In Ottawa, the arrival of fall brings with it a picturesque palette of autumnal foliage and cool, crisp conditions that make being outdoors a delight. Here are just a few ways to make the most out a fall trip to Canada’s capital.
Sail down the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO-listed waterway that flows from Dow’s Lake to the Ottawa River, passing landmarks such as Chateau Laurier and TD Place Stadium along the way.
Pedal past Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum, Byward Market, and Rideau Falls during a bike tour. Most tours follow dedicated cycle paths, such as the Rideau Canal Pathway or the Ottawa River Pathway.
Go leaf-peeping by horseback in the scenic Ottawa Valley.
Head to Gatineau Park to experience the annual Fall Rhapsody festival, whose program includes family-friendly workshops, nature walks, community events, and performances.
Take a guided walking tour around Downtown Ottawa, where statues, monuments, and murals abound. Find out about the fascinating history behind sights such as the Famous Five and the Victoria Tower Bell.
Get in the Halloween spirit on a visit to Saunders Farm. During the annual Haunting Season event, the farm offers haunted walks, spooky attractions, and farm-fresh fall foods.