Things to do this fall in Ottawa before the weather turns to winter
It’s clear that fall is well underway! Although thankfully we haven’t seen the huge snow dumps experienced recently in Calgary and Winnipeg.
We know “uncooperative” weather is just around the corner, so, with that in mind, we have 6 suggestions for things to do this fall before the weather turns!
Fall Rhapsody in the Capital City 🍁
Top of the list has to be soaking up the fall colours, which seem to be at their peak right now. And Gatineau Park is among the most popular spots for leaf spotting. Despite the fact that the National Capital Commission closed the Gatineau parkway last weekend due to the crowds, if you can make the time to get there for a hike (it’s usually a little quieter during the week), take advantage of the riot of colour.
Of course, there are plenty of other spots to check out, too, including along the Rideau Canal, the Arboretum and Major’s Hill Park.
Always a family-friendly event, it’s also peak apple-picking time. Wander through an orchard and pick your own or simply enjoy the outing and grab a pre-picked bag when you’re ready to go. There are several orchards in the area. Here’s a list of several pick-your-own spots.
An urban garden
A hidden gem in the city that is often forgotten is the horticultural garden at Algonquin College. Located just across from C building at Woodroffe and College avenues, the garden is open year-round and has lovely fall colours (plus a relaxing man-made waterfall).
Where the rivers meet
Overlooking Rideau Falls, where the Ottawa and Rideau rivers meet, Tavern on the Falls is a lovely spot to relax with friends and enjoy a drink and tasty treats. With stunning waterfall views and comfy couches, this seasonal patio will stay open until the end of October if the weather holds. Find it beside the Royal Canadian Geographic Society along Sussex Drive (1 John St.).
Sometimes we take for granted the things that are closest to us, like the graffiti wall at Brewer Park. This legal graffiti wall is a beautiful and constantly changing mural that shows off some of Ottawa's most talented artists. You can stop by here anytime, but why not take advantage while the weather is nice?
To market we go!
Many of the city’s farmer’s markets will wrap up by the end of October, although there are a few that stay open year-round. There’s nothing like fresh, local, organic produce and it’s always a good thing to shop local. So, check out a market near you while they’re still up and running. Find a list of markets here.
Enjoy the fall season in Ottawa!