1. Doors Open Waterloo Region


10:00 -5:00 p.m.

Various locations

The theme of this year’s Doors Open is Waterloo Region Modern. It's a unique opportunity to take a peek into some of the stunning newer buildings in the region, and check out places you might not normally get to go. For a taste, check out my visit to some Waterloo landmarks here. For more information, head to the Doors Open website and plan your day!


2. Introductory Mushroom Hike


1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Shade’s Mills Conservation Area, Cambridge

I am a big fan of mushrooms – shiitake, Portobello, button, and on it goes. So I was thrilled to learn about this mushroom hike at the Shade’s Mills Conservation Area. Now, it should be noted that this hike doesn’t focus on edibility, but rather as a general introduction to mushrooms and fungi. However, the more you know about mushrooms the better. Destroying angels don’t sound like the kind of thing I’d want to eat anyway.


3. Chef Michael Smith at the Kitchener Market

10:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Kitchener Market

Michael Smith is the author of seven cookbooks, including his latest Back to Basics, and the host of several shows on The Food Network. Our own Craig Norris will be interviewing him at the market on Saturday. Afterwards, Smith will sign books, including his latest. You'll want to hear what Smith has to say about cooking, especially considering he led the team that cooked for athletes in Whistler at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. 


4. Aberfoyle Antique Market Fall Show


8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Find that rare piece of carnival glass or the old map you’ve always wanted for the cottage at the Aberfoyle Antiques Market one-day fall show. Technically yes, Aberfoyle is in Wellington County, but it’s a fantastic way to spend a day, so I’m including it here. Be sure to wear a good pair of shoes because there are over 150 vendors spread across 20 acres of space. There is a five dollar admission fee for adults.


5. Surface Tension | The Future of Water

Opens Friday

TheMuseum, Kitchener

This exhibition about water is making its Canadian debut here in Waterloo Region. Surface Tension features 35 installations that examine everything to do with water, from the politics surrounding it to its physical properties. Be one of the first to check out everything on offer, and keep coming back for amazing lectures, talks and visits by special guests. CBC's own Bob McDonald will be here on November 24th to give a talk, so mark it on your calendars!