September 25 to October 24, 2021
Every fall, as the days get shorter and temperatures drop, vibrant colours take over Ottawa–Gatineau. This spectacular show lasts only a few weeks, but attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the parks and natural spaces in Canada’s Capital Region.
Free NCC shuttle service starts this weekend
And other tips for visiting Gatineau Park during Fall Rhapsody
The free NCC shuttle service will be offered again starting this weekend until October 24, including Thanksgiving Monday. Hop on the shuttle at one of the pick-up locations downtown Ottawa and Gatineau; other than active transportation, the shuttle is the only way you can be sure to get to the popular destinations in the parkway sector, such as Pink Lake, the Mackenzie King Estate and Champlain Lookout.Masks (and courtesy) are mandatory aboard the shuttle, and space is limited: first come, first served. Service provided in partnership with the Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Camp Fortune.
Go for a hike while on tour: It’s all natural There are over 150 kilometres of natural trails for hiking and walking, and many unique and fascinating places to enjoy the fall colours in the Greenbelt. In addition to the popular spots, there are plenty of hidden gems tucked away from the crowds — like in the Shirleys Bay and Green’s Creek sectors.
Fun on the farm: What’s up?
- September 25 at Ottawa Farm Fresh: 2nd Annual Carrot Fest!
Enjoy food from Gather Café + Kitchen’s food truck, including espresso drinks, sweet and savoury baked goods, music, and a whole lot of carrot pulling! (rain date: October 2)
- October 23 (online, 5 pm to 6 pm): Annual Kiwan Sibling Pumpkin Carving Competition
- There are also corn mazes, wagon rides and much more. Check with our farmers.
Our picks for the foodie in you
We’ve created a fall escapade for the foodie in us all. Check out our blog: Agri-tourism visits in the Greenbelt. From east to south to west, there are Greenbelt farms all around Ottawa.
Tips to make the most of your outings
Before you set off on your outing, check the farms’ days and hours, how to get there, and if a booking is required. Most of all, don’t forget to check our website for advisories on closures and work taking place in the Greenbelt. It’s also important to remember to share the path, and to follow directives from local and provincial public health authorities.