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.

From October 5 to 27th, 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.

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 of 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, have a look at this three-day Itinerary that Ottawa Tourism has put together with care!

What’s happening this weekend?

Playing in Grill41 at the Lord Elgin Hotel this Thursday night at 9pm for live Jazz . Join us for some amazing tunes and tapas!

There is plenty to do in Ottawa as November begins! Here is a list of some activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning October 31, 2019:

  • Each year, trick-or-treaters flock to Rideau Hall to visit the grounds and celebrate Halloween – you may even catch a glimpse of the Governor General! This year on Thursday, October 31 enjoy the spooky theme of Dinner with the DeadFREE!
  • Head to the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum this Thursday, October 31 in your best costume for the Toddler’s Halloween Hunt – enjoy crafts, candy, and a photo station!
  • Check out this great way to get fit – the National Arts Centre is offering Powwow Workout Classes, Thursdays at noon until mid-December. FREE!
  • There’s a new exhibition at the Bank of Canada Museum! Learn about the traditions and superstitions around money now until November 2020 at the Luck and Lore FREE!
  • It’s a busy weekend at Lansdowne! Cheer on the Ottawa REDBLACKS in their final game of the season on Friday, November 1; then celebrate the Day of the Dead, watch Rick Mercer and take part in the Cookie Run on Saturday, November 2.
  • Visit the Ottawa Art Gallery for the Ottawa International Burlesque Festival and the Ottawa Canadian Film Festival, both on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. Check out more great programming here!
  • The National Gallery of Canada is offering a Creative Thursdays: Hallowe’en Makeup demonstration this Thursday, October 31! Admission is FREE every Thursday between 5pm-8pm!
  • Angela Hewitt: Bach Odyssey, presented by Chamberfest, continues with a performance Monday, November 4 at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
  • Shop for unique finds at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this Sunday, November 3 at Carleton University.
  • Enjoy fine teas and tasty chocolate at the Tea & Chocolate Festival this Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 at the Nepean Sportsplex.
  • Remembrance week begins at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum with A Time to Remember offering activities on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 as well as the weekend following this. While at the museum, check out their great interactive flight exhibition, Above and Beyond, on until January 2020!

Don’t forget to share your pictures of this weekend on social media using #MyOttawa!