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Your Ottawa fall to-do list

September 19, 2018 / Ottawa
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As summer cools into fall, Ottawa is the perfect place to be. Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor person, September and October are Ottawa’s golden months. Can’t decide how to spend your fall days? Here’s your 2018 fall to-do list. Don’t wait too long—winter is just around the corner.

Things to do this fall in Ottawa

Visit a market

Though ByWard Market is open year-round. There’s no better time to do some outdoor shopping than in the fall. With over 175 vendors, the market has everything from fresh produce to fine art. Spend a day at ByWard Market and you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed.

Be a foodie for a day

Celebrate and learn about Ottawa’s local harvests at Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. The festival features all types of foods that even the pickiest of eaters will find something delectable. Stop by the mixologist stations and learn more about the chemistry of winemaking and the art of craft beer from experts.

Visit the Rideau Canal

Before canal freezes in the winter, visit the Rideau Canal for an afternoon of cycling or paddling. As the leaves change colours, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is picturesque in the fall—don’t forget to snap a picture of this instaworthy site.

Cheer on the team

Hockey season is in full swing in the fall. Swap your loveseat for a bleacher seat and round up the whole team because hockey night in Ottawa is back.

Retail therapy

Is your summer jacket too light and your winter coat too warm? It’s time to go shopping. Whether you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind or enjoy the convenience of department stores, Ottawa’s shopping scene has something for everyone.

  • Shopping in downtown Ottawa