Discover vantage points across the Capital or ride a shuttle to Gatineau Park

Canada’s Capital Region—With the spectacular fall foliage on its way, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is your partner for discovering the region’s beautiful fall scenery. From September 25 to October 24, come out and enjoy the full display of colours with family and friends during the NCC’s #FallRhapsody campaign.

As we do every year, the NCC offers you several options for planning your fall outings.

Return of the free NCC Gatineau Park shuttle!

In partnership with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and Camp Fortune, the free NCC shuttle will be operating two routes during Fall Rhapsody. This is one of the best ways to visit everyone’s favourite destinations in Gatineau Park: Pink Lake, the Mackenzie King Estate and Champlain Lookout.

Hop on for easy access over four weekends:

  • October 2 and 3
  • October 9, 10 and 11
  • October 16 and 17
  • October 23 and 24

Schedule and routes:

  • From Ottawa–Gatineau (red line): 9 am to 1 pm, every 25–35 minutes
  • From Camp Fortune (yellow line): 10 am to 2:30 pm, every 20 minutes

Visit our website for more details about the free NCC shuttle routes, stops and schedule during Fall Rhapsody.

Gatineau Park parkways: Fall schedule

The fall schedule for the Gatineau Park parkways comes into effect this Saturday, September 25. The parkways will be open for active use on weekdays until noon. During weekends in October and Thanksgiving Monday, active users should note that the Fall Rhapsody shuttles will be using the parkways after 9 am on Saturdays and Sundays. Motor vehicles will be permitted from noon until 30 minutes after sunset. Check our schedule for more information.

Due to the increased use of Gatineau Park during Fall Rhapsody, expect temporary closures and lineups. Follow Gatineau Park on Twitter for updates on access during this busy time.

Canada’s Capital Greenbelt

Escape the crowds in Gatineau Park, and experience nature in the Greenbelt, whose vast, protected green space, showcasing a mosaic of landscapes—including farms, forests, sand dunes, wetlands and 150 km of natural trails—make it a choice destination. Enjoy a fall-themed picnic, take a family hike under colourful leaves or visit a local farm.

Downtown

You don’t have to go far to enjoy the seasonal show of colour. Downtown Ottawa and Gatineau offer spectacular vantage points for viewing the shades of ochre, orange and red. Explore the many parks, shorelines and gardens on foot, by bike or by bus—there’s also the pathway network for active users. And don’t forget to stop in for a bite at one of the NCC Bistros.

Keeping people safe and active

At all times, the NCC recommends the following:

  • Be COVID-safe—follow local and provincial public health directives.
  • Avoid crowds—go to less-visited destinations, and visit popular sites at off-peak times.
  • Leave no trace—be respectful of nature and other users by following the rules specific to your activity and location.

LINKS

STAY CONNECTED

Follow Fall Rhapsody at #FallRhapsody.
Follow Gatineau Park on Facebook and Twitter.
Follow the NCC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Media information

Maryam El-Akhrass
NCC Media Relations
343-551-6149 (cellular)
maryam.el-akhrass@ncc-ccn.ca

Dominique Huras
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886 (cellular)
dominique.huras@ncc-ccn.ca