AU­TUMN Out­ings

Get out­doors and make the most of fall in the cap­i­tal

Where Ottawa - - Front Page - BY AMY ALLEN

WHETHER YOU TAKE IN the reds and yel­lows of au­tumn with a stroll through the woods, party down at lo­cal fairs and fes­ti­vals, or ob­serve Hal­loween sea­son with Ot­tawa’s in­cor­po­real res­i­dents, fall is a great time to be in the cap­i­tal. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks for Ot­tawa’s au­tumn ac­tiv­i­ties.

FOR THE OUT­DOORSPER­SON

If you’re look­ing to get away from civ­i­liza­tion for a lit­tle while,

Gatineau Park is the place to do it. Whether you take a leisurely pace on foot or zip through on a bike, the au­tum­nal beauty of the park’s forests will take your breath away. Climb King Moun­tain, the high­est point in the park, for a stun­ning view of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side, or trek the paths along the beau­ti­ful green wa­ters of Pink Lake. Ex­plore the Macken­zie King Es­tate, for­mer home to one of Canada’s great prime min­is­ters, where quaint cot­tages, well tended gar­dens, and a col­lec­tion of ru­ins will trans­port you back to the early days of the 20th cen­tury. The park’s many lakes are great for ca­noe­ing, kayak­ing, and pedal boating, too! Gatineau Park, 866-456-3016, gatineau­park.ca

FOR THE CRAFT BEER CON­NOIS­SEUR

Beau’s Ok­to­ber­fest taps an as­ton­ish­ing num­ber of beer casks at this high-spir­ited, On­tar­ian ver­sion of Bavaria’s fa­mous fes­ti­val. And while you may be tempted to bust out your leder­ho­sen for the oc­ca­sion (and you should), there’s more to this event than just schnitzel and tubas. Some of Canada’s big­gest in­die mu­si­cians take to the stage over the fes­ti­val’s two days to rock the crowd. Test your strength with a keg toss and other games, catch skate­board­ing on the half­pipe, par­tic­i­pate in fam­ily friendly ac­tiv­i­ties with the kids, and more. The event runs on Oc­to­ber 2 and 3 in Van­kleek Hill, just east of Ot­tawa. Van­kleek Hill Fair­grounds, 92 Main St. W., Van­kleek Hill, 866-585-2337, beau­sok­to­ber­fest.ca

FOR THE MU­SIC FAN

Ac­cor­dions, ban­jos, and glock­en­spiels, oh my! CityFolk Fes­ti­val brings some ac­claimed names in folk mu­sic to the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing Of Mon­sters and Men, the Ice­landic band whose de­but sin­gle, “Lit­tle Talks”, cap­tured imag­i­na­tions world­wide. Other acts to look out for: Van Mor­ri­son, UB40, Lucinda Wil­liams, The Avett Broth­ers, Pas­sen­ger, Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, Lisa LeBlanc, Jenn Grant, Scar­lett Jane, and Pa­trick Wat­son. New this year is Mar­vest, an ini­tia­tive that sees up to 80 lo­cal acts play at restau­rants, bars, and stores in the Glebe over the course of the fes­ti­val. And when you need a bit of fuel to keep you go­ing, grab a beer and nosh on some food pro­vided by lo­cal ven­dors in the Ar­ti­san Vil­lage. Lans­downe Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-230-8234, city­folk­fes­ti­val.com

FOR THE WHOLE FAM­ILY

In the coun­try­side just west of Ot­tawa, the an­nual Carp Fair has been bring­ing the fun since 1863. Although the fair has evolved sig­nif­i­cantly from its days as an agri­cul­tural ex­hi­bi­tion, you’ll still wit­ness sheep shear­ing, rope mak­ing, cat­tle and horse shows, wagon races, and the Disco Dogs dog show, where pur­pose­ful pooches nav­i­gate an ob­sta­cle course set to mu­sic from the ‘70s. There’s also plenty to do to keep the kids oc­cu­pied, from a mid­way and games to magic shows and a pet­ting zoo. All the while, coun­try mu­si­cians from across Canada ser­e­nade the crowds — check out Ge­orge Canyon, the two time Juno Award-win­ning mu­si­cian from the east coast, and Ot­tawa’s own up-and-comer Jor­dan McIn­tosh. Carp Fair­grounds, Carp, 613-839-2172, carp­fair.ca

FOR THE THRILL SEEKER

Ot­tawa is pos­i­tively teem­ing with ghosts and ghouls, and the fine folks at The Haunted Walk want to tell you all about it. They lead a num­ber of tours at some of the city’s most rec­og­niz­able land­marks. The Crime and Pun­ish­ment and Ghosts and the Gal­lows tours ven­ture into the Ot­tawa Jail Hos­tel, a for­mer prison that housed one of Canada’s most no­to­ri­ous con­victs: Pa­trick Whe­lan, who was ex­e­cuted for the mur­der of politi­cian D’Arcy McGee in 1869. On the Orig­i­nal Haunted Walk, guides share their favourite sto­ries about haunt­ings at down­town lo­ca­tions such as the Fair­mont Château Lau­rier, Old City Hall, and the Bytown Mu­seum. There are other, less ghostly, tours to check out, too. Join their Time Travel Trail Ad­ven­ture to hear all about Ot­tawa’s hid­den history, par­tic­i­pate in a mock duel, and wear a silly mous­tache. See the Haunted Walk web­site for tour avail­abil­ity and sched­ule. 46½ Sparks St., 613-232-0344, haunt­ed­walk.com

WWW.WHERE.CA

Op­po­site: Fall colours at Gatineau Park Above: Con­certs, danc­ing, and games at Beau’s Ok­to­ber­fest Be­low: Of Mon­sters and Men and Wilco per­form at CityFolk Fes­ti­val

Above: Wagoners pre­pare for a horse show at the Carp Fair Right: An intrepid tour guide lights the way at the Haunted Walk of Ot­tawa

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