Au­tum­nal Ex­pe­di­tions

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It’s easy to see why vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike flock to the woods in the fall, when the lush greens turns to auburn and ochre. Here are the best spots in the Ot­tawa re­gion to spot na­ture’s new do Rideau canal

Most fa­mous as the world’s largest skat­ing rink in win­ter, the Ot­tawa land­mark of wind­ing wa­ter and an­cient lock sta­tions is lined by old growth. Walk­ing, cy­cling, or jog­ging along the Rideau Canal will give you a star­tling tour of the city. For an ac­tive after­noon, na­ture-lovers can rent a bike and spend the day cy­cling the length of the canal. If you’d pre­fer to be right on the wa­ter, con­sider a boat cruise or even pad­dling your­self around on a kayak.

Gatineau Park

Pack a lunch and get out your hik­ing shoes or moun­tain bikes be­cause the nat­u­ral oa­sis of the Gatineau Hills is a great get­away with many spec­tac­u­lar views. Sev­eral places of­fer awe-in­spir­ing vis­tas, and camp­sites are open un­til mid-Oc­to­ber for those look­ing to stay overnight. Ot­tawa is just a stone’s throw away from the Park’s nu­mer­ous trails that lead to places like Cham­plain Look­out at the top of the Eard­ley Es­carp­ment and the fam­ily-friendly board­walk that bor­ders Pink Lake.

The Do­min­ion Ar­bore­tum

Lo­cated in the mid­dle of the city on the Cen­tral Ex­per­i­men­tal Farm, the Ar­bore­tum puts on the fall dis­play in many ways. There are over 30 dif­fer­ent species of ma­jes­tic maples among the thou­sands of trees and shrubs, some of which date back to 1889 shortly af­ter the Farm was founded. The Ar­bore­tum con­tains benches, lawns, two look­out points, and a na­ture trail, all of which bor­ders the beau­ti­ful Rideau Canal.

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