10 of Canada’s Top Fall Fairs and Festivals

Canada is well known for its wide variety of fall fairs. They take place across the country each year and feature a diverse range of activities and exhibits. These are some of the best in the nation.

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1. Kitchener – Waterloo, Ontario, Oktoberfest

This annual fall event is actually the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the world other than Germany’s. It takes place in the twin cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, which are located in south-western Ontario, about 60 miles west of Toronto.

Neighboring cities such as Cambridge also get in on the action and Bavarian fun. There are plenty of activities during the nine-day event, including family adventures. Of course, you’ll also be treated to some excellent Bavarian beer, food, music, dance, and other types of cultural activities.

2. Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian National Exhibition

The CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) takes place every year down on Toronto’s lakefront area. It’s technically held each summer, just before the kids head back to school. It’s one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country as it originated back in 1879. It’s filled with shows, exhibitions, concerts,trade shows, midway rides, and games, etc.

3. Banff, Calgary, and Edmonton, Alberta – The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival

This is one of Canada’s most popular wine and food events. It features a large selection of spirits, beer, wine, and gourmet food which people can sample from the vendors. The Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival is actually held in Banff in the month of May. However, in Calgary and Edmonton it takes place in October.

4. Quebec City, Quebec – Expo Quebec

Like Toronto’s CNE, the Expo Quebec takes place each year just when the summers is ending and theschool holidays are winding down. Visitors head to Expo Quebec to try out the wide variety of rides andmidway games. There are also plenty of tasty dishes to sample from many of the world’s different cultures.

5. Toronto, Ontario – Nuit Blanche

This unique event takes place on October 1st in Canada’s largest city. It’s basically a one-night art-inspired event that attracts thousands of visitors and residents to the city streets. It gets underway at 6:59 p.m. and carries on until the sun rises the next morning. The Nuit Blanche features live performances and art exhibits throughout various parts of Toronto.

6. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – Celtic Colours International Festival

This popular east-coast festival is now entering into its 15th year. It features some of the top Celtic performers and artists in the world and attracts thousands of visitors each October. The 2011 edition of the festival will feature performances by Ashley Mac Isaac and the Barra MacNeils as well as many others.

7. London, Ontario – The Western Fair

The annual Western Fair has been attracting and entertaining thousands of people of all ages ever since 1868. The popular fair features a diverse selection of midway rides, concerts, livestock shows, and harness racing events.

8. Okanagan, British Columbia – The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

The Okanagan Valley, in the western province of British Columbia, is well known as one of Canada’s best wine-producing regions. The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival entertains visitors between Sept. 29thand Oct. 9th. The festival features more than 150 wine-related concerts and events.

9. Markham, Ontario – Markham Fall Fair

This famous four-day fall fair is one of Canada’s oldest as it was first launched way back in 1844. It takes place in the city of Markham, which is just north of Toronto. The fair is filled with crafts shows,livestock events, gymnastics and motocross demonstrations, a wine tent, and fireworks shows, as well as many more family-oriented events.

10. Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Maritime Fall Fair

The annual Halifax Maritime Fall Fair takes place at Exhibition Park in the east coast province of Nova Scotia. The event runs from Oct. 6th to 10th and features a wide variety of events that promote regional agriculture. These include exhibits, equestrian events, a rodeo, horse pulls, and arts and crafts shows.

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