What's on in the Outaouais in September

Published on August 25 2022

The month of September slowly ushers in fall, and with it, cooler temperatures, early fall colours and, of course, the fragrance of delicious apple desserts cooking somewhere.

Treat Yourself to the Last Harvests

September is the ideal month to tour the vineyards of the Outaouais region and stroll among the vines of the different grape varieties. Hop on Aventure Outaouais’s van and enjoy the all-inclusive Pontiac Wine and Cider Tour package. Visit three vineyards, including the Domaine de Pontiac Village and the Little Red Wagon Winery, as well as Coronation Hall Cider Mills, and enjoy tastings of products on site. Savour the Outaouais region in moderation!

Drive out with family or friends to the region’s orchards and use the opportunity to go apple-picking or discover other products such as apple butter or candy apples. Verger Merleau is the ideal place when it comes to apples and apple products such as cider. Meet Michel Merleau and enjoy all the flavours this fruit has to offer.

Visit the different farmer’s markets in the region and get your supplies of regional and local products before their season is over. Drive out to Potager Eardley to stock up on kombucha made on the premises, pies cooked to perfection and vegetables. Have fun with the farm animals or in the play area and enjoy an artisanal gelato while you’re there.

Go on Outings with Friends

Take advantage of the cooler weather to get together with friends and do indoor activities. Visit the Ottawa side and discover the Bank of Canada Museum and learn how shells were formerly used as currency and how bank notes were made of tree bark. Find out about the role of banks in today’s economy and discover the Luck and Lore exhibition, which tells the story of the rituals, ceremonies and superstitions surrounding money.

Cross the Ottawa River in the air with the Interzip Rogers, the only interprovincial zipline in the world. Admire the vista from high up on the launch platform, offering a unique view of downtown Gatineau and the Chaudières Falls. Enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience, where you can reach a speed of up to 50 km/hour.

Pärlé – Bistro Ludique is the perfect spot for board game buffs. In warm, relaxed surroundings, try out new games that are sure to please, thanks to the sound advice of their passionate employees. Along with friends, enjoy bistro-type dishes and a well-deserved drink.

Explore the heavy impact of conflict at the popular Canadian War Museum through the fascinating historical galleries, military equipment and art exhibits and original architectural features. Browse through the special exhibitions, learn more about global conflicts requiring military intervention and stop at Memorial Hall for a moment of reflection.

For an artistic experience, attend one of Artsy Kearns Studio’s paint nights. Enjoy a relaxing time with friends and create your own original painting or attend a JAM & PAINT night, which offers a musical performance, a canvas and tasting platters. Give free rein to your imagination at a creative studio in the region!

A Packed Calendar

From September 1 to 5, the skies over Gatineau will be dotted with hot air balloons for the 35th anniversary of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival. Go to Parc de la Baie at dawn or dusk to watch the balloons take flight. Enjoy the thrills of the amusement rides or choose from the diverse musical line-up with your family or friends.

Fast car enthusiasts, the Club automobile défi Outaouais is the event for you! Plan to be in Petite Nation from September 8 to 10 for the 30th Rally Challenge, a world-renowned event. Attend a performance automobile rally on gravel and asphalt roads, where cars reach speeds exceeding 190 km/hour in a series of 20 speed tests.

From September 9 to 11, the Riverside Festival takes over the site of the Canadian Museum of History. Internationally known artists will be in town and it’s your chance to hit the dance floor to groove to their music: R3HAB, Olivier Heldens, Dillon Francis, Vicetone and many others. Put on some special duds and get in the festival mood! Get your tickets now!

On September 10, take advantage of your stop at the Larose Flea Market to bring the family to the Larose Flea Market’s Western Fair. There’ll be something for everyone: photo booth, magician, face painting, treasure hunt and more than 35 exhibitors with a wide range of local products of all types. Wear your nicest cowboy or cowgirl outfit for the occasion!

Nature and running enthusiasts, it’s time to register for the Coureurs des Bois Challenge organized by PERO – Pôle d’excellence en récréotourisme en Outaouais. Participate in the September 11 race which will take place in Grand-Remous or in the October 2 race which will take place in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau. Different courses are available depending on the level of difficulty desired.  Register online now!

From September 16 to 18, attend the 5th annual Aéro Gatineau-Ottawa, a festival showcasing more than sixty airplanes, both on the ground and in the air. It’s an opportunity to see historic aircraft, as well as all types of demonstrations involving not only airplanes, but also parachutists. The Snowbirds will also make an appearance!

Follow the On the artists’ path route and take the studio tour, an event organized by the Artists in Their Environment group, to discover the creative environments of more than 20 artists and artisans from Chelsea and Wakefield. The artists will welcome you to their studios on September 24 and 25 and October 1 and 2. Experience Outaouais also offers a package that allows you to make the most of your experience.

Travel the roads of the Outaouais MRC and enjoy the fall colours while indulging the foodie in you, thanks to Fall Strolls weekends. Each of the three weekends is devoted to exploring the flavours of a specific area: the Pontiac region on September 24 and 25, the Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Petite Nation regions on October 1 and 2 and the Collines-de-l’Outaouais and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau regions on October 8 and 9. This year, shuttle buses will be available on Saturdays. Enjoy tastings, entertainment and guided tours to discover the region in a different way 


For more suggestions, see the complete program on our Events page.

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