Fall Rhapsody

This fall, discover Gatineau Park in a new way!

Gatineau Park - Fall Rhapsody

Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Gatineau Park. In addition to the popular spots in the Park’s southern sector, many other unique and fascinating places offer magnificent views — as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride. And, you’ll encounter far fewer people there during the week.

The free shuttle is also back in service on weekends. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NCC is offering a new shuttle route departing from the ByWard Market in Ottawa, and travelling to Champlain Lookout. 

Special Activities

On Fall Rhapsody weekends, a variety of special events and activities are taking place. You can get a taste of local flavours, watch artists at work, chat with our nature interpreters and meet local merchants.

Sounds of the Fall at Mackenzie King Estate

Sounds of the Fall

Mackenzie King Estate
September 30th, 2017

Folk Picnic and Kites in Meech Creek Valley

Folk Picnic and Kites

Meech Creek Valley
October 1, 2017

Pontiac Country Fair

Pontiac Country Fair

Luskville Falls
October 7 to 9, 2017

Nature Days

Nature Days

Philippe Lake
October 14 and 15, 2017

Activities are organized in cooperation with the municipalities of Chelsea, La Pêche and Pontiac, the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Outaouais, and the regional Algonquin community. 

Free Shuttle

Fall Rhapsody Free Shuttle

Fall Rhapsody Free Shuttle

Weekends, September 30 to October 22, 2017

The free shuttle will also take you to the most popular sites on the scenic parkways. New for Canada 150: one of the routes goes to Pink Lake, King Mountain and Champlain Lookout, along with other destinations, directly from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau. The other route runs between Champlain Lookout and Camp Fortune, where you can take a chairlift to the top, get a taste of adventure at the aerial park or enjoy Sunday brunch.

Sussex-York ↔ Champlain

9 am to 4 pm Every 20 minutes Last shuttle from Sussex-York to Champlain at 2 pm Last shuttle from Champlain to Sussex-York at 4 pm

  1. Sussex-York

  2. Des Allumettières-Laurier

  3. St-Rédempteur – Allard

  4. Terrasses de la Chaudière (OC Transpo)

  5. Montcalm (Rapibus)

  6. South entrance

  7. Pink

  8. Mackenzie King Estate

  9. Waterfall

  10. Lauriault

  11. King Mountain

  12. Bourgeois

  13. Étienne-Brûlé*

  14. Champlain

(*Huron on the way back)

Camp Fortune ↔ Champlain

10:30 am to 4 pm Every 15 minutes Last shuttle from Camp Fortune to Champlain at 3 pm Last shuttle from Champlain to Camp Fortune at 4 pm

  1. Camp Fortune

  2. Keogan

  3. Étienne-Brûlé*

  4. Champlain

(*Huron on the way back)

The stops at the Mackenzie King Estate and Champlain Lookout are universally accessible.

On Fall Rhapsody weekends, from 10:30 am to 4 pm, during shuttle operation:

  • the southbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (heading toward Champlain Lookout) will be closed to all regular traffic (including cyclists), and open exclusively to the Fall Rhapsody shuttle. This closure does not apply to those who have an accessible parking permit.

  • The northbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (toward Dunlop Road) remains open to all traffic to enable motorists and cyclists to access Camp Fortune and Chemin du Lac-Meech.

  • The Gatineau and Champlain parkways remain open to all traffic in both directions, except during temporary parkway closures required during high traffic periods.

This pilot project is an initiative of the NCC, in partnership with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Camp Fortune.

Why do leaves change colour?