny Tots on Parade is #6: A local tradition not to be missed! On ‘All Hallows’ Day’, beginning at 10am, Oakville’s littlest ghosts and goblins parade along Lakeshore Road and receive treats from local merchants. Also, between October 22nd & 29th, kids 10 and under can participate in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt throughout Kerr Village.
A favorite at number five is a stroll through Gairloch Gardens, to check out the art on display at this lesser known Oakville Gallery. In November, they will be mounting a 3-day exhibition showcasing some of the finest art held in private collections throughout Oakville.
We can’t talk about a change in the weather, without mentioning #4. This month marks the fourth season of Oakville’s Eco-Film Series http://www.haltongreenscreens.ca
Some say “Good Things Come in Threes”… Unless they’re Sixes! If you like a little scary with your local history, you’ll love the Oakville Historical Society’s Ghost Walks: http://www.oakvillehistory.org/html/walkTours.htm#Ghost
This event comes in at number 2, because there are two. Take your pick between two Oakville Tree Lighting ceremonies on the evening of November 18th: One takes place in Towne Square, the other in Heritage Square.
Oakville’s Annual Santa Claus parade is an obvious ‘Number One’, winding its festive way through town on November 19th. You can find the parade route and all related details here: http://www.oakvillesantaclausparade.ca
Share your ‘Fall Faves’ with us, in our comments section below!