Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Fall in Blue Mountain - Apple Harvest Festival

Standing high on the top of the Niagara Escarpment looking down on Georgian Bay from the ski and the bike hills of the Blue Mountain Resort is one of my favourite fall destinations. The drive was a trifle foggy and the afternoon a little damp but it was still worth the drive. Coming this weekend is the Apple Harvest Festival from October 12-14, 2013 takes place in Blue Mountain Village, Thornbury and Clarkson.
"Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario's largest apple growing region. There's no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music, The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!"

You can find a fall festival in your area of Ontario by checking out this website and you can find the fall colour report here.
Parking at the top of the trails we take a free ride down the ski lift and wander the lovely village, full of restaurants and shops and a golden pond. For added excitement we enjoy the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster blasting down the hill in tight loops until we come to a stop at base of the mountain.

The track has a long climb up to the top of the run

Along the tree line that follows the ski lift you can find a couple of trees decked out with beads and leis, probably from wild New Years parties at the resort. At first it looked like a bra or thong tree, but the shiny necklaces show that a fine tradition has been started.

Coming down the Silver Bullet Express ski lift
We didn't see a lot of bright, vibrant colours - especially with the weather, but it was still fun

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