Though we experienced a less than stellar summer in Ottawa this year, the weather this September has been truly amazing! We can’t believe it’s still in the high 20’s this late in the year! With the weather this warm, it may be hard for you to think about fall. That’s why we’ve done it for you, by putting together this handy guide with some fantastic fall events happening in and around Ottawa over the next few months!


Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park 

Head over to Gatineau Park to experience the magical beauty of fall in all its glory! There are plenty of stunning spots to hike, ride a bike, or even just take a picnic and enjoy the magnificent views. There is also a free shuttle on weekends. For Canada’s 150th anniversary, the NCC is offering a new shuttle route departing from the ByWard Market in Ottawa, and travelling to Champlain Lookout.


Haunting Season at Saunders Farm 

From September 23rd to October 31st, enjoy the Haunting Season at Saunders Farm! In addition to their world famous hedge mazes and play structures, your kids will love the spooky special events on offer, including a haunted hayride and the Barn of Terror. For Canada’s 150th there is also a specially designed corn maze to get lost in!


Pumpkinferno in Upper Canada Village

The award-winning Pumpkinferno returns to Upper Canada Village this fall. Open for visitors on select evenings from late September through October, take a tour of this spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins. It looks incredible at night when they are all lit up and eerily glowing!

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village


Pumpkin Fest at Proulx Farm

Located just 30 minutes east of Ottawa is Proulx Farm’s 23rd Annual Pumpkin Fest! From September 24th to October 31st, the entire farm is transformed into a spooky Halloween playground with fun for all the family to enjoy. Take a picnic, make a day of it, and enjoy face-painting, hay structures, the petting farm, wagon rides and not one but two haunted houses!


Spooky Events at the Canadian Children’s Museum

Until the end of October, visit the Canadian Children’s Museum and celebrate Halloween with your little ones by participating in the two spooky activities on offer! In the Studio, get crafty with creating your own Handmade Halloween Garland featuring pumpkins, ghosts, bats and monsters made from colourful yarn and pipe cleaners. From October 13th to the 31st, get your kids to take part in The Bat Hunt, by searching for the bats hidden all over the museum. If they can find them all, they win a special treat!


Whatever you do with your children this fall season, make sure you’re having fun doing it! And, to keep the fun coming, check out our latest listings at Gogabo to see what exciting children’s activities and classes are recommended in your area.

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