Fall Family Activities
By Andrea H
When those back to school commercials start to appear in the media, it means one thing: the changing of the season. With my favourite season finally here, I thought I would give you some ideas for family-friendly things to do in Ottawa!
SAUNDERS FARM: I went to Saunders Farm every year when I was a kid! There was something there for the whole family – while your little ones play on the structures, you can relax in the park and grab a bite to eat. I have so many great memories from going through mazes, going on the trampolines and down the huge slide, and especially the Haunted Hayrides.
PUMPKINFERNO: Walk through a kilometre-long path with a marvellous exhibition of 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins all lit up at night. The perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit, don’t miss out on this event. Just over an hour from Ottawa, you can take a short trip to the Upper Canada Village between September 28 and October 28 for this enchanting experience.
FALL RHAPSODY: Between September 29 and October 21, spend a weekend day in Gatineau Park as they celebrate the changing of the leaves. In addition to gorgeous views of the colourful foliage, you can enjoy several events and activities in the area. To make this trip even more convenient, they offer free shuttles between Champlain, Camp Fortune, and Downtown!
MAC MY CHEESE FEST: Mac and Cheese is a household staple – with free admission to a world of flavour options, what better way is there to get lunch on a weekend? Go for the Mac and Cheese; and stay to see live entertainment, eating contests, and vote for your favourite Mac and Cheese. This event runs from October 12-14 at City Hall.
FARMERS’ MARKETS: There are so many farmers’ markets across town, each displaying the freshest ingredients of the season. Buy locally grown and support local farmers by heading over to any of the markets.
APPLE AND PUMPKIN PICKING: Spend your morning picking apples, and spend the afternoon baking pies and crumbles with them! The Dekok Family Berry Farm is located on March Road in Kanata. Mountain Orchards (outside of Kemptville) has apple picking as well as a wagon, hot and fresh doughnuts and a bakery, and a BBQ place! Or, alternatively, visit a pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins and get to work carving them into jack-o’-lanterns. Proulx Maple & Berry Farm is located just 30 minutes east of downtown – on weekends between September 23 and October 31, they host a Pumpkin Festival where your family can enjoy mazes, a playground, a petting farm, forest wagon rides, and a haunted house.
WALKING TRAILS: Now that the weather is becoming crisp, it’s the perfect time of year to bundle up and go hiking in a nearby forest. Make sure to bring seeds, so that you can feed the chickadees from your hand! If you have a GPS device or the app, you can even give geocaching a go! Geocaching is essentially a big scavenger hunt – you are given coordinates to a specific location and you look for a container at the location! When you find it, you fill out the logbook, take a prize and leave one for future participants, and put it back. The joy and amusement my family and I got from searching for, and finding these geocaches is something everyone must experience!
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