Embrace the Beauty of Ottawa’s Fall Colours

Autumn is one of the best times of the year to enjoy the fall colours. If you've been looking forward to the changing leaves and gorgeous landscapes, you aren't alone. In fact, the region is full of amazing destinations to photograph. Our team at Jim Tubman Chevrolet has put together a list of some of the best places to see the fall foliage. Check out some of these Ottawa destinations to take great photos of scenic views.


Mer Bleue Conservation Area

Mer Bleue Conservation Area is one of Ottawa's most unique natural destinations. A boardwalk guides you through the bog, where you can see the autumn colours in all their glory. You might even spot a few rare birds. Not only will you catch the leaves on the trees changing, but you'll also see the bushes changing colour. Visiting this area is entirely free, and it's just a 20-minute drive away from downtown. Once there, you can hike the 6-kilometre trail through the forest, and at the end, you'll be able to peer down over the gorgeous landscape.

Gatineau Park

If you plan to visit Gatineau Park during Fall Rhapsody, you should be warned that the park can be quite busy. But there's a reason for this: the colours are incredible. A free shuttle operates on weekends throughout fall to help visitors check out the views for themselves. October is the perfect time to visit if you want to see the most colour.

This destination is just 15 minutes away from downtown and full of photo ops. Once there, you can drive through the 361 kilometres of parkland, look at the tranquil waterfalls in the forest, or go for a scenic hike. However, visiting during the week is best to avoid weekend crowds.

Hog's Back Falls

If you love waterfalls, Hog's Back Falls will be one of the most photogenic spots to visit in the fall. This location is south of downtown and within walking distance of Carleton University. In the fall, green, yellow, orange, and red leaves gorgeously adorn the walking paths. The waterfalls are also accessible by bike via the Rideau Canal path and are free to visit. You'll also find many picnic benches where you can enjoy a meal outside.

Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Fletcher Wildlife Garden is another beautiful spot you don't want to miss this fall. Plants, birds, amphibians, and other wildlife can make the fall foliage even more attractive. The garden includes several unique sections so you can pick and choose your fall view. You don't want to miss the Amphibian Pond, Evergreen Woods, or Butterfly Meadow.

The Dominion Arboretum

Even in the middle of Ottawa, you can feel like you're lost in the woods. The Dominion Arboretum is a 3-kilometre walk along the canal, and the fantastic views throughout the park are bold and beautiful. In addition to seeing the changing colours of the leaves, you might also catch a glimpse of some wildlife, including birds. If you're in the mood for a walk, this is a beautiful place to see more than 2,000 plant species, many of which change with the seasons.

The winding path also offers a decent workout. But if you'd rather not walk, you can get additional views of Dominion Arboretum from the water. You can kayak or canoe the Rideau Canal to see the trees.

ByWard Market

If you prefer to look at the leaves with a few friends, you might want to check out one of the busier Ottawa destinations, such as the ByWard Market. The market is a great place to take photos during the autumn months. You'll find plenty of stunning backdrops, including pumpkins and freshly picked apples. The market extends indoors and outdoors, so you can take in plenty of the full flavour of fall. While scoping out the fall foliage and harvested goods, you can also buy some tasty treats, including baked snacks.


If you're up for a drive in your new car, Pumpkinferno is a must-see attraction. Situated in Morrisburg, Ontario, Pumpkinferno is a pathway through thousands of hand-carved pumpkins. In fact, you can walk the kilometre-long path and see each jack-o'-lantern lit up under the night sky. The event is open each night through late September and October. You can buy tickets now for the event, which will showcase seven new themes this year. It’s a completely family-friendly event, so all ages will enjoy it.

Downtown Ottawa

If you're already in the city, Downtown Ottawa is a great place to see the changing leaves, and October is the perfect month to scope out the lovely colours. Major's Hill Park is one of the best places to view the foliage in addition to the Parliament Buildings. Once you've got your fill of the views, you can trek down the Ottawa River Pathway where you'll get to see great fall leaves against the backdrop of the city's beautiful architecture.

If you want to enjoy a drink while taking in the foliage, check out Tavern on the Hill, which features a lovely patio. You can also grab a bite to eat as you take in the postcard-worthy view.

Eagles Nest Lookout

If you love to hike, you know that the view at the top of the peak is the best reward. In autumn, this is especially true. Eagles Nest Lookout is a great option to explore this fall. If you're willing to drive an hour outside of Downtown Ottawa to Calabogie, the 1.5-kilometre hike is worth your effort. You'll have a lovely panoramic view at the climax of your trek. Plus, there's a lot to do in the area after your hike, including other routes, such as Manitou Mountain.

And if you want to make it an overnight trip, there are several beautiful resorts scattered around Calabogie Lake.

Now that you know where to soak in the autumn colours, you need a great way to get there. Jim Tubman Chevrolet offers a fantastic selection of used and new vehicles that can help you get to your next destination. You'll be cozy inside your car wherever you go this autumn. Visit our dealership to check out and test-drive vehicles that will help you get through fall, winter, and beyond.


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