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6 7 9 8 10 6 | prince edward island There’s more to P.E.I. than potatoes and lobster. During the Fall Flavours Festival in September, restaurants serve seasonal menus and host chef’s-table dinners, while harvest experiences and other events are held in Charlottetown and beyond. Firmly focused on seafood? The P.E.I. International Shellfish Festival (Sept. 13–16), shells out mollusks and crustaceans fresh from the Atlantic. 7 | Muskoka, ontario like Clearwater’s fall fête, the Bala Cranberry Festival (Oct. 12–14) puts a small town on the map in a big way. True to its name, the event invites lovers of the tart red fruit to wade into a marsh, sip cranberry wine and savour cottage-country charm. For a sweet side trip, the nearby communities of Gravenhurst and Port Carling boast amazing bakeries specializing in butter tarts. 8 | kitchener- waterloo, ontario These twin cities west of Toronto are known for incubating tech startups—and throwing one of the largest Oktoberfests outside of Munich. This year’s beer extravaganza (Oct. 5–13) is the event’s 50th, so expect more tastings, Bavarian happenings and a big- ger Thanksgiving Day parade. North of town, the massive St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for fall harvest fare. 9 | Montérégie, Quebec South of Montreal, on the other side of the St. lawrence River, is a region that’s both bustling with activity and pleasantly bucolic. Quebecers frequent Montérégie’s orchards for you-pick pommes. Even more attractive is the Cider Route linking artisanal producers of the tart libation. Visit a few to sample different varieties—sparkling, still, rosé and even ice cider—some of which aren’t available anywhere else. 10 | cape breton island, nova scotia The Scotland of North America is Canada’s most colourful autumn locale—for its splendid fall foliage and the Celtic Colours Festival (Oct. 5–13). The event honours Cape Breton’s tartan-draped heritage with music, dance, food and cultural events. Away from the action, the renowned Cabot Trail offers stunning ocean views and landmarks like the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. cAA MANITOBA FAll 2018 25