Outdoor Festivals and Events are always in season across Ontario.
- Frontenac Challenge - Sydenham - September 1 - October 31 Enjoy the splendour of the fall colour of Frontenac Provincial Park by hiking each of the 11 loops that form the Frontenac Challenge within the months of September and October.
- Ontario Greenland Camp - Parry Sound - September 5-7 Ontario Greenland Camp is about sharing and promoting the joy of Greenland kayaking. Talented kayak mentors from around Canada and abroad convene to coach participants in all things Greenland. We believe every paddler will benefit from practicing Greenland skills, and what better time to perfect your form than when surrounded by world-class coaches and instructors.
- Ride The Rideau - Ottawa - September 6 Ride the Rideau will feature a new 100 mile distance, in addition to the 100 km and 50 km events, and a new route that conveniently starts and ends at Ottawa’s EY Centre. Fundraising efforts support cancer research.
- GBNFC 14th Annual Traditional Pow Wow - Midland - September 6-7 Types of Native dances will include Men’s Traditional, Woman’s Traditional, Men’s Grass, Women’s Jingle Dress, Women’s Fancy Shawl, and Tiny Tots. More than 35 vendors and artisans will be on site exhibiting and selling their crafts, jewellery, and foods.
- Marvels of Migration - Port Burwell - September 6-27 Witness the fall migration of raptors, butterflies and other migrants as they head south for the winter. Port Burwell Provincial Park is located on a major migration flyway and is a great spot to check out this natural wonder.
- Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic - Toronto - September 10 This session focuses on the basics of bike maintenance. Learn how to maintain your bike’s chain & components, how to change a tire & patch a tube and how to adjust your brakes. This information clinic will provide you with the basic skills to keep your ride safe & smooth along the road or trail.
- Muskoka River X - Huntsville - September 12-14 Not your traditional marathon paddling event. Paddle 4 lakes and 2 rivers in one weekend carrying all of your provisions.
- Crank The Shield - Haliburton - September 12-14 This is Eastern North America’s most challenging and popular mountain bike stage race that combines amazing food over the duration of the event, cabin accommodations, baggage transport, event goodies, great aid stations and some of the best and most rewarding days you will experience on a bike.
- Dragonboat Festival - Stratford - September 13 This Annual Festival is a one day, recreational, Hong Kong style race. The Grand Champion and Community Division Champions are honoured with trophies at the closing ceremonies. Proceeds from the event support community activities.
- War of 1812 Rendezvous & Fur Trade - Sault Ste. Marie - September 18-21 The British are coming! Join the troops as they muster up and drill visitors with muskets and perform cannon demonstrations. Fur trade re-enactors will be set up an encampment on the front lawn as they help visitors experience the life of those involved in the fur trade and War of 1812. Food, music and dance are all part of the Festival.
- Hike Haliburton Festival - Haliburton - September 18-21 FREE Guided Themed Hikes! Family, kid and pet friendly hikes. Live entertainment and much more. Over 40 guided hikes for all ages and abilities!
- Bushplane Days - Sault Ste. Marie - September 19-21 Exhibits from all areas of aviation will be represented. Look out for another fantastic CL-415 waterbombing demonstration (subject to availability) as well as chartered flights with Air Dale.
- The Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Event - Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa - September 19-21 Board the Algoma Central Rail and head north into Algoma country to experience first hand what inspired these artists. Stay the night in Wawa and return to Sault Ste. Marie the next day. This year celebrates the 96th Anniversary of the Group of Seven painting on the Algoma Central Railway.
- RBC Run for the Kids - Toronto - September 20 RBC Run for the Kids offers 5k, 15k and 25k races - in support of youth mental health. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned runner, this is the event for you. You choose the distance that works for you and we’ll help you every step of the way. Support goes to the Family Navigation Project at Sunnybrook.
- Backcountry 101: Introduction to Map and Compass Navigation - Burlington - September 20 Learn how to navigate the world with a map and compass. Concepts include how to be familiar with topographic maps, the features that distinguish them from other types of maps and the reasons they are ideal for backcountry navigation, how to understand concepts and symbols on a topographic map and how to understand the features basic to all compasses, as well as additional features that may be desirable in a compass intended for backcountry navigation.
- Curve Lake First Nation Annual Pow Wow - Curve Lake - September 20-21 This celebration consists of two days of dancing, contests and presentations, to re-establish old friendships and meet new people, with many vendors and performers in attendance. As every year, all of our neighbors from the surrounding towns are welcome to join us in most of the festivities. Come join us and enjoy traditional foods, dances, songs and stories!
- Mountain Men 1838 Rendezvous - Tillsonburg - September 20-21 Observe re-enactors competing in challenges that include archery, tomahawk throwing, knife tossing, fire starting and trap setting at Backus Heritage Conservation Area. Tour the rendezvous encampment in the Heritage Village and learn about this era in Canadian history.
- Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival - Morpeth - September 21 Join us for guided butterfly hikes, tagging demonstrations, adopt-a-monarch program, a bbq, face painting, children’s crafts, native plant sale and much more.
- Dutch Oven Wilderness Cooking - Sydenham - September 27 Food in the wilderness does not have to be boring. Topics include: food preparation, food storage, food safety, recipes, types of stoves, utensils, and more. This explores the ability to have good and interesting food in the wilderness with the use of Dutch ovens and small twig stoves. A great opportunity to exchange recipes, ideas and techniques.
- Tree I.D. Hike - Cambellcroft - September 28 In recognition of National Forest Week, we welcome guests to join us on a guided tree identification hike through the Ganaraska Forest. Learn which species grow in our area, and how healthy forests contribute to our everyday health. With over 11,000 acres of forested, recreational area, this event is sure to answer all of your curious questions.