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fall colors in Ottawa

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fall colors in Ottawa


I am planning to come to Ottawa on oct 18th and stay there for the weeeknd.. I wanted to know if it will b too late for fall colors.. if it is not late, are there any good locations for fall colors??

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1. Re: fall colors in Ottawa

I think you will be too late for the peak of the fall colours but it varies every year. This summer has been hot & dry and many trees are already both turning colour and loosing their leaves long before the normal time. Like anything weather related the fall colours depend on frost to normally trigger the change, but once that happens a good wind storm can strip the trees of a majority of their leaves. On the positive side the Quebec side of the Ottawa River is mountainous and provides some great viewing of the fall event when it does take place. In general I think the best time of year locally seems to be late Sept thru our Thanksgiving weekend, which is Oct 7-9 this year.

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triphelp06 -

Yes, I fear that by October 18th you'll be a bit too late to see the fall colours...although if you were to head south a couple hours' drive - like around Kingston, you might still catch some of the tail end.

The National Captial Commission lists "Fall Rhapsody" as one of their annual celebrations and events in Canada's captial - they usually have accompanying activities in Gatineau Park, which, as noted above, is a fantastic place to see the fall colours, and just minutes from downtown. Fall Rhapsody's official dates are Sept. 29 to Oct. 15 - but of course, the leaves will change colour on their own schedule!

Once we get closer to fall, they may also have some type of "fall colours meter" on their web site - I know they have such a "meter" for the tulip festival, where they give you an indication on line of the level of "bloom". www.capcan.ca and under "Discover the Captial - Celbrations and Events" look for "Fall Rhapsody".


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3. Re: fall colors in Ottawa

During the fall, OntarioTravel.net posts a province-wide fall colours report, which might give you some ideas on where to go depending on how far the colours have progressed.

In past years it's been posted at ontariotravel.net/publications/fallcolourrep… (but there's nothing there yet) and updated on Mondays and Thursdays.

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