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Top autumn experiences in Ottawa
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Fall is magical in Canada’s capital. The leaves offer a lovely backdrop for fun, the weather is perfect, and it is harvest time. Here’s what to do in Ottawa in the fall and where to wind down after a day spent crunching through colorful leaves.
Take spectacular snaps of the changing leaves surrounding Ottawa’s Neo-Gothic Parliament Hill buildings, which were completed in 1876. Pro tip: Major’s Hill Park provides the best angle for photos.
Historical reenactment site Upper Canada Village hosts a Halloween fest called Pumpkinferno, which runs from September 24th until October 31st and features 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins as well as an illuminated night tour.
Trans Canada Trail
Bike along one of Ottawa’s many gorgeous trails, including the stretch of the 16,777-mile Trans Canada Trail that skirts the Ottawa River from downtown to Kanata. Find more fabulous trails in the Greenbelt, a protected halo around the city.
This magnificent collection of trees and shrubs features 2,000+ varieties across 86 acres. Some even date back to the first plantings in 1889. Enjoy its views of the Rideau Canal, Carleton University, Dow’s Lake, and the surrounding city.
Fly along the new 1,400-foot zipline, Interzip Rogers, which stretches across the Ottawa River and over the provincial border to Quebec, hitting speeds of 25mph. Don't wait to visit- the zipline's season ends October 31st.
Pumpkins and apples
Farms and orchards such as Proulx Farm and Mountain Orchards offer visitors the chance to pick perfect apples and other delicious autumn produce just outside the Ottawa city limits.
Remember fallen soldiers with a poppy pinned to your shirt at Canada’s National Military Cemetery on November 11, Remembrance Day. Beechwood Cemetery also hosts historical tours every fourth Sunday of the month that are extra special during autumn.
No trip to Ottawa is complete without a trip to the ByWard Market and a bite of a BeaverTail — a vegetarian-friendly fried dough pastry with tasty toppings like Nutella and cinnamon sugar with a spritz of lemon. Don’t forget the hot chocolate.
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