Fall has officially arrived in Ottawa and with the vibrant hues of the leaves in Gatineau Park, the splendor of the Rideau Canal, and the historic architecture of downtown Ottawa, the backdrop is set for a perfect autumn adventure. Here are a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Ottawa this fall.

Fall Rhapsody & Other Activities In Gatineau Park


Gatineau Park is one of Canada’s largest parks, spanning over a spectacular 90,000 acres. This fall get out in nature and explore one of the park’s many scenic hiking trails, with views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa Valley. Not into hiking? Check out Fall Rhapsody this October, where you can enjoy farm-fresh products, local artwork, family friendly activities and live entertainment all weekend long.

Beaver Tails and the ByWard Market


The ByWard Market is Ottawa’s shopping hotspot – including a wide-array of local boutiques, shops and restaurants, as well as one of Canada’s largest outdoor farmers’ markets. Hosting almost 200 local vendors, the ByWard farmers’ market is a great spot to browse any day of the week. Bring your kids to pick out the perfect Halloween pumpkin, find the freshest produce for your fall dinner parties, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a Beaver Tail. You can find it all at the ByWard Market!

Cycle Through the City


Whether you choose to hop on one of the many downtown friendly bike paths, or head out to a more scenic trail, biking through Ottawa is one of the best ways to explore the city. Don’t have a bike? RentABike has you covered. With over 300 bikes to rent, you’ll be hitting the bike paths in no time.

A Splendid Fall Boat Ride


Before the trees lose their leaves and the cold air sets in, have one last boating adventure through the Rideau Canal or the Ottawa River. Grab your kayak or canoe and enjoy a solo ride, or take advantage of one of Ottawa’s many family-friendly boat tours.

What will you be doing outdoors this fall in Ottawa? Tell us on Facebook or tag us in your photos on Instagram.

Photos featured in this blog courtesy of Ottawa Tourism.

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