Calling all autumn adventure seekers who want to get out and breathe in that crisp fall air! Ottawa’s vibrant outdoor scene is action-packed and sure to get the heart racing. Make your trip to Canada’s capital a colourful one with these eight fall outdoor activities:
Ziplining through Camp Fortune
Get a different perspective this fall as you zipline through the colourful treetops of scenic Gatineau Park and take a walk on the wild side over suspended bridges and rope walkways at Camp Fortune’s aerial park. Located just a 25-minute drive from Ottawa, Camp Fortune offers special fall programming on weekends for all levels of thrill seekers.
Jumping for joy at the Great Canadian Bungee
Sure to offer a view of the fall colours like no other, “The Rock” at Great Canadian Bungee is the only place in North America where you can experience a 200-foot drop. Just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, prepare to be mesmerized by the foliage as it reflects off the clear turquoise of the quarry below. By reservation and phone enquiry through fall.
Sky high with Ottawa Biplane Adventures
Feel that crisp fall air on your face from 1,500 feet in the sky as you fly over the Ottawa area, in a vintage biplane. Located at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa Biplane Adventures offers five different tours in an open cockpit aircraft for two passengers at a time. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of Canada’s capital including Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River. Fall is the perfect time to fly over colourful Gatineau Park!
Hiking the hues of Gatineau Park
Prepare to be immersed in a symphony of colours as you embark on the untamed terrain of one of Ottawa’s surrounding trails. Gatineau Park is located a short 20-minute drive from downtown Ottawa and its 165 kilometers of breathtaking trails are most popular in the fall when the surrounding greenery turns into a welcoming a rhapsody of autumn hues. Plus, during Fall Rhapsody, you can take the FREE shuttle from the ByWard Market neighbourhood or Camp Fortune!
Cycling around the city
With more than 600 kilometers of beautiful recreational pathways, Ottawa is a cyclist’s dream. The Ottawa River family-friendly bike trail makes its way past iconic sites like Parliament Hill, the Canadian War Museum and beyond. Or choose the Rideau Canal bike trail which follows the UNESCO World Heritage Site past Lansdowne and the Glebe neighbourhood, all the way to picturesque Dows Lake. First, make a pitstop at RentABike or Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals and choose your ride by the hour or by the day – each bike comes with a helmet and bike lock!
Self-drive safari at Parc Omega
If you’ve never been close enough to pet an elk before, there’s no time like the present at Parc Oméga. In fall, the forest is a burst of colour surrounding this 15-kilometre (9 mile) self-drive Canadian safari. Only 45 minutes from downtown Ottawa in the rural area of Montebello, Quebec, you’re right in the centre of Canadian wildlife in their natural habitats.
Rock climbing the Eardley Escarpment
With 64 different climbing routes over five different rock faces, the picturesque Eardley Escarpment in Gatineau Park is worth scaling for the view – once you get to the top, of course! Accessible all year-round, see breathtaking views of the Ottawa Valley from 300 meters up.
If photography is your adventure of choice, take a look at our suggestions for Top Places to Photograph in Ottawa this Fall.