Enjoy the fall colours with three weekends of special activities. From October 1 to October 16, 2016, Fall Rhapsody in Gatineau Park will celebrate the magnificent display of colours with a varied program of family activities taking place at four different locations. Come join us for a taste of farm-fresh products, see animal demonstrations, admire the works of talented local artisans, and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. Learn more about why leaves change colour in the fall, and take the opportunity to chat with our nature interpreters.
Schedule to be announced this summer. All activities and parking are free. Events are organized in collaboration with the Municipalities of Chelsea and Pontiac, and the communities of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and Pikwàkanagàn.
In addition to the popular fall destinations, Gatineau Park features many unique sites that offer spectacular scenic views. Discover 12 spots to enjoy the fall colours in Gatineau Park.
FREE SHUTTLE (PILOT PROJECT)
Free shuttle bus to lookouts from Camp Fortune
Weekends, October 1 to October 16, 2016
11 am to 4 pm, every 10 minutes
During the busier days of fall, a free shuttle service will be offered as a pilot project to facilitate access to Gatineau Park lookouts. The shuttle starting point is Camp Fortune. There are three stops along the way: Trail No. 1 and Keogan Shelter, Étienne-Brûlé Lookout, and Champlain Lookout. All of these stops provide easy access to the Park’s trail network, where you can find a perfect spot for a picnic or a hike.
The Fall Rhapsody shuttle is a pilot project initiated by the National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with Camp Fortune and the Société de transport de l’Outaouais. Details and route map to be announced this summer.
ACCESS TO PARKWAYS
On Fall Rhapsody weekends, from 11 am to 4 pm, the southbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (heading toward Champlain Lookout) will be closed to all regular traffic (including cyclists), and open exclusively to the Fall Rhapsody shuttle. The northbound lane of Fortune Lake Parkway (toward Dunlop Road) remains open to all traffic to enable motorists and cyclists to access Camp Fortune and Chemin du Lac-Meech. The Gatineau and Champlain parkways remain open to all traffic in both directions, except during temporary parkway closures required during high traffic periods. View all road closures.
FALL RHAPSODY PHOTO GALLERY
Why do leaves change colour in the fall? What are the best places in Gatineau Park for viewing this spectacular natural phenomenon? A few answers in this short video with our interpreter.
The National Capital Commission (NCC) is proud of its association with the following media partners of the Fall Rhapsody: Rogers Media (105.3 KiSS FM, Country 101.1 FM), Bell Media (94.9 Rouge fm, ÉNERGIE 104.1 FM), the Metro Ottawa and LeDroit.