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22 Fall Family Activities in Ottawa

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 fall family activities in Ottawa happening in and around the city for your family to enjoy! We have put together a list of fall family activities in Ottawa you can attend this autumn!

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Most attractions in Ottawa will require you to purchase your tickets in advance on their websites. Please make sure you check their websites before heading out!


1. Pumpkins After Dark

September 29 – October 31, 2023 at the Wesley Clover Parks

Pumpkins After Dark is Canada’s award-winning outdoor Halloween event. Featuring over 10,000+ hand-carved pumpkins, this one-of-a-kind walk-through experience is the must-see event of the fall season.

Explore the magical pathway of lit pumpkin sculptures and displays, with music, sounds and special effects. With classic Halloween characters, dinosaurs and dragons, movie and pop culture icons – this family friendly event has something for everyone. Make Pumpkins After Dark your new annual tradition!

2. Fall Rhapsody in Ottawa and Gatineau 

Get outside! Travel the trails through Ottawa and Gatineau Parks and discover the beauty of the changing of the seasons in our region! There is so much to see and learn. Families can make a day of your adventures while visiting the parks.

3. The Day of the Dead Festival

October 27 to October 29, 2023

The Day of the Dead Festival is a non-profit organization focused on promoting the richness of Mexican culture through art, gastronomy, music and dance that appeal to the senses of all ages. The festival is an opportunity to experience a piece of Mexico in the heart of Canada.

The 5th edition of the Day of the Dead Festival in Ottawa will take place at the historic ByWard Market. The event features a special program including outdoor exhibitions, Mariachi performances, folkloric dancers, authentic Mexican cuisine, Catrina contests, workshops, artisan market, and much more.

4Ottawa International Animation Festival  

September 21 to 25, 2023

North America’s largest animation festival once again takes centre stage in the Nation’s Capital. This year the Festival will run virtually with film screenings, the animation conference, workshops, and more which will be available online.

Whether you love classic cartoons, mind-bending experiments, fantastic digital creations, dazzling effects, thought provoking observations, or pure belly-busting fun, there is something for everyone and anyone at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).

5Magic of Lights Ottawa 

November 17th to January 6th, 2024 – Evenings

The National Capital Region’s favourite holiday tradition is back! Magic of Lights Ottawa is a remarkable drive-through experience, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy festive and vibrant LED light displays from the comfort of their own car. The Wesley Clover Parks Campground will be opening its doors to invite guests to tour along a route stretching more than two kilometers and featuring over a million gleaming lights. The magical route will include fan favourite displays including the Enchanting Tunnel of Lights, Snowflake Forest and Candy Cane Lane, along with new festive displays!

6. Christmas Lights Across Canada 

December 2023 – January 2024 – On Parliament Hill, downtown Ottawa – Every evening, from 5:30 pm to 1 am

In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with over 300,000 multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The Christmas Lights Across Canada brighten Confederation Boulevard, Canada’s ceremonial route circling the heart of the Capital. The Boulevard encompasses Wellington Street, Mackenzie Street, Elgin Street, and Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa, as well as Laurier Street in Gatineau and the Alexandra Bridge. A virtual version of the tour will also be available. 

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7. Saunders Farm 

Have a frightfully fun time as your family visits Saunders Farm this fall! They keeping the Halloween spirit alive with their world-famous FrightFest and Haunting Season. To control and limit the number of visitors on the Farm, visits must booked in advance. No walk-ups for either our day or night events.

Haunting Season (fall days)

FrightFest (fall nights)

Friday, Saturday, and (some) Sunday nights
September 23 –  October 31

Campfire Nights

Friday and Saturday evenings
September 17 – October 31

Pumpkin Season (Fall Days)

Saturdays and Sundays (10am – 5pm)
September 23 – October 31

8. Saunders Farm presents ‘The Sawmill’ at Lansdowne 

October 7 to the 31, 2022

See what was found beneath the south side stands! In 2008, the City of Ottawa began demolition of the south-side Grandstand at Lansdowne Park. After the dust settled, workers were astounded to discover a hidden world under the debris. A team was called in to investigate. They excavated an untarnished lumber site from more than a century prior. Then they made a disturbing discovery… a lost colony of Millworkers from early Bytown days who have not had outside contact for more than a century. The Sawmill is not recommended for kids under 12 years old.

9. Pumpkin Fest at the Proulx Farm 

October 13 to October 31, 2023 

The Proulx Farm is transformed into a giant Halloween playground during Pumpkin Fest. Bring a picnic and come for a ghostly gathering in a country setting, just a few minutes from Orleans and 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.

10. Skreamers at the Proulx Farm

October 1st to 31st, 2022 – Friday and Saturday evenings

Proulx Farm is proud to support the Orleans Kiwanis club by providing a venue for Skreamers, the most haunted hayride in the east. Skreamers is night-time fun designed for more mature guests. Purchase tickets on their website.

Local residents and rival farmers have long suspected that something unnatural has been happening out at the Proulx Farm in Orleans, with reports of blood-curdling screams, a foul stench, unexplained power outages, and inexplicably lush & large crops…..

11. Stittsville Haunted Heritage Tours 

October 6th to November 11, 2023 – Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and 9 pm

A tour down the archives of legends and lore with Stittsville Haunted Heritage Tours. Mysteries, apparitions and tales of the unexplained at 6154 Abbott Street West, Stittsville, in the Old Barn- Stittsville Train Park. You will examine the many legends, folklore and strange tales of the area. Oh- and there will be a Scavenger Hunt with a $1000.00 Grand Prize! You can find out more on their Facebook page.

12. Cannamore Orchard Acres of Terror 

Nights (6:30-9:30pm): October 6-7, 13-14, 19-20-21, 26-27-28-29-30

Days: (12-4pm): October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29

Cannamore Orchard welcomes you their Acres of Terror, Eastern Ontario’s Most Terrifying Halloween attraction! Saturday and Sunday during the day are dedicated to families, younger children and those who get scared easily and don’t like it. Acres of Terror attractions will be toned down and made kid friendly. 

13. Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village 

September 29 to October 15, 2023 from 7 pm to 10 pm. October 18 to 29, 2023 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm

Take the family for an evening stroll to see over 7 000 whimsically carved pumpkins at the Pumpkinferno. They are 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!

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Museum Fun This Fall In Ottawa

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

14. Canadian Museum of History

15. Canadian Museum of Science and Technology

16. Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

17. Canadian Museum of Nature

18. Canadian Aviation and Space Museum

19. Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

20. Billings Estate National Historic Site

Your family can also enjoy visiting these places around Ottawa for a fun fall day:

21. Apple orchards

22. Pumpkin patches

There are so many things for families to enjoy and explore this fall around the city of Ottawa! We hope that you find an activity or event that will interest every member of your family! You can also visit these 23 Family Winter Events and Activities in Ottawa!

Which fall family activities in Ottawa do you think you will enjoy the most? Comment below!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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