What’s happening in Ottawa this weekend: Oct. 23-25

OTTAWA — Halloween scares and fall fun are on the agenda across the region this weekend.

CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at things to do with the family this weekend in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

Fall Rhapsody

It’s the final weekend for Fall Rhapsody in Ottawa and Gatineau.

The National Capital Commission invites you to see the colours in Gatineau Park, along the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River and across the Greenbelt.

Every day, motor vehicles are permitted on parkways in Gatineau Park from 12 p.m. until approximately 30 minutes after sunset.

The Fall Rhapsody shuttle bus is not running this year from Ottawa and Gatineau to Gatineau Park due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information, visit, ncc-ccn.gc.ca

Fright Fest and Haunting Season at Saunders Farm

The Haunting Season is underway at Saunders Farm.

Visit the monsters and ghouls for fall family fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and then 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for a more fright-tastic experience.

Saunders Farm is also hosting campfire nights.

For more information on the Haunting Season and FrightFest, visit saundersfarm.com

Haunted Drive at Wesley Clover Parks

Take a haunted drive through “Deadwood” at Wesley Clover Parks.

Deadwood continues nightly at the Wesley Clover Parks campgrounds until Oct. 31.

Attendance is limited to those over the age of 13.

For more information, visit deadwoodottawa.ca

The Drive In

The Drive In at Wesley Clover Parks is showing three movies this weekend.

Saturday: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Sunday: Halloweentown (Day Spook)

Sunday: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Sunday scaries)

For more information, visit www.thedriveinottawa.ca


Don’t miss Pumpkinferno until Halloween night.

More than 7,000 handcrafted glowing pumpkins are on display at the Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg.

For more information, visit www.pumpkinferno.com


Fort Fright Terror

Fort Fright has returned to Fort Henry in Kingston this fall

For tickets, visit fortfright.com

The Festival of Small Halls

It’s the third weekend for the Festival of Small Halls in eastern Ontario.

This weekend, the Festival of Small Halls is at the Almonte Old Town Hall, featuring:

Oct. 23: NQ Arbuckle

Oct. 25: Great Lake Swimmers

For more information, visit www.thefestivalofsmallhalls.com


This year’s Marvest concert series brings CityFolk musicians into the comfort of your own home.

Marvest represents the diverse and vibrant community of local musicians in Ottawa.

For information on the Marvest line-up, visit https://cityfolkfestival.com/marvest

Prismatica on Sparks Street

It’s the final weekend to see Sparks Street lit up with a kaleidoscope of vibrant colours.

The art and light installation, Prismatica, will be reflecting all the colours in the visible spectrum.

Checkout Prismatica until Oct. 25.

Historic cemetery tours at Billings Estate National Historic Site

The Billings Estate National Historic Site invites you to experience a unique historical tour of the Settler’s Cemetery and the Billings Estate grounds at dusk.

The one-hour guided tour will take you beyond the walls of a typical visit to the museum and offer a glimpse of life and loss in 19th century Ottawa.

The cost is $15.25 per person.

For more information, call 613-580-2088.

The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum

Have a hauntingly good time with a ghost walk at the Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum.

Tour guides share local mysterious tales, legends and ghostly sightings at the museum.

For tickets, visit https://ghostwalkssf.eventbrite.ca

Pumpkins season in Ottawa and eastern Ontario

Abby Hill Farms –  www.abbyhillfarms.com

Avonmore Berry Farm – www.avonmoreberryfarm.wordpress.com

Cannamore Orchard – www.cannamoreorchard.com

Fallowfield Tree Farm – www.ottawatreefarm.com

Ferne l’Artisan (Pick-your-own pumpkins, pre-picked apples and mini-donuts available) – www.fermelartisan.ca

Millers’ Farm, Market & Garden Centrehttps://www.millersfarmandmarket.ca/

Ouimet Farms – ouimetfarms.com

Proulx Farm – proulxfarm.com

Saunders Farm – saundersfarm.com

The Log Farm

The Log Farm on Cedarview Road has fabulous fun for the whole family.

Visit www.thelogfarm.com for details.

Acres of Terror

Cannamore Orchard in Chrysler presents “Acres of Terror.”

Checkout activities for all ages, including a Spooky Wagon Ride, House of Terror, Spooky Village and a Maze.

For more information, visit www.cannamoreorchard.com

Pumpkin Festival at Proulx Farm

Proulx Farm in Cumberland presents Pumpkin Festival.

Enjoy wagon rides, petting zoo, corn maze, play structures and more.

Visit proulxfarm.com for details.

Ouimet Farms Adventure

Ouimet Farms Adventure in Vankleek Hill is open Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information, visit ouimetfarms.com

Ghost Tours in Ottawa and Kingston

The Haunted Walk presents new Ghost Tours in Ottawa and Kingston. The Bubble Tours are billed as a safe and fun way to enjoy some fresh air and hear great ghost stories.

In Ottawa, the tours are a socially-distanced version of the Original Haunted Walk of Ottawa and Haunted Ottawa Jail Tour. For tickets, visit hauntedwalk.com

In Kingston, enjoy a socially-distanced version of the Original Haunted Walk of Kingston and Ghosts of Fort Henry. For tickets, visit hauntedwalk.com



Spooky Scavenger Hunt

The Canadian Museum of Nature invites you to take part in the Spooky Museum Scavenger Hunt.

Use the scavenger hunt game sheet to discover some of the creatures hiding in the museum galleries.

For more information, visit www.nature.ca

Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages

The Canadian Museum of Nature’s new exhibit, “Planet Ice: Mysteries of the Ice Ages” continues until Jan. 3.

Explore the power of ice and cold in sharing the world we live in today.

This world premiere exhibition features more than 120 real specimens, amazing models and artifacts. Journey across more than 80,000 years of Earth’s history.

For more information, visit www.nature.ca

Museums in Ottawa and Gatineau

  • The Canadian Museum of Nature will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Canada Aviation and Spaced Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Canada Science and Technology Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The National Gallery of Canada is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Canadian Museum of History is closed this weekend due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in the Outaouais.
  • The Canadian War Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Diefenbunker is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Ottawa Art Gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Virtual Canzine

The Festival of Zine Culture and Underground Arts is back with a virtual twist.

Oct. 24 to 26, visit www.canzine.ca to checkout vendors, thousands of zines plus special events, workshops and more!

Ottawa Farmers Markets

Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne Park

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