We’re reaching the peak time for fall foliage and that means it’s time for a fall road trip. The changing colours of the leaves are visible all over the city, but there’s really something special about being out in nature, tucked in among the trees. There are plenty of fun things to do before Halloween, but an escape out in nature is the best way to experience the fall.
If you’re looking for an exciting fall getaway, these 7 day trips offer the most spectacular sights of the changing fall foliage close to Ottawa.
1. Eagles Nest Lookout
The stunning Eagle’s Nest lookout in Calabogie is arguably the most stunning hike in the fall. This incredible vista offers panoramic views of the changing fall leaves and the perfect photo-op spot. The hike itself is relatively short as well, so it’s perfect for all your family and friends.
Driving time: 1.5 hours
2. Mont Sutton
This beautiful ski resort located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec is a beautiful destination for a fall road trip. While it’s an adventure junkie’s paradise in the winter, everyone can enjoy the tranquility of the changing leaves on the mountain here. There’s plenty of hiking trails through the forest, so make sure you bring proper footwear!
Driving time: 3.5 hours
3. Algonquin Provincial Park
This famous location for admiring the fall foliage is a must-see this October. The provincial park has seen a lot of visitors recently so be sure to reserve your day-use permit in advance on their website to ensure a smooth day-trip experience. The Highway 60 Corridor is stunning with tons of hiking and biking trails, an art gallery and logging museum so a trip here will be jam-packed.
Driving time: 3 hours
4. King Mountain Trail
A bit closer to home in Gatineau Park, the King Mountain trail is another fantastic lookout if you want to admire the fall colours. The trail is just under 2km long and is so worth it. The golden tree tops from here are really a sight to see!
Driving time: 40 minutes
5. Champlain Lookout
This beautiful viewpoint for fall foliage close to Ottawa is the perfect nature escape this month. After closures to repair the main wall, this incredible lookout is back up and running for all your viewing pleasure. The sunset views from here are also spectacular, so if you have the time – we recommend setting up here.
Driving time: 1 hour
6. 1000 Islands Gananoque
Normally a summer-time getaway from Ottawa, you’d be surprised at how much this area shines in the fall. Combine the brilliant colours of the changing fall colours with the epic sunset views on the water and you’ll be blown away.
Driving time: 1.5 hours
7. Chutes de Plaisance
This stunning waterfall is one of the most picturesque locations to view the fall foliage. Take a long stroll through the network of trails with the sounds of the rushing water before checking out the insane 200ft vertical drop! You’ll get the very best of the fall colours plus the shocking beauty of the falls.
Driving time: 45 minutes