The Ottawa Region is known for its spectacular nature and outdoor charm, as well as the magic of Canada’s capital. The museums, artistic events, restaurants, nightlife, and classic fall staples make the arrival of Fall more exciting as Ottawa locals and visitors look for ways to experience the beauty of the season. Here are 25+ fun things to do this fall season in the Ottawa region.
1. Taste of Wellington West
Discover the delights of the neighbourhoods of Hintonburg and Wellington West. TASTE of Wellington West showcases the very best flavours and features of the area and includes foodie features, art night, cooking demonstrations and more!
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2. Go apple picking
Go apple picking at the stunning Ottawa area Orchards, and choose from several varieties such as the Cortland Apple, McIntosh, Ambrosia, Golden Delicious and more, and complement your visit with a wagon ride, a walk through the corn maze, or a stroll on a forest trail.
3. Attend the Ottawa International Animation Festival
View some of the world’s most unique, cutting-edge, and quirky animation pieces at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, a place where big name and independent animation companies like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network come together.
4. Fall Fairs
5. Day of the Dead
Immerse yourself in Mexican culture in the midst of the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood as the community gathers to celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, festivals, and activities the dead enjoyed in their lifetime. With special programming including Mariachi performances, authentic Mexican cuisine, artisan market, folkloric dancers and much more, the Dead of the Dead Festival is an unforgettable experience.
6. Enjoy the Cranberry at Upper Canada Cranberries
Pick some juicy, nutritious cranberries at the only commercial cranberry grower in Eastern Ontario – Upper Canada Cranberries. This vitamin C-loaded fruit is used to make amazing frozen sliced cranberries, jams, and sauces, available on the farm. The farm is open most days during harvest time from mid-September to mid-November.
7. Hike to a Scenic Lookout
What better time to hike to a lookout than visit a scenic lookout from where you can enjoy fabulous fall colours. Visit some of the lookouts in and around the Ottawa and Gatineau area where you can enjoy panoramic views and both hidden gems and well-known spots in the outdoors.
8. Pumpkin Fest
Bring a picnic and come join for a ghostly gathering in a country setting at Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, just a few minutes from Orleans and 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.
9. Festival Franco-Ontarien
Join for the biggest francophone celebration in Ottawa, with concerts, street art and entertainment celebrating Franco Ontarian culture. The Festival Franco-Ontarien Teksavvy will present three evenings of unique custom-made shows.
10. Kick off the Halloween season with Pumpkinferno
Discover mesmerizing carved-pumpkin displays on a tour through an outdoor art exhibit of 7000 handcrafted pumpkins along a 19th century backdrop.
11. Shop for produce at the ByWard Market
Take a visit to one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, a small square with quaint museums, specialty food stores, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and galleries for a one-of-a-kind experience.
12. Zipline through Camp Fortune
Head to Camp Fortune and challenge your strength and endurance on the aerial courses and zip lines.
13. The Sawmill at Lansdowne
“The Sawmill at Lansdowne” will feature the largest, longest, most terrifying walking experience produced by Saunders Farm to date. Guests will be exposed to the latest in scare technology, over a dozen live actors, and street theatre performances before and after their visit all taking place on The Great Lawn, located on the south side of the historic (and spooky) Aberdeen Pavilion.
14. Fall Rhapsody
15. Celebrate Halloween season at Saunders’ Farm
16. Go on an Ottawa Haunted Walk
Celebrating 20 years of haunted storytelling adventures in Ottawa, as well as Toronto and Kingston, the Haunted Walk tours guests around some of the most haunted spots around the city.
17. Relax at the Nordik Spa-Nature
18. Flyover Gatineau Park with Ottawa Biplane Adventures
Take a seat in an open cockpit Biplane and fly across Ottawa to see fall colours from up above.
Enjoy some live music at NAC. In an unconventional production with limited capacity, Feist invites the audience to reclaim the stage with MULTITUDES; an intimate performance of new material. The production, developed by Feist with legendary designer Rob Sinclair (David Byrne’s American Utopia, Peter Gabriel, Tame Impala), is an in-the-round performance experienced in custom 18-point D&B Soundscape immersive audio.
20. Attend a dinner theatre
Attend the legendary Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show. This two-hour show features all-Canadian music: from maritime folk songs to modern pop. Come meet our singing Mountie, Hockey Player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and more.
21. Go on a Haunted Hay Ride
22. Rideau Canal Cruise
See fall colours from the water. Sail for 90 minutes on the iconic Rideau Canal and have a novel view of downtown Ottawa! The National Arts Centre, Lansdowne Park, Dow’s Lake, and many more scenic views await you!
23. Go Pumpkin Picking.
Enjoy fall at Cannamore Orchards. Family Activity Weekends begin on the labour day weekend and continue until Thanksgiving weekend in early October. Activities include apple/pumpkin picking, family activities, and the famous Acres of Terror Halloween Haunts!
24. Bushels of Fun Down on the Farm
Visit Ottawa’s historic farm that was originally settled in 1854. You can walk through the original home of the Bradley’s and take in how they lived right here over 150 years ago! In addition, the corn maze will be open for those who want to try their skills at finding their way through the maze. There will be wagon rides, lots of friendly animals to see, feed and touch and the kid’s barn, three different hay play structures to climb and explore and more for a fun day with the kids at the farm.
25. Fall in Love with Maple
Visit Ottawa area maple farms to enjoy the fabulous colours of Fall as sugar maple trees change from green to vibrant yellows, blazing oranges and crimson reds.
26. Shop at One World Bazaar
Packed to the rafters with goods from all areas of the globe, it truly is a feast for the senses, and is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Come out for a fall afternoon and experience the beauty and uniqueness of handmade goods.
27. Crave Food & Wine Festival
Check this new food and wine festival worthy of the Capital’s cravings for good drinks, delicious bites and an unforgettable time. The Crave Food & Wine Festival is an immersive food and wine event that highlights a multitude exhibitor from some of the City’s best restaurants, breweries, distilleries as well as provincial wineries and international brands.