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 September 29th to October 21, 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 the bike routes for our cycling enthusiasts.  Check out the Ottawa Tourism Fall Page for a full list of things to do in the coming months.

What’s happening this weekend?

Playing in Grill41 at the Lord Elgin Hotel this Friday night at 9pm is Jazz Guitarist Roddy Ellias (pictured above). Join us for some amazing tunes and tapas!

There is lots to do in Ottawa this weekend, including many ways to observe Remembrance Day. Here is a list of activities happening in and around Ottawa this weekend, beginning November 8, 2018:

  • There are many ways to observe Remembrance Day in Ottawa:
    • The National Remembrance Day Ceremony and Veterans Parade on Sunday, November 11 at the National War Memorial (expect road closures around the area around the National War Memorial) FREE;
    • The Remembrance Day Ceremony at Beechwood Cemetery on Sunday, November 11 FREE;
    • A Memorial Hall Visitation and Livestream at the Canadian War Museum in the Memorial Hall where the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier will be illuminated with sunlight at 11:00am on Sunday, November 11. Be sure to also check out the new exhibition, Victory 1918 – The Last 100 Days, on now through March 2019;
    • The World Remembers: the names of those killed in war in 1918 and subsequent years are projected onto the Government Conference Centre each evening, ending on Sunday, November 11 FREE;
    • A Virtual Poppy Drop projected onto Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, honours Canada’s Fallen ending Sunday, November 11 FREE;
    • A multimedia presentation titled The Edge of Peace, projected onto globes in Confederation Park ending on Sunday, November 11 FREE;
    • A Remembrance Day Concert, The World Remembers, performed by the German Youth Orchestra at the National Arts Centre on Sunday, November 11 FREE.
    • Visit our Remembrance Day programming webpage for additional events and information.
  • Cheer on the Ottawa Senators this Thursday, November 8 as they play the Las Vegas Golden Nights at the Canadian Tire Centre!
  • Try your luck at the Casino du Lac-Leamy – there is up to $110,000 up for grabs at their Let’s Get Lucky themed nights, now through to mid-December! Enjoy ’70s game show themed music, online games, and more.
  • Dance away at the Ottawa Salsa Convention this Friday, November 9 until Sunday, November 11 at the Canadian Museum of History.
  • Check out the Inside Out Film Festival, featuring queer cinema from around the world at the National Gallery of Canada from Friday, November 9 until Monday, November 12.
  • Show your support for Ottawa’s Tornado Relief efforts at the After the Storm Tornado Relief Benefit Concert this Saturday, November 10 featuring the Jim Cuddy Band and many more great acts at the Arena at TD Place. FREE! but donations for relief efforts are greatly appreciated.

Some Remembrance Day programming has already begun or begins shortly, with the multimedia presentation The Edge of Peace in Confederation Park beginning on Sunday, November 4, the projection of the names of those who lost their lives in WWI onto the Government Conference Centre as part of multi-year project The World Remembers, and with the projection of commemorative poppies onto Centreblock at the Virtual Poppy Drop