5 Things you NEED to do in Ottawa this Fall

Pumpkin spice? Sweater weather? That’s right, fall is finally here! This is the perfect time of year to enjoy everything pumpkin, the changing colours of the leaves and the cool brisk weather. Ottawa is beautiful in the fall! The National Capital Region is known for its scenic outdoors, and we’re sure you’ll love all the city has to offer this time of year. We’ve rounded up the 5 best events in Ottawa to check out this fall.


Byward Market


The Byward Market is one of the largest and oldest public markets in Ottawa. Hosting a variety of vendors, you’ll be able to shop local produce and handmade products in downtown Ottawa. This time of year you’ll find lots of fresh produce like local squash and root vegetables. After shopping, enjoy the restaurants, cafes and museums all located steps from the market. There’s something for everyone in Ottawa’s Byward Market!


Fall Rhapsody at Gatineau Park


Located just minutes from downtown Ottawa, the beautiful Gatineau Park will give you the full fall experience by being surrounded by nature. Fall Rhapsody has a variety of fall activities to take part in like tasting local food, watching artists at work and taking in the beautiful scenery.


Nordik Spa


This picture perfect spa is the place to enjoy some relaxing time while visiting Ottawa. The Nordik Spa’s Thermal Experience offers a variety of tubs and saunas meaning you’ll find something everyone will enjoy. Feeling tense after that big business meeting? They also offer a few different types of massages. Take in the beautiful sights and fall colours while taking a relaxing day off at this Chelsea gem. It’s open year round, so you can have a relaxing soak even on a chilly day!




Do you love carving pumpkins? Do you think you’re a pro pumpkin carver? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’ll definitely want to check out the pumpkin exhibit at Pumpkinferno. This festival has over 7000 beautifully carved pumpkins on display for you to see. Trust us, it’ll be worth seeing these impressively carved pumpkins.


Haunted Walk of Ottawa


This group walking tour is a staple in Ottawa, and if you’re visiting for the first time, you’ve got to try it! There’s no better way to tour the city. Do you believe in ghosts? The Haunted Walk of Ottawa is a spooky tour through downtown Ottawa that tells the story of Ottawa’s past and takes you through the city to give you a little bit of history with a heavy dose of creepy. Are you in?


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