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Fall Family Activities Around Ottawa #MyOttawa

| September 9, 2016 | 13 Comments

Fall is here! Just because the days are becoming shorter and cooler does not mean the fun in Ottawa has come to an end! There are plenty of fun autumn activities happening in and around the city for you and your family to enjoy! We have put together a list of some of events and activities you can attend this fall.


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Fall Family Activities Around Ottawa


Baconpolooza, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – September 9-11, 2016

Love pork? Then Baconpolooza is an event your family will enjoy! From live bands, tastings, free demos, and a free breakfast on Saturday morning while supplies last), Baconpolooza will sizzle for all who attend!

Bug Day, Canadian Agricultural and Food Museum (Ottawa Research and Development Centre at 960 Carling Ave)   – September 10, 2016, 10 am – 3pm

The home of the Canadian National Collection of Insects will be showing visitors the incredible world of insects! Guided insect tours lead by entomologists will teach you how to spot these creatures in nature. Creepers and crawling critters will be available for handling and racing. Learning about how some of these “good” bugs can help out around your home will also be explained. It will be a fun time for all!

Savour Fall at Rideau Hall – September 10, 2016, 12:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Be a part of all of the action and flavours fo the season as Rideau Hall puts on a day of activities the whole family will enjoy! Tour the private gardens, greenhouses and the residence. Meet with local producers and agricultural groups. Savour tastings from the kitchens of Rideau Hall and from local culinary experts and take part in all of the fun on hand for kids!

Taste of Wellington West (Between Island Park Drive and Somerset West) – September 17, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm

Spend the day in this vibrant neighbourhood of Ottawa as the shops along Wellington West open their doors for visitors to pop in for tastings, sales, raffles and more!

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm – Weekends from September 24-October 31, 2016

Have a frightfully fun time as your family visits Saunders Farm this fall! Go for a ride on a boo-tacular hayride. Enter the Barn of Terror for a bit of a scare. Performances and parades will also be happening for the whole family to enjoy!

Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, Thursdays- Sundays (with some exceptions) – September 30-October 30, 2016

Take the family for an evening stroll to see over 7 000 whimsically carved pumpkins on display outdoors lighting your path across this dazzling display! Pumpkins of all different design and shapes will amaze all who attend. you may even pick up some tips for your family’s jack-o’-lanterns this year!

Ottawa Butterfly Show, Carleton University – Nesbitt Biology Building – October 1-9, 2016 from 9 am-4pm (Weekend closes at 3pm)
This show is a free exhibition that features 1300 butterflies that arrive in 5 different shipments representing 41 different spices worldwide! It is great for families to attend because of the interaction visitors get with these beautiful creatures.

Fall Rhapsody at Luskville Falls, Gatineau Park – October 1-16, 2016

Get outside! Travel the trails through Gatineau Park and discover the beauty of the changing of the seasons in our region! There is so much to see and learn, and you can make a day of your adventures while visiting the park. The Pontiac County Fair will have artists and artisans on hand with many products and services to help entertain visitors.

Rendez-Vous des Saveurs, Casino du Lac Leamy, Gatineau – Oct 14-16, 2016
Parents, plan a date night for this foodie lover’s event! Rendez-Vous des Saveurs attracts amazing chefs from some of the best restaurants in the area, along with professionals within the culinary industry in order to showcase local and seasonal products and a wide selection of wines from the region!

Halloween at Rideau Hall, Oct 31, 2016 from 5-8 PM
Trick-or-treating goblins and ghouls can visit the Governor General’s resident on this spookactular night while being entertained by a Halloween circus. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this event with fellow residents of Ottawa!

There are also many events happening at some of the museums in the Outaouais region throughout the season:

Canadian Museum of History
Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canadian Museum of Nature

Your family can also enjoy visiting apple orchards and pumpkin patches around the Ottawa area!

There are so many things for families and adults to enjoy and explore this fall around the city of Ottawa! We hope that you have found an activity or event that will interest every member of your family.

Which activity or event do you think your family would enjoy this fall?




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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me! Author's website.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Such a lot of wonderful things to do in the Fall in Ottawa. 🙂

  2. JaimeeM says:

    I wish I lived around ottawa! Sounds like so much fun

  3. Laurie P says:

    Ooooh the Butterfly show sounds great!!! Gotta love the fall 🙂

  4. kathy downey says:

    I wish I lived around ottawa,seems there is lots to do for the folks in the area

  5. kathy downey says:

    Butterfly show sounds very interesting

  6. kathy downey says:

    Someda i would love to visit Ottawa

  7. Louanne says:

    Love these different ideas for things to do in the Fall. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. kathy downey says:

    They sure do have lots of activites in the Fall

  9. Judy Cowan says:

    Sounds like there is a lot of fun things to do in Ottawa in the fall, too far it is too far away from us.

  10. Nate says:

    So many wonderful activities in the area

  11. ellen chevarie says:

    i just love all the sights,scents and endless things to do in the fall.i dont live in Ottawa,but there is plenty to do around my area.this saturday september 17th is applefest,which i cant wait to take the grandkids to.believe me were coming home with apples to make some special recipes that the kids choose.i have a feeling one will be candy apples.

  12. Florence C says:

    I would love to visit Ottawa in the Fall. I know it would be very beautiful with the changing colors of the trees.

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