Autumn is a special time to visit Ottawa, as vibrant fall colours frame the Capital’s national sights, and Fall Rhapsody celebrations and activities attract thousands to nearby Gatineau Park – just a 15-minute drive from Parliament Hill.
An annual event organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), Fall Rhapsody invites everyone to enjoy over 90 kilometres of trails that run through the Park – on foot or by bike – and to take part in family activities and free learning programs at the Park’s Visitor Centre. One not-to-be missed attraction is Mackenzie King Estate, the historic home and surrounding grounds built by Canada’s 10th and longest-serving Prime Minister. For spectacular views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa Valley, stop by the Champlain Lookout, or venture even higher atop the Eardley Escarpment at Luskville Falls.
And it’s never been easier to access the park during Fall Rhapsody! You can leave the car behind and take one of the free shuttles that depart from the ByWard Market neighbourhood in Ottawa, or from Camp Fortune in Gatineau (weekends, Sept. 30 to Oct. 22, 2017).
If you’re coming, be sure to bring your camera, pack a lunch and wear your hiking boots! Why not book a fall getaway package to Ottawa and get a deal on accommodations as well as attractions?
Fall Rhapsody takes place from September 30 to October 22, 2017.
What’s happening this weekend ????
Join us for some amazing tunes and tapas!
Enjoy lots of fun activities in Ottawa over the Thanksgiving long weekend! Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa October 13-16, 2017.
Fun in Ottawa continues this fall with lots of great activities! In an effort to assist your front-line staff with suggestions for guests/visitors, below is a list of great things to do in and around Ottawa this weekend. Please share with as many staff as possible.
- Learn about environmental initiatives with Ottawa’s environmental community this Thursday, October 12 at EcoFest at Lansdowne.
- On Saturday, October 14 enjoy the Whisky Ottawa Festival at the Canadian War Museum – don’t miss the food, classes, and of course the drinks! Make sure to check out the special exhibition Vimy – Beyond the Battle on now at the Canadian War Museum, wrapping up after Remembrance Day in November.
- As part of the ongoing Ottawa Sausage Fest, on now through Sunday, October 15, head to the ByWard Market neighbourhood for a Sausage Party and the Weiner Parade, both on Saturday, October 14. Admission is FREE!
- Enjoy the fall colours across Ottawa! Head to Nature Days at Lac Philippe (Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15), or hop on a scenic chairlift at Camp Fortune (Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15), and at Calabogie Peaks (Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15). Some Fall Rhapsody events are FREE!
- This is the final weekend to see MosaïCanada 150, the impressive horticulture display at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, QC. The walk-through experience wraps up on Sunday, October 15. FREE!
- Learn about Japanese culture at the Ottawa 2017 event Ottawa Welcomes the World: Japan, this Sunday, October 15 at Lansdowne. FREE!
- Get in the spirit of Halloween with Haunting Season (day) and Fright Fest (night) as they continue at Saunders Farm, now through Tuesday, October 31!
- Scare yourself at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum this Saturday, October 14 and on various dates until November as The Haunted Walk’s Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure returns!
- Check out the brand-new Escape Bicycle Tour, in partnership with C’est Bon Cooking! The Bike & Bites Tour is a 3-hour tour of Ottawa that explores Ottawa neighbhourhoods by bike and on foot, enjoying samples along the way from local eateries and restaurants. Check it out before the season ends!
What’s happening on the music scene….
- Going out best bets, Oct. 12 to 18
The National Arts Centre’s Ideas of North Festival concludes with a bang Saturday night when the NAC Orchestra and its music director and conductor Alexander Shelley join forces with Finnish violinist John Storgårds, who is also NACO’s principal guest conductor. Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s sublime fifth and seventh symphonies are on the program, along with Kaija Saariaho’s Graal théâtre. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert start at $20 at nac-cna.ca and the NAC box office.
The seventh annual edition of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest takes place Thursday through Sunday, presenting a 15-concert slate of Ottawa-area and visiting acts in the village about an hour south of Ottawa. Highlights include Friday night’s focus on electric jazz with concerts by Ottawa-based Modasaurus and Hamilton’s Brad Cheeseman Group, Saturday afternoon piano trio concerts by Bartosz Hadala and Steve Holt, Saturday night’s show by the young and swinging Montreal guitarist Sam Kirmayer, and Sunday’s horn-heavy concerts by Montrealer Jacques Kuba Seguin’s Odd Lot Sextet and the Ottawa-based Prime Rib Big Band. Tickets and info: merrickvillesjazzfest.com.
Kamancello is an improvisational duo consisting of Ottawa cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne and Shahriyar Jamshidi, who plays the kamanche, a bowed string instrument from the Middle East. Together, they’re known for blurring the borders between classical and world folk music. They release their self-titled album at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 12. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 8:30 p.m. with a set by vocalist Heather Sita Black. Admission is $10.Rock
The Weber Brothers wowed the crowd at the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest this past summer with a high-energy set that combined stellar musicianship and a fiery stage presence. The Maryland-born, Ontario-based roots rockers are back in the area on Saturday, Oct. 14, for a gig at Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank St., with the Fathers of Modern Rocketry. Showtime is 10 p.m. The cover charge is $15.
The irreverent singer-songwriter Carolyn Mark, aka the Boozy Chanteuse, returns to the Ottawa-Gatineau area for a Saturday-night gig at one of her favourite watering holes, the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield. Her “Middle Eastern” tour of central Canada continues to celebrate her latest album, the Queen of Vancouver Island, and finds her performing with Allison Brown and the New Best Friends. Tickets are $15, available in advance at theblacksheepinn.com. The music starts 8:30 p.m.