5 places to admire the fall colours in the Outaouais

Published on October 8 2019

When fall finally makes its appearance, it goes big! The temperature may be dropping, but the fall colours just keep getting better. Now that apple-picking season is almost over, it’s time to head for the hills and admire the beautiful leaves. Here are 5 top spots in the Outaouais to do just that!

Gatineau

You don’t have to leave town to enjoy the season’s splendour: the fall colours are gorgeous in Leamy Lake Park. It’s the ideal place for an afternoon of outdoor fun!

 

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Where

Leamy Lake Park –Fournier Boulevard, Gatineau.

Good to know

Parking is free in the fall (after September 3).

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Les Collines-de-l’Outaouais

The trails in Gatineau Park are an iconic destination for “leaf watchers”. The trails range in difficulty from novice to expert, and several of them are dog-friendly!

 

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Where

Gatineau Park – 33 Scott Road, Chelsea.

Good to know

The NCC operates a free shuttle service to the busiest destinations in the Park, weekends and holidays until October27..

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La Vallée-de-la-Gatineau

Looking for a great view of the autumn landscape in the Vallée? At 18 metres high, the observation tower at Mount Morissette Regional Park offers spectacular panoramic views.

 

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Where

Lac Long Road, Blue Sea.

Good to know

The park has 13 km of marked hiking trails.

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Petite Nation

The Ripon Black Mountains Park offers the ideal fall combo: 800 acres of forest and a lookout 426 metres above sea level, from which you can admire the spectacular colours of the surrounding countryside!

 

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Where

39 Montagne-Noire Road, Ripon.

Good to know

The park has 7 hiking trails with a total length of 17 km.

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Pontiac

Are you inquisitive and athletic? Combine the two at Coulonge Falls Park, where you can take an interpretive walking trail and learn about the history of the log drive in a beautiful autumn setting.

 

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Where

100 Parc-des-Chutes Drive, Mansfield-et-Pontefract.

Good to know

The Coulonge Falls Adventure Park has obstacle courses, a Via Ferrata and giant zip lines.

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To get the most out of the fall colours, act fast—they don’t last long! And if you’re still hankering to pick apples and pumpkins, here’s a list of local pick-your-own orchards and farms you can visit.

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