Autumn-Inspired Reading Week Activities

Ahh Fall, the smell of the fresh, crisp air, the beautiful colours and hoodie weather every day. It’s my favourite season.

October Reading Week also gives us a break from the endless homework! That means many of us get to spend time with family and friends that we’ve neglected since the school year started.

I love hiking this time of year when all the leaves are changing colours. Where I live there is an awesome hike you can take along the Bruce Trail on the Niagara Escarpment. There’s this one lookout spot with an amazing view of Lake Ontario. On clear days you can see all the way across the lake to a perfect view of the CN Tower and other Toronto city-skyscrapers.

Check out the view:

Beamer Lookout on the Bruce Trail: You can’t see the CN Tower in this photo but on clear days you can look across the lake and make it out perfectly!

If you’re into a good fall hike, but can’t get out of the city during Reading Week there are still hiking trails in and around Toronto you can explore. Check out this list from BlogTo. (I haven’t actually hiked any of the Toronto trails yet so you will have to let me know which one to visit.)

Looking for other autumn-inspired activities during fall reading week? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Get a head start on your Halloween costume. If you’re the creative type you have a whole week to get started on making your own costume. Or visit one of those Halloween stores that are popping up all over the place! 

“In girl world, Halloween is the one night of the year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” -Mean Girls


2. Spend the day playing tourist in Niagara Falls! Must visit tourist stops include; Nightmares Fear Factory, the Niagara Skywheel and a walk along Niagara Parkway to take a get your closest view of The Falls. Don’t forget to take a stroll along Clifton Hill for the endless fun houses and arcades. 

How to get there from Toronto: If you’re up the adventure, hop on a Niagara Falls bus from the Bay and Dundas Bus Terminal, or go to Union Station and take the Lakeshore West Go Train to Niagara Falls. (You have to get off the train in Burlington and hop on the connection bus.)

3. It’s fall harvest season which means there’s lots of food to be eaten! Try perfecting one of these delicious apple recipes! Yum!!



4. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. This is something I have been dying to check out, and it opens this Wednesday October 16.

Visitors can walk underneath a tunnel in the Dangerous Lagoon exhibit, and see sharks, stingrays and sea turtles swimming above. Tickets are $30. Visit for more information!

How cool is this?!?

5. Catch up on school work and finish all those assignments. It’s definitely not fun, but it will make your life easier when you head back to Ryerson after the break.


Happy Reading Week Ryerson!