Oktoberfests, Halloween and other fall treats in Ottawa
A riot of colour explodes each autumn
The beautiful fall colours are the first things to love about Ottawa autumns but certainly not the last! Enjoy Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park, weekends October 1-12—and hiking in the gorgeous park all year round—or explore the Greenbelt surrounding Ottawa, including the unique Mer Bleue bog with its Arctic-like flora.
Of course, autumn also brings Oktoberfests and Beau’s Oktoberfest (September 23-24, 2016) is not to be missed! Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company is the proud—and environmentally friendly—host. Great bands, food from some of the region’s best restaurants and fun games round out the offering; shuttle buses available from Ottawa, Montréal and Cornwall.
Meanwhile, Oktoberfest Ottawa runs September 30-October 1, 2016 in the Barrhaven neighbourhood, just southwest of downtown, featuring a huge beer tent (340 feet long) and live entertainment.
Ottawa is the place to go if you’re looking to satisfy a Halloween craving, but want to try something besides the usual candy! Though, if you ARE looking for candy on October 31, try Rideau Hall (home of the Governor General): between 5:00 and 8:00pm, the grounds are decorated! Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went trick or treating with his young family in the neighbourhood!
Haunting Season at Saunders Farm (September 24 – October 31, 2016; mainly Friday through Sunday: check schedule) is a tradition for families in the Ottawa area. In addition to spooky activities like the Haunted Hay Ride and Barn of Terror, the many outdoor hedge mazes, and special programming for kids, Saunders Farm is also a working farm at its heart. Besides growing some of the food sold at the restaurants on-site, they are also members of Savour Ottawa and work with a number of other local producers and growers.
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa pulls out all the stops between October 7 and 31 to introduce visitors and locals alike to the city’s spooky history. The creepy ghost stories and haunting in the Original Haunted Walk and the Ghosts and the Gallows tour are fun for everyone who loves a great fright!
The Haunted Walk folks have also paired with the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, a chilling enough attraction since it was built to withstand a nuclear blast. During Incident at the Bunker: A Zombie Adventure, visitors are whisked back in time to a fictional outbreak at the bunker which leads to a zombie attack! October 29, 30 and November 5.