Ottawa in Fall

By Viator, August 2013

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Fall is a great time to visit Ottawa, as the weather is mild and the season transforms the city into a colorful world of reds, browns, oranges and purples. You also have two options in terms of crowds, as the beginning of Fall is high season, while November on is considered low season. Historically a lumber town, today visitors can experience art, culture, history, dining, nightlife, festivals and natural beauty, especially in autumn.

If you’re visiting Ottawa in the Fall, try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The city fills with vibrant foliage, so bring your camera and do some leaf peeping. Head to the Stony Swamp area right outside Ottawa, with 25 miles (40 kilometers) of trails, wetland boardwalks, bird life and leafy woodland. You can also explore some of the major parks in Ottawa, like Andrew Haydon Park, Brewer Park and Britannia Park.

Visiting Ottawa during the Fall is also a great time to enjoy an array of fun festivals. First of all, this is when the X-Ottawa Photography Festival celebrates the art of photography -- a great skill to have during Fall foliage season -- through film, lectures and art. There’s also the O-Town Hoedown, a fun festival showcasing local country music in an array of styles, like bluegrass, cowpunk and rockabilly. The five-day Ottawa Food and Wine Festival is another top autumn event where people can experience local culture through the tongue. Other worthwhile fall festivals include the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa Fashion Week and Nuit Blanche Ottawa.

Fall is also the perfect time to explore the local farmers markets, farms and fruit stands. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market features over 100 vendors and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (locations vary) until mid-November. There’s also the year-round Ottawa Organic Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm where you can peruse all kinds of organic food fare. Mountain Orchards is also a great stop in the Fall for those interested in apple picking (they have eight varieties), corn mazes, wagon rides and other family-fun activities through Thanksgiving.

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