Fall Splendour in Ottawa

Autumn is a special time to visit Ottawa, as vibrant fall colours frame the Capital’s national sights, and Fall Rhapsody celebrations and activities attract thousands to nearby Gatineau Park – just a 15-minute drive from Parliament Hill.

From September 26 to October 25th, enjoy Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park.  Enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display and explore the unique and fascinating places that 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 few people there during the week.

E-Scooters have been a huge hit in Ottawa since arriving on Ottawa downtown streets in July.  Three brands including Bird Canada, have placed over 250 scooters around the downtown area.   These scooters can be hailed using an app and don’t need to be parked at any particular station when users are done with them.

Or for the more adventurous, there is Great Canadian Bungee Jumping near Wakefield, ziplining at Camp Fortune, visiting Parc Omega, in addition to all the best of hiking and biking trails for those with lots of energy!  Check out the Ottawa Tourism Fall Pagefor a full list of things to do in the coming months.  For those that would like to get the best of Ottawa, have a look at this three-day Itinerary that Ottawa Tourism has put together with care!

What’s happening in the Ottawa area

Published on October 15, 2020

Take a look below at great activities in and around Ottawa over the next week, including the weekend! Please always reference the websites or social media accounts of each attraction or business for more detailed information, as circumstances can change at any time, and consult our visit Ottawa safely page for information on the most recent COVID-19 regulations.

Here are just some of the activities and experiences available this weekend in the region as of Thursday, October 15:

  • Saunders Farm’s THE SAWMILL at Lansdowne opens this Friday, October 16! In this immersive experience, visitors step into the site of a century-old sawmill… and meet its terrifying inhabitants. Scare yourself silly Fridays and Saturdays until Saturday, October 31 at the experience which has been designed to exceed the provincially mandated COVID-19 health and safety protocols (tickets must be purchased in advance).
  • Marvest brings local CityFolk artists to the comfort of your own home! The “musical harvest” concert series goes virtual with great virtual concerts from now until the end of November (generally Fridays and Wednesdays; check schedule). FREE!
  • Culture Days are now on in Ottawa! The National Arts Centre has great Culture Days programming, including virtual concerts and workout classes. Some events are FREE!
  • The Haunted Walk debuts its Virtual Haunted Campfires! Log onto the virtual event this Sunday, October 18 or other dates in October to hear ghost stories from Ottawa and across the country (tickets required).
  • The Merrickville Jazz Fest is virtual this year! Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival with great online concerts from around the province.
  • Wesley Clover Parks Campgrounds bring the scare right to your car at the new Deadwood Haunted Drive experience, kicking off this Thursday, October 15! This haunted drive-through takes you through six horror scenes with live actors for terrifying Halloween fun.
  • The Ottawa International Writers Festival continues with virtual events, interviews and podcasts select days until mid-November.
  • Check out more spooky, seasonal fun at Ottawa Tourism’s page of spooky and fun Halloween activities in Ottawa this fall!
  • The Great Canadian Kitchen Party and online show includes a podium-worthy 3-course meal delivered right to your home or your groups separate homes this Thursday, October 22!

Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!

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