Autumn is a special time to visit Ottawa, as vibrant fall colours frame the Capital’s national sights, and Fall Rhapsody celebrations and activities attract thousands to nearby Gatineau Park – just a 15-minute drive from Parliament Hill.
An annual event organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), Fall Rhapsody invites everyone to enjoy over 90 kilometres of trails that run through the Park – on foot or by bike – and to take part in family activities and free learning programs at the Park’s Visitor Centre. One not-to-be missed attraction is Mackenzie King Estate, the historic home and surrounding grounds built by Canada’s 10th and longest-serving Prime Minister. For spectacular views of the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa Valley, stop by the Champlain Lookout, or venture even higher atop the Eardley Escarpment at Luskville Falls.
And it’s never been easier to access the park during Fall Rhapsody! You can leave the car behind and take one of the free shuttles that depart from the ByWard Market neighbourhood in Ottawa, or from Camp Fortune in Gatineau (weekends, Sept. 30 to Oct. 22, 2017).
If you’re coming, be sure to bring your camera, pack a lunch and wear your hiking boots! Why not book a fall getaway package to Ottawa and get a deal on accommodations as well as attractions?
Fall Rhapsody takes place from September 30 to October 22, 2017.