Fall vacations don’t have to mean slowing down with cooling temperatures. The nation’s capital is more than standing to admire the iconic architecture and historic monuments. Ottawa is a place to get moving.
Motivated to be in motion when the leaves start to change? A getaway to Canada’s vibrant capital city surrounds you with green spaces and gorgeous fall colours. Feel energized by the crisp air and inspired by views with unsurpassed beauty.
Ottawa is an active city that takes four-seasons outdoor fun as seriously as its love for lively local arts and culture, excellent restaurants and craft brewing.
Ottawa resident Andrew Szeto is passionate about Ottawa’s sports and recreation scene. It’s just so easy for locals and visitors to be active in the city, he says. In summer, he can often be found canoeing on the waters around Ottawa, using one of the stunning hand-crafted paddles he makes.
While visitors from other cities may have to endure long drives to reach hiking trails and dedicated cycling paths back home, so many things that truly elevate an active getaway can be done either right in walkable Ottawa, or within a short drive.
“I’d say certainly the beautiful thing about our city is within 20 minutes you can be in great wilderness in Gatineau Park. And the fall, with the leaves, it’s pretty incredible,” says Szeto, who has called Ottawa home for 10 years.