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 in downtown Ottawa.

From October 1 to 23, 2022, enjoy Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park.  Enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display and explore the unique and fascinating places that offer magnificent views – as well as being great spots to have a picnic in nature, take a walk in the woods or enjoy a bike ride.  And, you’ll encounter far few people there during the week.

Complete your day at Fall Rhapsody with the Nordik Spa-nature wellness experience. Swimming pools, saunas & massage treatments at a wellness center modeled on Northern European spas. Take a break from your routine and enjoy the Nordik this fall!

Or for the more adventurous, there is Great Canadian Bungee Jumping near Wakefield, ziplining at Camp Fortune, visiting Parc Omega, in addition to all the best hiking and biking trails for those with lots of energy!  Check out the Ottawa Tourism Fall Page for a full list of things to do in the coming months.  For those that would like to get the best of Ottawa, check out Ottawa Tourism’s Event Calendar!

Here are a few suggestions:

Animation Festival goes virtual! Until September 25th, enjoy tons of great animation films and talks, workshops, professional development and more.

Things get spooky at Saunders Farm an all-time favourite of families around Halloween…Check out their schedule here:
Fall Pumpkin Days
SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 30, 2022.
Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm, Thanksgiving Monday 10am-5pm

SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 31, 2022.
Friday & Saturdays 6pm-11pm
OCTOBER 23 – 31
Every night, 6pm-10pm

Taste of Wellington West – September 24th

BACK ON THE STREET! More than 100 Hintonburg & Wellington Village restaurants & shops will again be offering free food samples, discounts, sales, and entertainment across our area from Island Park to the O-Train tracks – all in support of the TASTE festival’s permanent charity, Parkdale Food Centre. Presented by Mann Lawyers.

NAC Orchestra’s SPHERE Festival – September 22-25, 2022
Enjoy a mix of Canadian, Indigenous, and Nordic composers, musicians, visual artists, writers, and scientists for a multidisciplinary conversation about the sphere we call home

Canadian Culinary Championship – September 26, 2022
Cordon Bleu – Ottawa

Whiskey Ottawa – October 1, 2022
Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Spa Nordik  – located int the heart of Gatineau, you cannot find a better

Find out more great activities to do in and around Ottawa on the Ottawa Insider Blog!