Experience the charms of the Capital Region with these 15 fall activities

Summer is gradually giving way to fall in Canada’s Capital Region. And with it, come cooler days, brightly coloured leaves and harvest fruits and vegetables. Add these activities to your calendar, and experience the charms of the Capital Region this fall.

Taste the best of fall at the Greenbelt farms

Picking your own apples is certainly a classic fall activity for many families. But have you ever picked your own pumpkins? Some farms are also organizing seasonal activities for the whole family, like hayrides, mini farms and corn mazes.

Pick your own apples

Pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze and hayrides

Step back in time to Ottawa past on the Mile of History

In the 1960s, the NCC acquired and restored buildings on Sussex Drive on the edge of the ByWard Market. Thanks to the conservation efforts that have been made, today you can walk along this strip and learn more about Ottawa’s rich heritage.

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Get spooked by ghost stories at the Mackenzie King Estate

Take part in one of the last two Haunted Walks of the year. On a guided moonlit walk, you’ll explore King’s private refuge, and learn more about his passion for spiritualism and the supernatural.

Dates: Saturday, September 22 and 29

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Join us for a folk picnic and watch a kite-flying demonstration

On the first weekend of Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park, the public is invited to a day of festivities in Meech Creek Valley. Featuring folk music, a kite demonstration, storytellers — and more. Organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Chelsea.

Date: Sunday, September 30, 11 am to 3:30 pm

How to get there (P15)

How to get there (P16)

Go biking or inline skating in the Capital

On the Capital Pathway

Enjoy a bike ride and discover magnificent scenery along the Ottawa River and Rideau Canal, as well as in the Capital’s parks and green spaces. With more than 600 kilometres of multi-use pathways at your disposal, there are new landscapes and scenery to discover on each outing.

Short Loops in Gatineau Park

Every weekend in September and October, sections of the Gatineau Parkway are closed to motor vehicles in the morning to host Short Loops in Gatineau Park. Enjoy!

Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday until October 28, 6 am to 10:30 am

Enjoy a stroll in fall gardens with Garden Promenade

In October, the spectacular fall colours add a unique charm to a stroll through the gardens. During the first weekend in October, rediscover the Capital’s gardens, and take part in original activities for the whole family.

Dates: October 6 to 8

Visit the Pontiac Country Fair

The Pontiac Country Fair, which takes place at Luskville Falls, provides a unique opportunity to discover the region’s products and services, as well as the artists and artisans who add colour to the local culture. Organized in collaboration with the Municipality of Pontiac.

Dates: October 6 to 8, 10 am to 4 pm

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Immerse yourself in Algonquin culture

Learn more about the traditional way of life of the Algonquin Nation. Watch artists and craftspersons at work at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre. It’s Anishinabe Nibin, or Algonquin summer.

Dates: October 6 and 7, 10 am to 3 pm

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Get outside and enjoy nature at Philippe Lake

During the third weekend of Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park, take part in a range of outdoor family activities: bird of prey demonstrations and demonstrations with small mammals, guided hikes with nature interpreters — and more.

Dates: October 13 and 14, 11 am to 4 pm

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Enjoy the amazing Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018

Jacques-Cartier Park hosts this horticultural exhibition until mid-October. This is your last chance to see it.

Dates: Until October 15, daily, 10 am to dusk

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Plant your tulip bulbs

If you want to have beautiful tulips blooming in your garden in the spring, fall is the time to plant the bulbs — before the ground freezes, and when the ground temperature is less than 10 to 15°C.

Explore Camp Fortune Aerial Park

Admire the fall colours from the treetops instead of from below — an original way to enjoy the beauty of Gatineau Park.

Dates: Until November 4 (Reservation required)

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Take a stroll through Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries

The spectacular fall colours are also on display in Rockcliffe Park and the Rockeries. The pavilion and striking views it offers also make this an ideal spot for a peaceful walk in nature.

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Take in the magnificent view from Hog's Back Falls

When fall arrives, the natural beauty of Hog’s Back Park is accentuated by the stunning variety of colours of the fall leaves. A glimpse of these falls in autumn is definitely worth it.

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Visit Rideau Hall

The grounds of Rideau Hall represent one of the finest historic landscapes in Canada. Take advantage of a nice day to explore the grounds at your leisure, following the interpretive panels along the paths. You can also take a free guided tour of the residence.

Grounds tours

Dates: Daily, from 8 am, until one hour before sunset

Residence tours

Dates: Until October 28, guided tours are offered without reservations on weekends, from noon until 4 pm. On all other days, until December 21, with the exception of Remembrance Day, visitors wishing to take a guided tour must have reservations.

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Enjoy the fall!

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