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The 5 Best Places to see Ottawa’s Fall Colours

October 8, 2019
With Fall upon us, now is a great time to feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, and to see the trees in a dizzying array of colours. Here are some of the best places to do it!


The Dominion Arboretum

Dominion Arboretum, with a view of Dow’s Lake.

The Dominion Arboretum displays a wide range of well-established trees and shrubs, some dating back to 1889. It features beautiful views of Dow’s lake, and easy access to other gardens in the Experimental Farm.

Rideau Hall Gardens

The grounds of Rideau Hall represent one of the finest historic landscapes in Canada. Come by for a visit, and see treed lawns, flowerbeds and more wild plant life.

Commissioners Park Gardens

North of Commissioners Park.


Located at the corner of Preston Street and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway, Commissioners Park extends over 8.95 hectares. Walk along the boardwalk next to Dow’s Lake, and take in the natural beauty of the fall from the heart of the city.

The Rideau Canal

Go for a drive along Queen Elizabeth Parkway or Colonel By Drive and see the many trees planted along the way. Going for a walk through Rideau River Eastern Pathway and find yourself surrounded by trees, especially near The Ottawa Hospital area.


Billings Estate Gardens

This National Historic Site on 8 acres of green space is also home to one of Ottawa’s oldest community cemeteries where well-known Ottawa pioneers, such as the Evans, Brouse and Firth families, are laid to rest.

This content is brought to you by Garden Promenade. Check out our Fall Rhapsody event this weekend, including Forest Bathing in the Dominion Arboretum.

Authored by: Aaron Nava of Gardens Ottawa

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