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.
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.