Ottawa is surrounded by beautiful nature trails that lead to breathtaking lookouts and are a great way to experience the fall colors.
Fall Rhapsody will be at its peak in no time and if you want to hike to some great fall views, here are seven trails around Ottawa complete with observation towers and lookouts.
Mount Foley Conservation Area
Price: $7 per day
Address: 105 Foley Mountain Ln., Westport, ON
Why you need to go: This conservation area has a number of hiking trails that wind through the forest, but you don’t have to hike far to reach the Spy Rock lookout. A short trail from the parking lot leads to a panoramic view of a quaint town and lakes.
Price: $5 per hiker
Address: 72 Stanley Lash Ln., Lyndhurst, ON
Why you need to go: This giant wilderness area has three main trails, including the Morton Bay Loop that has a view of the bay and the Summit Loop that offers panoramic views of the Rideau Waterway.
Mount King Trail
Address: Promenade Champlain, Chelsea, QC
Why you have to go: This hike in Gatineau Park is a 1.8 kilometer loop that crosses the escarpment and overlooks the Ottawa Valley. There are ten viewpoints to admire along the way.
Mont Morissette Regional Park
Address: 35 Chem. Lac Long, Blue Sea, QC
Why you need to go: This huge park has 13 kilometers of hiking trails and an observation tower you can climb up and admire the colorful fall leaves.
Ripon Black Mountains Park
Price: $8+ per person
Address: 39 Chem. de la Montagne-Noire, Ripon, QC
Why you need to go: This Quebec park near Ottawa has two great spots where you can hike and take in the fall colors. If an uphill hike isn’t your thing, you can park at P3 to reach the lookout tower and at lot P4 to access the lookout.
Price: Free in the fall
Address: Meech Lake Road, Chelsea, QC
Why you need to go: Also called Trail 62, this hike in Gatineau Park is an 8.3 kilometer loop that includes a steep stretch through the forest to the Tawadina Lookout. You will enjoy a view of the vibrant autumn trees.
Address: Chem. du Mont Cayamant, Cayamant, QC
Why you need to go: About two hours from Ottawa, this park has an eight-kilometre network of hiking trails, including a 1.5-kilometre Tower Trail. You will walk 125 steps up an observation tower to a breathtaking panoramic view of the forest.
Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.