This Fall, Escape to Vaughan

The perfect destination to escape the city and enjoy its unique blend of arts and culture.

This article is an oldie but a goodie!

Posted: August 18, 2022

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in Vaughan. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Experience the richness in arts, culture and outdoor adventures at the intersection of Vaughan’s urban and natural landscapes. Less than an hour from downtown Toronto, Vaughan’s numerous parks, trails and greenspaces make it the perfect destination to escape the city and enjoy its unique blend of arts and culture.




Enjoy nature’s colours of fall and explore the Great Walks of Vaughan, featuring a variety of trail options, weaving throughout several of Vaughan’s scenic neighbourhoods.

Fall Hike

Burn off that excess energy and take a walk (or a hike!) outside. No matter what you’re feeling – a calm breather, an easy stroll, or even a walk through the forest – you’ll find it! Here are just a couple to explore:

Want all the options? Let’s pick your perfect place.




McMichael Canadian Art Collection, located in Kleinburg, offers inspiring views both inside and out. Situated on the original lands of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe People, the gallery is located along the Carrying Place Trail, which historically provided an integral connection for Indigenous people between Ontario’s Lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe-Georgian Bay Region.

Fall Couple



Step into ArtWalk: a world-class art installation featuring 30,000 square feet of four bold, colourful statement murals. Native Torontonians birdO and Ben Johnston, Montreal artist Jeremy Shantz, and Madrid-based Ricardo Cavolo brought creativity to Vaughan’s downtown core.

While you’re there, be sure to check out Canada’s largest low-resolution art installation: PXL Gallery. This 10,000 square feet luminous art wall is a stunning addition and will serve as a rotating gallery for years to come.




Kleinburg Village is a perfect fall destination. You can see the leaves, take a stroll, and shop until your drop. There are so many amazing boutiques and restaurants to discover, including a ton of outdoor patios. It’s even right by the beautiful William Granger Nature Walk, and also the home of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Fall Couple




Available on select trails, young readers and families will enjoy StoryWalks – large panel installations showcasing colourful pages of nature-based children’s books. With each step, the story unfolds one page at a time in an immersive and interactive experience.

Fall Hike




Plan your staycation now. Vaughan is a great one-day trip, but it’s an even better weekend getaway! With so much family fun and places to explore outdoors, 24 hours simply isn’t enough. There are fifteen wonderful accommodations in Vaughan – many of which are located so close to the very places you want to explore. Find your stay now!




No wheels? No worries! Use any of the three public transit systems that connect Vaughan with surrounding regions to get here and get around.

  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva
  • GO Transit

There are frequent connections through the TTC’s Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) subway station and YRT’s Smart VMC Bus Terminal. You can even plan your trip using the YRT Trip Planner!




Safe TravelsWant to feel safe on your vacation? Keep an eye out for the Safe Travels Stamp! This stamp was designed to allow travellers to recognize businesses across the world that have adopted globally standardized protocols for health and hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Businesses who have received the Stamp have it linked to their profile, making it easy for you to plan!

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