What’s on in the Outaouais in October
October brings the peak of autumn colours, but it also includes a particularly magical event for young and old: Halloween. Enjoy the fall colours before they fade, get out your best costumes and enjoy a variety of treats!
Embrace the colours
Fall is a beautiful season: the trees’ vibrant colours make you want to try something different and discover the region from a new angle. Take a helicopter tour with Héli-Tremblant and get a bird’s-eye view of the beauty of the Outaouais.
For an experience that’s part climbing, part hiking, tackle the Via Ferrata at Chutes Coulonge Adventure Park. Stroll through a multi-century-old pine forest and zip line through the canyon high above the Coulonge River. Break out of your comfort zone!
Get right up among the colourful leaves on Arbraska Laflèche‘s treetop aerial course. Admire the fall colours as you navigate the course’s suspension bridges, ropes, swings and zip lines.
After that adrenaline rush, relax at one of the region’s many spas. Whether on the roof of a downtown building or in the heart of nature, take a break and have some time to yourself. Sit by the fire, take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery.
Just for Halloween
On October 15 and 16, children are invited to the Little Witch Tea Party at the Moore Farm. The activity includes a storytelling session, a cup of witches’ tea (lemonade), small pastries and a loot bag. There are sittings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and reservations are required; book online now! After tea, visit the Moore Farm barn for the Witches’ Market, a craft market featuring about 30 vendors. (Note: Linked information is in French only.)
Discover the haunted places of the Outaouais with friends. Wander down gloomy corridors, hear spooky stories, or spend the night in places where unexplained phenomena occur. Learn about local legends and the ghosts who never left. We only hope you’re not afraid of the dark.
Hop aboard the Aventure Outaouais minibus for an all-inclusive Pontiac Haunted Tour. Accompanied by a local storyteller, visit four historic locations known for their ghost stories, and enjoy a slice of pie and a drink of hot cider. Goose bumps guaranteed!
Find out who’s lurking in Ottawa’s buildings on a haunted walk through the heart of Canada’s capital. Feel the chill as you tour the cells of a former prison, and meet the ghosts who inhabit the grounds of the Mackenzie King Estate.
On October 22, the Marché des sorcières (Witches’ Market) returns to the Larose Flea Market. Browse through the craft market, with its decorated booths and vendors dressed in costume. Discover your new favourite local fall-themed products. Rumour has it that there will be treats for the children!
It wouldn’t be Halloween without candy! Stock up on chocolate and other delicacies at the ChocoMotive shop, and take the opportunity to tour the Economuseum and learn about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. Don’t forget to pick up a little something sweet to enjoy at home.
Take a trip back in time in the Wakefield Confectionery‘s old-fashioned candy section. Introduce your kids to your childhood favourites, or give them as gifts to friends you used to sneak them with in your misspent youth. During your visit, be sure to try the fudge and the sponge toffee!
Fall in love with the colourful chocolate delights that Rochef Chocolatier has created especially for Halloween: pumpkins, monsters, ghosts, owls, cats, skeletons and more. Order your gluten-free and peanut-free chocolates now! Limited quantities available.
Events not to be missed
From October 1 to 23, make the most of the NCC Fall Rhapsody by planning family outings on the region’s bike paths, enjoying a last picnic on the beach, and lacing up your boots for a hike along one of the many trails in Gatineau Park.
The City of Gatineau invites you to the free Eddy Street Harvest Festival on October 1. Enjoy live performances, sample the food, and applaud the street entertainers. See the event program for full details.
On October 1 and 2, head to the Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon to walk the Chemin des créateurs (Creators’ Trail), organized by the municipality of Ripon in association with La Destination de Noël Christmas boutique. Follow the path and stroll through the park. Admire the colourful trees while discovering the work of local artists and artisans.
On the weekends of October 1/2 and October 8/9, explore the region thanks to the Fall Strolls, a series of tour routes combining outdoor activities and local flavours in Petite Nation, the Collines-de-l’Outaouais and the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau.
On Sunday, October 2, come celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Petite Nation seigniorial mill in Papineauville. Let yourself be transported to another era by a storyteller, or take a heritage tour organized by the Comité culturel de Papineauville. Musicians will be on hand to set the mood with old-time tunes, and activities for the whole family are on the program.
From October 8 to 10, bring your family to the Thanksgiving Festival of Colors at Mont Ste-Marie. Take a ride on the chairlift and enjoy the vibrant fall colors. Enjoy musical performances, a craft show and a barbecue. The chairlift will also be open to mountain bikes and drinks will be available on site.
The 15th edition of the Symposium Gatineau en Couleurs art show and sale will take place from October 14 to 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. Meet over 70 Quebec and Ontario artists at this colourful exhibition.
On October 29 and 30, attend the Bristol Dryland – Canadian Championships Dog Race for free. Hundreds of racers and their dogs travel from around the world to compete in this world-class event and defend their titles. Watch the races from several vantage points and experience the beauty of Bristol.
More things to discover in the Outaouais
Learn the romantic story behind Roberto Pizza Romana in the picturesque village of Chelsea. You’ll be charmed by the mouth-watering dishes, the welcoming atmosphere and, above all, the delectable aromas of Italian cuisine. Try the Discovery menus!
Then, sample some local beers in the Chelsea & Co microbrewery tasting room. Chat with the master brewer and learn about the beer-making process. The new terrace will soon be ready to welcome you and your children. It won’t be long now!
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