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Fall Rhapsody returns with new event lineup

Activities include an outdoor relay in the Gatineau and Algonquin Anishinabeg community, guided hikes, a fair and more. 
People hiking in Gatineau Park. Photo/ @NCC_GatPark

The National Capital Commission (NCC) returns with their Fall Rhapsody, an event that invites residents and visitors to explore Ottawa-Gatineau landscapes.

Starting October 5 to 27, visitors can explore Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt as well as the Capital’s urban parks and its shorelines.

"Come and enjoy the spectacular fall colours on display throughout Canada’s Capital Region, says Tobi Nussbaum the chief executive officer for the NCC, adding that, "In addition to the popular spots in Gatineau Park, many other unique places offer magnificent views. Whether you want to stay in the downtown core or explore the peaceful Greenbelt, there are so many ways to enjoy Fall Rhapsody. It’s also a great occasion to get a taste of local flavours, watch artists at work, chat with our interpreters and meet local merchants."

This year’s activity lineup includes an outdoor relay in the Gatineau and Algonquin Anishinabeg community, guided hikes, a fair and more. There will also be several workshops and demonstration dedicated to nature and art.

A free shuttle service will be offered by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and Camp Fortune. Departure points include the front of the Supreme Court of Canada, close to the Parliament and Lyon light rail train stations. Gatineau Park stops remain the same at the exception of Huron Lookout, which has been temporarily taken off the route.

Though the sites are still accessible, the NCC warns visitors to respect barriers and signage, obey flag persons’ instructions, and not to enter closed areas as construction continues on the Champlain Lookout, Meech Creek Valley and Philippe Lake.

For more information on routes, stops, schedules and interactive maps, visit


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