Where to See Fall Foliage In and Near Ottawa

Fall colours in New York state

If you’ve recently stumbled upon this post, I’ve updated it due to COVID-19 travel restrictions here.

This year, I am invested in seeing and capturing as many places in and around Ottawa with fall foliage as possible. I gave myself a “to-do” list of where to go and scheduled it in my calendar to make sure I wasn’t planning other things. This week has started to become prime fall foliage cover in and around Ottawa and I wanted to share a few places I’ve been (and will be visiting).

Fall is my favourite time of year, even though it’s a whirlwind of trying to cram as much in as possible before the cold hits here in Ottawa. I look forward to the fall colours every year and this year has been no exception!

The best tool to see how the colours are doing is a Google search for “Place + Fall Foliage Map”. Day trips from Ottawa include Ontario Parks, upstate New York and Quebec. I wrote a small post on what I wanted to do in Ottawa and I included a few places within the City to check out the colours. Here’s my round-up of the best places to visit in and around Ottawa to experience fall.

1. In Ottawa: Hog’s Back Falls, Rideau Canal, Major’s Hill Park, Parliament Hill, Arboretum

2.Β Gatineau Park: Fall Rapsody has started and my favourite fall hikes are: Pink Lake, King Mountain, Meech Lake, Carbide Wilson Ruins

Pink Lake from Above

3. Hikes with great lookouts: Eagle’s Nest, Rock Dunder, Barron Canyon Trail, Champlain Lookout

Eagles Nest

4. Day Trips from Ottawa: Adirondacks, Lake Placid, Calabogie, Mont St. Marie, Mont Tremblant

Cobble Hill Lookout
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Driving through the Adirondacks
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Lake Placid

A few interesting ways to see the fall foliage are: Calabogie chairlift, Biplane Adventure, Fall Rapsody bus shuttle, bike along the canal, helicopter ride

Calabogie Chairlift
Biplane Adventure
Biplane Adventure

Where are your favourite places to see the fall colours in Ottawa or within a day’s drive?

2 thoughts on “Where to See Fall Foliage In and Near Ottawa

  1. Okay WOW what a great post filled with amazing pictures and awesome suggestions!! Have done most of these but 100% adding the rest to my list. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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