Getting Outside in Ottawa This Fall


Chris and his family have fun at Mountain Orchards.

By Chris Read

I have a confession to make. While I love the summer heat, the winter sledding and the spring washing-away of leftover snow, fall is my favourite season of all. In Ottawa, we are blessed with endless options for family fun. Here is my list of favourite fall activities for every budget.

Mountain Orchards

Located just outside Ottawa, Mountain Orchards is a yearly stop on our fall schedule. This destination offers everything from apple picking and wagon rides to corn mazes and a park. My personal favourites are the apple cider doughnuts made in the shop. Mountain Orchards is also a great spot to take memorable family photos, as the setting is amazing.

Saunders Farm

Even before we had children, my wife and I were regulars at Saunders Farm and we enjoy heading out to the Munster farm even more now. Puppet shows, corn mazes, an amazing park, corn cannons and jumping pillows are just a few of the attractions for families to enjoy.

Brookstreet Hotel

You will not be disappointed with a family staycation at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata. For starters, there’s an employee dedicated to running children’s activities. The welcome loot bag, the milk and cookies at bedtime and the s’mores cookout are also quite popular (with the kids, of course). Head to the website’s packages page for details on family stays.

Millers’ Farm and Market

Millers’ is the perfect spot to choose your pumpkin for Halloween. The kids will enjoy going on the wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch and also jumping on the hay bales, while mom and dad carry the pumpkins. Some of our best fall pictures came from Millers’ and we will definitely be returning this fall.

Now is the time to visit Millers’ Farm.

DIY Ideas

Having a great time with your family in the fall doesn’t mean you have to spend a ton of money. Most kids are just as happy jumping into a raked pile of leaves as they are spending a day away. We love to make our own Halloween costumes; all you need is a cardboard box and some tin foil to turn yourself into a robot. There are also many hiking trails and parks for your family to walk or bike through, plus endless possibilities to turn those treks into fun adventures. You’d be amazed how much fun kids can have after picking up foam swords at the dollar store and then sneaking through the woods.

Whatever you choose to do this fall, remember to get outside, enjoy your time with your family and take lots of pictures.

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