bird's eye view of green, orange, yellow, red leaved trees in fall divided by a road

Picture Perfect Places to See the Changing Leaves in Ottawa

Ottawa is fortunate in its green spaces, making it the ideal city for watching the seasons change in nature. We’ve handpicked our favourite Ottawa area spots to see the changing leaves. 

A short drive over the bridge from Ontario to Quebec will bring  you to Gatineau Park which offers an incredible hiking and cycling experience. When autumn rolls through, this is the place to be to enjoy nature’s colour wheel. Make your way up to Champlain Point for a breathtaking lookout over the park.

  • Dominion Arboretum

Located at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, this 26-acre collection of trees established in 1889 promises to mesmerize. The Arboretum is bordered by the Rideau Canal and Dow’s Lake, offering plenty more to explore on foot, bike or boat.

With a delightful vantage point of the Ottawa River, Britannia Park is a great hidden gem located on the west end of the city. It is perfect for an autumn adventure.

  • Rideau Canal 

Outfitted with gorgeous greenery all the way along, the Rideau Canal is a great place for a fall stroll paired with changing leaves. Grab a warm beverage and choose your own route.

Located in Nepean, this family friendly trail offers a great view of changing seasons. A bonus is the three beaver ponds on this trail. Pack a picnic and head into the wilderness for a fun fall day.

  • Camp Fortune

Skip the hike altogether and see the fall foliage from the comfort of Camp Fortune’s chairlift ride! Chelsea, Quebec is stunning year round, but seeing the leaves change in autumn can’t be beat. It costs $12 to ride roundtrip.

What is your favourite Ottawa-Gatineau area spot to witness the seasons change? Comment below. 

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