8 marvelous things to look forward to in fall

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Summer is over but you don’t have to feel sad. There’s so much to look forward to in the fall!

What happens in Manitoba in the fall?

  • The air becomes cooler.
  • Nature changes colours. Green trees and shrubs change to shades of red, orange, brown, and yellow.
  • Many go on tours to watch fall leaves change. It’s called “leaf peeping”. People travel to view and take pictures of beautiful fall leaves.

Fall harvest

Time to harvest if you started a garden in summer. Enjoy fruits and vegetables in season at farmer’s markets if you don’t have a garden. Make soups, stews, pies and puddings. They are perfect for the cold weather.

Did you know that the full moon during fall is called the Harvest moon? Farmers used the light of the moon to harvest crops at night in the days before electricity.

Aurora borealis

The best time to see northern lights is in the fall. This season has the longest hours of darkness. One of the best places to see an aurora is in Churchill, Manitoba. But you might see one in Winnipeg on a clear night!

Aurora borealis behind a row of trees

Image by Robert Linsdell from Flickr, CC-BY.

Fall camping

Fall camping is a unique experience. You can go leaf peeping or see an aurora. Make a bonfire at night. Roast some s’mores and drink hot chocolate. Check Manitoba Parks to reserve a camping spot.


There are four holidays in Manitoba in the fall:

  • Labour day (1st Monday of September)
  • Thanksgiving (second Monday of October)
  • Remembrance day (November 11)
  • Halloween (October 31)

There’s also a new Federal holiday this year called Truth and Reconciliation Day (September 30th). It “provides an opportunity for each public servant to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.”

Fall festivals

Manitoba has about 15 festivals in September. Some of these are:

No more bugs!

No more mosquitos, wasps, ladybugs and even worms. The colder weather pushes out insects to migrate or hibernate.

DST ends

DST or Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on November 7 this year (2021). You get back an hour of sleep in November! Remember to set your clocks to avoid confusion. Want to know more about DST? Read: What is Daylight Saving Time?
Article updated September 10, 2021.
Sources: 10 facts about the fall season, CBC News; Where to see the best and brightest fall foliage in Canada, Cheryl Santa Maria, The Weather Network; All about fall harvest vegetables, Unlock Food.ca; and Festivals in Manitoba in September, To do Canada. All retrieved August 30, 2018.

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