6 Local Activities You Need To Do This Fall Season
1) Gatineau Park
Pink Lake, Gatineau Park
Fall is a great time to enjoy the season outdoors. But for some things you’ll want to act fast to catch them.
Take autumn leaves, for instance. They’re at their peak now, so if you want to see them in all their glory, don’t delay. Of course, Gatineau Park is a natural destination for tree spotting, but it’s certainly not the only one. What about Hog’s Back Falls, the Arboretum, the Mer Bleue Bog, even Major’s Hill Park?
Also in Gatineau Park
Luskville Falls, Gatineau Park
Fall Rhapsody began Sept. 29 and runs until Oct. 21. Along with the explosion of colour, there are various special events and activities taking place in the park, including Nature Days at Philippe Lake Oct. 13-14.
Picnics are encouraged and the National Capital Commission offers a free shuttle from downtown Ottawa and Gatineau to Pink Lake, King Mountain, the Champlain Lookout and Camp Fortune. And since the park parking lots can fill up quickly, especially on weekends, the shuttle is the best way to ensure you can get to where you’re trying to go.
2) Apple (& pumpkin) picking
A field of full Pumkins ready to be picked
Picking apples is a time-honoured fall activity, but did you know you can also pick your own pumpkins? If your front steps are not yet dotted with these Halloween gourds, a few that offer pick your own include Ferme l’Artisan Farm in Prescott-Russell, Cannamore Orchard near Embrun (there are also mazes, a spooky wagon ride and village and plenty of family activities) and the Log Cabin Orchard in Osgoode.
Some orchards still have apples on trees for picking, but at other places the picking is done and you’ll need to purchase from the orchard shop.
3) Pumpkinferno (Upper Canada Village)
A halloween must: the hand-carved pumpkin
In Morrisburg, about an hour’s drive south of downtown Ottawa, Upper Canada Village puts on an incredible show every fall called Pumpkinferno. The kilometre-long path through the historic site showcases over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins that are lit and arranged in impressive displays. It’s an Instagrammer’s dream.
4) Fun at farms
Going to the farm: an old fall tradition
There are several farms around the region that offer a plethora of activities and events to celebrate the fall harvest. You’ll find everything from mazes to hay rides, petting zoos to pedal carts, zip-lining to cow-train rides and more.
For the brave (translation: not for all family members), there is also a nighttime Fright Fest, Skreamers “insane asylum” and more.
And speaking of zip-lining, there’s awesome zip-lining to be had at Camp Fortune. You might even stop long enough to admire the beautifully coloured trees zipping by!
5) Haunted things
It might be a coincidence, but there’s word of several haunted places this fall. Haunted Walks of the old Carleton County Jail, the Haunted House on the Hill at the Billings Estate, Haunt Nights at Watson’s Mill, a Zombie Adventure at the Diefenbunker — things are getting downright spooky!
6) Fall treats
Maple syrup treats for the fall season
It seems just about everyone gets in on the act when it comes to fall treats. From pumpkin ale at the Clocktower Brew Pub (marking its 10th anniversary of the brew) to fall-coloured maple leaf cookies at Moulin de Provence, there are endless ways to get your pumpkin and spice fix, if you’re not too full of turkey and pumpkin pie, that is.
You can find more details about fall activities on the Ottawa Tourism's website here.
Go out and have fun this fall in Ottawa!
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