6 Fun Fall Activities to Explore in Ottawa
Autumn is one of the best times to visit Ottawa. The leaves begin to change colour, and the weather makes a shift toward cooler temperatures. If you’re planning a trip to the city this fall, be sure to consider Ottawa airport hotels so you can be as close as possible to all of the action. As you plan your itinerary, here are six fun fall activities to consider.
Parks are the perfect locations to watch the leaves change colour, and Gatineau Park is no exception. Every fall, residents come out in droves to enjoy Fall Rhapsody, which is replete with family-friendly activities and events. If ‘you’re not available for Fall Rhapsody, you can still visit the park in the fall and immerse yourself in nature on one of its many hiking trails. Families traveling together should make a point to visit the Sugar Bush Trail, which is stroller accessible.
Camp Fortune is located within Gatineau Park. It offers many unique attractions, especially for travelers who like a little adventure. For instance, you can take a chairlift ride or zipline through their aerial park. If heights aren’t your thing, don’t worry. You can also take a leisurely hike or enjoy one of their special fall programs.
Fall is the best time of year to get in the Halloween spirit, which means a trip to the award-winning Saunders Farm. They have the largest collection of hedge mazes in North America, and every fall, they host plenty of activities for guests to enjoy.
In particular, visitors flock to the farm’s Haunting Season and Frightfest. These events are brimming with Halloween-themed activities. Daytime visits are best for families, as the farm hosts attractions for all ages, like puppet shows and hayrides. But at night, the atmosphere takes a shift towards spookiness. When the sun goes down, this farm turns into a ghost town only for only the bravest guests to visit. The Barn of Terror and Haunted Hayride are exhilarating for older visitors, but are not recommended for little ones.
Fall is also the season of pumpkins, and there’s no better place to see the gourds in all their glory than at The Pumpkinferno Festival. This spectacular event takes place at Upper Canada Village and runs from early fall through October. When the sun goes down, the village is decorated with hand-carved pumpkins by the thousands. You never know which characters and images you’ll see within the pumpkins, so it’s an exciting time to check out what these talented artists can do.
Everybody loves a good farmer’s market, and ByWard market is the oldest (and largest) in Canada. It’s open year-round and has over one hundred stalls, which sell everything from fruits and vegetables to maple products and more. If you’re looking for pumpkins, or pumpkin-inspired treats and goodies, this is the place to be.
Haunted Walk of Ottawa
Most people have visited haunted houses, but have you ever visited a haunted town? Now you can. With Haunted Walk of Ottawa, you can explore Ottawa by lantern as guides lead you from one haunted site to another. You’ll even get to visit one of Canada’s most haunted buildings, the Hi-Ottawa Jail Hostel, and discover other areas in Ottawa that are believed to remain occupied by some ghostly guests.