Ottawa’s top locations for viewing fall foliage


As the heat of summer dissolves into the cool embrace of autumn, Ottawa undergoes a breathtaking transformation. With crimson, gold and coral hues, Ottawa’s autumn foliage is a true masterpiece, drawing visitors and locals to witness this seasonal change across the city.


In the heart of the city and in its scenic outskirts, these top five locations to view the changing colours are perfect for passionate leaf-seekers, photography enthusiasts, or anyone who’s just seeking some peace and quiet in nature. Grab your favourite fall drink, a camera and explore the seasonal colours of Ottawa.


  1. Gatineau Park: Just across the bridge from downtown Ottawa is Gatineau Park; a nature lover’s paradise all year, and especially in autumn. Take a leisurely drive along the Gatineau Parkway, or embark on one of the park’s numerous hiking trails, like the Pink Lake Trail, where the reflections of fall leaves on the turquoise blue water is a must-see.


  1. Almonte: For a charming Canadian fall experience that feels right out of a Hallmark movie, head to the picturesque town of Almonte. Located just 45 minutes west of Ottawa, Almonte’s tree-lined streets and historic buildings provide a stunning backdrop for autumn’s colourful display — it’s no wonder the town is a favourite of moviemakers. Walk the Mississippi Riverwalk and be surrounded by all the fall hues and running river water. 


  1. Mer Bleue Bog: If you’re looking for a unique autumn experience, venture east to the Mer Bleue Bog. This protected wetland area offers a contrast to the traditional forested landscapes of fall, with rich reds set against an evergreen backdrop to create the perfect moody look for your next Insta-worthy photo. Boardwalk trails wind through the bog, allowing you to explore the diverse ecosystems and the autumn transformation.


  1. Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm: Within the heart of Ottawa lies the Central Experimental Farm, home to an Arboretum that shows itself off in fall. Take a stroll along the pathways or enjoy a picnic surrounded by towering trees reflecting the autumn colours.


  1. Calabogie Peaks: For a more immersive experience, head further west of Ottawa to the Calabogie Peaks, located just over an hour from downtown. This ski-resort town, nestled within the Madawaska Highlands, offers stunning foliage views and a range of outdoor activities. Hike the Manitou Mountain trail for panoramic views, or take a scenic chairlift ride to capture the vistas from above.


These five locations, each with their own unique charm, offer a front-row seat to nature’s final hurrah before winter closes in — it's a sight you won’t soon forget!

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