September 21 to 27: Fall colours in Outaouais, a dazzling natural spectacle
Autumn is a magical season in the Outaouais region. Just a few minutes from downtown, immerse yourself in a peaceful natural setting ablaze with the vivid reds, oranges and yellows of fall. Throughout the region’s 33,000 km2 territory, there are dozens of great locations to admire the vibrant beauty of the autumn landscape.
Here’s a classic fall activity: admiring the fall colours in Gatineau Park! From September 26 to October 12, Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park celebrates the magnificent display of colours with a varied program of free family activities at four different locations, and a free shuttle service to three of the park’s scenic lookouts—so your transportation is all taken care of! With an area of 361 km2, the park has no shortage of spectacular vantage points. Branch out and visit some of the park’s lesser-known but equally impressive attractions, such as the Lusk Cave, where you can take a free self-guided tour.
Route des Zingues
If you’re in the Petite-Nation, consider a hike along the Julie trail on Route des Zingues, a 3.6‑km trail (back and forth) created by two volunteers for the sheer love of the outdoors. Winding through forests, along lakes and over hills, the trail offers easily accessible, magnificent views. An ideal destination for hikers of all skill levels.
Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve
Autumn is the ideal season to go for a hike along the interpretive trails at the Forêt-la-Blanche Ecological Reserve, and discover the unique ecosystem of one of the last old-growth forests in Eastern Canada. As the forest reveals itself and its 400-year-old treasures, we guarantee your jaw will drop!
A colourful experience awaits you on Saturday, September 26 at Mount Morissette Regional Park! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., head for the summit (a shuttle service will be provided) to enjoy free family activities in a beautiful fall setting. Live music, hot dogs and hamburgers, and entertainment by members of the Cirque du singe fou circus school in Maniwaki. To round out the afternoon, nature lovers can explore 13 km of hiking trails through the woods!