AUTUMN COLOURS AND HALLOWEEN FUN
The beautiful fall colours are the first things to love about Ottawa autumns but certainly not the last! Enjoy Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park, with a free shuttle from downtown Ottawa on weekends September 29-October 21, 2018 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 and fauna.
Be sure to catch Mosaïculture Gatineau 2018 before it ends October 15, 2018. This horticulture extravaganza will surprise and delight, with 45 impressive sculptures made of plants and flowers along a one-kilometre walking route in Jacques-Cartier Park, just across the Alexandra Bridge from Ottawa and near the Canadian Museum of History.
Even more gardens across Ottawa are highlighted during the Garden Fall Rhapsody event October 6-8, 2018.
Create your own tour via self-guided cycling routes in both the urban and rural areas of the region thanks to the City of Ottawa. The routes also highlight attractions, restaurants, coffee shops, and more to round out your experience!
Thousands of pumpkins draw crowds at Upper Canada’s Village’s annual Pumpkinferno display! More than 7,000 illuminated, handcrafted pumpkins set the scene at the recreated 19th century site in Morrisburg Ontario, just an hour’s drive south of downtown Ottawa (Thursdays through Sundays, September 28-October 28, 2018).
Celebrate beer in true fall form… at Oktoberfest! Beau’s Oktoberfest (September 21-22, 2018) is an annual celebration by Beau’s Brewing Co., located just one hour’s drive east of Ottawa in tiny Vankleek Hill. This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary and features live music (Sloan, Joel Plaskett and the Emergency), 15 Beau’s beers, more than 50 guest taps, lots of food, family fun, and much more!
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): the grounds are decorated and welcome visitors in the evening. Last year, lucky visitors even met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette as they gave out candy to trick-or-treaters.
Haunting Season at Saunders Farm (September 22-October 31, 2018; 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 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 work with a number of other local producers and growers.
The Haunted Walk of Ottawa pulls out all the stops 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! One of the stops along the classic Ghosts and the Gallows Tour is the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, a jail-turned-historical-landmark where guests can stay the night in a converted cell.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the Festival Latino Ottawa at Lansdowne on November 3, 2018! This year, the celebration includes a festival with food, children’s activities, altars, and even a parade—which is open to visitors to participate in, as long as they wear their Catrin or Catrina costumes, and paint their faces as a skull.